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TAROT FOR BEGINNERS

Tarot is a wonderful and deeply helpful way to strengthen your personal power and develop confidence in your daily life, and if you’re interested in learning the basics of Tarot, you’re in the right place!

You may be brand new, or maybe you’ve dabbled with your tarot deck for a while now. Either way, this guide will help you get started fast with an easy step-by-step process and well organized sections that you can keep coming back to. 

Bookmark this page, and let’s begin your tarot journey!

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HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DISCOVER IN THIS GUIDE

TAROT CARDS LIST

An easy to understand reference list of all 78 tarot cards to help you learn each one fast.

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HOW TO READ TAROT

Learn the basic concepts of Tarot and some insightful tips that will help you along the way.

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TAROT CARD MEANINGS

We visually break down each card for you in an easy to navigate list with simple descriptions.

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TAROT SPREADS

Find the tarot spread that will work best for you as a beginner and start practicing!

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TAROT DECKS

Which deck should you get started with? We give you our best recommendations.

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TAROT CARDS LIST

The Tarot deck can be broken down into 5 main categories of cards. It can be useful for the beginner to get a high-level view of these 5 categories and the order of how the cards fit together within them.

This is a simple text list. If you’d like to see detailed images with meanings, jump down to the next section.

The Trump Cards

(The Major Arcana)

 

The major arcana, also known as the tarot trump cards, offer you insight into the overarching themes in your life and experiences. 

THE MAJOR ARCANA LIST

The Fool
The Magician
The High Priestess
The Empress
The Emperor
The Hierophant
The Lovers
The Chariot
Strength
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune
Justice
The Hanged Man
Death
Temperance
The Devil
The Tower
The Star
The Moon
The Sun
Judgment
The World

The Wands

(The Minor Arcana)

 

Insight is increasing your sensitivity to the world around you. This includes a greater sensitivity to yourself, other people, nature and the spiritual world.

THE MAJOR ARCANA LIST

The Fool
The Magician
The High Priestess
The Empress
The Emperor
The Hierophant
The Lovers
The Chariot
Strength
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune
Justice
The Hanged Man
Death
Temperance
The Devil
The Tower
The Star
The Moon
The Sun
Judgment
The World

The Cups

(The Minor Arcana)

 

Insight is increasing your sensitivity to the world around you. This includes a greater sensitivity to yourself, other people, nature and the spiritual world.

THE MAJOR ARCANA LIST

The Fool
The Magician
The High Priestess
The Empress
The Emperor
The Hierophant
The Lovers
The Chariot
Strength
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune
Justice
The Hanged Man
Death
Temperance
The Devil
The Tower
The Star
The Moon
The Sun
Judgment
The World

The Swords

(The Minor Arcana)

 

Insight is increasing your sensitivity to the world around you. This includes a greater sensitivity to yourself, other people, nature and the spiritual world.

THE MAJOR ARCANA LIST

The Fool
The Magician
The High Priestess
The Empress
The Emperor
The Hierophant
The Lovers
The Chariot
Strength
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune
Justice
The Hanged Man
Death
Temperance
The Devil
The Tower
The Star
The Moon
The Sun
Judgment
The World

The Pentacles

(The Minor Arcana)

 

Insight is increasing your sensitivity to the world around you. This includes a greater sensitivity to yourself, other people, nature and the spiritual world.

THE MAJOR ARCANA LIST

The Fool
The Magician
The High Priestess
The Empress
The Emperor
The Hierophant
The Lovers
The Chariot
Strength
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune
Justice
The Hanged Man
Death
Temperance
The Devil
The Tower
The Star
The Moon
The Sun
Judgment
The World

BEGINNING WITCHCRAFT

While there is no definition or set standard of practice for witches, there do exist several practices that exemplify what a witch incorporates into his or her craft.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. And by no means are these practices essential to every witch. This list merely sheds light on the practices that have been handed down through the ages among witches and are meant to help you start down your path of witchcraft.

Keep an open mind. Trust your intuition. Rely on the inner clarity you were born with to guide you as you learn more ways to practice witchcraft.

HERBALISM

Herbalism is the practice of using herbs and plant material to achieve a desired outcome. Herbalism has applications in both magickal and practical ways, and their benefits can be used as herbal allies in both manners.

