By Katherine Heiden
Interpreting tarot cards is a complex art that requires a great deal of practice and knowledge before you can be certain that you are achieving correct reads. However, before any sort of advanced spreads can be performed, it is essential to learn how to interpret tarot cards correctly and easily.
In most cases, it is a good idea to consider first where a card has fallen in a particular spread. While the majority of spreads are generic, there are many specialized spreads in which the order of the cards has a lot of direct impact on the meaning of the reading, and it can give your interpretation some context. The variety of spreads available allows you to specifically read on one given topic, eliminating as much outside influence as possible.
Of course, the first thing that you need to do when interpreting tarot cards is to get a thorough understanding of the meaning of each card in the deck and how they interact. No one card acts alone, they are all influenced by each other. If you see a large number of them in the suit of swords in one particular reading, for instance, this may tell you that the aspects of the swords suite are important in your life right now, and that the attributes of the suit may overpower the importance of the individual pieces. Interpreting tarot cards is not a science, it is an art, and there is always room for improvement and fluidity.
Interpreting tarot cards is not as easy as it may seem. There is no single meaning to any single card, and they are not usually very literal. Often times, interpreting tarot cards correctly requires a certain amount of insight into a person's life that even they may not be able to provide. The more you know about the person you are reading for, the better off you will be, since the events that have shaped their life will have a direct aspect on interpreting tarot cards on their behalf. If these events and influences, as well as the client's personality, are well understood by the reader it can be much easier.
Katherine Heiden is a professional tarot card reader and clairvoyant. Her new guide Learn Tarot Cards is a great resource for beginners and experts alike, and includes many bonus guides showing you how to take your hobby of doing tarot card readings and turn it into a career.