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  • How to Read Tarot Cards. Learning how to read these ancient cards may help you divine the

  • futureor at least amuse party guests. You will need A set of tarot cards and practice.

  • Step 1. Get a deck of tarot cards. There are many different kinds, but the popular Rider-Waite

  • tarot deck is the one recommended for beginners. Step 2. Read the booklet that comes with a

  • new deck to learn the standard meaning of each card. Tarot cards are divided into major

  • arcana or "greater secrets" and minor arcana, meaning lesser secrets. Major arcana represent

  • forces outside our control, while minor arcana represent that which we have the power to

  • change. Major arcana cards are usually marked with Roman numerals; minor arcana cards are

  • divided into four suits: wands, cups, swords, and pentacles. Step 3. Shuffle the cards well;

  • then cut the deck as the person whose fortune you are about to read asks the first question.

  • Step 4. Lay down four cards in a diamond pattern. The top card represents romance; moving clockwise,

  • the next card relates to finances, followed by the card for health and happiness and finally

  • the career card. Different spreads involving more cards can be used as you become more

  • experienced. Step 5. Turn over the cards and note the direction of the picture. If it's

  • facing the reader, it's a positive card, representing good things. If the design is upside down

  • or reversed, it's a negative card, representing conflict. Step 6. Interpret the cards. Don't

  • just analyze what the cards mean individually, but what message they convey when viewed as

  • a whole. Major arcana cards carry more weight than minor arcana, which are meant to clarify

  • the bigger picture. Step 7. Keep a record of your readings. It helps you refine your

  • craft by keeping tabs on when you were right and when you might have misinterpreted the

  • cards. Did you know Tarot cards originated in 15th-century Italy, where they were used

  • as playing cards.

How to Read Tarot Cards. Learning how to read these ancient cards may help you divine the

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