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Introduction to Tarot Reading

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8 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. A History of Tarot

    • 3. Getting To Know Your Deck

    • 4. Simple Spreads

    • 5. Complex Spreads

    • 6. Reading Hints And Tips

    • 7. Journaling And Reflection

    • 8. Last Words

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About This Class

This class is designed to help you get started on your tarot reading journey. 

It may be that, like me, you've always had a fascination with tarot but thought you had to have 'special' skills to do it. Honestly, anyone can give it a go. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned tarot reader, this class covers the basics of tarot reading to get you started or as a refresher.

Tarot is a very positive practice and allows for self-analysis and discovery. If you want guidance, clarity or insight, then reading tarot cards can be a kind of therapy allowing you to explore the "whole spectrum of potential human experience"(Bakara Wintner, 2017)

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Ophelia Feyre

Tarot Reading


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My classes are focused on Wicca, Witchcraft and Tarot Reading.

I am a qualified teacher and have a Masters degree in Education.

I live with my partner, two rabbits and two cats in Yorkshire, UK.


[Due to SkillShare's update to their class guidelines I can no longer publish new classes to the platform. For more information about my new classes, and where to find them, please go to my website.]

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to an introduction to Tyra Reading. So in this video, I'm going to give you a little bit of an overview of what you can expect from the class, just to see if it's right for you. So the aim of the class in general is to help you with your terror reading so that you feel confident in reading for yourself. However, at the end of the class and after a little practice that you may feel confident in reading for family and friends. So in each video, I will take you through six key areas of terror reading for beginner. US of one will focus on history of Tarom. So where it originated right up to the present day. Lesson two is about getting to know your tarot deck, so I will look at the specific cards in the deck. Focusing on the major Are Khanna on the minor? Are Khanna looking at symbolism used on what the cards represent? Less than three and far will focus on spreads and layout, so lesson three will be more. The simple layouts lesson far will start to look up to more complex labs. Less than five is about the reading itself. So I'm going to give you some hints and tips for your readings that I've picked up from my own practice at also that I've learned from other people. Lesson six Find the lesson He's going to be about journaling and reflection. So making notes on your readings as you're doing them, considering your thoughts and feelings during those readings and then coming back to them a later day and reflecting upon them. So after each mini lesson, I'm going to set a little bit of a class project, basically giving you something to try and something to do in between each class. It's just putting to use the skills that you hopefully will have led to during the last, um, you may want to make notes during each class. That's something that I like to do so that I can come back to them, refer back to them. However, you may prefer to be watched a video. It's whatever works for you Really. One thing that I would love people to do is to share so share with the members of the class , how you're getting on with your tarot reading. Any questions you might have any Intel tips that you've picked up that you could help somebody else with. If you would like to share with me and I am on social media, so it's apt a feeling of failure on Instagram and Facebook. Please feel free to take me in your tower regions. I would love to share them. I'm also on YouTube. So if you've got an interest in wicker on witchcraft that please feel free to follow me over that I really do hope you enjoy the class and if you ready to get started, then click unless someone 2. A History of Tarot: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the first lesson in an introduction to Tara reading. So in this video, I'm going to talk you through the history of Taro. It's not necessary, really, Teoh to know the history of tarot before you start reading. But I think when you're learning about something new is imparted to have an understanding of where it came from. Taro is believed to have originated in 15th century Europe, specifically Italy. However, people say that it could go back even further than that. So ancient Greece are ancient Egypt. So there is still love. A lot of mystery surrounding Taro. Where originated Taro's originally a card game and called Karachi are Turaqi in Italy, And then when it travelled to France, it became known as a literal. So that's why we get the name today. The images that we used on the tarot cards were originally hand painted when they when terror was first becoming popular. So you can imagine how beautiful the images were. So thinking about a more modern tarot deck and after every weight was actually the person that introduced a more contemporary tarot deck known as the Raider weight Taro and that popular artist card reading and Tara reading in the night in 1910. So the 19 hundreds, the Victorian era wait, did introduce the major and the minor are Kana, and those cards became a very important part of the deck as well. German that time occultism was becoming more popular. Eso people using the cars For Carter Monsey, which basically means a divination and fortune telling, which is obviously what people use. The cards fall today if we think about the cards in a more modern setting. And then today we do use them for for self analysis, on guidance on aspects of our lives. Eso one of the office that I've looked up when I do my own tyros today is Bacara Winter, and