Once you learn the meanings of the cards (or at least a foundation of the meanings, as most tarotists consider the cards a life-long study and journey), it’s time to put the cards together into a reading.
Making the leap from understanding the cards to weaving them together into a synthesized, coherent reading can be a big one. Students always want ideas for easing from “card meaning” to “whole reading.”
One way is to do as many “practice” readings as you can. This way you can slowly build up your comfort level and confidence.
These ideas can be applied to practicing new techniques, test driving new spreads, or getting to know new decks as well.
1. Read for yourself. This has limitations, of course. Reading for yourself can be challenging simply because it is harder to be objective. Also, I don’t know about you, but often I simply don’t have enough questions to practice on myself that often.
2. Read for imaginary querents. Invent a person with a short bio and a question or read for a fictional character.
3. Pretend a celebrity has asked for a reading and practice on them. This option may cross ethical boundaries for some of you, particularly those who do not believe that you should ever read for anyone without their permission. If that is your case, then obviously this option isn’t for you.
4. Before going to a movie or before the next episode of your favorite weekly show, do a reading to see what will happen.
5. Read for the cards. This technique actually packs a double punch in terms of learning. Use your tarot cards to create an imaginary querent. Pull a court card to represent the querent. Pull another card to represent the situation or question. If desired, pull another court card to represent another person involved in the situation (particularly useful in practicing relationship readings).
What are your favorite ways to practice?