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What do you call your court cards?

Most of us are familiar with the Page, Knight, King and Queen cards in tarot This ‘royal family’ makes up what is traditionally known as the ‘court’ – and they are often seen as the trickiest cards to learn. They are the characters in tarot, often representing ourselves or the people in… Read more

Birthday reading with Mary-el

*Long post warning…* I’ve been needing a self-reading since new year’s eve, so, with my 31st birthday tomorrow I’ve snuggled down with a brew to find out what the Mary-el Tarot has to say about my life at this time. The snow is thick outside – I… Read more

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Why I don’t ‘do’ reversed tarot cards

In various online tarot communities I belong to, people regularly ask each other how they approach reversed (i.e. upside-down) tarot cards in readings. There are plenty of different ways you can interpret reversed tarot cards – for starters, I outlined a bunch of them here. Mary K Greer has also… Read more

Earth

What’s your element?

Earth, air, fire or water? Each of us is made up of these elements – we are a constantly-changing blend of all four. But sometimes, to make something happen, move forwards, press pause or manage our lives, we need to bring in a little extra of one or another. That’s… Read more

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Good cards, bad cards

First published on Autostraddle It’s common, especially when you’re learning tarot, to see certain cards as ‘good’, meaning only happy things for the querent, and others as inherently ‘bad’, so that the sight of them is enough to totally freak you out. Life’s a bitch and then you die –… Read more

A forest menagerie – the court of the Wildwood Tarot

I think my favourite thing about the Wildwood Tarot is the court cards. Like many people it seems, I’ve always struggled a bit with the courts…and it’s hard to say why. I’ve had my favourites – like friends, I feel I know them inside out – but w… Read more

King of Swords, from the Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Piu-Mun Law

A spread for moving forward – test drive

Okay – so I wanted to test-drive the spread I came up on Sunday, with which is centred around understanding a situation in order to move it forward. I’m trying to get to know the Shadowscapes deck better so I used this. The reading was one of the … Read more

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Three little cards

Every question can be examined from three aspects. Every action, for example, usually involves three choices: your current position, a new possibility or opposite action, and the integration of these in a new way. […] The three-card spread is a … Read more

REVIEW | Kitchen Table Tarot: Learn tarot…with a big side of sass

Melissa Cynova’s brilliant book for tarot learners demystifies intimidating symbols and helps you get to grips with your tarot cards. Read more

Same card, different deck: New perspectives in comparison

Comparing cards from two or more different tarot decks can help you discover new depths of meaning. Here are some examples! Read more

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A distant reading

A friend in a far-off land asked me for a reading. He texted me the question and the deck I should use. The question was: What does the coming year hold for me? Sheesh. I’ve never done one this big-feeling for someone else (and none at all for som… Read more

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Two-card tarot readings

Cards can be paired in all sorts of ways – things in common, opposing ideas or forces, complementary ideas or forces, two neccessary characteristics in one situation… is interpreting two cards as a pair necessarily a two-card reading? I think so… Read more

happy birthday tarot spread

A happy birthday tarot spread

Birthdays are our personal new years, right? It’s goodbye to 32, hello 33 (or whatever age you happen to be) – a looking back on the past year of your life, and a welcoming of new energy, ideas, projects, dreams for the next. Read more

Spring cleaning tarot spread

Spring cleaning tarot spread

I wanted to create a tarot spread that would serve as a spring clean for my life – addressing the junk I’ve got kicking around my flat and clearing it out, and redecorating with shiny new ideas to brighten things up. Read more

The agony and ecstasy of choosing a new tarot deck

“Even if you see a deck you absolutely must have, you can still have some concerns, and finding a deck that “speaks” to you can be trickier than it sounds.” Elisabeth explores a common dilemma. Read more

Gateway tarot spread

The gate, the key, the passage – the Gateway tarot spread

As well as being an awesome tarotist, Moti is the treasurer of TABI and an all-round lovely egg. Reading her blog lately, I came across a really brilliant, simple three card spread. It’s called the Gateway spread and it looks like this: 1. The loc… Read more

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Alternative approaches to the Ten of Cups

