Beginners Guide: Using Tarot for Wisdom and Clarity

I call my tarot deck my board of directors, in my personal and business lives and make a point of giving myself readings several times a week. My tarot explorations, though self taught are a powerful force in my life. Don’t wait for permission or an expert credential to get the power of tarot into your life—though I’m sure tarot classes are amazing—just find a way of working with a deck that feels right to you. There simply isn’t a wrong way to go about it. Just trust the process and the guidance you receive. Below are a few tips to get you started.

  1. When you first open your crisp, new tarot deck—I’m so excited for you!—touch every single card so your energy is imprinted on the deck.
  1. Start readings by smudging your deck with sage or palo santo, to clear any old or unwanted energies.
  1. After you smudge, ground yourself with a brief meditation. Close your eyes and take a few deep, calming breaths. This is important. If you approach your reading with scattered energy, you may mistakenly connect to your ego, instead of the Higher Self you can access when you’re more centered.

Your Personal Reading
To begin, shuffle the cards and ask (aloud or silently) that all messages be for your highest good, and the highest good of any one connected to your reading. Settle on a question you’d like guidance on as you continue to shuffle the cards. Repeat your question over and over in your mind. Here’s a few examples of questions you might ask:

  • What message would my guides would like me to know today?
  • Are there any messages my guides have for me about this particular person?
  • Are there any messages my guides would like me to know about this situation?
  • Is it in my highest good to pursue this opportunity?

When you feel ready, stop shuffling and divide the cards face down into three piles in front of you. Return the cards to a single pile and fan them out (still face down), and select one. Before opening the deck’s booklet to read the suggested meaning, sit with the card and take in the image, noticing the first impressions that come up for you.

This is just one way to do a reading. The booklet your deck comes with should give other enlightening spread suggestions. Feel free to play around!

Where are the answers coming from?
The answers are coming from you, your Higher Self.  The truth is, we all have the answers to any question we might ever have. The answers are within us, but we so easily get stuck in our heads, trapped by our safety-seeking ego that we drown out the voice of guidance that is always present. The tarot is a great way to create space and silence in the mind so we can receive the higher guidance that will lead us step by step to inner truth.  

Your Sacred Deck
Your tarot deck is a sacred tool to be treated with respect.  I suggest wrapping your deck in silk. You can also simply keep your deck in the box it came in—tarot boxes are usually beautiful—but do make a point of storing your deck in a special place.  I keep mine on my altar next to my favourite crystals and objects of power.

There is no time like the present to dive into the wisdom, clarity and guidance that is the tarot. You may not always get the answers you hope for but you will get the answers you need. 

My Favourite Decks:

  1. Fountain Tarot 
  2. Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks
  3. Rumi Tarot by Alana Fairchild

To get you started on your tarot journey, our Forget Beauty Soul Shop is offering our beloved Fountain Tarot with two bonus palo santo sticks for the month of August for smudging and caring your new deck.