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How can I learn to read tarot cards?

Can someone please explain to me how to read tarot cards? Or at least give me a site to help? Also, is it possible to use a regular deck of playing cards if you know what each of the cards mean? I’ve heard of people doing this and don’t know if it’s possible, and if so how?


  1. A regular deck of cards do not have the major arcana (except for the jokers). I suggest you get the traditional Rider-Waite tarot deck. Also obtain a good book on how to read the basics of tarot. One such is Sasha Fenton’s Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards.

  2. I’ve never heard of using a regular deck to read tarot. Why would you when the tarot cards look so pretty? But I suppose you could, if you assigned meaning to them all. Almost all tarot sets come an explanation card or book. You could google it, or go to the library.

  3. first buy a deck… an easy one to start with is the Rider Waite Smith standard deck… and then just read the little booklet that comes along with it. here are some useful sites:
    http://tarotforum.net (click “learn” and just read as much as you can)
    http://www.ata-tarot.com/resource/cards/ (this has all the card meanings in a longer, more in-depth format…. VERY useful!!)
    those two are the only ones i’ve used to develop my skill and now i’m really familiar with the deck… i never have to use a reference for meanings and i’m always right ^_^
    you could also buy a book about tarot, which i recommend, especially one that has lots of spreads you can practice. basically you have to teach yourself… and it’s a really fun journey to take!
    p.s. yes you can use a regular deck but it’s MUCH harder because there are no visual clues… and it’s nowhere near the same dynamic of meaning as a tarot deck. here’s a link: http://www3.sympatico.ca/terrir/romany.html
    –EDIT– moriah may be a certified magickian, but i can assure you, a proper intuitive person/psychic can divine with *ANYTHING,* whether it’s a thoth deck (which is just as special as a rider-waite, thank you very much) or a deck of two-cent playing cards. i’m not bashing thoth decks though… some people find them easier to learn with than others, it just depends how you connect to the cards. i recommend buying a rider-waite AND a thoth deck (that’s what i did). and learn to read both (they’re very different)…
    –second edit– moriah, from reading your answers to other questions, i can see you’re very wise, but really can’t you concede that the method of divination has no impact upon its accuracy?

  4. If you really want to read the Tarot in depth and accurately, you need to forget about all these various haphazard systems. Concentrate on learning the associations of the Western Qabalah for each of the sephiroth and 22 paths in conjunction with the tarot cards. Get a deck like Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck or one of the modern ceremonial decks. Forget about fluff crap like Rider-Waite or any of the silly Fairy decks out there. Get serious about magick and mysticism and you will EARN the right to read Tarot properly. If you just want to be a run of the mill fortune teller conning and bilking people then develop an imagination and just make crap up.

  5. If you are looking for a class that is made up of real people and real teachers coming together to learn then I would suggest you try out this site. http://www.mistresskalpanasrealm.com/new/
    I am a student at this free school and I love the attention, the detail of the lessons and the feedback I get from my teachers.
    Also If you would like more one on one mentoring if you become a memberof the American Tarot Association we have a mentoring program that will connect you with someone who will help you learn at your own rate. http://www.ata-tarot.com

  6. Hi,
    I run a free Tarot course by email which you are more than welcome to join 🙂
    You can read regular playing cards (do a search on cartomancy). With a regular pack of cards ignore anything to do with the Major Arcana and Pages (these are Tarot only). The suits of playing cards correspond with the Tarot like so:
    Hearts = Cups
    Clubs = Wands
    Diamonds = Pentacles
    Spades = Swords
    Hope this helps!

  7. Hello
    Join our forum, you can ask & practice as you like. I also run a tarot course for those interested.
    Regular playing card divination is called Cartomancy.
    See Profile


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