Tarot for Beginners: How I Use Tarot Cards for Self Discovery & Guidance


Hey guys! Welcome back to Lavendaire. Today I’m talking about tarot for beginners. If you’ve ever been curious about tarot cards
and how to use them, I’m going to show you how I use tarot cards
for self discovery and guidance. With this video, I’m kickstarting a new mini-series
on fun self discovery tools. We’re going to start with tarot, and then I want to talk about astrology, and then MBTI. These are just topics that I thought were
really fun to bring up. They’re things that I’ve been into for a while now but I just haven’t found the right occasion
to talk about it on my channel. But you guys have asked questions about them,
so here is the series. If you listen to the Lavendaire Lifestyle Podcast, you know that recently I interviewed
Brigit Esselmont of BiddyTarot.com. Biddy Tarot is the #1 tarot site (I believe) online, and I learned so much about tarot from her:
what it is, how to use it – and if you want more in-depth information
coming from a reliable source, I would listen to that podcast episode, because I am still a beginner at tarot. So I’m just gonna share what I know. Basically, for me, tarot is a fun tool to
get in touch with my intuition. It has nothing to do with telling the future
or anything like that. It really is just a tool to tap into your inner voice, to help guide you to where you should focus on next, the things you should be aware of. What you can see is: The cards are so subjective. It’s so relative and it all depends on how you interpret the cards for yourself
and your own situation. First things first: You’re going to need a tarot deck. This one that I have is called The Fountain Tarot. I got it on Amazon. In choosing a tarot deck, you want to choose
a deck that speaks to you, something that calls out to you in some way. For me, I just browsed a bunch of
different popular decks. There’s some traditional ones,
there’s some newer, modern ones. And there’s minimalist ones,
there’s artsy, meticulous ones. So I just chose this one because
the art really stood out to me. It’s so my style. It’s very pretty, dreamy. It’s modern but it’s not too minimal. It’s pastel-y, watercolor-y. I just really liked it and I actually bought it the night before I did my podcast interview
with Biddy Tarot because I was so excited to get my own tarot deck. Bottom line is: You want to pick a deck
that you’re drawn to, and don’t overthink it. I’m going to first go over the steps I take
when I’m doing a tarot reading for myself. And then later, I’m going to share different
spreads you can do with your tarot cards because it could be as simple as a
one-card spread for the day, to a 12-card spread – a lot of different layouts. So don’t worry about the spreads right now. I’m just going to go through the steps. Step 1) You want to center yourself. Relax, clear your mind, then set an intention
for your tarot card reading. Ways you can do this is: You can meditate, and then do your tarot card reading. Or you could simply take a few deep breaths. I like to take three deep breaths to calm myself and then focus on the intention for my reading, whether I’m asking a question or whether I just
want some guidance for my day. You kind of ask it in your mind. I guess you want to think of it as getting
yourself in that zone where you are tapping into your intuition, tapping into your soul or the universe,
something spiritual, something outside, beyond yourself. Step 2) While you’re holding onto that intention,
shuffle your cards. You can shuffle these cards as you would any
other deck of cards, I believe. Usually I just shuffle it like this. Or sometimes I’ll scramble it on the table
and just mix it around just so I make sure that things are
both right side up and upside down – and you’ll see why that’s important later. Step 3) Pick a card
(or cards if you’re doing a multiple-card spread). Typically I just do a simple one-card spread for the day, and so I just pick one card and look at it. Step 4) Look at your card and see if
you get any immediate, intuitive feelings about your card. If you’re more experienced in tarot, you’ll immediately know what this card is about just based on name and the image. But if you’re a beginner, don’t worry. Just look at the image and just see if
anything comes to mind. And I like to have a notebook where I jot down thoughts or feelings that come up once I pick up this card. Step 5) – this is where I’m going into
my personal experience – I will go to the Fountain Tarot little booklet
that comes with the deck, and I will turn to the page with the card and just read the little excerpt that
they have on that card. And then I will continue to jot whatever sticks out, whether it’s a word or a phrase or just some feelings or thoughts that come out of this reading. Pay attention to whether your card was upright
or reversed when you picked it, because when it’s upright, it holds the
general meaning of the card. But when it’s reversed, it kind of is the
reverse of the meaning. I don’t know if that makes sense, but basically: Reversed means that you have
some work to do in this area. It’s not necessarily a negative connotation, but there is a difference between an
upright card vs. a reversed card. Don’t worry – the next step will help you clarify it further. If you don’t have a booklet that
comes with your tarot deck, you would just skip directly to
Step 6) Look up the meaning of that card on Google. Normally, I just type in the name of the card and Biddy Tarot will be the first website that comes up. So I usually like to read the Biddy Tarot description. And they do a great job of describing
what it means when it’s upright, what it means when it’s reversed or upside down. And I feel like that description is very thorough, enough for me to read through it and then I will continue to jot down notes in my journal. As you’re reading the descriptions,
whether it’s in the pamphlet or online, try to decipher the meaning of that card
