Ok, I’ll just say it: Tarot cards get a bad rap. If Oracle is a piece of creative writing, Tarot is MLS formatting. Far too often though, people miss out on the depth that Tarot has to offer. Don’t be intimidated! You’ll soon learn that Tarot has tons of charm and character and it all starts with its rich history!
Tarot’s past is pretty well documented. It originated in the early 1400s in Italy and the cards were first used to play a game similar to the modern-day bridge! It wasn’t until the 18th century rolled around that they became more widely known for divination. The tarot deck is full of lavish imagery. There have even been claims that these images come from the Book of Thoth, belonging to the Egyptian God of wisdom!
There are a few myths about tarot that lend to its rigid reputation. Throw them out the window! For instance, that the deck needs to be gifted to you, or that you can only cut the deck with your left hand you might never start tarot if you waited around for a gift! So, get rid of whatever myths aren’t working for you.
I’ve picked two awesome spreads to share with you! Here are a few things to know before you get started!
- Visit your deck with an open mind and an open heart.
- Be honest with yourself. Are you truly ready to know what the tarot spread will reveal?
- Familiarize yourself with your deck. Draw a card every day while you begin to learn the meaning behind each image.
- Focus on the question or issue at hand before and during the reading. Try to meditate on this so as not to confuse to tarot with other issues.
The Ellipse Spread
This five-card variation of the traditional seven-card Ellipse spread is a great way to get started. Have a direct question in mind? Turn to this tarot card spread!
Explanation of Cards
- Card 1: Present and its influence
- Card 2: Future and what influence is coming into your life
- Card 3: What to do
- Card 4: Outside influence
- Card 5: Final outcome
The Mandala Spread
Delve into your spiritual self with this spread! Learn about your strengths and pitfalls. Discover your best possible path for spiritual growth!
Explanation of Cards
- Card 1: Self
- Card 2: Goals and ambitions
- Card 3: Ideals, dreams
- Card 4: Current achievements
- Card 5: Dependencies, false beliefs
- Card 6: Strengths
- Card 7: Weaknesses
- Card 8: Self-perception
- Card 9: Desires
We just touched on a few elements of tarot, to find out more about each of the 78 cards contained in the tarot deck click here! I’m sure you’ll become just as enchanted with the tarot as I have. I wish you peace, comfort, and solace as you divulge in this long-trusted form of divination. Check out a rundown of Oracle cards here (freebie included!)
Cassie Uhl is a published author, artist, intuitive, and founder of Zenned Out. She created Zenned Out in 2012 with the mission to build a brand that normalizes spirituality. In 2018 she self-published her popular and interactive Goddess Discovery Book series. In 2020 her writing and art became more mainstream with Understanding Auras, Understanding Crystals, and Understanding Chakras, published by The Quarto Group. Her writing style and art combine to help marry accessibility with deep spiritual topics. It is her goal to help others understand and live spiritual practices that can change the world. Inspired by her open-minded grandmother, Cassie has been meditating and working with her energy since her teenage years. She received her 200hr YTT in 2012 with a focus on breathwork. Now, her work focuses on energy work, journeying, mediumship, death midwifery, and healing through traditional Celtic shamanic practices.