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How to get the most out of Tarot readings

Posted by Esra Dagtekin on

While there are plenty of ways to learn about tarot, the best way is often through a personal tarot reading. Yet, if you've never had one before, it can be hard to know where to start.

The history of Tarot

Around 1781, the discovery of tarot card reading was made by the French and British. They started reading and analyzing the symbol on the cards. They understood those symbols and extracted meanings out of those symbols. They realized that these cards mean more than just playing trump cards. They then gradually started using these cards as divination tools to introduce the readers and writers to Tarot. Soon after this discovery, these cards became an occult philosophy. One of the most well known tarot decks is the Rider-Waite or Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck.

Doing a personal tarot card reading or self-reading

The Art of a Personal Reading

Tarot card reading is meant to be reflective of our inner beings and meditative for us. Instead of looking for external reasoning after tarot card reading, one should always look within and reflect on how the fortune could play out.

While some tarot specialists advise against giving oneself a tarot reading, the general consensus is that with enough discipline, training, and preparation, one can absolutely read the cards for themselves.

A self-reading is a wonderful way to check-in with the energies working for and against you, as well as assess certain situations and possible points of action.

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How to do a self-reading?

There are 4 steps to follow:

  1. Choose an appropriate spot - a good spot is determined, properly cleansed, and surrounded with the necessary accouterments.
  2. Focus on your question - meditate ahead of time on what you wish to know and be as specific as possible.
  3. Pick the right spread - stick with a spread that aligns with your question, and that you know by heart.
  4. Interpret and reflect - the underlying messages may not make themselves apparent at first, so record the spread and date in a journal.

Keep your mind open and don't be too hard on yourself if you don't get it right on the first go. Tarot reading takes a lot of practice. Only by practicing you can perfect your craft.


Whether you are trying to read for yourself or paying a reader to offer an interpretation, any reading will be a far richer experience if approached in the right spirit and state of mind. Asking the right question, or rather, figuring out your intentions before you approach those cards, can really make the difference when it comes to the quality of your reading.

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