that’s applicable to your life. Try to see what this card is trying to tell you, because there could be one card, sharing one lesson, but that lesson will apply to different people
in different ways. So it really is very personal, very intuitive, and this is where your intuition comes in because you will have thoughts come up naturally, which I consider your intuitive impulses. And those are the things you want to capture because they’re clues to where you should go, clues to what you should focus on. Eventually, after doing this for a while, you’re going to start to learn all the different
cards and all their meanings. But in general, with tarot, there are major
arcana cards and minor arcana cards. When you pull a major arcana card out, that lesson generally refers to a bigger picture
lesson in your life as a whole. It’s kind of like a bigger theme in your life. And when you pull out a minor arcana card, that usually refers to a smaller theme or
project or goal in your life. It’s more micro and detailed, where the major
arcana cards are more macro, big picture. That can also help you figure out what
these cards are trying to tell you. If you’re a note-taker and you really want to learn tarot, it can help you to just jot down all of the
different cards in your notes and then write 2-3 keywords per card. And once you read the story behind each card, that might help give you more understanding
of the meaning and the lesson behind the card,
because each card holds a story. Anyway, that’s how I’ve been learning to do
tarot readings for myself for the past six months or so,
and I’ve really been enjoying it. I’m not doing it every single day, but whenever I feel lost or need some guidance,
I like to come to my cards. And I also have this book by Brigit Esselmont. She sent me this book,
so this is the Biddy Tarot, tarot book. And in here, there are more elaborate spreads on tarot. I’m not sponsored by Biddy Tarot,
but I love her website so much. It’s such a great resource, so I have to share it. But there are just more spreads that
I’ve learned from this book. But there are actually tons of tarot spreads
that you could find online. I’ll link some down below. I feel like there’s so much information out
there that you just Google it, look it up, and you’ll be able to find what you need. But I hope that this is a good start for you. Alright, so let me move on to some ideas for
spreads that you can start out with. We already talked about the one-card spread. That is pulling one card for your day and
it just kind of guides your day: What do you need today? Another simple spread to do is the three-card spread where the card represents past, present, and future. You pull out three cards in order for past, present, future, and this can help you evaluate any life experience
you’re going through. Maybe you want to see the order of how you’re growing. Maybe get a clue for where you’ve been,
where you are, and where you’re headed. You see how these are so open-ended? You can apply this to any area of your life. Another spread that I like to do sometimes
is the decision-making spread. If you’re having trouble deciding between two options, maybe three or four options,
then you can pull a card for each option, and whatever the card represents is
kind of what will happen or what you’ll have to deal with or
focus on if you choose that option – I hope that makes sense. It’s a way to give you more clarity on how it would feel to go in these different directions of your decisions. I try not to do these spreads too often because
I’m an indecisive person. I don’t want to rely on the cards or anything. I want to learn how to make decisions for myself. If you’re really in a sticky situation,
then this could be helpful. Another spread you can do is the monthly tarot spread. This one is good to do at the beginning of the year, but you can really do it any time of the year. Basically, you just pick one card per month of the year. You lay it all out and then when you flip them over that card kind of guides you with a theme
for each month of the year. This is actually something that I’ve done
many years ago. I didn’t exactly do it with tarot cards. I did it with oracle cards which are similar
but different. But anyway, when I did this for two years
– 2014 and 2015 – it was just really interesting how
my months aligned with what the cards said my month would be about. It was just really strange, so I think it’s a fun exercise. The last spread I’ll share today is the Goals tarot spread. This is one that I just came up with on my own. I’m sure it might be online too, but I just thought of this when I was
mapping out my goals for the year. Just look back at the goals that you’ve set for 2019, or you could look at your goals for the month
or for the quarter. Whatever it is, what you do is: You pick a card for each goal that you set for yourself. And this is really cool because the card will reveal what you need to focus on or maybe the story
of you pursuing that goal. It might give you a clue to something
that might help you. Maybe you pick a card that tells you you have
to work really hard at this goal. Or maybe you pick a card that tells you to
focus on surrendering and letting go. Each card has a different meaning and it’s really cool to see how that can
apply to your goals. So have fun with that one. Alright, so as I mentioned, I will link more spread ideas down below,
whatever I can find. I’m sure you can go on Pinterest
and type in “tarot spreads” and find a bunch of resources. But good luck, have fun with tarot. Let me know if you have any questions down below. And again, make sure you listen to that
podcast with Biddy Tarot, because I cannot explain it as well as she does. But I feel like, after six months of doing tarot for myself, I’m at a pretty good place to be able to
explain it to other people. So that’s why I waited this long to do this video. But anyway, love you guys so much and
I will see you in the next video where I will talk about astrology. Alright, bye!




