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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Learn Tarot – The Elements

Tarot, like all Western Magical Traditions has 4 core elements;  Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  Below we’ll not only outline the element/suite associations but also provide clues on how to commit them to memory.

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Learn Tarot – The Numbers

Now you know what the elements represent, let’s take a look at the number associations (1-10) then combine this with what we’ve already learnt to perform our first readings/interpretations.  See, we said this would be easy!

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RWS The 5s

Learn Tarot – Putting The Pieces Together

We now have an understanding of the elements plus the numerological associations.  How do we combine these to determine the meaning of a card?

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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 Eight of Swords mean?
    by JamesRicklef on August 23, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    . Here is a pithy meaning for the Eight of Swords:Mind your own business . Note: Each of these pithy Tarot meanings is just one facet of its card. Find more of them on my Card Meanings page.  Also, get my Pithy Tarot Book and LIKE my Pithy Tarot Facebook page! The image on this post is a card from my

  • Recorded Online Tarot Workshops
    by JamesRicklef on February 8, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    Did you miss my online workshops? No problem! You can get recorded versions of them!

  • Tarot Self-Empowerment Techniques: Your Own Fool’s Journey
    by JamesRicklef on August 29, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    Here is a Tarot technique that I call “Your Own Fool’s Journey.” With it, you can use the Major Arcana cards to explore and analyze the story of your life — past, present, and future.

  • Tarot Self-Empowerment Techniques: A Tarot Vacation
    by JamesRicklef on August 16, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Here is a visualization technique with which you can go on an imaginary vacation using your Tarot cards. Use this when you need a vacation but you don't have the time or finances to go on a real one.

From Mary K Greer’s Blog

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

  • The Masters and Wisdom of the Tarot August 2024 Workshops
    by Mary K. Greer on June 12, 2024 at 9:19 pm

    Do you feel somewhat alone in your tarot practice? Want to make friends at the same level and with shared interests? Are you looking for inspiration and to up your tarot skills whether reading for yourself or others? And would you just like to have fun with tarot? Come to one or both Omega Institute

  • The Art of Writing Forewords
    by Mary K. Greer on April 18, 2024 at 10:41 pm

    I’ve written quite a few forewords to tarot books and in the process have looked at forewords to other books to create a checklist for what I appreciate most in them and might want to include in my own foreword

  • Deep Play Tarot Retreat in Tulum: Feb 27-Mar 3, 2024
    by Mary K. Greer on January 8, 2024 at 1:08 am

    Many of you have been asking about the Tarot Retreat in Tulum, Mexico at the end of February. Please join co-leaders, Jenna Matlin, Dreya Bloome and myself as we talk about our Tarot teachings and present a few ideas for things to do in the Tulum area – known for its archeological sites, crystal clear

  • Pamela Colman Smith photo by Alice Boughton
    by Mary K. Greer on October 9, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    I just discovered this previously unknown photo of PCS by her friend, the well-known photographer, Alice Boughton. The source is The Literary Digest, July 4, 1908. Enjoy.

From Round the Cauldron’s Blog

‘Round the Cauldron Everyday life as a modern witch!

  • Book Review: Ambrosia’s Book of Witch Flight by Jasmyne Ambrosia
    by Megan Black on June 22, 2024 at 1:56 pm

    Having only read one other book about spirit flight, I was already very interested in Jasmyne’s take on the subject. Rather than approach the subject solely from a historical and traditional perspective, Jasmyne brings a different perspective to witch flight. It was refreshing to read about another witch’s personal experiences with the Otherworld.

  • Mood-Boosting Magic: Four Tips For Magical Joy
    by Megan Black on May 17, 2024 at 11:42 am

    I woke up in a horrible mood this morning and was trying to think of something I could do to help me. I have a few things in my witchy “toolbox”, so to speak, that are perfect for anxiety, depression, and a general sense of “emotional unwellness”. I wanted to share a few of them with you because I’m sure I’m not the only person to experience this!

  • Change is a Constant – A Life Update
    by Megan Black on May 11, 2024 at 11:30 am

    One thing is certain – I always feel like a broken record with the number of times things change here ’round the cauldron. But you know what? That’s just life as a modern witch, I suppose.

  • Book Review: Witchcraft Unchained by Craig Spencer
    by Megan Black on March 24, 2024 at 12:15 am

    Craig Spencer is a Lancashire-based witch who practices a regional form of witchcraft. In this book, the author explores the history of witchcraft through the lens of British Witchcraft. From history to gnosis, this book contains a bit of everything that a modern witch might need to know to further their study in witchcraft regardless of their path.

  • A Day of Revelations
    by Megan Black on March 14, 2024 at 2:41 pm

    It’s barely after 10 AM this morning and it’s already been a day of revelations and epiphanies. I had one this morning while waiting for my child to go to school and another when I left the gym. I did a tarot reading this morning about focus. I’ve really been struggling with direction in life, being pulled this way and that way at any given second.

From the Unified Esoteric Tarot

Esoteric and Divinatory Tarot by Attila Kárpáthy