she describes a tarot as the whole spectrum of potential human experience. So I really loved that quote because I think it encompasses what the tarot deck is in that it contains everything in there that we could experience as a human coming up to the modern day and the 21st century. Taro is still really popular. There are, however, a lot of misconceptions around Taro and which can cause people to be quite skeptical of the practice. So people think that the card is going to tell you something bad is going to happen and all the cards are going to tell you the future. Um, which is not necessarily true. Personally, I believe Tara readings can be very positive. If anything, I see them as a lot of self discovery of self analysis, and they work as a look kind of therapy. Some people also believe the cards off healing properties. Now the cards can be very honest. It may force you to admit things that you may be uncomfortable with that you maybe thought about, maybe subconsciously. But that's all part of the self discovery aspect of it. So terror is a form of divination, which basically means seeking knowledge of the unknown. So it deals very much with the present on delves quite deeply into our current situation, whether that be positive or negative. So you may be wondering why people still come to Taro even in the modern day. So there are many reasons for that. It could be that you're looking for guidance, clarity on a particular situation, insight into a particular topic, a direction, a path that you should take office. Um, people. It could be that you've just got look of a fascination with the pictures and the images that use on the cards and the tactile nature of the cards as well. So a lot of people like myself discovered Tara reading and through witchcraft on Weaker and Magic. And it does have strong links to that. And as a practice, however, background in that is not necessary. But you do have to be quite open to that, fully accept and fully appreciate the readings that you do. The first step is obviously finding a tarot deck. It's making sure that you've got a connection with that deck, the image of that used on the cards. It's Justus Important, a za card name. I previously mentioned the rate of weight deck, even though it's one of the oldest X, it's still one of the most popular. It is good for beginners as well, because a lot of taro books, websites, tero guides, they do use that deck as reference. The imagery is also really good to interpret on those cards because it does have a narrative story line to it. I personally find myself more drawn to Indy. Dex, Dex, I see online on instagram purely because I find that more aesthetically pleasing on that quite unique. But all that matters, really is that you love your deck. You've got a connection with your deck and that you enjoy using it. So that leads me on to this lessons class project. And that's basically to find yourself a tarot deck. So maybe you already have a deck. Maybe you've been gifted one. Maybe this one that you've seen that you want to get. All I'm asking you to do is take a fighter of your deck, upload IP and write a few sentences explaining why you were drawn to that deck. Why you chose it. What is that you like about that deck? Okay. I look forward to seeing everybody's decks on when you've got that sorted. Feel free to move until s and two 3. Getting To Know Your Deck : hi, everyone, and welcome to lessen to of an introduction to Taro in this video, we're going to be looking a little bit more closely at at the tarot deck and getting to know your deck that you have. And so a little bit of a disclaimer about this video. The idea is to become familiar with your deck and to be able to use your personal intuition to interpret the cards. So most decks these days do come with them A guidebook, which tells you what each card represents. But the point of this video is to explore your deck and develop your own insights into the card so I won't be going through each card individually explaining what it represents. Although I'm going to give you any at an overview of the major icon in the mine are Kana and the different suits. It will put you in a really good place to be able to go further with that and use your own insights and intuition to become familiar with your specific deck. Okay, so whether you are an experienced reader or not, it is really important to get to know the cards. If an experience reader just come across a new death, call their Dubai a new deck. And but then they will also go through this process because there are differences between cards. Although different decks may take different approaches to the imagery that they use on their cards, the overriding idea on basic concepts of what each card represents does remain the same. We are going to spend time with each card so familiarizing ourselves with them and get to know the intricacies of the cards. There are a lot of cards in the deck, so please don't be put off. If you do have to refer back Teoh, a guidebook to interpret a card, it just takes time to get to know every single card. Personally, I found, as I've done more and more readings for myself that has helped me develop my knowledge of each card. Andi Teoh be able to interpret the concept personally rather than just constantly going back to the guidebook, and it is all about practice. There are 78 cards within the tarot deck, so you can imagine they just take a lot of practice to get to know the deck. So it split into the major and the minor are Khanna are kind of basically just means mistress all secret. So we've got the major mysteries and secrets on the minor mysteries and secrets. So you can tell already that the Major Khanna is probably going to be quite in part of So within the major are Khanna There are 22 cards in total and these represent the big picture . Okay, Some people consider them a journey through the psyche Theo archetypes So a typical example But they are just the deep issues within our lives but they are very powerful and important within a region. Examples of what these cars could represent could be something that you're going