Comments
  1. I do my own reading every now and then when I’m confused or not feeling myself…always helps…I’m no professional ☺️Thanks Eileen…loved this video n excited for the series. Thanks a ton,u have been such a strength and so relaxing to watch ur videos and at the same time meaningful as well.Wanna share a big news…I just got my fellowship….long journey but it was worth it.XOXO…..😍🙏🏽💐🌻Ur such an inspiration dear.stay blessed always 💐🙏🏽

  2. Aileen you have impeccable timing, I just got my impulsively purchased tarot deck out of storage. I am now looking forward to using it & getting some guidance instead of just collecting more dust. 💖💖💖

  3. I'm excited for the rest of the series! I had a tarot reading before online for free (on a mbti forum) & It was interesting to see how it applied to my life at that time. Now I can look up the cards on biddy tarot to get a better understanding of what they meant. I've also been loving the podcast as well!

  4. This is so ineresting!! What are your thoughts on doing a tarot reading on the same intention multiple times?

  5. Does anyone here have reccomendations for a good app or websites which you can digitally shuffle tarot cards to get a (free) reading?

    I used 'useful trivia tarot' before but am looking to try something new.

  6. This hits just right! Can you do one with the Oracle deck too? And maybe the Oracle deck, itself, alone? 🔮

  7. This is so awesome! The way you explained everything was awesome! The tarot has been such an integral part of my life ever since I started to learn it in 2004. It’s such a fantastic tool for healing and personal empowerment. Thank you for spreading the magic of this tool!

  8. Wonderfull video, i started reading tarot and oracle in the start of this year, and its an wonderful tool to be more in contact with you innerguide, and learning to guide you self. Love this ❤️

  9. I like the idea of using the cards to tune into your intuition and inner guide and give you some direction and focus. I never thought of it this way!!

    Also where is that beautiful asymmetrical necklace from, I’m in 😍

  10. Loved this video! I was really curious about tarot and this was a nice introduction, I’m thinking about buying a deck for myself!

