Practice How to Read Tarot Cards with Me

Reading tarot for other people is strange, especially as a beginner. I feel so much responsibility to get everything right, and I barely remember the individual meanings of the cards.

To get some more experience, I practice a 3-card reading once a week, pretending that I’m reading for someone else.

If you’d like to join me in getting a bit more tarot practice, feel free to grab your favorite deck and play along. I’d love the company!

Practice Reading Tarot Cards With Me

Let’s pretend…you’re waiting in an endless line at the DMV to renew your driver’s license. As you wait, you pull out your tarot deck, and start reviewing the cards.

The older woman sitting next to you notices, and asks if you will read for her. Here’s her question…

My oldest son and his wife want me to move in with them in Cleveland. My younger son wants me to move closer to him, in Florida. How do I decide?

Here’s the cards, as they are laid out:

What Tarot Spread Do You Use?

I like to use a different 3-card spread each week, but feel free to use any 3-card layout that you feel comfortable with. For this reading, I’m using a spread with this interpretation:

  • Card 1 – Option #1
  • Card 2 – Option #2
  • Card 3 – What you need to know to decide

I know it’s easy to get into a rut with your readings, especially when you find a spread you’re really comfortable with. If you’re looking to shake things up a bit, here’s a big list of 3-card tarot spreads to inspire you.
Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me

What Do You See?

I see a mix of cards, with nothing from the Major Arcana. None of the people on the cards are looking at the viewer – there is one who is blindfolded, and two who are looking away.

What Do You Feel?

I feel a mix of energy and a bit unsettled. The card in the center (the Six of Wands) feels like the strongest card to me, whatever that means.

Putting It All Together

Here’s what I would tell my friend at the DMV…

The Two of Swords represents the option of living with your son in Cleveland, the the Six of Wands represents moving to Florida.

From the Two of Swords, it seems as if you don’t want to live in Cleveland, although you see the benefits. You don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so you haven’t spoken the truth about your feelings.

From the Six of Wands, it seems as if moving to Florida is slightly more appealing to you and you have a lot more support there.

However, the Four of Cups card is giving some information on how you should make this decision. And it seems as if you have an option you haven’t seen or considered yet. You’ve been so focused on what other people want for you that you have been blind to the other opportunities that are being offered to you. Spend some time thinking about what you really want before you make this decision.

What do you think of this interpretation? How would you have read the cards differently?

Practice How to Read Tarot Cards for Me

Reading tarot for someone else, especially when you are still struggling to remember all of the meanings for the cards, can be mortifying. (Or at least it is for me)!

To get a bit more experience before I take my tarot skills out into the real world, I created a weekly post to practice.

Every week I pull 3-cards for a pretend querent with a pretend problem. Feel free to play along, if you’d like a bit of practice, too.

Practice Reading Tarot Cards With Me

Let’s pretend…one of your favorite local nonprofits is hosting their annual fundraiser with a 1000 Nights theme, and you agreed to volunteer at the party.

After mingling with the guests, you set up in a little private nook and your first visitor is a man who asks you this question…

I started working at this company five months ago, and I was just promoted to supervise seven guys who have been there for years. I’m getting some push-back from them and I want to know what I should do so that they will accept me. What actions should I take?

Here’s the cards, as they are laid out:

What Tarot Spread Do You Use?

For this reading, I decided to use this 3-card spread:

  • Card 1 – What you think about a situation
  • Card 2 – What you feel about it
  • Card 3 – What you need to do about it

I like to choose a new spread each week, but feel free to use whatever 3-card spread you feel most comfortable with.

If you’re looking for ideas, here’s a list of 3-card tarot spreads to inspire you.
Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me

What Do You See?

I see three men, two of them looking towards the left (the past?) and one looking towards the right (the future?). There are no Major Arcana cards, but there is one court card.

Also, I see a lot of plant life on these cards.

What Do You Feel?

Solid, stable masculine energy. These cards feel grounded and secure.

Putting It All Together

Here’s what I would tell the man at the party…

From these cards, I get the sense that you’ve put in your time – maybe not at this company, but in previous positions. You should be reaping your harvest, not spending all of your time pulling out weeds.

You’re feeling a little unsettled, almost like you need to watch your back. However, that’s not truly the case here.

Your new reports will take time to adjust to their new situation, but ultimately they will respect you if you act with respect towards them. This will take time, so be patient.

Use this card – the King of Pentacles – as your model, and go to him for advice when you need it. He’s a mentor or stable authority figure who will have the guidance you need.

What do you think? How would you have read these cards?

Learn the Tarot Card Meanings

Bookmark this page as a handy reference for each of the cards. You might also be interested in the Tarot Card Cheat Sheet if you want a quick keyword-based guide.

The Major Arcana

My Tarot Manifesto

Ever since watching Hackers (one of my top 3 favorite movies), I’ve wanted to have a manifesto of my very own.

So here is my Tarot Manifesto. It’s my personal philosophy for learning and teaching tarot.

