This area of the IvyRose Holistic website includes
around 100 pages of information about the tarot, including
pages about each individual tarot card in a standard
deck - so it's a great place to start learning about
Here are some general tips about learning more about tarot cards and tarot reading:
Studying Tarot in a Class or with a Teacher
It may not be necessary to study
the tarot alone.
Some tarot readers offer classes as well as personal
readings in order to pass on their knowledge to
others in a more flexible and personal way than
could be achieved by writing/reading a book or
Advantages of learning the tarot as part of a
small group include the personal guidance of the
tutor, meeting the other students - learning from
them, and also everyone having the possibility
to do practice readings on relative strangers,
and also to receive mini-reading themselves as
part of the class exercises. It can also be fun
to learn together.
Selecting a Tarot Deck
Most tarot readers have one tarot deck, or
at least one main or preferred tarot deck. However, beginners
may enjoy trying a range of different decks to
experiment with which one feels right for him/herself
personally. We have heard one recommendation that
is is good luck to receive your tarot deck as
an unconditional gift. Nevertheless, the decks
can vary considerably and it is important to use
one whose images and energies are not only comfortable,
but also attractive to the reader.
If you receive a reading from someone whose tarot
deck appeals to you then ask him/her about it.
IvyRose does not sell tarot decks but we do feature a range of popular decks in
the tarot decks section
and on pages about the individual tarot cards.
Familiarisation with the cards
There are 78 Cards in a standard tarot deck:
22 cards of the Major
Arcana (picture cards) plus 4 suits of 14
cards each. Memorising the meanings of the cards can be simplified
in many ways:
- In the correct (numerical) order, the 22 cards
of the Major Arcana tell a story.
This is called "The Fool's Journey",
and by remembering the story, it is much easier
to recall the order and significance of each
of the cards involved.
- Each of the suits has some characteristics
common to all of the cards in the suit, for
example each suit has a theme (emotions, material/physical,
mental capabilities/intellect, personal growth/career),
is associated with an element (earth, air, fire
or water), and with a season (spring, summer,
autumn, or winter).
- Each of the numbers and Court Cards (Page,
Knight, Queen and King) in the Minor Arcana
have some characteristics in common.
- Many tarot decks, and certainly the most popular
modern decks are highly illustrated so that
after first learning the symbolism incorporated
into a card, the information is simply there
to see when the card is encountered in the future.
- Where there is ambiguity about the meaning
of a card, the meaning in a particular situation
may be clarified by the position of the card
in the spread, and by the cards that appear
There are also a range of games and techniques
for increasing one's familiarity with the cards
of the tarot deck - for example, by taking out
a card at random each day and studying at reflecting
on that one card during that day.
Reading Books about the Tarot
There are many varied and interesting books
about the tarot. Reading around a subject is usually a great way
to support other forms of learning - but do remember
that reading the tarot is a practical skill.
It's possible to become an expert on, for example,
the known history of the tarot, yet lack sufficient
familiarity with the cards and sensitivity to
their subtle meanings to read a spread. IvyRose features a range of books and packs of books plus tarot decks in the tarot books section.
As with many learning tasks, practice brings
further learning, insight, improvement, and confidence.
Anyone who is really motivated to learn a particular
skill will also be keen to practise and use it.
However, in the case of learning the tarot, some
forms of practise are better than others. For
example, it is not recommended to attempt
reading after reading - especially if you are
both the sitter (seeker) and the reader,
and are using the same spread and/or focusing
on the same situation. It is far better to gain
more varied experience by doing regular readings
for other people. The less well you know the sitter
- or at least the situation or issue he/she chooses
to focus on, the better. There are several reasons
for this - with obvious benefits. For example,
working with other unfamiliar sitters is more
challenging, more objective, and may result in
the learner tarot reader gaining more confidence
than when reading for himself or herself.