My Experience of Learning Tarot

It’s funny how different people come to tarot. For some people it’s been something their family has always done, others are simply drawn to it, but for people like me who grew up in very ‘no nonsense’ households where anything esoteric was poo-pooed, it is something odd and mysterious that requires a ‘happening’ to be brought into your life.

Tarot was something I was aware of but never paid much attention to. After all, it was just a load of nonsense and woo wasn’t it? Just a bunch of generalisations that could be applied to any situation, a bit like cold reading. Until I learned that my good friend, Steve, reads the cards.

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The Four Aces of RWS

Learn Tarot – Introduction

On the many Facebook groups and forums you’ll regularly see people recommending the study of each individual card, using a mix of artwork interpretation and other references, over many, many months.  With 78 cards this is a considerable challenge;  if others learnt the hard way then you should too!  Right?

Wrong!  Let us show you not only the easy way – but the best way to learn the underlying associations.

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From James Ricklef’s Blog

James Ricklef's Tarot Blog Explore and learn about the Tarot ... and yourself!

  • What does the Five of Swords mean?
    by jamesricklef on May 27, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Pithy Tarot card meanings are short, easy to remember meanings that may stimulate further insights when called to mind during a reading. They also make great "Card of the Day" messages. Here’s one for the Five of Swords.

  • What does the Five of Cups mean?
    by jamesricklef on May 23, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Pithy Tarot card meanings are short, easy to remember meanings that may stimulate further insights when called to mind during a reading. They also make great "Card of the Day" messages. Here’s one for the Five of Cups.

  • What does the Ten of Swords mean?
    by jamesricklef on May 20, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Pithy Tarot card meanings are short, easy to remember meanings that may stimulate further insights when called to mind during a reading. They also make great "Card of the Day" messages. Here’s one for the Ten of Swords.

  • What does the Death card mean?
    by jamesricklef on May 12, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Pithy Tarot card meanings are short, easy to remember meanings that may stimulate further insights when called to mind during a reading. They also make great "Card of the Day" messages. Here’s one for the Death card.

From Mary K Greer’s Blog

Mary K. Greer's Tarot Blog "Tarot helps you meet whatever comes in the best possible way."

  • Write from your Heart with Tarot
    by Mary K. Greer on January 13, 2020 at 1:30 am

    How to write from your heart with tarot: – Breathe (ground/center if applicable). – Connect with your future reader (including if you will be your only reader). Try to get a specific image in mind and open your heart to that person(s)—real or imaginary. – Begin your writing with where you are right now at

  • Tarot Tour of Italy 2019
    by Mary K. Greer on December 4, 2019 at 1:22 am

    The best way to understand the historical roots of the tarot is to visit Northern Italy and see the actual sources for the imagery. There is no way I can duplicate the wonderful job Katrina Wynne did of telling the story of our Italy Tarot Trip this October so I’m sending you to her page.

  • An Analysis of BTS’s “Lights” as Plato’s Allegory of the Cave
    by Mary K. Greer on August 6, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    “Lights” is the newest music video from the phenomenally popular South Korean K-pop group, BTS. Its main theme is the question “What is love?” to which there is a response: “your Light lights the way for me . . . no matter how far apart we are.” If you haven’t heard of BTS you are probably

  • A Tarot Reading for BTS’s Suga upon listening to Agust D, Rap Mixtapes #2
    by Mary K. Greer on July 3, 2019 at 12:59 am

    This tarot reading addresses a particular piece of music and its composer/lyricist, however it is not necessary to be familiar with the work. I wrote the article to demonstrate how tarot cards can add insight and dimension to any project or experience. It helps you think outside the box and consider the deeper significance, inner

From Round the Cauldron’s Blog

Round the Cauldron Everyday life as a modern witch!

  • Learn to Read Tarot – The Sun || BEGINNER FRIENDLY || Talk Tarot with Me Ep. 26
    by Megan B. on May 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    The Sun is a Major Arcana card that brings with it joy, happiness, and warmth. It can be considered to be one of the most positive cards in tarot! The post Learn to Read Tarot – The Sun || BEGINNER FRIENDLY || Talk Tarot with Me Ep. 26 appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • Episode 68: Witchcraft Correspondences || Where do they come from?
    by Megan B. on May 25, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    One thing I wrestled with at the beginning of my studies of witchcraft and magick was just who decided the correspondences? Who decided that clear quartz is a good crystal for just about everything? Who decided that lavender corresponds with calming? Today, I wanted to talk about witchcraft correspondences and where they come from. I discuss the animist perspective, the psychological perspective, and the medicinal perspective. This by no means is a comprehensive dive into correspondences, but I hope it gives you a chance to think about your own witchcraft correspondences and how you use them in your craft. The post Episode 68: Witchcraft Correspondences || Where do they come from? appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • The Dark Moon is Rising || A Time of Reflection
    by Megan B. on May 22, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    If you work with moon phases, you may be familiar with the term dark moon. This can depend, though, because some witches call it the new moon and skip over the dark moon. That’s fine – your practice is your own. I don’t tend to skip over the period of the dark moon, though, and I think it is important that you at least consider it in your practice. The post The Dark Moon is Rising || A Time of Reflection appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • Easy Waterfall Ward || Defensive Magick
    by Megan B. on May 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    As promised, today we’re going to talk about how to do my waterfall ward technique. If you haven’t listened to Monday’s podcast episode about defensive magick, I definitely recommend doing that first. Defensive magick is an important skill for anyone to learn how to do, and today I’m going to teach you how to do The post Easy Waterfall Ward || Defensive Magick appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

  • Episode 67: Defensive Magick || Protection for Heart and Home
    by Megan B. on May 18, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Defensive magick is the spellcraft equivalent of self-defense. Learning different defensive magick techniques can make you a more well-rounded witch. The post Episode 67: Defensive Magick || Protection for Heart and Home appeared first on Round the Cauldron.

From the Unified Esoteric Tarot

Esoteric and Divinatory Tarot Tarot: theory and practice

  • The Tower – study session
    by Admin on May 28, 2020 at 8:13 am

    The Tower Etteilla’s interpretation of the card. Upright: Loss of goods, accident, the collapse of convictions. Misery, wretchedness, distress, destitution, poverty, shortage, need, necessity, calamity, adversity, misfortune, trouble, torment, pain, affliction, annoyance, inconvenience, penalty, correction, punishment. Rude awakening, disgrace, severity, … Continue reading →

  • Unified Esoteric Tarot Sale 2020
    by Admin on May 26, 2020 at 8:29 am

    The last and final copies of the Unified Esoteric Tarot, Second and Black Edition are on sale together, shrink-wrapped and in velvet bags, worldwide shipping included for only 98 USD! Available exclusively here https://tarotator.com/unified-esoteric-tarot-shop/ and at my Etsy shop here … Continue reading →

  • Staring at the Sun
    by Admin on May 22, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Etteilla’s interpretation of the card. Upright: Englightenment, lightening, explanation. Clarity, glory, Heaven and Earth. Philosophical sulfur. Reversed: Fire. Heat, warmth, glow, flame, passion. Meteors, lightning. Internal, external and philosophical fire. S.L. MacGregor Mathers’ interpretation of the card as it was … Continue reading →

  • An alternative architecture of the Major Arcana
    by Admin on May 18, 2020 at 6:02 am

    Learning is not a matter of memorising but understanding. Learning begins with unlearning. One should keep its mind and options open. When it comes to the Tarot deck, it is not about the cards separately but discovering the subtle connection … Continue reading →