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LESSON FIVE: Tarot reading advice and techniques

Now that we've covered the basics of using the Tarot, here's advice and techniques to help you master this powerful form of wisdom:

1. The tarot spreads included on TarotGoddess can be done for others as well as for yourself. Whether you read tarot for yourself, or have others read for you, one exercise we recommend is to write down your tarot readings in a journal. Often the act of preserving information will jog the subconscious into making connections previously overlooked. In addition, looking back at tarot readings over time is a great way to gain an overview of your life.

2. If the meaning of a tarot reading seems mysterious, perhaps the situation is confused. It may not be the correct time for the the information to be given. Wait a little while before trying again.

3. The meanings given for the cards are meant as a guide to jump start your own associations. After working with the Tarot for a while, you'll start to get a "feel" for the meaning of a card, and how it relates to your life. You'll learn to trust your instincts.

4. Sometimes in a tarot reading, there may be one or more cards that don't seem to "go" with the rest of the cards. This often occurs when the question isn't clear, or when the time isn't right for an answer. We've also seen this happen when the same question is asked over and over. It can be frustrating, but it's a sign that it might be time to give the cards a rest and gain some distance. It can also mean that there might be a bigger question that you're not addressing. The cards are answering, but it may not be what you're expecting. Try to open your mind and heart to the bigger picture of what may be really going on.

6. The best way to increase your Tarot reading skills is to practice, practice, practice! Read for yourself. Read for others. Reading books about the Tarot will help too—several good ones are listed below.

7. Finally, please remember that no outcome suggested by a tarot reading is ever written in stone. The future is fluid and is affected by our present actions . Most importantly, honor and trust your intuition as you work with the Tarot. It is here that the quiet wisdom of the cards often speaks the loudest.

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We hope this online course was inspiring and helpful! To learn more about the Tarot, here are a few recommended books and decks:

The Rider-Waite Tarot. The most popular tarot deck in the world. Good for general inquiries.

The Goddess Tarot. Featuring 22 goddesses ranging from Venus to Sarasvati, with an emphasis on personal empowerment and creative fulfillment. Also available as an iPhone app.

The Lover's Path Tarot. Features famed and mythic lovers in a romantic Renaissance style. For affairs of the heart or relationship issues.

Tarot for Your Self: A Workbook for Personal Transformation. One of the best books about Tarot by acclaimed tarotist Mary K. Greer.

Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom. A classic in the world of Tarot by Rachel Pollack, another famed tarotist.

Tarot Diva. A fresh and sassy spin on the Tarot by professional tarot reader Sasha Graham.

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The Learn Tarot online course was adapted by permission from The Goddess Tarot Workbook by Kris Waldherr, published by US Games Systems, © 2000, all rights reserved. (The Goddess Tarot is available as an app here.) Permission is granted to print out this lesson for personal use only. Sharing or selling this content in any form is strictly forbidden by law.