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Tarotica n. [ te-roh-ti-kuh, tair-oh-ti-kuh ]
1. symbolically explicit art dealing with archetypes, characters, situations and pips, as found in the tarot deck
2. art and written works dealing with the tarot
3. the collection of virtual tarot decks available to read with on this website

How to Read Your Tarot Cards

Even if you have no experience reading tarot cards at all, reading your own cards is fairly easy. Tarot reading is similar to other forms of divination such as dream interpretation, which a lot of people do without even realizing it’s actually divination they are doing. The most important thing about reading is what the imagery means to you. Typically a reader asks a question and lays out the appropriate spread, a set of cards arranged in a particular pattern, which answers the query with symbolic art designed to trigger certain thoughts and feelings.

When a person first learns to read tarot cards, it is not important to have the card meanings memorized. What is important is to be open to the messages that come to you, free to accept the messages whether positive or negative. If the artwork on a card seems confusing, the accompanying text description should give you a pretty good hint as to what the card means. With practice, a reader comes to know the tarot deck by heart, like second nature. Of course there are many decks by many artists, and each varies in structure both on the individual card level and as to the way that the deck is organized as a whole.

Many readers like to become highly familiar with a few of their favorite decks rather than to use a lot of different decks, as there are well over a thousand in existence today. The most common deck to learn first is the Rider Waite Smith, which was stripped of much the old-school Golden Dawn symbolism in favor of easy to read picture scenes. Most modern decks follow the simplistic RWS structure, which does not require the reader, or even the artist, to spend a lot of time learning centuries old symbolism and deck mechanics as in the traditional occult methods. A great way to begin learning how to read the cards is to do Majors-only readings until you are comfortable enough to move on to the full 78-card deck.