through like a break up, quitting on, leaving a job, moving to into the country of our birth or death. So, like I said, a very pivotal point in our lives. Okay, so let's have a look. Cooked these cards in a little bit more detail. The image in front of you then shows all 22 of the major are khanna Now, the cards actually run from 0 to 21 so they started zero rather than one. And I've laid them out in order on the desk. If you feel like you may want to pause the video at this point so that you can have your cards in front of you, then please feel free to do so. So zero is the full, which is innocent. ALAVES SPONTANEITY Sometimes it's the leap that matters, not whether you fall or fly is my little phrase. I used to remember that one, especially because my fault has the little bird on the edge of the branch card. One is the magician representing taking action. Number two is the high Priestess representing your psychic ability. I'm wisdom. So listening to the voice within number three is the Empress. The Empress is about motherly instincts and has links to nature. So then before is Theo Emperor, which is paternal relationship. So the father, um and is seen as being very protective and stable. Number five is the higher affront, which is a mentor or a teacher on, and it's about seeking knowledge. Miss Its is the lover's representing a strong relationship. Um, as thes birds do mate for life. It shows them a very solid foundation, but still having that Romans there. Seven is the chariot, which is confidence and strong. Well, eight is justice. So thinking about the scales of justice in this case about balance. It can also be about decision making. Number nine is the hermit, so about taking time for yourself. But while you are by yourself, using that solitude for meditation to seek thumb in a guidance 10 is the wheel of Fortuyn thinking about far tune again. It's about somethin like fate, something that's destined to happen, and it could also represent on unexpected change. But to think of it as being destiny 11 is strength, not just physical strength but in a emotional control. 12 is the hanged man on this represents. Letting go of a difficult are painful situation, maybe having to sacrifice something but that sacrifice being worth in the end. 13. Lucky for some, is the death card aside mentioned before. It doesn't necessarily mean a death. It could just mean that something needs toe end. You need to find closure so that something new can begin on. A new transformation can take place, So 14 is temperance, which is self restraint and moderation. 15 is the devil and the devil represents things that maybe we're addicted to our we have a dependency on so maybe materialism, and it's an obsession that you need to get rid off. 16 is probably the Torah readers least favorite card. The tower Most tarot decks show this tower, in some form being destroyed, are collapsing or falling down, which shows it represents change and destruction. So a complete upheaval, so something being destroyed. It may be difficult to get through, but the idea is that after you will have a sense of freedom, 17 is the star very positive card. It represents hope. It represents light at the end of the tunnel. So after that tower, after that destruction comes the hope in the light. 18 is of the moon. The opposite off the star in the eight represents a little bit of darkness. Um, and mystery represent in night time, so dreams and fears a So you've maybe lost your way a little bit. The sun is about vitality and health. So all the positive things that the sun brings that life on success Number 20. Its judgment instead of judging people placing blame ah, feeling guilty for something, it's about seeking the truth and actually having some sort of awakening from finding that truth. Unless the card 21 the world symbolizes the end of the journey. So things being completed, feeling whole and fulfilled I'm not wanting or needing anything. So now we'll move on to the minor. Are Connor. As you can see, this is a big chunk of the deck, as there are 56 cards in total, and they do work a little bit like a deck of playing. Cards represent everyday challenges, but they work together to clarify on just part the major Arconic odds. So if you have a reading that has one of the major Arconic cards in it, and the rest are minor, Arconic odds thin. The minor served Teoh ad for the insight into the overall picture that the major card gives you. So let's have a look at them a little bit more closely. As you can see here, we've got the far suit that make up the minor. Are Khanna. There's the ones cups, swords and pentacle Z, and they eat represent a natural element and its corresponding influence on data lay life. So, for example, the ones will represent the element of fire. The cups, water so to represent air on the pentacle, our earth. So I'm not going to look at each of suits individually and look at the elements in a little bit more depth. Here we have the suit of ones, so you will notice that the suit is made up of 14 cards in total cards, 1 to 10 usually point to a situation or a feeling that you're experiencing. Where is the ones along the bottom? Cards 11 to 14 unknown as the cart cards, and they usually represent a person. And I'm in your life with this particular deck that I'm using. The cart cards are made up of the daughter, the son, the father and the mother, so court cards can alter in their names so you could have a page night queen and king. But they still represent the same thing. They still represent a person within your life. The ones then represents the element of fire. So you may notice just by looking at your cards in front of you, all the cars that I have here, where the element comes into them. So on my particular cards, there is a lot off red on orange on yellow colors on their to represent that fire. If you look at the seven of ones in particular on my deck, it does actually have that symbol of fire on them. So I just have a look at your own cards and see where you can pick up on that particular element. The fire elements, then on the ones themselves, symbolize things such