Daily draw – 29th April 2011 Traditionally representing family as the ultimate achievement of emotional fulfillment, in the Waite-Smith Ten of Cups card, we see a ‘husband and wife’ couple, two kids and a cute li’l red-roofed cottage all under a g… Read more

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How to sort the courts part 2: Foundational layers

Part II of How to Sort the Courts: A guide to sorting and understanding the Tarot’s ‘people’ cards, the court cards. Read more

A tarot spread for moving forward

A tarot spread for moving forward

My previous post described an exercise where I mapped out a story surrounding one card drawn at random from the deck. What this also meant was that I had begun to create a spread. The numbers of cards in each ‘section’ or position had come about s… Read more

You, Me & Us: A relationship tarot spread

Sometimes it’s fun to do tarot in pairs! So here’s a spread for exploring the energy between two people in a relationship. Read more

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The ‘Go Get Her’ tarot spread

Here’s a li’l spread I made up for fun the other day while writing a ‘create your own tarot spread’ exercise for Autostraddle’s Tarot School… I’ve called it the ‘Go Get Her’ spread and it is designed to help you work out how to shoot stingingly-sexy arrows of love and… Read more

Reading the tarot court cards like a soap opera

So, like many people, I struggle somewhat with the Tarot’s court cards – the queens, kings, pages and knights. To help me get to know them a little better, I thought I’d brainstorm a little – mapping the cards to explore the relationships between … Read more

Finding lessons among the swords

The reason the swords can be so sorrowful is that they reflect the human mind. They often reflect the way we are our own worst enemies. Here’s how to turn that around. Read more

New course! A Card a Day to learn tarot…one card at a time

My brand new email course teaches you tarot in just five (or more) minutes each day. Read more

Not a full deck #1: Removing ‘scary’ cards from your tarot deck

If you’re reading to entertain people – at a party, for example – should you remove the scary-looking cards from your tarot deck and keep things light? Read more

What does ‘outcome’ really mean?

Lucky me – I got to do a reading for a friend last night! When you’ve got used to chuntering along in your own mind, interpreting the cards whichever way you damn well please, it’s a totally different thing interpreting a set of cards for someone … Read more

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Mapping tarot cards – the major arcana

I’ve tried several times to mind-map the major cards, with little success – usually I give up halfway through, because I realise something that connects to something else is waaay over the other side of the page and, ack, dammit, I quit. So I set … Read more

Elemental truths – interviewing the Mary-el Tarot

The Mary-el Tarot, by Marie White, is a mammoth of a deck – stuffed full of mythology, ancient symbols, graphic realisations of life and death, creation, birth and destruction. I’m falling for it big-style, but it’s gonna take me a very, very long… Read more

How the heck to read your tarot cards if you haven’t a clue

Even as a seasoned Tarot reader, sometimes I just get a spread as I’m reading my own cards where I’m like, “WTF?” Here are some helpful tips for those moments! Read more

Fun tarot activities to keep you busy over the festive period

Grab your cards and keep yourself occupied over the holidays. Read more

Spring Cleaning tarot reading

A spring cleaning tarot reading

Is that spring-like sunshine which through yonder window breaks? OMG it is. At last. And I’ve realised just how dirty yonder windows are. Time for a spring clean! If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that as the days grow longer and the sun grows shinier, you’re emerging, blinking, from… Read more

Q&A: Oracle decks and how to use them

A few suggestions for working with the magic of oracles. Read more

Want to read tarot at an event? Here’s my advice

If you’re planning on reading tarot at an upcoming event or party, here are my tips to help things go smoothly. Read more

New book! Little Red Tarot Spreads: 21 original tarot spreads + worksheets

It’s here, at last: My first book! When I asked you, ooh, some time ago now, whether you’d prefer a book of tarot, or a book of tarot spreads, the answer was overwhelmingly “spreads”. Your wish is, as always, my command! Little Red Tarot Spreads: 21 original tarot spreads Little Red Tarot… Read more

Q&A: How to take your first steps into professional tarot

So a whole bunch of you want to know how to ‘go pro’ And by this I’m thinking you’re not asking me how to build a magnificent tarot business empire (yet)…but more about how to take those first steps towards charging for readings and making money from your awesome tarot… Read more

