The following tarot lessons are hopefully a guide to help you understand your cards and your instincts in regards to reading The Tarot. this is a complex process but well worth the effort… Enjoy your journey !

Lesson TWO

 

Tarot Lesson 2

 

 

Last lesson we took to just get comfortable with the cards, now we are going to get down to work and start learning more cards as you are getting more at ease with the cards.

The Tarot should not be scary to you, it is important to respect the cards as they help guide our energies to see the mysteries that there are, but they should also feel like an old friend who we reach to for comfort as well as fun.

We will use this lesson to start on the Major Arcana, which are the numbered cards starting with zero, which is the fool card and going to number 21 the World card. There are 22 major cards and they are known as majors as the impact of the cards tends to be more significant in our life when these cards appear in your spread. They reflect that the events seen in these cards are occurring now or in the very near future.

The Fool card is not numbered which is why it is the zero card as it starts the tarot, get your deck and separate the Majors so that you can study them better and so that they can be seen in order. Look at each card and take a minute to just study each card well. See how they follow each other and how they unfold as a story. Many believe that originally the tarot was only the Majors cards and that as time went on the popular playing cards evolved into the minor and court cards for the tarot.

The majors are as follows:
0 The Fool
1 The Magician card
2 The High Priestess
3 The Empress
4 The Emperor
5 The Hierophant
6 The Lovers
7 The Chariot
8 Justice
9 The Hermit
10 The Wheel of Fortune
11 Strength
12 The Hanged Man
13 Death
14 Temperance
15 The Devil
16 The Tower
17 The Star
18 The Moon
19 The Sun
20 Judgment
21 The World

Some modern decks will change the order of the Justice and Strength cards as well as Temperance and Judgment cards, that is not as important as learning the cards as they mean to you. As you find that the decks do change the order see how it affects your perception of the cards.

For our lesson, take the first the cards numbered from 0 to 6 and read and study each card, see the various meanings for these cards and then write at least a paragraph about each card. Compare what you see within the cards to the meanings that the booklet that came with your cards to see how closely your feelings match the meanings. See how they flow from each other to tell the story behind the tarot and look at how they apply to everyday life as well. The tarot is timeless and though the age of this form of divination is uncertain, they still remain as accurate as when this was first divined. Keep the meanings and your insights in your journal together with the first lessons insights to use later as we will be putting the cards together to learn and watch the flow of their energy. Just follow the cards energy to see what flows from within you, trust your instinct in regards to what you feel from the cards.

Lesson ONE

Lesson one

 

Learning the tarot takes time and patience as you must learn not just what a card means but what it says to you as well. Take time to look through your deck to see if you have a favourite card, base it not on the meanings but the appearance and energy of the card. Just take a bit of time to look through the deck and pick out your favourite card. After you have done this, you must first take note of what made this card your favourite one as well as to decide if it is the symbolism or just the artwork that this card has. If you have more then one deck, check out the same card in the other deck tat you have and see if you have the same affection for this card as well. After you decide what it is that you like about the card, take out the booklet that came with the deck to see the meaning of the card. Compare your notes on this card and the booklets meaning to reflect on what that card means to you. Often you will find that the card you choose as your favourite describes an aspect of you or a lesson that you need to learn that you are avoiding.

For the first lesson you need to get comfortable with the cards, choose ten cards out of the deck, either just deal ten or do then in order it is your choice, after you reflect on the deck and choose the ten cards that you want to start with make yourself comfortable and make notes as you did with your favourite card. Notice the art and the symbolism of the cards; do not look at the booklet until you make notes on all ten cards. Once you have finished making notes, take out the booklet and see what instinct and appearance say about the cards as opposed to the booklet.

Take the next week to just get used to your cards, shuffle them and get used to the size and feel of them, do not be afraid of them as they will soon become and old friend. Some say to sleep with them under your pillow in either a case or box or wrapped in a cloth. You can do what feels right to you in order to be comfortable with them, make then part of you as you just take this first lesson to get comfortable with the cards themselves. A few ideas as you start this lesson is to make a file on your computer, or grab a notebook to keep ideas and insights in. this way as you go through the lessons you have your old notes to refer to and to use for added insights.

Keep your notes as you progress in your lessons you can see how much more the cards reveal to you as you grow closer to them.

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