as self expression, your passions, inspiration, creativity, energy. They can also symbolize your ambitions and your dreams, your goals, things that you want to achieve and and they do have a strong link to your spirituality and and your mind. So it's important when you're looking at this particular suit to see where you can see those things within the suit itself, moving on to the cops. Then it's easy to remember that they represents the element of water again. Looking at the cards in front of you and the ones that I've got, see if you can pick out where that element is apparent in your cards. So again, the cooler connotations of my cards. There is a lot of blue on their to represent that, and you will notice that the car cards are swans so representing them, floating on the water in terms of symbolism on what these cards usually concern, they represent relationships, your connections with other people and your feelings and emotions. So it focuses on love, friendship and family. Give yourself time to sit with the cards, have a look at them and see where you can make those connections between those meanings. Next we have the sods, and the swords represent the element of air. I don't really have a particular way of remembering this one or the van. The sods move through the air. I mean, you can come up with your own way of remembering which elements the cards represent. I have found, particularly with my deck, that the sods can be quite brutal and quite graphic in their depictions, particularly if you look at the nine of swords are the 10 of swords. There is, um, quite gruesome imagery on them. So the sods Andi, the air element represent a lot of turmoil and distress, mainly, But it's to do with your power, your intellect, action, how you deal in those situations. Andi is about conflict. Andi change. So even though you may experience turmoil and distress it's about how you deal with those situations. So the power that you put into them and the change that comes from those again with this suit the car cards use animal imagery. In this case, we've got the owl. So that's an easy way to remember that the Sarge represent the air as well as that. The owl is known for being wise and intelligent. Eso That's another link that can be made to this particular suit. Lastly, we've got the Penta calls on. This suit represents the Earth. But again, on my deck we've got lots of reference to the Earth through the imagery, particularly on the three of Pensacola's with the mountains on and then in the car cards. Again, we've got the deer having that close connection with the Earth, This being the earth element. It's very much about being grounded about feeling secure and stable, and it does usually focus on material things on material possessions. So your home, your financial matters, the material possessions, generosity, greed and your career. So all the things that make you feel financially comfortable and financially stable for half being a lot of information in this video. So the class project for this week is to take the time to get to know your deck. So one way that you could do this is, um, is the card a day? A one card poll? So basically, you need to take your deck, give it a little bit of a shuffle. When you're happy with that, you can eat the polar card from the top off forms of my random within the deck. A good idea, then, is to leave the card somewhere around your home, that you will see it regularly so that you become more familiar with it. It's a good idea as well to take the time to sit with the card, to familiarize yourself with it with the images on there and the iconography on what the card represents. So this will allow you to start to get to know the cards. If and when you come across the card that you feel a specific affinity with. What I would like you to do is to take a photo of it and upload it to the group. You could also leave a little bit of an explanation about why you like the card, why you were drawn to that card what it represents and maybe a personal response to that card as well. So I hope you enjoyed getting to know your deck. And when you're ready, you can move on to the next video. 4. Simple Spreads: Hi, everyone. I'm welcome to less than three of an introduction to Tower. This video is going to focus on the spreads and layouts that you can use for your regions. So we're going to start with quite simple spreads just to get you into the habit of doing readings before we actually get into that. Just a few things about setting up your area and feeling comfortable before you start your reading. It is best to conduct your reading in a quiet, comfortable space. You may wish to like candles but incense. If you do choose to have music on, just make sure it's background music at quite a low volume. So with no lyrics in there and maybe just a little bit of an instrumental, otherwise it could be quite destructive. I'm going to give you some ideas. First, brides on layoffs that you can use now the one that you choose will depend on the type of reading that you want. So why you worked in something quick and simple? All right. You wanted something a little bit more in depth. So to decide up, you need to consider the purpose of your reading. So is it in March of an overall perspective are inside that you want into a problem, a question or circumstance. Are you looking for some more specific, deeper guidance? You need to start thinking about a question that you want to ask. So what is it that you want to know? What do you want, guidance on or help with? You don't necessarily have to write that down as long as you hold it in your mind. Surround your reading. So before setting out your spread, it's important to shuffle the deck to put it. So we should, for the cards the same way that we would a normal deck of playing cards. Make sure that the cards are faced away from you so that you can see the top rather than the actual cards themselves. So, for example, if you're holding them that way, then you you can see the card, so just make sure that they're faced away from you, and then all you need to do is just shuffle the cards. However, you