If you want to know how I approach Learn Tarot With Me (LTWM), here are the rules that I live by and how they apply to LTWM:

  1. There is no right way or wrong way to learn. There is only YOUR way.

    LTWM has resources for every price range and every level of experience.
  2. There is no right or wrong reason to learn. All WHYS are valid.

    LTWM is inclusive and nonjudgmental.
  3. Everything that works is valuable. Throw everything at the problem until it is solved.

    LTWM includes unusual (and controversial) resources, even if they are not “popular” or “the right way to learn.”
  4. Try, try, try again. Fail fast and often. Learn from each failure to propel the next attempt.

    LTWM is supportive but realistic. This is going to be hard sometimes, but that’s normal and okay. Learning anything new puts us in the mud. It’s our job to enjoy getting dirty while we try to get clean.
  5. Persistence beats Resistance. Daily action is far more important than talent, intelligence, or ability.

    LTWM will be here for you today and tomorrow. I can show you the path, but it’s your job to walk it.
  6. You can’t accomplish anything alone. One plus one equals the strength of ten.

    LTWM is a community, not one person. Your knowledge & experience is every bit as important as mine. We help each other and bless our differences. They are what make us strong.

Practice How to Read Tarot Cards with Me

Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me
This week’s tarot reading practice is going to be a fun one! We’re doing something a little bit different…

If you’re not familiar with these practice tarot readings, every week I create a little story with a pretend querent and a pretend question. Then I pull a 3-card tarot spread and do a short reading.

It’s a great way for me (and you!) to practice reading tarot cards without the stress of trying to read for a real person. I don’t know about you, but that still freaks me out.

Practice Reading Tarot Cards With Me

Let’s pretend…you are asked by one of your tarot idols to participate in an Instagram challenge. The theme is about combining tarot and creativity.

So, this week you’ll be reading for yourself, and here’s the question to use…

How can I become more creative in my life, using the tarot?

Here’s the cards, as they are laid out:

What Tarot Spread Do You Use?

I like to use a different 3-card spread interpretation each week, so I can practice using different ones. I haven’t found my favorite yet.

This week, this is the interpretation I decided to go with:

  • Card 1 – Start doing this
  • Card 2 – Stop doing this
  • Card 3 – Continue doing this

Use whatever spread you feel comfortable with. If you want some other ideas, here’s a huge listing of other 3-card tarot spreads.
Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me

What Do You See?

Ugh, I see The Death card and the Five of Pentacles – two cards that skew towards the negative.

What Do You Feel?

Rather unsettled with all of those people in need. It feels oppressive, but also hopeful.

Putting It All Together

Since this is a post for Instagram, I tried to keep my reading very concise. Here’s how I respond to the challenge question:

Rathering than adding even more creativity in my life, I need to be more generous and more accepting of gifts that come into my life. I need to stop being so afraid of change. And I need to continue moving towards my dreams, no matter how hard it gets. If I want to become more creative in my life, I need to commit to it, and make it a focus and priority.

What do you think? Would you have read these cards differently?

Practice How to Read Tarot Cards with Me

Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me
Reading tarot cards for someone else can be tricky (and terrifying!) especially when you are just starting out.

To get over my fear of reading for other people, I do a bit of practice each week by pulling a 3-card spread, and creating a little story to go along with it.

If you’d like to get some practice reading tarot for someone else, feel free to join me. I’d love to hear your feedback and your own interpretations!

Practice Reading Tarot Cards With Me

Let’s pretend…you stop by the coffee shop across the street from your favorite bookstore. A woman you don’t recognize comes up to you and says she saw you reading tarot at a party a few months ago.

She asks if you’ll read her cards, and you agree. Here’s her question…

I’m really worried about my daughter. She just divorced a wonderful man, and now she’s living with a woman. What can I say to her to make her realize that this is a terrible mistake?

Personally, this type of question makes me very uncomfortable – it’s too judgmental for me, and for the cards. As diplomatically as I can, I ask the woman to reframe the question, and together we come up with this…

What does the future hold for my daughter and her happiness?

Here’s the cards, as they are laid out:

What Tarot Spread Do You Use?

I think it’s important, as a beginner, to practice with a lot of different spreads and meanings. Professional tarot readers usually have a favorite spread they use for different situations, but I’m not at that level where I can choose a favorite yet.

That’s why I pick a different 3-card layout each week. Feel free to use the same interpretation, or to pick one of your own. Here’s a huge list of 3-card tarot spreads you might find useful to choose from.

For this reading, I decided to use this spread:

  • Card 1 – Past
  • Card 2 – Present
  • Card 3 – Future

Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me

What Do You See?

One Major Arcana card, which makes this question seem very important. I also see my favorite card, the Four of Wands.

There are two moons on these cards – which to me means a deep intuition and knowing.

What Do You Feel?

Happy and rather pleased. I’m always amazed by how tarot responds to honest questions, and I love this layout.

