Hi Classy Roxy,
I think it is great that you want to learn how to be a channel through the ancient oracle Tarot...It means that you are spiritually advanced because most people think this kind of stuff is a joke or a game and it is not. It is a means through which the universe can help us understand how to understand and best deal with issues going on in our lives, or things that WILL come to pass in our lives. When I say "Our", I mean when you are reading for yourself or someone else. I find that it is easier for me to read for others than for myself, which is why I use tarot.com to get insight in my own life. But I have been drawn to this since I was very young, and have been attempting to learn for 15 years! Tarot cards are complex and there are 76 (around that #) cards to understand! Then, you add the element of positioning of the cards to the mix and it adds another dimension to interpretation. I am a good tarot card reader, but have a long way to go! Unless you have the good fortune of dedicating your life to learning (taking an intensive course lets say, and then practicing all of the time so that you can remember what youve learned...not to mention a dedication to meditation daily, and commitment to a lifestyle that allows intelligent energy to pass through you easily) for as long as it takes until you feel youve got it down, be prepared for a life long experience of growth in this ability. I do not say any of this to discourage you, but to ENCOURAGE you! I would be lying if I said that Tarot card reading is an overnight gift that you can receive...some are more intuitive than others, and you may very well have that gift....But, there is a lot to memorize. *****I STARTED BY USING A RIDER WAITE DECK, AND THE CELTIC CROSS FORMAT. I WOULD JUST LOOK UP EACH CARD, AND THE POSITION IT WAS IN, BY FLIPPING THROUGH THE LITTLE BOOK INSIDE. I DID THIS FOR YEARS, AND MY FRIENDS WERE ALWAYS PATIENT AND THE READINGS TURNED OUT TO BE ACCURATE A LOT OF THE TIME.****Now, I know what most of the cards mean, and I know the meaning of the positions and how to apply the cards that come up in the positions. HERE ARE SOME THINGS I HAVE LEARNED THAT MIGHT SAVE YOU THE TIME IT TOOK ME:
1- Look into taking a class if they offer one somewhere.
2- The pictures on each card tell you A LOT about what the means, so study the pictures as you read in order to gain more insight.
3-There is a whole story behind the tarot that I never even knew about until this year! It helped me SO much! And it is beautiful, and so true to life and what we humans go through! This story is what the Major Arcana cards are based on (the major cards with names not numbers or suits, like The Sun, or The Star etc.) The suits all have meanings too, like, the pentacles (coins) usually have to do with financial matters. The numbers have meanings too, like, lets say 5's. 5's usually mean that there is a problem that has a spiritual solution to it. So, the 5 of pentacles, was the first card to be turned over and placed in the situation position, you would know that the querent (person getting a reading done, person with a question) was probably dealing with a problem having to do with money that only a spiritual solution can fix! Isnt that cool?
4-Go to Aeclectic Tarot online and you can study everything! You can read the story behind the Major cards, starting with the fool. Go in order until you have reached the end and you will be way enlightened in a way that has taken me 15 years to even discover! It is SO cool, ANYONE INTERESTED IN LEARNING TAROT SHOULD GO THERE. It is SUCH a helpful and accurate site!
I hope that this helped you, and anyone else reading. Tarot has guided me A LOT in my life, and if I only would have listened, so many times I would have saved myself so much trouble. We are all The Fool going through this life to learn and grow spiritually. We all have unseen powers that are helping us along, and real people helping us along like the ones who first created Tarot Cards.The more I learn, the more in awe and in love I am with them...
One thing I did not mention is that the cards are also associated with astrology. Each card has a Sign/element assigned to it. I know NOTHING about this yet, but in time I will. Be patient about it and have fun with it, it is a neat part of life. Love to All, and Good Luck! Waterbrightrainbowlight