would triple a normal deck until you feel comfortable with that until you feel like you've done hey again with putting. The jacket can be done in any way that feels natural to you. But one way that people do it is usually to start with a full deck and split it into three stacks. So place your deck down and just let it fall or allow it to court wherever it feels natural to you. And then you put the three stocks back together. So in any particular order that you won't put the three stacks back together. And then again, you can do that as many times that you feel is necessary. In just about every card sprint that you do, the cards are placed face down and then turned over in a specific order to be read. So with all spreads, when you turn the card over, spend a moment with it. Look at the images. Get to know them. Think about what feelings that evokes in you before rushing to the guide book before all of rushing for a meaning. Considered what you would take from that powered yourself. We're going to start with a single card reading, so this is the one card pole or the car today that we were doing in the last video just to familiarize ourselves with the cards. So now you want to start thinking about applying it to a specific question. Seem what insights we gain from that? So is ideal for a daily reading or a start er day. It's good to familiarize yourself with the deck as we've been doing, and it's a quick reading that you comply to your day to day life. Once you've shuffled and cook your deck, you can. I had to take a card from the top off from some of my random in the deck. Tony are about, and just leave it with yourself for a second to contemplate on to consider before looking into your guidebook. So here we've got at six of six of cups and, as we've noted in the previous video cups, are to do with the water element. And they're about relationships, emotions, family, friends, etcetera. So for me, if I look at this image, I've got the tree there. But what seems to be the focus of the image and where all the color is at the bottom is the group's to the tree. So I'm thinking about being grounded. What grounds you maybe routes could be sink, signaling where you've come from past. Definitely some leaks. Teoh family there. So actually, this card, When you have a look in your guidebook, you will know that it is about memories. Is about your childhood, Andi. I think that's what's what's apparent here. It's quite a joyful card as well. I think that comes across in the color that's used in this one. So think about the question that you've asked this card. Think about the day ahead that you've got on. Take on those considerations as you move throughout your day. Okay, The next Fred layout we're going to look at is the three cards spread. Okay, all the past, the present and the future spread. This is one of my personal favorite layouts. It's very simple to use and simple to interpret on. It's one that I find myself coming back to quite regularly. Okay, so let's have a look at this one a little bit more closely. So once you've shuffled and cut your deck, you will draw three cards and place them from left to right on. Then these. Obviously they represent the past, present and future. So number one is the past. This is representing past influences that could affect your current situation. Number two is the president. So everything that surrounds you and what you're experiencing at the moment on the number three is the future. So a likely outcome off the question on the situation or whatever you asked the cards. Okay, So, like I said, very quick, very simple. A really good one to get you started. The third spread on the last part that we're going to look at in this video is the far card spread all the clarity spread. So this is good for getting clear understanding about confusing situation or a situation you're not really sure what to do. This can give you a little bit of help. Guidance. So it looks at the overall situation on then the contributing factors. Okay, so let's have a look at this one in a little bit more detail. So card one at the top. That is the overall situation. So that's the most important. And the most powerful card in this reading and then cant to three and far along the bottom are the contributing factors, so they don't actually need to be read in any particular order. They just play a part in the situation on its up to you to decide what that is. Okay, So, like I said, very simple spread Good to get in some clarity on a particular situation. I got quite a few spreads and layouts to try there. So the class project far lessons three and far is to actually spend some time trying out these spreads and louts for yourself. So start with the simple ones and work up to the more complex ones. When you feel like you've got the time and it to spend on those, what I'd like you to do that is to take a picture of a spread that you've done and share your experience with the rest of the group. So how did it feel for you? Did you like it? Did you dislike the spread? Why? Why not? What obstacles did you face when doing them? How did you overcome them? If you want to share mother Mont spread, that's fine. If you feel comfortable exploring into the group while you chose to do that, spread the question that you asked and the answers that you've got them. Please feel free. This is a learning environment and learning from each other is really important. So I hope that you've enjoyed going through spreads and layouts. And I hope you enjoy trying them out for yourself. And I will see you in the next video. 