The card shows a right hand holding a wooden stick with branches and leaves. Some of the leaves are falling. In the background one can see a river running under a hill, upon which is a castle. This card is often used to represent Spring and the direction of south.
As the Aces are the beginning of a cycle, the primary meaning of The Ace of Wands Tarot Card points to that of a new idea or business opportunity. It shows inventiveness and there might be a proposal, phone call or a letter indicating a potential business opportunity. A new beginning
It would be a good card to turn up in case of a question relating a new business or endeavor. But this card is related to the work or the project itself, not the profitability or financial matters relating to it. For that one needs to look at the surrounding cards.
The Wands Tarot Card Suit relates to the career and the view towards the career. Therefor it’s possible that the cards are indicating the Questioners ideas about his career, rather than actual career relating matters.
Because of this, the card could symbolize the birth of an idea of a business venture in stead of being the business venture itself. The idea may be there, but it’s up to the individual to act on it or not.
Though this suit relates primarily to the career, sometimes the ace may foresee a birth of a child. This interpretation is totally dependent on the surrounding cards.
The Ace of Wands may also indicate a new beginning, but some issues might be at hand. It might be a sign of a false start or ideas not pursued. It might indicate in some cases, problem for women in relations to men.
Depending on the surrounding cards, this card could mean difficulties concerning sterility or barrenness in relation to childbirth or the Questioners wish to become pregnant. This of course is more of an issue in a woman’s spread, though it might turn up with a man, if he and his partner are trying to have a baby.
New beginning, new ideas. New business opportunities to be pursued. Birth of a child.
False start, ideas not pursued. Barrenness or sterility in relation to child conception.
When you make your own Tarot Cards, you not only get exactly the cards you want, but you’ll also get an extremely strong connection with your cards. This kind of connection is something that can be difficult to achieve with standard cards.
Of course a drawing talent is a plus, but you don’t need it when you make your own Tarot Cards. The fact that you are making them for your own use, the “quality” of the “artistic look” is something you decide on your own.
The symbolic meaning is probably the only thing you have to consider, especially if you are planing to use the cards for esoteric work.
Otherwise it’s totally up to you. You could concentrate on the colors or even use abstract forms, so long as it’s only you using the cards. It all depends on how you visualize the images and their meanings.
How to Make Your Own Tarot Cards
When we look at the history of Tarot Cards, the symbolism is something we can’t exclude or be without.
This is why the size of the cards matter. In fact the size is probably the most important factor in the design of the cards, apart from the symbolism of course.
When you use your Tarot Cards, you will have to be able to see clearly the images and the cards have to be easy to shuffle. That’s why the cards can not be so small that it’s difficult to see or read the symbols on them, or so big that they’re difficult to shuffle.
My view is that the cards should be between 2.1 in (5.8 cm) x 3.5 in (8.8 cm), the size of a traditional 52 cards deck, and 2.8 in (7 cm) x 4.7 in (12 cm) which is the size of my Rider-Waite Tarot Cards. This is of course my personal view, but you should not be make your own Tarot Cards much smaller or bigger, than this.
The material you use for the cards has to be relatively hard, or not to flexible. If you use paper, I would say that a carton of not less than 0.04 in (1 mm) should be used. Preferably you should not use paper, but wood.
When you buy standard Tarot Cards, you don’t have much choice in material, but when you make your own Tarot Cards, the choice of material is entirely yours. Wood is a natural product and it’s easy to get in its natural form. Paper on the other hand is heavily treated with all kinds of chemicals.
The same goes for the painting. When choosing the painting, you should go for the most “natural” painting you can get. That is to say, you should try to bypass painting that is highly saturated with chemicals.
One of the things that you should keep in mind, is the back of the cards. You need to have all the cards with an identical image on the back. This is a must when you use your cards in fortunetelling.
It will not take you long to recognize the various defects on the back design that will inevitably affect your work. You might for example shuffle the cards in a way that keeps the “bad” cards from turning up in the beginning. The best is to use a single color background with no images or lines on them.