 

DIVINATION

Divination involves the use of an object or objects to gain answers to questions, or to see events, that are not perceptible to the average person. The use of interpretive tools are used to relay guidance through your inner spirit or higher-self.

 

ANIMISM

Animism refers to the souls, spirits or energy that may be tapped into by the witch.  Animals, plants, natural phenomena, geographic features and everyday objects may be manipulated to your advantage.

 

SPIRIT WORK

Spirit work is the discovery of how to magically develop relationships with spirits and ultimately master both the spirit and material worlds. Spirits can include deity, ancestors (human or animal) or the specific energy or “vibration” of a plant or stone.

 

RITUAL

Ritual is the practice of taking a defined set of actions that are designed to create a specific set of events or result. Rituals are performed when a deisred outcome is needed as a way to create an ideal outcome and focused charge of energy.

 

HOW TO CAST A SPELL

1. GATHER THE WILL

Will is the drive behind your intention. It’s what brings the spell into existence and what differentiates a wish from a spell… Will requires real work, while a wish is just a hope.

2. SET THE INTENTION

Intention is what outcome you desire out of the spell. Understanding your intention at a deep level will help you define the spell and gather effective materials to enhance its power.

3. DECLARE & VISUALIZE

Declaration is the specific words used to bring about your outcome. Use easily repeatable affirmations and visualize as you feel the oucome taking place within and without.

In the world of magick, the need may arise to create change, or manipulate outcomes in accordance with your will.

It is spells that act as the tools for this change to arise.

A spell scan be any combination of words, actions and thoughts combined with a purposeful intention to alter a situation by introducing new energy or manipulating the existing energy.

But put simply, a spell can include three areas of focus to bring about change: 

The will, the intention and the declaration.

COMMON SPELL CASTING STEPS

1. WRITE THE SPELL

Write your spell on a piece of paper. Take the time to make it meaningful and easy to recite. Rhymes help with this, and so does keeping things concise. Include your affirmation and be specific!

2. COLLECT YOUR INGREDIENTS

If you’re interested in using tools and ingredients in your spell, collect them before hand by matching your intention to items that emit the energy you are desiring to bring forward in your spell. Herbs, candles, teas, incense and other items that bring you satisfaction are all great ingredients to use in the way that you see fit.

3. CREATE YOUR SPACE

Creating a sacred space is something many witches prefer to do before they begin to work their spells. A home altar is ideal for many, while others like to work their magick in nature. In any case, your space can benefit from being quiet, distraction free and purified and protected.

4. CENTER YOURSELF

Now that you’ve created a space to work within, turn your attention inward to connect with your higher self. Shift your consiousness from the world you live in to the world your spirit inhabits. If you work your magick with Deities, Spirits or other energetic beings, call on them to assist your magick here.

5. RAISE YOUR ENERGY

Energy manipulation is the core of what makes spells work according to your will. Gather your will, ignite your passion and raise the energy that surrounds your intention. Draw power from within and project it into your work.

6. PERFORM YOUR SPELL

Recite your spell infusing the energy you’ve drawn up. Focus deeply on the intention you desire to bring into reality, and visualize your outcome coming to fruition while you feel the deep emotions its success evokes in your life and the lives of others.

SABBATS

There are eight holidays that many witches choose to celebrate. These holidays are known as the Sabbats, and they offer an opportunity for both solitary witches and covens to work their magick together.

So what exactly are you supposed to do during the sabbats? Well, there’s no rule book, but in general each sabbat can include a ritual focusing on some element of the God and Goddess relationship and/or the time of year.

How you do it is up to you, but many choose to bring food and drink offerings, baking breads & cakes, feasts, and decorating your altar as a sign of reverence and the passage of time.

The sabbats can be described as a the “wheel of the year”, and happen on key transitions that occur in nature. Many witches use these sabbats to tune themselves to the natural rhythms of the earth and to formally mark the passing of the year.

