Tarot Cards Are a Girl's Best Friend.
by Kirsten F.
I've had an interest in tarot reading since the first time I heard Miss Cleo's "Call me now!" on late night infomercials. It was like this itch that I could never scratch, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. Growing up in an Adventist household things like horoscopes, tarot reading and witchcraft weren't gonna fly. I always felt like I had this massive secret as a kid, how I would secretly day dream about having magical powers, and creating my own world. Reading Sabrina The Teenage Witch comics and thinking how I wanted to do what she did. Watching Practical Magic, Kiki's Delivery Service and The Craft like they were the only movies that mattered. Being a witch was always the most exciting thing to me. How you can use the Earth as a part of a spell. How you just know what to do, and trust that it'll go the way it's meant to. My teenaged years were filled with writing spells, reading The Drama High series, and sneaking on every horoscope site I could find. I also found myself weirdly drawn to a tarot reading fortune telling game on The-N.com.
(tbh they need to bring that site back)
I would ask it the most random questions, but somehow every time I got the answer I was looking for. I didn't know it then, but my intuition has always been very, very clear and strong. The day I purchased my very first deck it felt like I had finally plugged into a piece of me. Reading tarot cards have become a way of life for me, and sometimes for my friends as well. I find myself always giving readings when someone needs a little advice. Let me tell you this though, I can't read the future. I don't know what's going to happen in your life nor do I pretend to know.
The cards also don't know, however they present their message when it's needed. What they can tell you is what you need to hear in that moment, or what you already know. The magick behind the Tarot is listening, and being receptive to the message being presented to you. There's so many ways for a person to get into interpreting the tarot, and its many decks. I personally use The Osho Zen Tarot deck, and I've discovered that I like it more than the traditional (like the Rider - Waite) tarot cards. Choose whatever cards speak to you the most, because that's the most important thing when you're purchasing a deck.
Also, I'm not going to lie doing your first spread is a bit confusing sometimes. I found myself looking into other people's spreads for a bit of extra guidance. Which is okay, learn your craft! Whether you're being taught by someone or self teaching you can always find "study guides"! Creating your own spreads is also a great way to learn, allow your hands to create a space for you. Trust in your body, and know that whatever you're creating is coming to life for a reason.
Try pulling a card each day to get familiar with your deck, not only is that a good way to start recognizing what cards are present, but there's nothing like starting your day off with a good affirmation. There's so many different ways you can start reading tarot cards, and there's so much information about them online. That's the cool thing about being a mystical/spiritual/witch etc these days. We have access to so many different ways to create our magick.
Here's a few of my favorite spreads to get you started!
1. The Self - Esteem Tarot by The Hoodwitch
I've used a few of the spreadsthat Bri (The Hoodwitch) has suggested and created, and let me tell you she never disappoints. Check out how to read this self love spread HERE !
2. Universal 6 Card Spread by Lotus Tarot
I've been using this online spread for a few years now, I have always personally felt extremely connected to this spread for a number of reasons. No matter what your preference is, remember that your intuition is the leading factor. . . LISTEN! Check out this reading on Lotus Flower .
3. The 3 Paged Letter by K.R.
This is a spread that I created myself, I use it when I do quick readings for people! This spread is fairly simple to follow, from left to right;
1. A letter from your spirit guides.
2. A letter from your subconscious.
3. A letter from me to you.
I call them letters because they are messages being brought into your life & I (or you!) get to help deliver them. You can tweak this spread to whatever you need to. As always, magick is what you make of it so make it count! You can find more of my spreads on my Instagram and Snapchat!