The elements of the year

As we move from summer into autumn I feel myself becoming more aware of seasons – both external and internal. I feel more sensitive to the changes taking place around me, but also within myself. The joyous bounding around and fiery energy of summer is fading with the warmth of those… Read more

Tarot cards for protection and boundaries

Whether they intend it or not, other people have the power to hurt us. ‘Hurt people hurt people’, as they say – and there are times when it’s neccessary to protect ourselves from the pain of others. There are plenty of ways to do this. For the magikally inclined, spells,… Read more

What to do when your tarot reading confuses the heck out of you

We’ve all had those moments when a tarot reading seems to make no sense at all. Liz Worth shares some helpful tips to tackle those confusing cards. Read more

Thanksgiving Christmas tarot spread

A tarot spread for Thanksgiving, Christmas & other family gatherings

Okay. I’ve had a whole load of emails in my inbox this past week asking me for a Thanksgiving tarot spread. You wanted a spread which would help you navigate those tricky times that we all must gather with our families and eat and hang out together. For many of… Read more

Which cards make or break a tarot deck?

When I’m pondering a new tarot deck, there are a few specific cards I like to check out first. Read more

Lots of great free resources for learning tarot

There are lots of awesome people out there, who know a lot about tarot. Some of them share their work, so we can all learn from them. Sweet! Here are some of my favourite free resources for anyone who works with tarot and wants to learn more. Print your own tarot… Read more

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Lead us not into procrastination

Guess who got distracted. Read more

What ‘sacred’ means to me

Are tarot cards sacred? Not out of the box, not mass-produced in a factory, not packed and shipped from an Amazon warehouse, as so many are. The cards themselves are… just cards. Read more

A Touch of Magic: Crystals with your Tarot Cards

A guest post shared by Ariel. Tarot is a multifaceted thing, and it means different things to different people. Some people use it to tap into forces that are otherwise unavailable; some of us use it to get to know our own sense of intuition. I can be used for… Read more

Tarot as witness

Sometimes the most important thing is simply to feel seen. Read more

tarot card reversals

A different view – tarot card reversals

Everyone seems to take a different approach to reversed cards. Some people learn 78 whole new meanings, whilst others read them as a blockage of the card’s upright energy. For some they point to an opposite meaning, whereas for others it’s a corru… Read more

Begin now, with what you have: A simple tarot spread

  “Begin now with what you have”: A tarot spread for building towards a goal. OPTIONAL: Before you start, look through your cards and choose one to represent your goal. (For example, if you want to bring more balance into your life, you might choose Temperance. If you’re looking for a new career,… Read more

A digital mystic in your pocket: eight+ tarot app reviews

And so to tarot apps, about which I’m very conflicted. So tell me – what are your feelings about digital tarot decks? Read more

How to sort the courts part 3: Stories of the modern day queen

Siobhan shows how we can write new origin stories for the tarot’s queens, reclaiming them for ourselves. Read more

What I learned from two days of tarot workshops

Um. A lot. Where to start? Last weekend’s Northwest Tarot Symposium – the first of this now-to-be-annual Portland tarot conference – packed a LOT into the two day schedule. From storytelling with tarot to the psychology of the major arcana, consciously living each card to a publishing panel, the NWTS… Read more

A simple tarot spread

I found out this morning that a distant friend of mine has started her own tarot website…and it’s wonderful! As well as reveiws of a small portion of her eighty-something decks and many books, there’s also a brilliant tarot cast, with a single c… Read more

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Magic wands

So! 2013. A year I’ve decided will be characterised by hard work, being even more broke and still having a lot of fun. Awesome. Without wanting to go into detail here and now, there’s a big project brewing – perhaps not huge by other peoples’ stan… Read more

tarot spread for balance

A tarot spread for balance

I found this spread in the companion book for the Shadowscapes Tarot – it’s designed to help look at the different things you’re balancing – whether they are creative projects, work, commitments, emotional things… and identify the different fact… Read more

