Archive for the ‘Learning To Read the Cards’ Category

Lunchtime Tarot in San Mateo, CA

October 10, 2009

If you live or work on the Peninsula of the San Francisco Bay Area, I’d love to have you join me for Lunchtime Tarot! For more information, see

Lunchtime Tarot, San Mateo, CA


Point of View

November 9, 2007

I’ve been playing with the cards, trying to come up with some new exercises. Here’s a simple one:

Go through the deck and pull out all the cards your *_____ would use to describe you.

*Fill in the blank with various people in your life:

  • mother
  • father
  • sibling
  • partner
  • co-worker
  • friend
  • pet (Yes, pets are people, too!)

For each round, record the cards so you can see how many come up multiple times. I’ve attached a Tarot Chart, Word doc. you can download for this purpose.

When I did this, it was interesting to discover that one person in my life might describe me as the shadow side of a card while another might describe me as the light side of the same card.

If you like to write fiction, try picking cards characters would use to describe one another.

Let me know what you think!

Five Ways To Wrap up a Reading

July 7, 2007

1. Tell a story based on the images in the reading. Your story does not need to strictly focus on the content of the reading or an interpretation of the cards.

Here’s an example story using the Knight of Swords, the Four of Swords and Eight of Cups:


Knight of Swords Four of Swords Eight of Cups
The Knight of Swords charges on his horse, racing from one destination to another on a quest for answers. When he does not find the answers he seeks, he takes refuge in a church. He turns inward and realizes he has some emotional healing to do. He ceremoniously stacks his cups—his memories and emotions—on the shore of a lake, and heads for higher ground.

2. Come up with a plan of action. Make a list of three concrete things you can do to work towards a desired outcome for your circumstances.

3. Identify the card in the reading that feels most helpful. You might leave it out somewhere where you will see it throughout the day.

4. If the reading is unsettling in any way, go through the deck face up and seach for a card that will give you a new perspective or the strength you need to face your circumstances.

5. Record the reading in a journal. You don’t need to write extensively. You might include the date, the question, the cards that came up, and a sentence summarizing the overall message of the reading. For example, with the cards shown above, I might write, “I’m moving too fast on this decision (Knight of Swords). I need to sleep on it (Four of Swords) and then move forward (Eight of Cups).” You might also record the card that seems most helpful and perhaps an adjective or two describing how you felt at the beginning and/or end of the reading.

Questions about Tarot?

June 6, 2007

If you have any questions about tarot, or if there are any topics that you would like to see covered in this blog, please let me know. You can post them right here.



Take a Tarot Test! (4) Which Cards Best Describe You?

May 29, 2007

Because you are, of course, a complex and multi-faceted individual, there is probably not just one tarot card that best describes you. You might find two or even three cards with which you most identify.

To discover which of the major arcana cards, 0 – 9, best fit your personality, answer the questions below. Give yourself one point for a yes, and half a point for a hmmm-sort of-sometimes yes. If you give yourself five to six points for any particular card, you’ve got a match!

After answering the questions and totaling your points, click on Read the rest of this entry to see an image of your card(s).

Card A

  • Do you enjoy spending time alone?
  • Is clearing time for yourself a priority?
  • Are you introspective and self-reflective?
  • Are you aware of what motivates your feelings and actions?
  • Are you a good listener?
  • Do people come to you for guidance?

Card B

  • Are you nurturing?
  • Do you indulge your desires?
  • Do you freely express your emotions?
  • Do you appreciate nature?
  • Are you comfortable with yourself?
  • Are you comfortable with your body?

Card C

  • Are you spontaneous and adventurous?
  • Do you indulge your curiosity?
  • Do you take risks or leaps of faith?
  • Are you open-minded?
  • Would you describe yourself as unconventional and nonconforming?
  • Can you be hard to pin down?

Card D

  • Do you have drive?
  • Do you have direction?
  • Are you ambitious?
  • Are you competitive?
  • Are you self-confident?
  • Do you have willpower?

Card E

  • Would you describe your lifestyle as conventional?
  • Do you adhere to traditional social and/or religious values?
  • Have you sought out a like-minded community?
  • Have you followed a spiritual path that you have inherited from your family?


  • Are you a religious or secular educator?
  • Do you mentor others?

Card F

  • Are you organized?
  • Are you responsible?
  • Do you value structure and stability?
  • Are you assertive?
  • Would you describe yourself as rational and decisive?
  • Do you like to be in control?

Card G

  • Do you get passionate about causes?
  • Do you get completely absorbed in activities and things that you enjoy?
  • Do you like to share your interests with others?
  • Are you able to strike a balance between following your heart and being rational?
  • Do you avoid temptations that threaten your goals and values?
  • Are you fulfilled?

Card H

  • Do you have an abundance of creative energy?
  • Are you focused?
  • Do you turn your visions and ideas into reality?
  • Do you take initiative?
  • Do you usually follow through on projects?
  • Do you feel empowered to affect change or make things happen?

Card I

  • Do you have inner-strength and self-confidence?
  • Do you have courage?
  • Are you compassionate?
  • Are you able to charm difficult people?
  • Are you gentle but firm?
  • Are you resilient?

Card J

  • Are you intuitive? Do you listen to your feelings?
  • Are you perceptive?
  • Do you tend to reflect instead of act?
  • Are you attracted to the unknown?
  • Are you interested in metaphysical pursuits such as tarot?
  • Do you remember your dreams and take interest in them? (more…)

Would love to hear from you!

May 19, 2007

It’s a bit lonely out here at Tarot Table Talk. So far I’m the one that’s doing all the talking! I would love to hear your thoughts and insights on the cards, and I’m hoping I can encourage you to post some comments.


Take a Tarot Test (3) Boats and Ships

May 19, 2007

Without looking at your deck, make a list of all the cards that have either a ship or a boat. Click “Read the Rest of this entry” to see a list of the five cards in the Rider-Waite deck that have these vessels and what they symbolize. (more…)

Tarot Birth Cards for Dummies

May 16, 2007

If you want to learn to read the cards and are feeling overwhelmed, a great place to start is with an exploration of your tarot birth card. Your birth card represents your potential. It embodies qualities you may have already developed as well as challenges inherent to the card’s theme.

There are different methods for calculating a birth card, but my favorite is the one my friend Carole Pierce of Crossroads Tarot taught me. It is simple, even for the mathematically challenged. (more…)

Take a Tarot Test! (2) Creatures

May 12, 2007

In a tarot deck, creatures abound. Without looking through your deck, can you make a list of all the cards that have mammals, sea creatures, amphibians, reptiles, insects? How about a snail?

Click “Read the rest” to see which cards in the Rider-Waite deck have these creatures and what they symbolize.

Take a Tarot Test! (1) Water

May 9, 2007

Water is an important symbol in tarot. The suit of Cups corresponds with the element of water, but water runs all through the deck. No pun intended! Generally, water, like the suit of Cups, symbolizes the emotional, spiritual and subconscious realms, though there are many common idioms that also bring light to the cards’ meanings. We describe the need to ride the waves, or move full steam ahead, and we talk about what lies beneath the surface, water under the bridge, and our desire to move from rough to smooth waters.

Without looking through your deck, can you make a list of all the cards that have water? I’m talking about oceans, lakes, streams, rivers, waterfalls, puddles and rain. (Have I given too many hints?!)

If you are just learning the tarot, you might want to pull the cards with water from your deck for examination. Any exercise that gets you really looking at the images and thinking about the symbols will be helpful.

Click “Read the rest” to see which cards in the Rider-Waite deck have water. (more…)