Q&A: What is the proper way to read tarot cards?

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What is the proper way to read tarot cards?
I can’t figure out how to lay the cards in proper way. How do I read the cards?

Answer by Elena H
There’s a whole setup, like arranging the cards in a cross and a line. It’s hard to explain but it comes with a booklet in the tarot cards so you can see the arrangement and the order, and what the cards mean.

Answer by rested
Face up

Answer by timothystrain
There are actually many ways to do a Tarot layout. Depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I would suggest that you go to a Wiccan site or a Barnes & Noble and find a book that explains it. The layouts are far to complicated to be answered in depth here.

Answer by Pam R
Hello Time

If you are new to the Tarot, spreads are best left alone for a while. They tend to confuse & get students frustrated.

Sit, focus on the cards as individuals, get a feel for them, understand what each card means to you.

One card readings are excellent, whether experienced or new, dont underestimate the power of a single card. Single cards can also be meditated upon for greater detail.

If you really feel the need to lay more detailed spreads, start a course (I run one), or buy, borrow a good detailed book, search the net etc – BUT pick one spread, make it your own, feel at ease & fully understand the positions.

Or even better design your own spead to suit your needs!

Hope that helps, any questions like this join the Yahoo Group below if you wish.

In Peace


tarot cards

Are “TAROT CARDS” a safe method to use for looking into the future, or is it just all wrong to begin?
My question is: “Are tarot cards and psychic readings (sorry, couldn’t come up with a better word) dangerous? If so, why & how would you know?

Answer by Miss 6
No they are NOT dangerous. First off Tarot cards give you insight on current situations. As long as you understand that you have free will and can change an outcome to a tarot reading then you’ll be fine. I always tell people I read for to take things with a grain of salt and to remember they have Free Will.
There are no spirits or demons involved in either situation (tarot or psychic). Tarot picks up on your frequencies not spirits.
I hope this helped

*its not a sin!

Answer by Jessica R
If you are religious it is a sin. is it dangerous? i would say not. Trying to get in contact with spirits is.

Answer by Mz. Beautiful
No they’re not dangerous. But the card are only as good as the psychic. The cards will tell the truth, but it takes a well trained psychic to reveal their true meaning.

Answer by lame_saint
Your answers are going to vary widely based on the beliefs of the people who answer you, rather than actual fact.

I personally believe that the majority of these kinds of things are just dupes invented for publicity, so now you know that my answers are colored by a lack of belief in the paranormal. Keeping that in mind… I would say that the only danger in a psychic reading is your reaction to the reading (e.g. a phony psychic tells you that “John” is the man you were meant to marry. You marry John. John then turns out to be a wife-beater…)

However, if I DID believe that every psychic was a bonified expert in their field, I would still tell you that a Ouija board is dangerous. Even people who tinker with this stuff say that you can occasionally get a Spirit/Ghost/whatever that wants to harm you (e.g. You are a whaler for a living and you accidentally contact the ghost of Steve Erwin. Steve takes offence to your whale slaying ways and decides that a little revenge from the grave is in order…)

How can I read my tarot cards?? What are the steps to reading my own and others?
I have tarots but I don’t know how to read them. I don’t know what formations i’m supposed to put out or what the formations do. If I only ask one question do I have to take out several cards?? And why?? How do I make the readings more accurate?!?!
Wow I already got cynic comments and a religion converting one….nice.

Answer by superlessman
Just make stuff up like the pros do!

Answer by Live 4 Jesus
you should not mess with black magic as it is a sin

Answer by gwhiz1052
Sorry it is a deck of cards,it does not speak and it does not have knowledge.

Answer by Ms.Layla
look up a proffessional on the internet


  1. CassysTarot says

    Tarot cards are only dangerous if you don’t understand their use and purpose, and if you fixate on them. Beginners to tarot cards are not really equipped to rely on their own interpretations. It takes years to develop the skill and to really understand, so beginners tend to buy a deck, lay out some cards, look at the answers in a book, and then make rash decisions based on what they read, or have unjustified beliefs about what the book says. So, in that way, it can be dangerous. But overall, no, the tarot cards are not dangerous. They are not demonic. A deck of paper has never caused demonic possession or any of that sort of urban myth stuff. I just always caution beginners not to take their beginner spreads too seriously as it does take years to learn.

  2. ChainLightning ⅜ says

    They are originally game cards. If you play poker, you will understand how rare it is to be dealt a royal flush. Not impossible but rare. Now add a lot more cards and have inverse card positions. You will more likely to win the lottery than get the same spread twice in a row.