Putting It All Together

Here’s what I would tell the woman at the coffeeshop…

It looks as if your daughter made a difficult, but necessary choice, when she left her husband. No one knows what happens inside a relationship, so as wonderful as he seems, they were not wonderful together. This was not a decision your daughter made lightly, but it took much thought and inner reflection.

This card – The High Priestess – shows your daughter as she is now. She is comfortable in her own skin, and sits confidently on a throne that she has created. The moon and the water symbolize her deep emotions and intuition. Both are very strong.

The Four of Wands indicates celebrations, like a wedding or similar event. It’s the party card! Your daughter’s future seems full of happiness and celebration, and I hope that you’ll be able to share those good times with her.

Do you agree? How would you have read these cards? More importantly, how do you set aside your personal beliefs to show respect towards those you read for, the cards, and yourself?

Practice How to Read Tarot Cards with Me

Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me
Welcome to the weekly practice post! Each week I make up a little story, and do a practice reading of a 3-card spread.

I’m still too nervous to read for anyone else, so this is how I am trying to build my tarot reading muscles – and confidence!

Feel free to join me if you’d like a to get a bit of practice, too.

Practice Reading Tarot Cards With Me

Let’s pretend…your cousin is hosting Thanksgiving this year, and most of the people at dinner are his friends and coworkers. You barely know anyone there.

During dinner, you make friends with the man sitting next to you, and he asks you to read his cards. After dessert, this is what he asks you…

I have a great job as a pharmacist, but it’s not as challenging or interesting as it used to be. I’ve been writing for years as a hobby, and over the last year I have built up a few clients as a freelance writer.

Am I crazy to want to give up a good career so I can become a writer?

Here’s the cards, as they are laid out:

What Tarot Spread Do You Use?

For this reading, I decided to use this 3-card spread:

  • Card 1 – What you want
  • Card 2 – What is standing in your way
  • Card 3 – How to overcome those obstacles

Tarot readers usually have a favored spread that they turn to again and again. I think, it’s important for beginners to play around a bit, to find spreads that work best for you.

That’s why I use a different 3-card spread each week. Feel free to use whatever 3-card spread you’d like. If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a list of 3-card tarot spreads for you.

Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me

What Do You See?

I see no Major Arcana cards, only one court card with two pips. The images on the cards are looking elsewhere (or are blindfolded), so I don’t see their eyes. They all seem to be concentrating…

What Do You Feel?

I don’t feel a cohesive energy. It’s not scattered, it’s just not really here.

Putting It All Together

Here’s what I would tell this man over a second slice of pumpkin pie…

You want to be the master of your creativity, and to have a career where you feel in charge of your future.

Right now, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done before you’ll be ready to quit your current position to become a freelance writer. You’ve got a lot of work standing in between you and your dream, and you are the only one who can do it.

To overcome this, you have to believe in yourself, and your dreams, even when no one else will. You will have to create a plan blindly – you don’t know the exact path to take, and it seems like there are obstacles at every step.

However, this is absolutely a goal you can accomplish, one step at a time.

Now, what do you think? How would you have read these cards?

Practice How to Read Tarot Cards with Me

Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me
There are many ways to practice reading tarot cards, but if you’re like me, you find it tough to read for other people.

Instead of embarrassing myself by getting stuck in the middle of a ‘real’ reading, I practice each week by pulling a 3-card spread for a pretend reading. I make up the question, the situation, and the story, but the spread is real.

If you’d like to join me, pull out your deck and let’s get started…

Practice Reading Tarot Cards With Me

Let’s pretend…one of your best friends has started a small business selling beaded and embroidered clothing, and she’s rented a booth at a local street fair and art market.

To draw in traffic, she asked you to give readings in a corner, charging whatever you like. During a slow moment, she asks you to read her cards, and this is her question…

I am juggling so many things, and I’m starting to feel burnt out! How do I get more energy, so I can do everything I want to do?

Here’s the cards, as they are laid out:

What Tarot Spread Do You Use?

Each week, for practice, I choose a different 3-card spread from this list. Feel free to use your favorite spread, or something different than me.

For this reading, I picked a 3-card spread with this interpretation:

  • Card 1 – Opportunities
  • Card 2 – Challenges
  • Card 3 – The likely outcome

Practice Reading Tarot Cards with Learn Tarot With Me

What Do You See?

I see one major arcana card (the Strength card – one of my favorites!), which indicates that this is an important question. I also see lots of leaves.

What Do You Feel?

I feel positive and happy with these cards. They seem friendly – they want to tell me a story.

Putting It All Together

Here’s what I would tell my friend…

You are being pulled in many different directions, and you are trying to do too much. Just because you can do anything doesn’t mean you can do everything – and certainly not all at once.

The challenge will be self-care and putting yourself first. To succeed at those things that are the most important to you, you’ll have to make some tough choices. And you’ll have to make sure that you are showing yourself as much love as you show to your family and others.

You need to be your first priority. If you take care of yourself, you’ll be in a strong position to do the work, with a slow and steady and sustainable energy.

What do you think? How would you have interpreted these cards?