5. Complex Spreads: Hi, everyone. Welcome to lessen. Fall off an introduction to Taro. So this lesson is very similar to the last one in that we're going to look at spreads and layouts. However, we are going to take the time to look it. A few more complex spreads on layouts. Okay, so we're just going to do straight into it. So this is the Celtic Cross spread on its used to answer. Specific questions are to get an overview off the present situation. So this spread is used a lot by psychics. So if you ever go for a reading, you'll find that this one is used quite frequently. There are some variations on this spread, but this one is the most popular. If you have a look at the spread as it is on the table, it can look quite daunting at first. But I find that it helps to take photos off the spread on make notes as I'm doing it so that I can always come back to those. There is some logical thinking behind the card placement, so I'll explain that as we go through them, and as they do, you have in importance to the read in based on where they're placed. So we'll start with card one, which is this one here in the middle. And if you think back to the first simple spread that we looked at the past, present and future, you will notice that this spread has actually evolved from them. So the card in the middle here does actually represent the present. It considers the heart of the matter or your immediate concerns. So then the card that's on the top of that, almost blocking it is the challenge, our obstacle, that is currently in your way. So it represents some opposing factors that are blocking something in the present situation . So if we move down to number three, this is the root of the problem are a root cause. So this is where issues may stem from. So I like to consider this is being underneath as it is, the route OK number far then, as we said, is the past. So if you think about it, it's behind the present card. So that represents your past on past influences on the current situation. Moving onto card five at the top. This is strengths and your ultimate goal. So as this one is the top. I like to think that that's where your strength would be. That's quite important. Number six. Then, as we said, is the future are the near future. Looking at the cards off the side, then we start with number seven. And this represents yourself. So it represents your current state of mind. Number eight considers external influences. So things and people around you that may affect the situation. Number nine is hopes and fears. So this card could represent either of those so it could represent hopes for the future or any fears that maybe holding you back and then lastly, right at the top. Number 10 is the final outcome. All the likely are potential outcome if nothing else is changed. Okay, so this spread is known as the mandala. Now, you may notice that at the moment it does look a little bit wonky, so I had to change it slightly to fit it on the camera. But if you just imagine that it was originally go straight down, so I've had to put it a little bit sideways to fit it on. So they spread, focuses on your spiritual path and it offers self reflection. So it's basically providing you an insight into your relationship with the Universal. Like I said, a very spiritually spread. That's not necessarily about questions that you have in your everyday life, but more about who you are as a hole in your relationship with the universe. So example questions could be something like What will make me happy? What should I work on with regards to myself? What positive changes could I make? So it's It's a very big question for this one. There are nine cards in total. On the placement of these cards is quite important. So the way it works is you put the sun to card down. First, this would be number one, and then you go up to your right for card, too than 34 by 6789 So you then go around in the circle so can't one up for two and then all the way around to get to the top. Okay, so card one focuses on yourself, so it considers your current mindset your place in life, your outlook and your attitude towards life. So basically, who you are in that moment moving up to card, too. That's thinking about our ambitions and desires, so things that we want in the future and things that we are aiming. Fall Card three has links to that, so it represents your hopes and dreams, so higher goals. So this one's more about ambitions and desires, whereas this is more dreams. Number four is achievements, so things that you've accomplished so far on the our current focus off your day to day life . So where you are in the world, whether it be things that you date do day today. So your job, your family except card number five along the bottom I our dependence is Onda obsessions, so this could be positive and negative. So it could be something that's an obsession which Cumbie a great passion, so something that you are very passionate about our it could be negative, and that it's a dependency is a preoccupation that you have with something that could be holding you back. Card six is about strengths on the positive aspects of your nature, so things that you're really good up. Number seven is the opposite of that. So faults and weaknesses so things that you may want to start to improve. I'll think about improving Number eight is again. It can be quite a critical card, but it is very honest. It's about yourself. Perception. So how you see yourself again, it can be critical for some people. Some people may not be willing to admit what the card is telling you, but like I said, it is very honest. And this Fred is all about growing and development. And then Leslie Card nine at the top is your higher purpose and your deepest desires. So that's what all of the other cards are leaning toe. What, Like I said, it's a very self analytical spread, so it's probably best to go into this when you're feeling quite positive you're looking Teoh, improve and develop yourself on. You are open Teoh Constructive criticism. So there are a few ways in which this spread can be read so you can just go around as I've just done, starting with 123 on round except Tra or it can be split into three stages. So Stage one is to read card one in the middle with 24 and six, and that will give you an overview of the current situation. Stage two is again to read Card one, but this time to read it with 38 and nine. So that gives you a sense of your potential on where you're going. And then Stage three is to read card one with five and seven, so that will provide insight into the areas that you need to work on. The spread in front of you at the moment is the year ahead Spread. This