The 78 card Tarot deck is traditionally divided into two groups, The Major Arcana and The Minor Arcana. The former holds the 22 traditional Tarot Cards, numbered from 0 to 21, while the latter is made up of four decks of 14 cards.
The 22 cards that make up the group are the most important and meaningful cards of all the deck. They are the cards that most people vision when they think about the Tarot Cards. For that reason, their importance can not be stated often enough.
These cards are different than the cards of The Minor Arcana, in that these cards are less related to persons and focus more on events or situations. Though they could relate to an individual, it would always be a relation to the individuals character, not the person it self.
But this is not the only way these cards differ from the Royal suits. These cards are more meaningful in them self, for them to be only used to see into the future. These cards have a deeper meaning, a meaning that I personally believe to be of more importance than the simple fortunetelling so popular in their use.
By my definition, the 22 cards of the Major Arcana are to be used for spiritual guidance rather than fortunetelling. Not that I’m against the fortunetelling, rather the fortunetelling is more of a mundane use of the cards. It’s a bit like owning a Ferrari and only using it in town for a show of purposes, not driving on the highways, where its true character is unleashed.
As you’ve reached this point, I believe your interest in the Tarot is sincere. You’re most likely looking for a way to study the tarot or at least get to know what its all about. My view is simple, anyone can work with the Tarot Cards, given enough training. By studying the cards you will make progress.
The Major Arcana Deeper Meaning
To start with, the 22 cards of the Major Arcana, are numbered from 0 to 21. But what when you consider that they are numbered in Roman numerals, one can not but wonder why one of the Tarot Cards, The Fool, is numbered 0.
The Romans didn’t know the number 0, or had any knowledge of it. So why is it numbered this way. For me the reason is simple and explains at the same time why the position of the card varies. This card is a floating card, floating in the respect to the fact that it represents the individual and his spiritual voyage through the deck of the other 21 cards.
Tarot Cards And The Zodiac
All the cards in the group are related to the Zodiac or the elements. These are the Zodiac signs, the planets and three of the elements. Why only three but not four of the elements. The simple answer to that, is based on the fact that cards are related to the spiritual realm, not the mundane world of our physical presence here on earth. Therefor the element of earth is not present within in the cards.
You might wonder why The World Tarot Card is not considered an earth card, the reason for it is simple fact that this card is symbolizing the world of both the physical and not least the spiritual realms.
Representing these categories are the numbers 3, 9 and 12 respectively
3 being the cards representing the three elements of Fire, Air and Water
9 being the cards representing the planetary system of old
12 being the cards representing the twelve signs of the Zodiac
As a divination tool, the 22 cards are numbered from 11 to 32. These numbers place the cards on the Tree of Life, which is connected to the Hebrew philosophical system of the Qabalah. This system forms the basis of the Western Esoteric Tradition. By using the Tarot Cards as a divination tool, you set your focus on a spiritual quest for each card.
Each card is connected to a letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Though this is a practice that is relatively new, compared to the centuries old tradition of the Tarot Cards, this connection places some importance to the cards in relation to the Qabalah.
The relationship to the Qabalah is not a coincidence, as the Western Esoteric Tradition is closely related to it. Any serious use of the Tarot Cards as a tool in the personal quest into the spirituality or the hidden knowledge, can not be done without accepting this relationship.
A List Of Major Arcana Tarot Cards Meanings
Here is a list of all the 22 cards of the Major Arcana:
A list of Tarot Card meanings is one of the things that is crucial while learning to read the Tarot Cards. This page offers a list of all the cards, with a link to each individual card where you can find more detailed information about each card.
To learn to read the Tarot Cards, you need a good comprehensive course, where all aspects of the Tarot reading is explained. To really get to know the Tarot Cards, I reccomend you click here for a comprehensive guide on how to read the Tarot Cards.
The optimal use of this list, would be as a quick reference when laying out spreads after you’ve read and preferably learned the meaning of each card.
