How to read the Tarot #1
Learning to read tarot is like learning a new language. A language of colour, image & symbolism- which can not only reflect every possible human emotion & experience, it can predict patterns of likelihood for the future, and delve deep into the past.
A language that is worth taking your time to learn....
My first piece of advice for tarot may be controversial. Pick one deck, just one deck- and immerse yourself in that tarot deck.
Understand the symbolism of that deck, what the author & artist are trying to capture, and how you can read their symbolism. Get to know each card like an old friend, the best & the worst that each card has to share with you.
With 78 cards setting aside time to look at each card (no, not a cursory flick through, sit & look) can seem like a big investment of time- especially for one deck.
When we read for ourselves we see the cards reflecting the questions we have. When we simply look at the card we are able to start to see every subtle meaning. This also builds a very frim foundation for "reading tarot" which is simply when we understand what the unique blend of cards, question & spread are saying.
Having a firm understanding of each card seems an obvious first step to me. You can't memorise a list of key words, and expect that to offer you the subtle variety needed to reflect any situation. You need to be able to understand each card.