is a classic spread that usually don't at the start of a year, so it provides an inside and an overview off your year to come. So traditionally, it's done on New Year's Eve for the year ahead, but it can also be done. M media are during the year. You would just have to change it accordingly, so the idea is that each card would represent a month. The once you've shuffled and cooked your deck, you would start with the top card to represent January copped to February Car 3 March card , Far April and so on and so far around the spread until you end with December. So each of the cards would represent one month, so the card in the middle card 13 represents an overall theme for your year. It's up to you. If you want to shuffle the cards before picking, each one are just taking them from the top and place in them around the spread. As this is quite a large spread, you may want to take photos are make notes so that you can come back to it throughout your year. If you wanted to do this, spread midyear. So for us. Example, if you wanted to start in August, then card one at the top would represent August and then September, October and someone and so forth for the following year. I got quite a few spreads and layouts to try there. So the class project far lessons three and far is to actually spend some time trying out the spreads and louts for yourself. So start with the simple ones and work up to the more complex ones when you feel like you've got the time to spend on those, What I'd like you to do then is to take a picture of a spread that you've done and share your experience with the rest of the group. So how did it feel for you. Did you like it did to dislike the spread. Why? Why not? What obstacles did you face when doing them? How did you overcome them? If you want to share mother Mont spread, that's fine. If you feel comfortable exploring into the group while you chose to do that, spread the question that you asked and the answers that you've got them. Please feel free. This is a learning environment, and learning from each other is really important. So I hope that you've enjoyed going through spreads and layouts, and I hope you enjoy trying them out for yourself and I will see you in the next video. 6. Reading Hints And Tips: Hi, everyone. I'm broke into Lesson five of an introduction to Taro reading. You've already started doing two readings for yourselves, but I'm now going to give you some hints and tips that you might find useful as you're practicing those Rudin's. So I'm just going to jump straight into them. So the 1st 1 is that the placement of each of the card in the spread links to its meaning. So it's important to take into account because individual meaning. But then how it relates to your question or your situation. Okay, the idea of the reading is Teoh. Interpret the cards and the individual cards in relation to the topic. The question that the situation are the problem that has been put forward. So it's a so the cards are telling you a story. One thing that I do say quite regularly is, as you reveal the card, take a moment to sit with it. Toe look, attack. Consider how it makes you feel before jumping into an interpretation. Your instincts are very important on, and you'll find that sometimes they could be more powerful than what the guidebook is telling you. So don't ignore them. Listen to them. Consider your own interpretations, your own ideas upon seeing the cards. Think about what we've learned so far. So what we've learned in terms of the deck, the individual soups on their links to the elements, the links to the mind body, the heart it all plays a pot in your individual redid. Don't be too literal in your reading. And so, for example, if the death card appears, don't automatically think that there is going to be a death focused on the subtle hints of the card as well as the more obvious. So for some people, death could represent the ending of something. But then also the birth of something new. One thing that I want to also just quickly mention is reverse cards, so some guide books will offer interpretations of card. If it's reversed, are upside down. This basically just means that when you've turned a card over when it's facing new, it's actually Brookside down to it the wrong way round it's reversed. I have chosen not to include this option purely because I think it's important to get a sense of all the cards and their meanings for assault solid Tyra Reading before if you choose to, then look at the reverse Dominions of the cards. Reverse. Scott's cannot Another level of complexity will read it to your readings, but you don't need to use your best cards in all my readings. I choose not to use them, and my readings are still very clear, very meaningful to myself. The last few things I want to mention is remember that is perfectly fine to refer to your guidebook during a reading. In fact, it's something that I highly recommend if you waited on hand to do a reading until you could interpret every single card on the spot that you would never get anywhere with your readings even season, Taro Reaches may have to referred to the guidebook. It is proud of the process. It's how we learn for me personally. If I if I pull a card that I'm not familiar with our maybe I forgot about the meaning. If it comes up in a read in, I'm more likely to remember it next time, purely because I've taken the time to research yet to look it up. And then I remember that reading in that situation. If that card comes up again. The last thing I will say when it comes to hints and tips for tarot reading is to practice , practice, practice. Now you've got an understanding the cards. You got some spreads to try. I've given you some hints and tips. Then it's up to you now to take those away and just keep giving it a go. Okay, that's the best way to learn it. The class project bend for this video is to share the highs and lows. What successes have you had? What problems have you encountered with within your readings? I'd like you to ask questions to share your own hints and tips with others. This, like I said, is the best way to learn. So if