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Tarot FAQ's, Layouts, Rules & Lessons

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Tarot Layouts (Version 2.1 - 09/15/1995)

A complete FAQ version (Version 4.0.0 - 07/01/1996 - Text)

Another complete FAQ (HTML) version.

Layouts, Rules & Lessons

"The main purpose in this course is to show you how to use the cards for yourself..."

"There are a lot of similarly-titled articles directed at beginners on the Internet, and most of them are full of good advice. I am writing this article not because I think it will be an improvement over any of these but rather in the hope that a different viewpoint may prove useful to the beginner..." - [Detailed]

"Learn the meaning of tarot cards. Each of the 78 cards in a Rider-Waite style tarot deck, the most common tarot for beginners, is explored and explained. The most common symbols in each of the major arcana are described, with the basic story as part of the Fool's Journey, and observations of Thirteen's own. Interpretations are given for each of the minor arcana, and the court cards are also explored in detail, with interpretations for both person- and situation-related aspects of these cards in a reading..."

"Learning the Tarot for the first time is a daunting and overwhelming task. Not only are there seventy-eight different upright meanings, there are also seventy-eight reversed meanings! Nevertheless, you have to start somewhere, and you have chosen well by coming to this page! The following interpretations of the Rider Waite Tarot cards are important to both the beginner and advanced. For the beginner, one can begin to read over and understand the different meanings. For the more advanced, one can compare one's own notes and take on board the often differing perspectives.."

"Tarot readings are arrangements of cards drawn from a shuffled deck. The layout of the cards is known as a spread, and determines what each card refers to. For example, the Two Paths spread is used to understand an upcoming decision, and hence it uses cards to represent the different options and their outcomes..."

An Interactive Tarot Reading.

"The fastest way to learn to read Tarot cards is to limit the number of cards you use for your initial readings. It isn't necessary to have a large Celtic Cross or Tree of Life layout to get a substantial and informative reading. To begin, let's look at a few three card layouts you can use right away..."

"At some point in your Tarot studies you will have to make a choice as to whether or not you intend to read the cards only in the upright position or include reversals. Reversal of cards happen when you deal a card and it lands with the picture upside down.."

"Over the years I have developed my own personal interpretations of the Queens. To illustrate my thoughts, I'll use the Rider-Waite deck, which I think is good for learning and understanding Tarot..."

"In this article, I will talk about the Pages in each suit of the Tarot. I'll refer to the traditional Rider Waite deck throughout. These are my own personal interpretations of the Pages, how I have come to know and understand them over the years of reading the Tarot..."

"There are general guidelines about the meanings of the cards (see The Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana, coming soon), but remember, these are not hard and fast definitions. Every reader has had cards that mean something they probably never would have thought before."

"When you look at your Tarot cards, it can appear to be an incredibly difficult task to memorize everything you need to know to do reading. Don't be alarmed by that huge stack of cardboard! The world of Tarot is only indomitable until you learn a few basic concepts. From there on, you'll find each new piece of knowledge falls into place as easily as.."

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