    I’ve been to a place that mass produces these cards. (My company sells playing cards) Same inks, cardboard, and presses make other products. Does that make my cereal box have magical powers? So what make tarots so special?

    That answer is nothing. It is randomness and the tarots are only props. Just like tea leaves are props. So are astrology charts. They depend on the randomness of the orbits of gas and rock.

    So safety is not an issue. They are just useless.

  3. Scorpio says

    Would you consider yourself “dangerous”?

    If I said that Tarot cards are only cards, and their meanings are in the Symbols on the cards… But the real understanding of the meaning is individual, because each person’s understanding of “world memory” and symbols are individual – Then are Tarot cards Dangerous?

    If I said everyone has the entire Tarot deck inside of them, and that the Tarot cards that are physical are only key cards to unlock the understanding of what they mean, the meaning of the Tarot Within… then are Tarot cards Dangerous?

    Wrong or right is a decision you have to make, for yourself. People will tell you what they feel was right for them… It does not mean it applies to you.

    You can consider it dangerous, if you’re afraid to look inside of yourself and truly see what is there.

    You can consider it harmless, if you’re the kind of person who can adapt to life’s changes, no matter what comes…

    The Tarot deck in itself is only card stock with fancy art on it. The meaning of the symbols are as rendered by the artist (who in turn have their own esoteric beliefs on the matter, that’s why they express it the way the have) The history of the Tarot is pretty much debated. But the beginning of using Tarot decks for divination is quite understandable… = people have always wanted to know what’s coming, because they’re always searching for coherence.

    If you’re curious, and you want to know, then open Pandora’s box for yourself… 😉 It’s like a box of every-flavoured candies. You’ll never know what you’ll get… but you’ll never know without trying…

    I can say though that even if you go for it… Unless if there are sets of circumstances out of your control.. like being stuck in a messy triangle where in you’re dangling while waiting for the decisions of two other people… (but even that is not big problem, if you Know Yourself)

    Each Tarot reading is about You, the things on your plate and what you feel you should do about it.

    A Tarot reader can tell you things represented by each card, but the meanings will always fall into what you understand, what you can live with, what you can live without and what you’re going to do about it…

    It’s about Choices, and Free Will and how much you are able to understand the workings of your Inner Being.

    The best use for Tarot, (likewise with Astrology) I believe, is using it as a Tool to Know Yourself… so in that sense… if you find yourself attracted to Tarot cards and the Notion of Tarot readings, then you’d have to decide for yourself… Do you want to open your Pandora’s box, or do you just leave it alone, because you heard from someone that it’s “Dangerous”…

    Pandora’s Box will always be there waiting… 😉

  4. Rev. Lynn D. says

    No they are not dangerous and I know because I do psychic readings and have been helping people for 18 years.

    How can something be wrong that gives a person hope who has been feeling hopeless and makes a person optimistic about the future when they have given up.

    And what the reading says is not carved in stone. Almost everything can be changed by making new choices and that is the whole idea. To show people where they are going wrong and helping them to correct it.

  5. James B says

    For a beginning tarot reader, try these steps:

    1. Ask your question, or have the other person ask their question.
    2. Think about the question while you shuffle the deck, and stop shuffling when you feel it is time to stop, go with your gut.
    3. Cut the deck if you asked the question, or have the other person cut the deck if they asked it.
    4. Now pull three cards and lay them out from left to right.

    The first card is going to represent anything from the past that is affecting the question. The second card is advice for the question as it is in the present. And the third card is the likely outcome of the question.

    Now there are many, MANY different spreads and ways to read the tarot, but for someone who is starting out this is a good and easy way to do it.

  6. grelics says

    There should be a little white booklet included with your deck (you didn’t mention which one you have). That will give you card meanings and at least the basic Celtic Cross layout, or the simple 3-card past/present/future mentioned above should work for now until you are more familiar with the cards.

    You should check out:

    If you find you are truly interested and want a more in a more in-depth course, there is a free one-year one offered at: http://www.magickaschool.com

  7. Rev. Lynn D. says

    First thing to do is to take your cards and put them in a silk pouch. They can be found at New Age Bookstores among other places. Your cards should be placed under your pillow each night for 7 nights so they will pick up your vibration.

    Then get books or information on the internet. You will find card meanings and different types of spreads. When you choose a spread, stick with it so spirit will learn to work with you the way you do things.

    Remember that the cards are a vehicle for the psychic message you will receive. Each card has multiple meanings and it is the psychic message that will tell you which meaning applies to you or someone else.

    Personally I recommend finding a New Age bookstore and taking classes. It is hands on and you can practice with other students.
    The more you do this, the hetter you will get at it.

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