This list of Tarot Card meanings is only a reference list and can never be a comprehensive description of each card. If you don’t remember the meaning by consulting the list, I recommend that you click on the respective link, to read a better and more detailed description of the card.
The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread is probably the most popular, as well as the most known Tarot Card spread around. This is based on the simple fact that the spread is easy to learn and is very convenient when dealing with a reading that is not based on a specific question.
Usually this spread is believed to have a “live span” of around three months. There are situations where this time frame is to short, so you should never promise things to be done by the third month. The duration is more for the Reader to work with, especially if he is doing other spreads for the same Questioner or if he is getting readings on a regular bases.
Reading The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread
First the Reader finds a Significator based on the Questioner or the individual the Questioner wants the reading to be focused on. The Significator can be based on the Astrological sign of the individual or his physical characteristics.
The Significator should be picked from The Minor Arcana based on the physical aspects or Astrological sign, as explained in relation to each of the four Suits.
The cards should be read from one to ten, with the meaning of the Tarot Cards being the following;
What’s on the Questioner’s mind
Obstacles in the way or things affecting the situation
The past or goals set
How the Questioner sees him self
How others see the Questioner
Hopes and fears
The overall outcome
The layout of the cards in the Celtic Cross Tarot Spread varies between readers, as to the placement of the first six cards. I use the following placements;
The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread
The first card is placed on top of the Significator at the center of the spread
The second card is placed horizontal on top of card one
Card three is placed on top of card two
The fourth card is placed under card two
Card five is placed to the left
Card six is placed to the right
Card seven is placed to the right of the cross
Card eight is placed just above card seven
Card nine is placed above card eight
Card ten is placed on top of the line formed by cards seven to nine
In this spread, the Tarot Cards are looked at individually and are not read in relation to other cards in the spread. For that reason, the cards are often read in reference to the primary or secondary meaning, dignified or ill-dignified.
The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread Reading Example
In this given example, the Questioner is a dark skinned, dark haired older woman, so we pick the Queen of Pentacles as the Significator for this spread. The following cards are drawn.
The Eight of Swords
The Knight of Cups
The Strength reversed
The Hanged Man
The Two of Cups
The Five of Cups
The Ten of Cups
The Questioner is concerned with family matters, pregnancy might be an issue. The Eight of Swords indicate that there are restrictions or issues holding back the Questioner and a favorable outcome.
A young man with strong feelings towards the Questioner, a possible lover or even a husband, has been prominent in the Questioners past.
The Questioner is faced with issues that he finds difficult to overcome and there is loss of hope or defeat in the air. The Questioner needs all his energy to hold on to hope.
In spite of difficulties, the Questioner is willing to adapt to changes and make sacrifice in favor of a better future. Further into the future, there is a sign of a partnership. Though this may be either a personal or business relationship, there are strong indications that it will be based on mutual positive feelings.
There is a feeling of loss in the heart of the Questioner and sadness. But there is a faint hope, a lifeline that maintains the light in the Questioners life.
In the eyes of the people around, the Questioner is seen as a person that is in full control of circumstances. A person that succeeds through hard work and on its own accord.
The Questioner is positive towards the future and hope and good will is keeping him strong.
The overall outcome of the reading is extremely favorable for the Questioner, with the Ten of Cups usually giving good hope. Being in essence a wish come true card.
As a general overlook, it might be said that the Questioner is concerned with relationship matters. There seems to have been an individual in the life of the Questioner. A person that is not present at the moment.
There are difficulties in the environment that are putting the Questioner down, but due to the adaptability of the Questioner, he manages to go on. The result of that perseverance will be the forming of a beneficial relationship.
Though the Questioner is having problems, he manages to maintain the image of a strong and successful individual. Something that might be increasing the pressure in the environment.
The Questioner is successful in maintaining good spirit and hope, that will result in a very favorable outcome for him.
What the Questioner needs to do, is to hold on to his faith as that will result in a favorable outcome.
Learning to read Tarot Cards is fun, and it’s not just a way to see the future, but also a tool for spiritual guidance. What ever the reason is for your interest, it’s going to need dedication and work.