Taking a leap

So! I’ve finally decided to start doing paid-for readings. Having been getting such lovely, positive feedback on my readings for some time now, and actually struggling to fit them all in, I’ve thought yes, I’ve thought no, and I’ve been through th… Read more

you write the ending

Alternatives to ‘outcome’ cards in tarot spreads

I don’t like ‘outcome’ cards. As a non-predictive reader, I have a pretty big, and pretty self-explanatory, dislike of the traditional ‘outcome’ card in many tarot spreads. As Teresa Read aptly points out, “the cards tell a story, but you write the ending”. I don’t think you can believe in self-determination… Read more

Q&A: “It’s barely a tarot deck”

Last week, I received this question from a reader: I’ve had my deck of tarot cards for only a month, but I saw the Wild Unknown deck on tumblr and fell in love with it and ordered it as a “help get through the semester” sort of thing. The owner of the… Read more

Getting shit done – trying out the Procrastination Conversation spread

In which I’m gonna test-drive two spreads I’ve recently been working on. They both need a more work, but in the spirit of moving the darn things forwards (and putting a couple of little ticks on my list!!) I’m gonna post this now. It gives me a wa… Read more

Confidence tarot spread

Tapping into your confidence – a tarot spread

I recently received a question from a querent who wanted help to tap into her confidence in order to start a new job on the right foot. I looked at all sorts of spreads – things about moving forwards, SWOT analyses, the ‘personal compass’ spread and so on, but nothing… Read more

Why is the Alternative Tarot Course so cheap?

The Alternative Tarot Course is $25. In a world where online courses often cost upwards of $100, people keep asking me why it’s so cheap. Here’s the answer for once and for all! Read more

Wild Unknown Tarot - Six of Pentacles

OPEN THREAD: How can we make time for tarot when we’re super-busy?

In my recent survey, I asked you what was the main issue that you felt held you back as a tarot reader. Read more

10 ideas for your tarot blog or journal

Hit a rut with your tarot blog? Nothing to write in your journal? Pick one of these prompts, and get scribbling! Read more

Understanding the tarot court cards

I want to talk about the ‘people’ of the tarot. The pages, knights, kings and queens that make up the tarot’s ‘court’. These sixteen court cards are notoriously tricky to interpret, with beginners and seasoned readers alike often struggling to understand their meaning in tarot readings. Read more

Beyond Kings & Queens: Renaming the tarot’s court cards

There are many different ways to rename the court cards in tarot, and each system teaches us something new about these characters. Read more

Tarot decks for beginners

Choosing your first tarot deck can be a minefield! Here’s my advice for what to look out for, what to consider, and a few decks that might inspire you. Read more

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Springtime assessment – a dark moon tarot spread

Firstly – a big credit for this spread, which I found via Melia Suez’s wonderful blog. Thank you Melia! xx Secondly – what and when is the ‘dark moon’ time? Also known as the “dead” Moon, this is the time when there is no solar reflection, leaving… Read more

Five tarot spreads for new year readings

New year is a great time for tarot reading! Here are five tarot spreads to ring in the changes. Read more

Find your missing element – an exercise

Working with the four elements is all about getting the right blend at the right time. Knowing just which parts of yourself you need to bring to into play when – effectively playing to your strengths, but in a very deep and personal way. There’s no such thing as ‘achieving perfect… Read more

How I do email tarot readings

I do most of my tarot readings by email – which surprises many people. Here’s how I do it. Read more

Post-holiday blues reading

Okay, so it might seem a little odd to write about self-care just a few days after coming back from a (first ever!) beach holiday in Ibiza…but hey. Maybe I’ve got the post-holiday blues. Thinking about self-employment and how to get by in the big wide world right up until… Read more

The Tarot and I: What I believe about tarot

It’s World Tarot Day (TM), so I thought I’d give it a nod by thinking about what tarot means to me, and why I practice it. It’s possible to be both skeptical and spiritual, I realised recently, when I came across this great blog…and, although of… Read more

Building blocks – a three-tier tarot reading

I drew three cards to understand just where I’m at right now. There are many things swimming in my head – a hangover from hard times several years ago. I need to sort the wheat from the chaff. Six of Cups – a sense of nostalgia, harking back to in… Read more