  11. Well Aileen darling, I'll be honest: I don't like tarot, but that's not gonna stop me from watching your videos 🤗
    But I do like Astronomy and Astrology! Love from a skeptical Capricorn 😉 💚

  12. Thank you for sharing this hon. I've been practicing for a few months with my decks and I really love doing spreads and reading them for my days. It's a bit of work but I'm about to start my second journal of readings and I'm happy about it. Sending hugs friend. Hope all is well.

  13. I've been using oracle cards for a year or so but in the last few months Ive been really drawn to tarot. I still havent bought myself a deck yet but I want to even more now! Thanks for sharing the different spreads too, Ill definitely be trying them out

  14. This is how I’ve been doing it since starting and I’m glad to see it as a “legitimate” way to read tarot lol

  15. I use to do tarot as a teenager and only just recently got back into it I love doing my own tarot really love how you do the yearly tarot reading may try the when it’s the new year

  16. I'd hate to be that one person but I do not believe in Tarot although they do reveal a lot because these "spirit guides" helping you through whatever you're going through, eventually turn on you. Please be careful when it comes to such things.

  17. I love this!!! I love that you gave a step by step on how to actually shuffle and draw the cards – I remember when I first started with tarot, I was SO lost on how to actually use it, and no one seemed to be giving that step by step guide!!

    One thing I would add (based on how I use my deck) is that if you’re someone who believes in energy, and objects having their own energy, then you can “converse” with your tarot deck! I view that as two forces working with the universe to find some answer; me and the deck. Because shuffling the deck also comes out to pure “chance” you can also ask any guides/angels/whatever you believe in or believe you have to intervene and help with the cards.
    Personally I noticed a HUGE difference after I started talking to my deck 😅 So, just giving my two cents on it!!

  18. I’ve never thought of doing tarot as the perception I had of it was that it was “hooey” or unscientific or something, but watching this video has really opened up my mind – I’ve been trying to look into more of these types of things, such as the chakras, and so far my understanding is that they are really useful tools or metaphors which enable us to tap into and gain deeper understanding of our inner selves. Looking forward to the rest of the series 😊

  19. Nice to find you doing these video series. I'm recently into Tarot as well and its really great to get in touch with your intuition. Thank you for sharing spread ideas and opening up about a subject some people consider taboo.

  20. I've been working with tarots for 10 years but I don't do this daily reading, I only read for myself when the cards "tell" me to get them and open the deck

  21. I started learning Tarot after listening to your podcast interview with Bridget 💞 And so far my experience with Tarot has been most fascinating! For beginners, I'd recommend Anna K Tarot. 💖

  22. wow I have just recently got into Tarot and I'm so happy you are too! This video totally represents me at my current stage of tarot reading too! 😀 Happy reading Aileen! <3

  23. I bought a tarot deck right after listening to your podcast episode with Biddy Tarot – thank you for introducing me to such interesting topics! ❤️

  24. We all feel the wish to be guided through our lifes, to have faith in sth. bigger than our mind to rest our faith in. But cards do seem like an absurd choice for that.

    As a means of self discovery, I see thew perceived benefits. Still I would rather let my life, challenges and experiences guide me. I feel the need of a card as a guide very random and escapist.

  25. I've never been drawn to Tarot but your vidéo makes me curious about it and I might try it since I'm really into self-discovery lately ! Thank you for the discovery 😊 can't wait to watch the other videos of this serie

  26. Yessss🤩 you have no idea how happy i am to see this video 😇💓 thank you so much i Needed it💚 💚 ✨ and i'm excited to see the other videos of this series ✨👏

  27. You made me really curious. It's not something I've concidered before but as I get older and life harder I try to learn new things all the time.

  28. I watched your video days ago.

    This is a very.. weird subject for me.

    Growing up Christian. I was raised to believe that this "Magic" was to be avoided at all costs.

    Now that I have grown, discovered myself, and figured out what these things are truly meant for. They have opened my eyes in so many ways.

