How Do Tarot Card Readings Work?

How Tarot Readings Work

The Tarot Card Deck

​​The Tarot is a deck of 78 picture cards. The two ​main sections of the Tarot are the major and minor arcanas.

The 22 Major Arcana cards are the foundation of the Tarot and provide the greatest meaning in a reading. The 56 Minor Arcana cards are made up of four suits (Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles). 

Tarot cards originated in Islamic countries and were brought to Europe in the 14th century. In 1440 Italian royalty created the first tarot deck that was used in a popular card game. The modern use of tarot, for understanding a person’s life and their future, started in the 19th century.

Tarot Card Archetypes

The unique picture on each Tarot card represents a universal archetype and gives it a specific meaning. Each tarot card has an upright meaning and a different meaning when displayed upside down.

The appeal of tarot comes from the universal archetypes represented in the images. Yet the power of the tarot comes from the intention and intuitive skill of the person interpreting the cards.

What is a Psychic Tarot Reading?

A psychic tarot reading is a consultation by a professional psychic to offer insight into the client’s life at a moment in time.

Tarot readers use a tarot deck to guide the reading. They draw individual cards from the decks lay them down one at a time.

The meaning of each card, and the order each card appears, provide a unique meaning to the client’s life. The importance and meaning of each card are interpreted by the psychic.

A skilled psychic with a developed sixth chakra can intuitively interpret the universal meaning of the cards and relate them to a client’s life. With the correct intention the information gained from the cards can help a client better understand their life and create a better future for themselves.

Each psychic has unique abilities and will often rely on different psychic techniques during a reading. For example, some professional psychics will use the tarot cards as a trigger for tapping into their psychic unconscious, enabling them to better read a client. A truly gifted psychic may have the ability to consciously communicate with their angels, who help in providing an accurate reading for the client.

The accuracy of a tarot reading will depend on the abilities of the psychic. Anyone who has been to more than one psychic already knows there is a difference in capabilities among tarot readers. Let your intuition guide you choosing a tarot reader wisely.

How to Do a Tarot Reading

People often take the time to learn tarot so they can do their own readings. They might watch a video online or read a book to learn what each tarot card means and how it relates to the other cards in the deck.

When reading for himself a person projects his life history and current situation onto the universal meaning of each card. This personal interpretation of the cards may allow a person to consciously understand aspects of himself and his life that were previously hidden in the unconscious.

Most people do not have the highly developed intuitive ability of a professional psychic. As a result, their readings are often less accurate than those done by a talented psychic.

Read more how tarot cards work in the articles below.

Tarot Card Meanings

Major Arcana Tarot Cards

​Learn how the 21 major arcana cards form the foundation of the tarot. Discover the archetypes represented by each card and the meaning of each card in a tarot reading.

​Minor Arcana Tarot Cards

Minor Arcana Tarot Cards

​There are four suits in the minor arcana and 14 cards in each suit. Each card can provide insight into the current issues of your life.