How to Interpret a Tarot Card Reading

For centuries, people have considered tarot cards a window to their past, present and future. They were never meant for concrete predictions. Tarot cards are a simple tool that expands your intuition and gives you a broader picture of life’s choices. There are hundreds of different styles of Tarot from which to choose. It can be a lot of fun to open your mind to answers that lie within. You can practice Tarot readings by yourself or you can have others join you. The most important thing to remember is that Tarot cards are just a tool and should not be the sole source of the decision-making in your life.

According to, there are many different ways that Tarot cards can be divided and read. Whichever method you choose, you will still be using basic intuitive skills. When the cards are divided for a question, it is known as a spread. The card’s meaning, its position in the spread, and your questions are all important aspects of the reading. The more practice you get, they better you will get at interpreting different spread sequences.

Although Tarot enthusiasts use a variety of spreads, there are three basic ones that are perfect for beginners. The kitchen table or a desk is ideal for doing your reading. Just make sure that there are no distractions around you. Some people like to light a candle or burn incense to create a meditative ambiance. You shuffle the cards in the same way that you do a deck of playing cards. The entire time that you are shuffling, think about the question that you want to pose to the cards. After you have sufficiently shuffled the deck, you can use the following spreads for your reading.

Three Card Spread

This is the simplest spread that you can use. It is also a popular spread that people use when they do not have a lot of time. The number three has always had a mystical quality about it and it refers to deity. The three card spread represents the past, present, and future. After your shuffling is finished, lay the cards face down on the table and pick three random cards. Each time you pick one, think about your question. Pick the cards that “speak” to you. Put the three cards in a row in front of you. Then, turn each one over. The first is the past, the second is your present, and the third is your future. The face of the card and whether it is right-side-up or upside-down is significant in your reading. You read the cards together as a broad picture of you situation. Using your intuition and the meanings of the cards, you may form a good answer to your question.

Seven Card Spread

Just like the number 3, the number 7 is also a mystical number. This spread uses seven cards and is more in depth than the three-card spread. After shuffling, you randomly choose seven cards and put the first two at the top, the next three in line under them, then the final two in a line under them. The top two represent past influences on your situation and the middle three explains where you are now. The last two show future outcome. Again, you will use your inner voice to interpret the face cards and how they are positioned. The cards will tell a story, says an article in New York

The Celtic Cross Spread

After you have some experience with the other two spreads, you may want to try the Celtic Cross spread. This spread is one of the most difficult ones. This spread used ten cards in a specific cross-like pattern to delve deeply into influences of the past, present, and future. It opens a lot of spiritual insight to your decisions.

Whether you are a beginner or an advance Tarot reader, it is important to remember that the reading is not just a bland memorization of card meanings. It takes skill to read the cards and use your intuition to fill in the blanks. Tarot can be a fun hobby or divination tool for anyone.