One other thing you should keep in mind, is that learning to read Tarot Cards is not something that you do in a week. It takes much longer than that. If you’re determined, you might be looking at months, but a realistic goal is to look towards some years.
Of course you could learn all the cards and the meaning behind them. You might even become a specialist in the meanings of Tarot Cards, a true expert.
You might also know quite a few Tarot Card spreads. Being able to do simple Yes or No spreads, The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread or even a more complete twelve month spread. You might even have invented your own spread.
All this can be done in few months, few weeks even. This can also be done with a relative ease, that is if you are good at memorizing things. So why do I talk about months or even years when you’re learning to read Tarot Cards?
The thing is, by knowing all this does not mean that you will be a good reader of Tarot Cards. For that you will need the months and years I mentioned.
If you’re willing to do the work and you got the dedication, I’ll promise you that you’ll enjoy it all the way. You might have noticed that I mention work, but I do not mention hard work. The reason for that is simple, no matter the work, if you like it, it will never be hard. A lot of work doesn’t have to be hard work.
The connection between you and the cards is what matters the most and this takes time. So if it’s not just knowing the Tarot Cards meanings, then how do we know when we’ve “got it”?
For me it just arrived like that. I was doing a reading for a friend and suddenly I just knew the meaning of the cards combination. It was like if the cards were talking to me. My books had taught me the “meaning” of the Tarot Cards, but suddenly I felt the connection.
It’s this connection that makes the difference between those who know what they’re doing and those who don’t.
Learning to read Tarot Cards
If you’ve reached this point, it means that you’re willing to do the work. You should be able to get all the information you need on this site to start learning to read Tarot Cards.
To start with, you need to get acquainted with the cards. This is the most important factor in the learning process. Learning to read Tarot Cards, does not center around you having to learn the meaning of each card. Well it does up to a point. What you need to do, and this is what most students forget, you need to get the feeling for the cards. Get acquainted with them.
The best method is by learning the 22 cards of the Major Arcana by heart. You need to study each card individually. You should learn the basic meaning behind each card and study its design in details.
After you’ve learned the meaning of the first two cards, you should look at them together and see the connection between them. You continue the same after you’ve learned the meaning of the third card, arrange the three first cards in different order and see how the meaning changes. Then you use them to do a simple three card Yes and No spread.
You continue like that with each of the cards of the Major Arcana until you’ve gone through them all. As you go through more cards, you will be able to do more complicated spreads.
A good idea is to have a list of Tarot Card meanings that you can use as a quick reference guide while you are getting the feeling for the meaning of the cards.
Choosing Your Deck Of Tarot Cards
Though you can always change and use a different deck later on, I do not recommend it. From the moment you open your pack and break in the deck, you start to connect with the cards. So by changing, you have to start all over again.
Personally I use the Rider-Waite Tarot Cards for the simple reason they where my first deck. The fact that the Minor Arcana has descriptive images on them makes them also an excellent choice for readings and when you’re learning to read Tarot Cards.
If you’re anything like me, you will end up buying more than one deck. Tarot de Marsella and the Order of the Golden Dawn Tarot Cards were cards that I was quickly looking for as they are probably the best known decks apart from the Rider-Waite deck.
You can in fact collect all the decks you can get your hands on, but there will be only one deck that you will use for your reading or spiritual work.
You can also make your own Tarot Cards, something that will build a very strong connection between you and your cards. I believe everyone can make their own cards, though a drawing talent is a plus.
What ever your choice will be, taking care of your Tarot Cards will always be important. You should be careful that no-one handles your cards, unless it’s for reading purposes. You should also try to keep them well packed or protected.
Tarot Card Reading Instructions
Your choice of spreads to do, is all based on the purpose of your reading. Quite often a simple three card Yes and No spread is all you need. The fact of the matter is, that most people are looking for an answer to a simple question, a yes or no answer.
It would be arrogant of me to say that this site is all you need, though my purpose is to offer as much information as I can. I recommend that you also look elsewhere on other sites and from Tarot Card books and DVD’s.
