Looking For Patterns In Your Tarot Reading
Learning how to read tarot cards is bloody hard and may even seem impossible at times. As a beginner, you're told to learn the Major Arcana first and ease yourself into readings with low number card spreads - but what happens next? Where do you go from there?
Stepping up your game with all 78 cards and bigger spreads is a difficult task and is a great way to melt your brain but... there are easier ways to connect and combine the cards in order to provide a great reading. The key to doing this - and this is something I still do now after 6 years of reading - is to link the tarot cards in your readings together. Learning how to read the combinations, picking out patterns in the symbolism and creating a story with them. There are many ways to do this! You can either pick one way or use them all, it's completely up to you!
As I said, there are many methods to this madness but below I'm going to show you the methods that I use during my readings to ensure that it is as insightful as possible!
I've already written a post about the importance of numerology in tarot readings which you can find here but I'll touch up on it briefly so that you can get a basic understanding. All of the cards in a tarot deck - should - come numbered. There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana and there 56 cards in the Minor Arcana. In numerology, you use numbers between 0-9 - any larger and it's gonna get complicated! - so what you need to do if your card exceeds 9 is add them together until they form a single digit. For example, The World carries the number 21, so you'd need to add 2 and 1 together to get the single digit of 3.
The way I use numerology in my readings is to look for common numbers amongst the cards. Imagine you pulled the High Priestess and the Page of Swords. The High Priestess carries the number 2 whereas the Page of Swords carries the number 11, add that 11 together and you'll get 2. The number 2 in numerology represents union, balance, love and harmony. Get it?
Again, for more details on numerology in tarot, take a look at this article.
2. Card Patterns
Another effective method in reading and making sense of the cards is to look for patterns in what you've drawn. As we know, the Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and all four suits have their own little meanings. The Major Arcana represents the big events in your life that contribute to your growth and life journey. The Minor Arcana represents smaller, daily events that can contribute to the big events portrayed in the Major Arcana. The four suits are represented by the four elements - fire, water, earth and air - and represents different aspects of our life and personalities.
Next time you perform a reading, take a look and see if there's a pattern between the Major and Minor Arcanas that you have drawn. Are there a larger number of Major Arcanas than there are Minor? Are there more Wands than any other category? Is there a category completely missing from the reading? This isn't a coincidence and shouldn't be taken as one.
The images on the cards are there for a reason and shouldn't be ignored. They're not just there to look appealing and pretty, they're there to give you a visual understanding of the card itself. This can be quite a confusing one as there are so many different decks out there with so many different imagery but if when you come to understand the card meaning, you will come to see the pattern in each one.
Have a good look at the pictures laid out in front of you and take it all in. Is there a pattern in the imagery of the cards? Is there anything in those cards that are calling your attention or jumping out at you? Allow the imagery to guide you to your answer.
The most important out of all of them and the one I talk about ALL the time! I cannot stress enough the importance of tuning into your intuition during a tarot reading, you will not get an effective reading without doing so. Unfortunately, this is something that cannot be helped by anyone else, your intuition is on you and you alone. Take a look at The Intuitive Tarot Diary for help in enhancing your intuition, plus, it can really help with your tarot skills also - win win!
The trick to using your intuition during a tarot reading is to meditate on those cards. Really look at them, feel them and open your heart and mind to them. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you look at these cards? What does your gut feeling tell you? How do they make you feel? What do you think that you must do?
How The Intuitive Tarot Diary Can Help You?
The Black Moon Gypsy Intuitive Tarot Diary is a tarot journal created especially to make your tarot reading experience so much easier. Journaling is an important aspect of tarot reading and really makes the difference between a good tarot reader and a great one. With everything from tips, a moon phase planner, daily tarot diary and a reading diary where you can record all aspects of your reading - from the cards, to patterns, to what your intuition is trying to tell you - the Intuitive Tarot Diary has everything you need to enhance your tarot skill!
Are you ready to really tune into your intuition and connect with your Higher Self through tarot?
To know more about all 78 card meanings, start here.
For more tips on learning the cards or how to start out, take a look here.
Do you have a specific method on how to read your cards? Let us know in the comments below!