With this initiation guide we will make a complete review of how to read the tarot cards. This is not an interpretation guide but a guide for the apprentice tarot reader to know those elements common to almost all readings.
We begin with the room, and the elements that make it up to follow the common steps in shuffling the cards, cutting and selecting them until you get to the time of reading or interpretation of tarot cards.
The room for the reading of cards
The tarot reading has a very high component of confidentiality so it should never be done in public and the only ones who should be present during a tarot reading are two people, on the one hand the person who performs the consultation and on the other the one who will interpret the cards, the tarot reader.
For this reason it is ideal to have a stay isolated from third parties, avoiding that absolutely no one else can be listening.
This room should be isolated from external noises to promote the relaxation of the consultant so that their nerves or concerns are only those of the question you will ask your card reading.
Elements in the room for the reading of tarot cards
As for the setup of the room for the reading, here will enter the personal tastes of each tarotist although it is common to find the presence of candles, preferably white as well as the use of incense.
These small accessories always help both parties, on the one hand to achieve some relaxation in the consultant and on the other, the one that pertocates us who are tarotists or pretend to learn to be so to concentrate in a more intense way.
The lighting should be soft, nothing aggressive, with warm light, running away from clear or white lights. Better than the focus of light on the table, and more specifically on the cards, no matter if the figure of the consultant or the tarotist is somewhat blurred by the lack of light, on the contrary, this will generate more magic and mysticism with the consequent increase in confidence from the consultant to the tarotist.
Since I remind you, that the work of the tarot reader is nothing more than to shed light on the doubts or questions of the consultant, something that often we will interpret as a prediction even ourselves, the tarot reader, but really moves away from divination arts to approach a reading of the facts with the perspective of the cards.
Continuing with the setup of the room, it is important to have a table large enough to deploy a generous mat of felt material, where we will leave the cards, the larger the mat more comfortable in complex readings that require a greater number of cards.
The choice of felt material is not banal, it is done because on the one hand the cards are not moved from the position where they are left, even if air flow is generated, for example from a window, fan or by a simple sneeze of the participants in the reading. On the other hand, when pressure is exerted on the card and the bristles or hairs on the mat are flattened, the cards move much better and smoother than other materials such as glass or wood.
The felt mat can be in different colors, although it is advisable to avoid colors such as black, unless it is reading for evil purposes, since its color contains too much darkness.
Green would also be one of those inadvisable colors and that is that, although this is the color of hope, in conjunction with cards the color green is too related to card games like poker and other, which would be detrimental to the professionalism of the tarot reader.
So it is best to choose colors like lilac, blue and purple as well as other colors that can convey mysticism.
The hands of the tarot player
As in any other work where the hands are going to be used as the main physical element, it is important that they are clean and well cared for.
As a tarot reader, you should think that they will almost always be exposed to the view of the consultant, while the cards are being shuffled, when they are placed on the table and when the reading is done, for this reason they should reflect cleanliness.
The consultation to the tarot cards
Now we are going to begin the reading or interpretation of the cards, for this purpose and while you keep one or both hands on the deck, without caressing them or moving them or cutting them but with a certain amount of care we should invite the consultant to ask a single question on which he wants to shed light.
Once the question has been asked, we may want to write it down on a piece of paper, so that we can always keep it in mind and refer to it if the reading is extended over time or if it undergoes a process of reformulation.