A Tarot card is a member of a deck of cards that is used in spiritual divination practices. Most Tarot cards follow a common style, deck size and similar depictions of imagery. There also tends to be two categories of cards within a deck – Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. However, there are many alternate versions and variations on some of the classic types of Tarot cards. These can vary from slightly different deck sizes and cultural origin to artwork based in pop culture references. There is no real restriction on these cards; if they are representative of spiritual entities and messages and used in readings or other forms of divination, you can consider them Tarot cards.
A Tarot card spread is simply a pattern or formation that is followed when reading in order to help you “tell a story”, or maintain cohesiveness in your reading. It helps to have a recipe when baking – a Tarot spread is like a bare-bones recipe for your reading that you can use to springboard yourself into it!
Tarot reading is among the most accessible forms of divination in availability and practice, making it popular for beginner spiritualists. This makes it considerably easier to try if you’re just starting out with Tarot.
If you read Tarot, that’s it – you are a Tarot reader! It doesn’t take a qualification or apprenticeship to read Tarot cards. If you want to be a Tarot reader, as with any other skill or passion, you must simply put yourself into motion with reading, practicing until you feel comfortable and confident. You may find after some time that you have a comprehensive understanding of the cards you read!
Oh, and because we know you’re curious – a Tarot card reader can be called any number of things. Some examples include fortune teller, oracle, medium, seer, spiritualist, prophet, psychic or even soothsayer.