    I went out to my nearest Crystal Shop and bought Tarot cards as soon as I watched this. It has given me a sense of happiness that I'm really thankful for. Anything that will help remind me, of how strong and capable I am, as well as my mind. ❤

    Thanks for the basics. You've interested me in getting a book on them. 🤗

  29. Love your video! Can you make a video of an example of what a minor arcana card spread and minor arcana card spread looks like?

  30. Ahhh, I loved that deck episode you did a while back!

    I would love to share my upcoming Oracle Deck with you when it launches in September. How do I get in touch with you about that?

  31. i bought a deck for my birthday like almost 4 months ago. i left it sitting on the shelf bc i was too scared(?) to start. idek y maybe bc i never felt “”ready”” or whateva. ur video inspired me to open me deck n i’ve spent the last 2.5 hours doing all the spreads u mentioned. it’s an impressionist art deck so i’ve been learning loads abt the artists, the era n the paintings. tysm for this video this was a sign to get started on my tarot journey 🥺✨💛🌱🍃🌿

  32. You inspired me to get back into tarot cards and I would love to see more videos on it and follow along. 🔮

  33. I mainly use Runes and scrying (fire) with a new look intp Ogham for divination. I will use Tarot when I'm called to as some spreads and questions work better for me in some methods than others. I have recently gotten into the YouTube zodiac-targetted tarot reading videos 🙂

  34. Kalyn N made me buy Tarot decks and I really like them. But I need to use them more and more. thanks for this video <3

  35. I love Colette Baron Reid's cards… they are so beautifully made and a reasonable price, they all come with a beautiful little guide book explaining every card, explaining how to use them and different readings and then example readings so you can kind of learn how they work. You should check them out. I have "The Good Tarot" which is probably my favourite so far. They are all positive, and they are all affirmations that your spirit needs, things you need to say to yourself at that time to connect with spirit and get through something or move forward or embrace something etc. I also have her "Enchanted Map" which is a really great one too. The animal one is my next purchase… they are so so so beautiful.

  36. Spanish subtitles are available! Click "CC" and check the video settings. Thank you to the contributor listed in the description 💕

  37. I have used tarot cards since I was 14 but as a born again Christian I was wondering if they are okay in the religion to use?

  38. I see I am not the only one who bought tarot cards and then you posted the video. (It was about a week ago). I also found out that my acquaintance also has the same card deck as mine one hour after purchasing. I am more and more convinced that there are no coincidences. Just the right time, the right place. Thank you for sharing 💛

  39. Jesus loves you and wants you to come back to him.

    Acts 16
    16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

    17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.

    18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.

    19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,

  40. Here in philippines doing a tarot card is connecting with a demon or afterlife that will give you a clue to your destination.

  41. I was debating if I should do tarot. I picked a deck that I liked and then it sold out. Fast forward to months later and I was looking into spiritual books and I found this cute one that reminded me of the tarot deck. So I searched for the deck and it was now available again. I’m so sure my deck that’s coming was meant for me💖✨

  42. This is such a good topic to speak about! I met tarot when I graduated from the university, and was lost and disoriented, having no idea of what I'm gonna do. It helps to find the direction of your nearest future. Great video!

  43. "For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect." Matthew 24:24

  44. This was the best video I've seen on here for beginners!! So clear and easy to follow, super informative without being overwhelming! Thank you!!☆

  45. Looks innocent, but it is playing with demons. Don’t bring these cards into your house, do not mess with tarot. I had a deck on the bed trying to do some different spreads. I felt an very strong evil presence in my bedroom. I put the cards away and got rid of them the next day. Whatever spiritual door I opened up, it was to remain open in that house, even later after the house was blessed by chirch members and a pastor.

  46. Thank you so much for doing this video. I decided to get into tarot and got my for sd t deck yesterday and was a little bit clueless on where to start or how to do a spread. I'll have to make sure to take a listen to that podcast for sure. Again thank you. Helpful video!

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