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A Beginners Guide to the Tarot

Welcome to the Fools Journey


We're all on a Journey. Wouldn’t it be great to get some insights on the characters and events we're likely to encounter along the way ? Even better, wouldn’t it be great if we could take a step back and look at our own lives and understand how the pieces fit Together ? This is where the Tarot (and Oracle cards too) come in. The journey started at the beginning of time and the paths and stories of those before us are imprinted deep in our collective consciousness. Tarot Cards allow us to tap into these stories and discover what’s going on in our own life. The Cards act as a mirror to ourselves and invite us to dig deep to understand our own stories.

How do the Tarot Cards Work ?


First, it’s important to know that Tarot Cards have been used for hundreds of years with great results – and they can work for you too! But there is no single answer to how the cards work. For some the cards amplify the users intuitive or psychic abilities. Others believe a spiritual force places the cards in a specific order to produce meaning. Still others follow a strict analytic path and study the card meanings. Many great readers combine these traditions by learning the card meanings and then call on their own intuition to give greater meaning to the question or situation at hand.

Finding and Connecting to a Deck


Some say that you should be gifted a deck. While it is a lovely idea to gift someone a deck it’s not necessarily the best way to get started. The best Tarot readers feel a deep connection with their deck so if a particular deck is calling to you then we suggest that that is the best deck for you to start with.

Many Tarot readers start with a Rider Waite deck and continue to study it year after year. It's the world’s most popular deck for a reason - the cards are full of rich and accessible symbolism that allow one to tap into deep universal truths and patterns.  

Time to Jump in


TarotArts suggests that you start out by picking a card a day – Find a quite time at the beginning or end of the day. Pick one Card at random and ask yourself how does this card reflect on the story of this day and your place in it. Feel free to pick up a book that helps you understand the images and symbolism in the deck. Rachel Pollack, Barbara Moore, Liz Dean and Johannes Fiebig are great tarot luminaries and have authored excellent books to help you get started on your journey. In no time at all the cards will help you uncover previously hidden truths that you can apply to you own live and share with others.

Complete Tarot Kits to get you Started


The Complete Tarot Kit Tarot Deck

The Complete Tarot Kit includes everything needed for beginner to intermediate students. The book within the kit is an excellent instruction guide. Susan Levitt’s teaching and writing style makes learning the tarot so easy for those new to the tarot and for intermediate tarotists, as well.


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Easy Tarot Tarot Kit

Created especially for beginners, the Easy Tarot kit is the easiest way to learn to read Tarot cards. In the Easy Tarot Handbook, author Josephine Ellershaw shares tips, shortcuts, and time-saving techniques gained from more than thirty years of experience reading Tarot cards.


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Tarot for Everyone Kit Tarot Deck

Perfect for beginners, this boxed set features the popular Universal Tarot deck and a book introducing tarot written by well-known author Richard Webster.


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Classic Tarot Decks recommended for Beginners


The Complete Tarot Kit Tarot Deck

Rider-Waite Tarot has set the standard for hundreds of other tarot decks, which follow the archetypal images created by Pamela Colman Smith in 1909. Her vibrant drawings continue to appeal to tarot lovers, especially those learning the tarot symbolism for the first time.


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Easy Tarot Tarot Kit

The Giant Rider-Waite Deck is particularly helpful for beginners as they can readily observe all the details and connect deeply with the enlarged tarot imagery. The Giant Rider Waite Deck also encourages tarot readers to focus and concentrate on a single card at a time, fully exploring its meanings.


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Tarot for Everyone Kit Tarot Deck

Radiant Rider-Waite’s enhanced brightness highlights the traditional symbolism that readers rely on for insightful readings. The card backs have also been given the fresh new look of a star-filled deep, blue sky. Radiant Rider-Waite Tarot includes an instruction booklet with an Introduction by Stuart R. Kaplan.


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The Complete Tarot Kit Tarot Deck

The iconic drawings of Pamela Colman Smith have been beautifully re-colored by artist Mary Hanson-Roberts. The original meanings and rich symbolism of the Rider-Waite artwork come though with greater clarity and fresh, new details. The enhanced imagery make the Universal Waite Tarot deck more accessible to newcomers and more appealing to seasoned tarot readers.


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Easy Tarot Tarot Kit

The Robin Wood Tarot is filled with the energy of nature, taking the images outside of rooms and into the beautiful abodes of the gods. Pagans will love the influence of nature on this deck. Beginners will find it makes learning the Tarot fun and easy. Experienced Tarot readers will love the radiantly colorful, symbolic, and infinitely captivating deck.


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Easy Tarot Tarot Kit

While the symbolism faithfully follows the Rider-Waite deck that inspired her artwork, Mary Hanson-Roberts’ detailed drawings stand on their own in conveying the meaning of the Major and Minor Arcana cards. The delightful images spark the imagination for insightful tarot readings. The smaller cards are easy to shuffle, even for youngsters and beginners


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Books to enhance your Tarot Reading


The Complete Tarot Kit Tarot Deck

Renowned tarot author Rachel Pollack presents a new book that shares tarot's vast and wonderful storehouse of wisdom and secrets in a direct, accessible way. Not only will readers learn what each card signifies, but more importantly, they will discover how to look at a tarot card and find their own truth. Using this guide, even complete beginners can immediately begin to do tarot readings—yet the book's richness and depth will invite them back again and again to discover even greater levels of wisdom within its pages.


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Easy Tarot Tarot Kit

This all-new edition of the popular Tarot for Beginners makes it simpler and more enjoyable than ever to learn how to read and interpret tarot cards. Award-winning tarot expert Barbara Moore clearly explains every aspect of the tarot so you can perform readings with ease and confidence.Discover the core divinatory meanings of all seventy-eight cards, clearly broken down by Major and Minor Arcana, suit, and number. A variety of spreads and sample readings will help you develop essential skills


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Tarot for Everyone Kit Tarot Deck

Whether you are a beginner learning to read the cards or an experienced tarot practitioner, this bestselling guide honours the deep heritage of tarot while guiding you through practical techniques to get answers to your most pressing questions. With a mini-layout for each of the 22 major arcana cards and classic spreads such as the Celtic Cross, Horseshoe and Year Ahead.


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The Complete Tarot Kit Tarot Deck

The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads gives you over 70 new and classic tarot card layouts for love, money, and success that can help you answer your questions accurately when reading for yourself and others. Organized by question subject with layouts in stunning full-colour, beginners will find they can easily begin doing readings for themselves and others while advanced tarotists will enjoy the challenge of the more complex layouts.


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Easy Tarot Tarot Kit

Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the world's most popular tarot deck. The Ultimate Guide to the Rider Waite Tarot details the ten most important symbols on each and every card in the deck complete with hundreds of illustrations for easy use. In addition to an explanation of the symbols, each card is given a brief interpretation


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Tarot for Everyone Kit Tarot Deck

Written with thoroughness and clarity, this insightful guide walks you through the meanings of each of the 78 cards and explains how to interpret them in a spread. Illustrated with the Radiant Rider- Waite Tarot, Exploring Tarot is a user friendly handbook for beginners as well as experienced readers who want to refresh their tarot skills.


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