Tarot as Daily Guidance

 

Note: This is Part 1 of a three-part introduction to tarot. See Part 2 and Part 3.

We are going to discuss:

  • What is tarot and how are they different from oracle cards?

  • What is intuitive tarot reading? 

  • How to start consulting the cards even if you don't know how to read?


What is tarot and how are they different from oracle cards?


Even if you do not intend to read tarot for yourself, it's always good to know what the difference is between tarot and oracle cards.

Tarot is a more systematised deck comprised of 78 cards. No matter who created them they will always have the same number of Major Arcana cards and Minor Arcana cards. The depictions on the cards may change, but the symbolism will have similarities no matter what the deck is.

Oracle cards are less uniform and are dependent on its creator. Cards per deck will vary, as well as symbolism, meaning, and depictions on each card.
 

What is intuitive tarot reading? 


When I first started reading, I picked oracle cards not knowing the difference. It was daunting having to think about studying tarot, what with its 78 cards and their meaning. However, once the initial overwhelm wore off, it opened me up to working with other decks. It was when I learned to read intuitively.

Intuitive tarot reading happens when I take all my tarot knowledge (the system) and combine it with what the cards depict (varies according to the deck creators). Intuition plays a part in telling the story of how the cards come together during a reading, and how that translates to you. In short, it's going with the flow. 
 

How to start consulting the cards even if you don't know how to read?


You may be itching to get a tarot reading especially if you have something on your mind and in need of guidance. However, in this instance, instead of tarot I suggest grabbing oracle cards. One of my favourites, the Inner Star Oracle by Jo Klima, is a beautiful deck that reminds us of our inner wisdom, intuition, and imagination. 

If getting your hands on a deck could not come soon enough, you can always download the Mystic Mondays app, where you can get a daily guidance card and its explanation. It also has good content on tarot, especially for beginners. 

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