SABBATS & DATES

YULE

DATE:  December 20-23

THEMES:  Rebirth of the Sun, The Winter Solstice, Introspection, The longest night of the year, Planning for the Future

ACTIVITIES:  Burning the Yule log, Caroling, Decorating the Yule tree, mistletoe, exchanging presents

 

IMBOLC

DATE:  February 1-2

THEMES:  Renewal, Return of the light, Purity, Fertility, Reunion of the Goddess and the God

ACTIVITIES: Candle Lighting, Recognizing signs of spring, Feasting, Bonfires, Sun purification

 

 

OSTARA

DATE:  March 19-21

THEMES: Fertility, Balance, New action & possibilities, Renewal, New beginnings

ACTIVITIES:  Planting seeds, Nature walks, Starting an herb garden, Soaking in new life in nature, Reflecting on rebirth

 

 

BELTANE

DATE:  April 30 — May 1

THEMES:  Fertility, Abundance, Beauty, Sexuality & passion, Mischief

ACTIVITIES:  Bonfires, Wedding feast for the God & Goddess, Dancing around the maypole, Communion with nature

 

 

LITHA

DATE:  June 20-22

THEMES: Magic, Masculine energy, Sun & Horned God worship, Abundance, Love 

ACTIVITIES:  Bonfires, Reaffirmation of your vows, Gathering herbs, Love & romance spells

 

 

LAMMAS

DATE:  August 1-2

THEMES: Harvest, Abundance, Gratitude, Hard work, Bounty, Warmth of close friends

ACTIVITIES:  Harvesting herbs & garden, Harvest feast, Making a grain mother

 

 

MABON

DATE:  September 21-24

THEMES: Second Harvest, Preparation, Welcoming the dark & the mysteries of nature, Equality and balance

ACTIVITIES:  Making wine, gathering dried herbs, plants, seeds and seed pods, walking in the woods, scattering offerings in harvested fields, offering libations to trees, adorning burial sites with leaves, acorns, and pine cones to honor those who have passed over.

 

 

SAMHAIN

DATE:  October 31 — November 1

THEMES:  Rebirth through death, Revery, Third harvest, Honoring ancestors, The dark mysteries

ACTIVITIES:  Final harvest feast, Divination, Bonfires

 

 

COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED

There are so many questions new witches have as they start their journey. We’ll try to answer the most common ones we get here in this section to clear up any questions you still have.

If you have a specific question you’d like to ask, feel free to contact us and we’ll respond to you within 24 hours.

Why Am I Attracted to Witchcraft?

This question often reveals the unfortunate stigma around being able to choose one’s own spiritual path with confidence. People (like yourself!) often feel insecure about their attraction to witchcraft because it’s seen as “devil worship” or taboo. It’s neither of these things, and if you’re feeling attracted to witchcraft, it’s because you’re ready to begin your personal journey to power, freedom and a better way–be that with witchcraft or another path entirely.

Are Wicca and Witchcraft the Same?

No. Witchcraft is a free, flexible and powerful way that we interact with the energies, spirits and natural elements of our world. There is no book, structure, step-by-step guide or governing body that dictates how and what we practice. Wicca is an organized tradition of witchcraft, and is a wonderful way to get started as a witch, but witchcraft is not defined by Wicca or any other organized tradition.

Is Witchcraft Evil?

Are you evil? If so, then your witchcraft may be. Evil is a human concept for those who are profoundly immoral and wicked. I’ve never met a real witch that fits this description.

Can Anyone Be a Witch?

Yes! Some are better suited than others to the craft, yet all are welcome! Keep an open mind, share of your knowledge of life and give back whenever possible, and you’ll be right up there with the most benevolent of witches.

I Tried a Spell and It Didn’t Work, What Now?

Have patience! There is no absolute right way to perform spellwork, and perhaps you’re still finding your inner power. Revisit the “how to cast a spell” section on this page and become deeply rooted in the elements suggested there. Magick is wonderful because it often works in mysterious ways and manifests itself even when we can’t directly see it happening.

How Do I Tell People I'm A Witch?

The short answer is, you don’t have to. Witchcraft is a deeply personal journey, and often it’s wise to share the most intimate and personal aspects of ourselves only with those whom we trust. You’re free to share everything about yourself, and you should never hide your true colors, yet consider how the mysteries of life and nature remain hidden. In their quiet craft they are not untrue to themselves, they simply allow those who wish to notice the opportunity to benenfit from their true selves.

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