Make Your Own Tarot Cards

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.

List of Tarot Card Meanings

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 Major Arcana Tarot Cards

The Fool Tarot Card The Fool Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
New cycle, discovery, new beginnings, optimism and happiness Reckless choices, folly and indiscretion. Wasted energy
The Magician Tarot Card The Magician Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Determination, journey, initiative, organizational and communictive skills Poor self image, timidity and tendency to delay new projects
The Papess Tarot Card The Papess Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Studies and increased knowledge, good sign for education. Esoteric knowledge Lack of commonsense, emotional outburst and lack of foresight
The Empress Tarot Card The Empress Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Fertility, abundance and material wealth. Marriage and pregnancy Setbacks in case of pregnancy or matrimonial expectations and finance
The Emperor Tarot Card The Emperor Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Success or strong person. Management of material affairs. Authority Dislike for authority. Lack of trust
The Pope Tarot Card The Pope Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Spirituality, learning and orthodox thinking Bad advice, slander and distortion of truth
The Lovers Tarot Card The Lovers Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Intutive choices and true relationship Internal conflict and contradiction
The Chariot Tarot Card The Chariot Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Triumph and success. Self-confidence and will-power Hard work, success comes with time
The Strength Tarot Card The Strength Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Material, mental or physical opstacles overcome Defeat, weakness and self-indulgence
The Hermit Tarot Card The Hermit Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Prudence and planning Suspicion. Refusal to take counsel or advice
The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card The Wheel of Fortune Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Changes for the better, end of a cycle. Good fortune Same as primary meaning, just longer to materialize
The Justice Tarot Card The Justice Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Legal matters, contracts, settlement Negative outcome in a legal matter
The Hanged Man Tarot Card The Hanged Man Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Adaptation to changed circumstances, sacrifice Status quo. Missed opportunities
The Death Tarot Card The Death Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Transformation. New cycle. Blessing in disguise Stagnation, refusal to accept changes
The Temperance Tarot Card The Temperance Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Balance, time of peace and harmony Poor judgment. Too many involvements or activities
The Devil Tarot Card The Devil Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Bondage, slavery. Desire for material things and hording Chaines of oppression might break. Freedom to choose
The Tower Tarot Card The Tower Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Changes, conflict and disruption of life. Bad news and calamity. End of a cycle Drastic or sudden changes
The Star Tarot Card The Star Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Hopes and inspiration. Confidence and vigor Stubbornness, difficulty to adapt to changes
The Moon Tarot Card The Moon Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Illusion, imagination and dreams Rejection to reality. Difficulties to distinguish between what is real or not
The Sun Tarot Card The Sun Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Material happiness, good health and an abundance Possible difficulties in relation to childbirth
The Judgment Tarot Card The Judgment Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Awakening. Changes to the better, beginning of a cycle End of a cycle. Problems with legal work
The World Tarot Card The World Tarot Card
Primary Meaning Secondary Meaning
Successful completeion, an end to a personal cycle. Travel or relocation to another country Difficulty with closure. Fear of changes

Learning to Read Tarot Cards

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.

For a general, what will happen reading, you can go for a horse shoe spread and The Celtic Cross Tarot Spread or a fifteen card spread.

For further information on reading your Tarot Cards, you can read my Tarot Card reading instructions on this site.

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.

Tarot Card Reading Instructions

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.