What Do Tarot Cards Do?


When tarot first started out, it was a game people played. Today, they can be used for divination. You’ve always thought about picking up a deck and giving it a try yourself but you held off.

You’re not sure how the cards work or how to even do a basic spread. Tarot is a hands-on learning experience. You’ll have to do it to figure it out.

We’ll tell you that the cards work a bit differently for everyone who tries them. They’re meant to be a tool to guide you through your particular life. Check out this guide to learn more about the cards and how to use them.

What Are Tarot Cards?

Tarot decks come complete with 78 cards. Each one has its own specific symbol and meaning. The major arcana takes up 22 of these cards and the minor arcana takes up 56 spots.

Despite the fact that all the cards work towards a common goal of guiding you through your decisions, there are differences between the minor and major arcana cards.

Minor Arcana

When you look at the number of cards that make up the minor arcana and how they work, you’ll find that they’re a lot like playing cards. They are comprised of four suits: wands, pentacles, swords, and cups. There are ten cards in each suit.

Even though these cards are called the minor arcana, they’re anything but. They each represent some part of your life. When one of the pentacle cards show up in your reading, you know something is about to happen in your work or financial life.

The suit of cups is centered around your emotions and creativity. When these cards appear in the spread, they’re trying to give you direction as far as your connection to others goes.

The suit of wands reflects your motivation and energy. They show up to give you some insight into your purpose and give you brand new ideas you may not have thought of before.

The suit of swords is all about action. When you uncover one of those in your reading, it might be telling you that you need to assert yourself more or communicate your ideas a bit clearer. Make yourself heard!

Major Arcana

Each of the major arcana has its own unique card meanings and design. For example, the moon tarot may pop up in your reading when there’s some kind of deception that you’re not seeing. It could be a simple misunderstanding or something a little deeper.

They are stand-alone, meaning there will only be a single temperance card in your deck. While the minor arcana represents the little things that impact your life, the major arcana covers all the large factors. They show all the life lessons that you need to learn and exist to give you some insight into the journey that your soul needs to take to find peace.

What Do They Do?

Many people associate the tarot with gazing into the future but they can’t do something as romantic as that. They aren’t meant to tell you what you need to do to find happiness, but what they can do is provide guidance.

For example, if you do a love reading, the cards won’t tell you who you’re going to end up with or when you’ll find them. Instead, they’ll sort of point you in the right direction by showing you the changes you need to make in order to attract your ideal partner.


To begin a reading, you’ll place the cards into something called a spread. Each placement in the spread represents a specific circumstance in your life (or another person’s life if you’re doing a reading for a friend).

The two most common spreads that you’ll come across are three fates and the Celtic cross. As the name suggests, the three fates is a spread that consists of three cards. The first card in the spread reflects your past, the second one shows your present, and the last one is your future.

The Celtic cross spread is a little more involved than the three fates spread. It uses ten cards that represent various stages of your life and what’s influencing you.

Things to Know Before Trying Your Hand at Tarot

There are a couple of things that you need to be aware of before you try your hand at tarot reading. If you don’t practice or you buy a deck that doesn’t work for you, it will be hard to learn.

Pick a Deck That Resonates with You

There are all kinds of decks out there. You can get one that’s full of pop culture references or has an astrology theme. No matter what you do, you need to make sure that the deck resonates with you when you use it. If you can’t latch onto the deck personally, it will be hard for you to do a reading.

Practice Makes Perfect

You may be the type of person who can crack open the instruction booklet that comes with your deck and understand everything. If you are, that’s great. It doesn’t come that naturally to everyone, however.

It’s important to practice every day. Pull a single card out of your deck and do a self-reading. Write down the card you got and it’s meaning.

Try to think about what it’s trying to tell you regarding your life. This will help you get some amazing insight and get used to reading the cards.

Everything You Need to Know About Tarot

Are you interested in doing tarot? It can be a lot of fun if you let it be. You’ve got to remember that it might take you a while to get the hang of and don’t stress it.

If you don’t feel like you can give yourself a reading, reach out to our experts.

Psychic Kay not only does tarot readings. She’s a fabulous life coach as well. Give her a call at 1-866-407-7164 ext. 7102 to get advice on your love life and career.

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