you've got anything that you'd like to share, please do. So please let me know how you're getting on and I'll see you in the last video 7. Journaling And Reflection: Hi, everyone. Welcome to the last lesson in an introduction to Tara. Reading this video is going to focus on journaling Andi reflection. It's gonna be a very short video, cause it's just a few ways that you can journal your readings on, then reflects on them. So it's about writing down the tower readings, the terror sessions on how you feel about those readings. So all of you need to do is give you some ideas as to what you couldn't record. So this is my terror book that you specifically just for my readings. I started it at the beginning of the year, but I have found it really useful. So just saw things. But that I recalled, as you can see, is the days of the reading of Tom. I also recalled the deck that I've used. So the tower deck that I've used now this is, um, the Animal Spirit Deck, which is complementary to the wild and the entire object that I have been using. I've also written down what spread I view. So for this one, the past, present and future spread and could be Are you using the Celtic cross spread? Is it just a car today reading that you want to make a no time. So the spread that I've used underneath that Everton the question that I would answer another situation that I'm asking about. So I know for future reference. I know underneath I've Britain the position of each of the cards within the reading on the card that I pulled. So if I look at one that was specifically Taro, uh then this is one that I did using the wild of known deck. So I have got the date on there, the deck that I used, what spread I've chosen. I also did myself a little bit of a diagram so that I remember the clarity spread on what card represents one on. Then I've put the position of the card within the reading. I'm a cards that I pulled. So then, for each card that I pulled, I've put an interpretation off the card in relation to the question. So as I've sat with it, I felt about what does that cut? I mean to me? What does that card represent in this situation? What do I think that card is trying to tell me? I do also include my thoughts and feelings about that read in. So maybe do I agree with that? I disagree with that. What is the tarot jet got me to really think about on. Then, after I do that for each of the cards, I also do all right. Leave a bit of a space for reflection. So if I look at the most recent form been here, that was my last read in an effort and reflection. Have no actually felt that in yet because I'm not reflected on that. That reading I usually reflects on my reading when I come to do my next spread, so I will reflect on the previous reading and then do any warmth. So when I reflected what I usually do, he's read through what I wrote last time, Um, and then consider how I feel about it now. So do I still feel the same way? What's changed? What's different and how is that reading? So I've affected me, and that's basically it. When it comes to journaling on reflection, I'm not going to tell you exactly what to write in there because it is a very personal process, so there's no right or wrong way of journaling about your readings, you can write entirely what's up to you. But I've just found that this particular structure works for me if you want to do it a different way than that's entirely up to you. As with all that, the class projects that we've done the are optional. And this week, that goes again to So it's up to you if you feel confident higher. If you feel that you would like to share some of your journaling and reflection, then please do take some photos, upload them to the group on Let's get some discussions going about what people have Bean experienced in on what they discovered through that Tara regions. I hope you've enjoyed the classes, and I hope you continue to practice your tower readings. Please feel free to come back to any of the classes in any of the lessons. If you need a little bit of a refresher, I will see you for a few last words in the next video 8. Last Words: Hi. Everyone in this video just got a few last words before I leave. Everyone to get on with that are a reading. So one thing out to say is to remember to be very kind and respectful to your deck, and they offer you truth there for you guidance. So make sure that you are looking after them. Keep them somewhere safe. But so my easily accessible so you can come to them when you need them. A lot of Tara readers do like to try and handle the index every day so that we become familiar with them. Some Tara readers a swell believe that only the person that the deck belongs to should touch the deck because the deck develops a link to that person, and then they are sacred in that way. Also, consider how you feel when you're using your cards. If you carry some negativity with you when you're holding them, and then I'm sure you cleanse them just so that the cars are not currying that negativity with them. So some ways that you can do that is to burn sage. So just over your cards are in the room. A burning incense or even just a simple act of giving them a Chefo. Given the mother over ever refresh. Just get rid of any of that negativity that you may have bean holding when you've used them . I really do hope that you've enjoyed the class and you taken away some skills that you can now use to do your own tarot readings and that you may eventually feel confident in doing some readings for others. Please do keep in touch with myself and let me know how you're getting on with your readings. I am on Instagram Facebook, so it's at the feeling of failure on there, so please feel free to tuck me in any questions. Any readings. Andi spreads any tired x literally, anything that you feel excited about. Please do shadows with May. I am on YouTube as well on. I will be doing hopefully weekly taro updates. So please feel free to should describe, to be over there to keep up to date with all the taro news. And that's everything. Thank you very much for coming along on this journey with May. Happy tarot reading