Tarot Card Reading For Beginners: How to Master This Magical Party Trick
So, you like magic huh? Well you've come to the right place. Spiritual self-care has had a major revival in the Western world, especially amongst women. Often called "natural magic", this includes practices like astrology, alchemy, herbology, and divination. Tarot card reading is a form of divination (seeking insight from spirit guides), and whether you believe in it or not, it's a great way to connect with your own personal power — and it makes a pretty cool party trick.
Think of how many of your friends are charmed by the calming properties of crystals, light candles to set the mood when trying to unwind, or swear by natural remedies and herbs instead of pharmaceuticals. It's undeniable that the world around us carries vibrations, and many of us can sense when something has "good" or "bad" vibes. Intuition is real and powerful, but first, we have to know how to communicate with it. Divination is a great way to connect with our "inner voice" or "gut feeling", but before you start gazing into a crystal ball or invest in a hefty book on palmistry — tarot card reading or "taromancy" is perhaps the easiest form of divinatory magic.
My personal introduction to taromancy started when I was a child. I grew up in a very spiritual, "magic-positive" household with my mum playing tarot games with her friends very often. I started collecting crystals and became curious about spell books and casting at around age 7. It wasn't until age 21 that I started identifying as a witch. Since then, I go through phases of magical curiosity, but when it comes to tarot reading — that started in University. I was in the throes of adulthood and just needed something to make me feel more at ease with sorting out my own life. Since about 2014, I've been reading and researching tarot cards and their histories.
Curious to know more? Keep reading for my simple guide to navigating your first tarot deck.