There are e-books or guides that offer the beginner some guidance, when you’re learning to read Tarot Cards, as for example Teresa Caro’s beginners guide Reading Tarot Cards Revealed. But no matter what is promised, you should always remember that true knowledge of the Tarot Cards comes with training and time.
Many believe that getting good Tarot Card reading instructions can be difficult. Quite often people believe that the ones knowing “the secret” of reading the cards, don’t want others to know. That they will be guarding their trait secrets.
This might be the case with some, but I believe that the really gifted ones will not. Of course there is the question, should everyone be reading the Tarot.
I believe that people will learn when they’re ready. The ones that start looking before that time, will give up at a point, as this is not the art of quick results.
Learning to read the Tarot Cards takes time, a lot of time and the virtue of patience is of high value during that time. Just this fact automatically filters out the ones that are not ready.
I will be giving you some Tarot Card reading instructions, but I also want to stress the importance of being serious about this learning phase. I do believe that everyone can read the cards and understand them, but it will take time. Good readers are made in years, not months, let alone weeks.
One of the things many mention in relations to reading the Tarot Cards, is the idea that it’s possible to see into the future. Basically if you can see into the future, that means the future is set in some way or another. And if it’s all predefined, why bother. It’s not possible to change it anyway.
It is possible to see the future, I know this from my own experience. But that does not mean that it’s impossible to change it. We make our own future and all our actions and thoughts form it long before it comes true. What we see in the readings, is the inevitable future if the Questioner does nothing to change it.
By realizing were his life is heading, the Questioner can make changes in his behavior and thoughts, thus affecting the direction of his future. That a reading didn’t come true, does not necessarily mean it was wrong. It could mean that the Questioner managed to learn from the reading and change his behavior.
Tarot Card Reading Instructions
There are many ways to read the Tarot Cards, it all depends on the purpose of the reading. Some spreads will give a simple yes or no answer, while others will be giving a more detailed description about future events.
Most of the time the Questioner is only looking for a simple yes or no answer. For that purpose a one card draw might be enough. This is done by a simple draw of one card and depending on the nature of the card, the Questioner will be getting his yes or no answer.
The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread is by far the most popular, as well as the most known spread of all the Tarot Card spreads. It’s a general all purpose spread that does not need a specific question being asked.
I will be adding more spreads in the future. The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread is the first spread that I offer, as it will serve you well until I’ve added more spreads to the list.
The following list, represents the aspects of the Cups Tarot Card Suit:
Emotional aspects of life
The primal element of Water
The Astrological signs, Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio
The letter Heh of the Divine Name (the emergence of energy into form)
Overview Of The Cups Tarot Card Suit
The Cups Tarot Card Suit revolves around emotions. They are the core of this suit and therefor you should view it from an emotional point of view. That is, you should not look at them as indicating events or attitude towards your Questioner, rather you should look at it from the emotional viewpoint of your Questioner.
It’s quite common for us to think or imagine things or individuals to be different from what they really are. Allowing our emotions to play a big part in the way we see things. This also affects how we should read the cards or interpret them.
We may believe that what we read is the reality, but it could also be the “reality” of our Questioner. An example could be a woman who thinks a man, is in love with her, when he isn’t. Her relationship with this man could show up in the reading as two of cups, indicating a beginning of a romantic relationship.
This example would be bad to interpret this way, as it is far from the truth. Here the Questioners feelings, or assumptions are affecting the result, as this relates to her emotional feeling toward this man. Not his feelings towards her.
This kind of misreading are common when it comes to reading this suit. Quite often readers are misunderstanding the idea of the emotion, connecting it to strongly with love or romantic matters.
Love is unquestionable an emotion, while emotions are not all love. Hate, rage, anger, sorrow, are all emotions that have nothing to do with love, apart from being the complete opposites.
The Cups should therefor be interpreted more as an emotional aspect of a relationship between individuals or a sign of how the Questioner sees or experiences events around him.
