Some people use tarot cards for fortune-telling, divination, or to harass their spiritual guides about when their ex is going to finally come back to them.
That’s one way to do it, but that’s not what The Simple Tarot is about.
Instead, The Simple Tarot is designed to make learning (and using) the tarot damn simple and easy for anyone who is interested in finding creative solutions for life’s little problems.
You don’t need to be into crystals, angel guides, or woo-woo flim-flam to use these cards. Tarot is simply a tool for creative problem-solving.
My name is Angie Green and like you, I struggled to learn the tarot card meanings and use tarot in my daily life for YEARS. It wasn’t until I gave up on doing what I was “supposed to do” that I was able to throw away the rules and finally learn the cards.
I use the tarot every single day to gain a deeper understanding of myself, my problems, and the world around me. My goal is to help you get to a place where you can confidently read the tarot using your own deep knowledge of yourself and the cards.
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If you’re new to tarot, then you might be as overwhelmed as I was when I started. Remember – there’s no right or wrong way to learn or read tarot. There’s only YOUR way.
First, get a great tarot deck.
I hope you have The Simple Tarot Deck (with easy-to-remember tarot keywords printed right on the cards – and now on sale for 50% off!), but any deck will do. For beginners, I strongly recommend a deck based on the Rider-Waite-Smith symbolism, like the Rider-Waite deck from U.S. Games or the Llewellyn’s Classic Tarot deck.
I personally prefer the images on the Llewellyn’s Classic deck, but the U.S. Games Rider-Waite deck is more popular, probably because it’s the cheapest. The Simple Tarot Deck uses the same symbols as the Rider-Waite and the Llewellyn’s Classic decks, but is more modern in theme and design – and it has those helpful keywords.
Get or create a disposable tarot deck.
If you don’t yet have a copy of The Simple Tarot Deck, you’ll want to create or get a second copy of your “main” deck to use for flashcards or a training tool. You’ll want to have a deck you can write on, color all over, take notes with, and generally treat more like a tool than a pretty object. You’ll destroy this deck in the process of making it yours, so don’t choose something “too beautiful” or too precious.
Cheat until you don’t need to cheat anymore.
Get a simple tarot cheat sheet to use as you practice reading the cards. It really helps – and it’s so useful that you’ll keep using it long after you know all the meanings by heart!
To get your FREE copy of this printable Tarot Cheat Sheet, just enter your info here & it will be delivered immediately to you:
Find a book or videos for the tarot card meanings.
The Simple Tarot Card Meanings book is a detailed guide to each of the tarot card meanings, with 5 sample readings for each card.
If videos are more your thing, you can binge on our series of 5-minute “tarot card meanings” videos on YouTube. Of course, there are TONS of other videos about that there, so hunt around until you find a teacher you like.
And this secret page on The Simple Tarot’s website links to the tarot card meanings for each card. It’s basically an index, so you just click on the image of the card you want, and you’ll be taken directly to that card’s meanings. Bookmark it for when you want to dive deeper into each card’s meaning.
Go deeper when you’re ready – and keep it FUN.
When you’re ready (or if you just need a little hand-holding), consider taking a tarot workshop or course with your favorite teacher.
You can take in-person lessons from your local metaphysical shop, or find someone online to guide you – like here at The Simple Tarot!
Our most popular option is the 30-day Tarot Card Mastery course, which guides you through learning meanings of the cards and how to read them, all while helping you create a daily tarot practice. It’s popular for a reason – it works!
We also have shorter workshops, if you’re looking for a quick tarot fix or want to dive deep into a specific topic.
Take it slow and enjoy the process.
This isn’t a race. I know there’s a lot of info here and out in the world about tarot, but you don’t need to know or learn it all. Tarot is a lifelong tool that you can enjoy forever. And YOU get to make the rules.
It takes time, practice, and regular use to get comfortable using tarot cards. When you have a problem in your life, use the cards to brainstorm new options and new ways of thinking. Break old habits and patterns by pushing your own boundaries.
Start by asking the cards a question and letting them suggest an answer or new way of thinking. Go deeper than just Yes or No, and ask How, Why, and What-based questions.
The cards will tell you a story when read together, so try a tarot spread with multiple cards when you need to go deeper. There’s a new (totally free!) tarot spread available to email newsletter subscribers, so sign up here:
You can also get more than 60 tarot spreads to play around with in the Big PDF Bundle of Tarot Spreads.
If you want to learn the card meanings and internalize their patterns more deeply, start integrating the cards into your daily life by pulling one card each day and recording your thoughts. Come back to it the next day to see how that card played out in your life. What did you see? What did you miss?
And remember – there’s no right or wrong way to use the tarot. The cards are tools that help you access your intuition. You can’t possibly do anything wrong when you use them.
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