One thing the reader should also keep in mind, is that emotional matters or interpretations may be blunt or be uncomfortable to the Questioner. This is less important when the Questioner is not related to the reader, but when he is a friend or a relative, the reader must be careful to be over blunt in his reading.
The following list, represents the aspects of the Wands Tarot Card Suit:
The Fire element
The Astrological signs, Leo, Aries and Sagittarius
The letter Yod of the Divine Name (the primal energy force)
Overview Of The Wands Tarot Card Suit
The Wands are a bit difficult to interpret individually. A majority of Wands in a spread point towards career, work or a business venture. But it does not give more details than that and can result in a confused reading.
The cards might indicate the Questioners attitude toward the work or opportunity or how it affects other suits. For a detailed reading, one needs to look at the other cards in the spread and especially what other suits are dominant.
Even though this suit relates to the career aspects of life or work, one should not confuse it with the presence of money or material gains. There is actually no correlation between work and money, as people might work long hours and still end up with almost an empty wallet.
To explain this better, consider a spread where the Wands are dominant with a strong support from the Swords Tarot Card Suit. This might relate to charitable work on behalf of the Questioner or that he’s faced with a difficult health issue that needs to be worked on.
As a business venture, a strong support of the Pentacles Tarot Card Suit, is a strong indication that this is a profitable business or that there is the potential for a profit.
If the Wands turn up when the Questioner is looking at a change of job or working environment, a majority of the Wands might indicate that the working environment or professional issues might play a major role in the Questioners decision. If the Wands come up as a support to strong presence of the Pentacles Tarot Card Suit, we might be looking at money or financial gains playing a major role.
So even though the general meaning of this suit is work, it may also relate to hobbies or charitable work. But what ever it may turn out to be, it will involve effort or hard work. This suit does not point towards a time of leisure.
The following list, represents the aspects of the Swords Tarot Card Suit:
Mental aspects of life
The primal element of Air
The Astrological signs, Gemini, Libra and Aquarius
The letter Vau of the Divine Name (the stabilization of form)
Overview Of The Swords Tarot Card Suit
When it comes to The Swords Tarot Card Suit, most people frown, as this suit has a very bad reputation. Death, sickness, arguments and conflict is the core understanding of most of the cards in the suit.
This is all true and I understand those who don’t like when this suit turns up. But the fact of the matter is, that life can be difficult and all these things are part of life. As the suit relating to mental aspects of life, it’s to be expected that the turmoil of our daily life show up here.
These things being part of life is all good and well, but why do we feel that this suit turns up so frequently? Life has been changing through the centuries, but not necessarily to the better. Modern life is without a question more fulfilling and offers more choices of entertainment and activities, but there is a dark shadow following our way of life.
For many, life is not this happy fairground where the fun never stops. Rather they feel it to be completely the opposite. Life for many is difficult and swarming with sickness and bad health. Death and destruction. Their experience of life is one of struggle and obstacles.
One of the main reason for our fear of this suit, is the fact that we’ve forgotten the basics of life, you get born and then you die. Of course with life passing on in-between. We’ve blocked these things and forgotten that they are the natural aspects of life.
But before you fall into despair and frustration, you should also remember that this is the suit of mental aspects, mental also indicating that the cards might not necessarily be foretelling actual events or situations, but rather it could be the way the Questioner experiences them.
Quite often. Actually most of the time, we experience things in a more drastic or dramatic manner than what the reality actually has to offer. We also forget, that reality is most of the time how we experience things and not something written in stone.
Two individuals might experience the exact same event or situation in a completely different way. Giving them two distinct and different “realities”. So who’s reality is real?
We must not forget that this suit can also indicate triumph and travel over water and thus indicating favorable changes or even opportunities as they quite often follow changes.
What you as a reader must bear in mind, is the way you explain or read these cards. Though they may be showing difficulties or despair, they’re also part of how we visualize them.
Life is full of surprises and we should focus on the way we want to experience it, rather than letting the events control our experience.
Physical Characteristics Of The Swords Court Cards