Identity politics in tarot: the tarot practitioner be mindful

A guest post shared by Benebell Wen. Guest posts on Little Red Tarot are submitted by readers. The aim is to offer a wide range of voices, views on, feelings about and approaches to tarot (and related topics). As with all posts on this website, discussion is welcome in the comments!  If you’d… Read more

Reading tarot on the road

What do you actually need to do a tarot reading? A tarot deck, nothing more. Perhaps you’d also add a notebook, or laptop if you’re emailing readings or recording stuff digitally, a mobile if you’re giving phone readings. I have all of those things right here in my handbag, so it… Read more

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Tarot for relationships

A commonly-asked tarot question is ‘does XXX love me?’ Me? I turn these questions down. It’s against my policy to read (and darn impossible) for anyone who has not consented to a tarot reading. But if you feel differently, or better still, you have the other person/people present, here’s a neat… Read more

Which tarot course should I take?

Here’s a quick guide to my two popular tarot courses, A Card a Day and the Alternative Tarot Course. Read more

Your favourite tarot books

I asked community members for their tarot book recommendations. Here’s what they said. Read more

13 unconventional ways of reading tarot card reversals

[Guest Post] “Reversals changed my life. Now it’s your turn.” Read more

Planning backwards tarot spread

Over 40 exercises for tarot blog inspiration

Do you write a tarot blog or journal? If so, the Alternative Tarot Course is just made for you – it’s packed with over 40 exercises and tarot spreads you can use to explore your cards. Read more

Do you read reversed tarot cards?

Upside down cards can really throw your reading out. Here are some ideas on how to approach them with confidence! Read more

How to create (and read) a charmcasting oracle

Charm casting is a divinatory practice of throwing charms and reading them. Here, Kristen shows you how to create your own charmcasting oracle, and how to read it! Read more

How to sort the courts part 1.1: People, roles, & perspective

To understand the court cards, we lean in to the oppressive social structures with which they were initially associated. Read more

Queen-of-Swords

You don’t always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too.

– Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird I love this quote – a succinct way of explaining the power of swords, of air. Swords represent knowledge and wisdom, truth and justice. As we go through life, we gather scars. We are hurt by people, by this world. We become more cynical,… Read more

A polyamoury tarot spread

When your love life involves more than one partner, it can be extra-helpful to know who you are, what you’re bringing and how you can best deal with the issues that can arise from loving and being loved by a number of people. Read more

Four ways to use playing cards for simple decision making

“I’ve been reading playing cards for almost two decades and I believe they can be used to answer any question from deep spiritual issues to mundane questions about the weather.” Read more

How to read the card on the bottom of your deck

The card hidden away at the bottom of your deck can bring interesting perspectives to your tarot readings. Here are some approaches to try! Read more

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Grounded

‘Grounded’. Well, it means several different things doesn’t it? As a teenager, it’s downright deprivation of liberty. I remember being grounded for buying tickets for a Gorky’s Zycotic Mynci gig when I’d already been told I wasn’t allowed to go. B… Read more

Starting a tarot group

Wednesday night was tarot group night. The Todmorden tarot meet-up started a couple of years ago. Whilst hanging out on tarot forums, tweeting and blogging was fun, I wanted to meet with other tarot peeps in real life – to chat over a drink, share cards, read for each other… Read more

Create your own tarot spread

Create your own tarot spread

[First published on Autostraddle] You don’t have to be an experienced reader to create your own tarot spreads. In fact, I think it’s good to practice creating your own spreads right at the start of your tarot journey. Crafting spreads builds confidence and helps you to remember that you’re learning… Read more

Reclaiming the Empress

As I work though my own process of reclaiming my own Empressness, I turned to three queer tarot decks for new perspectives. Read more

SWOT business tarot spread

SWOTting up – a business tarot spread

I recently carried out a career-related reading, for which I designed a new spread based on the SWOT analysis. I thought I’d share it here. If you’re not familiar with SWOT, it’s a very simple method of analysing the strenths, weaknesses, opportun… Read more

The Moon: All is not what it seems

It is scary to see what is normally tucked away inside, out in the open, using its voice. But it is liberating, too, to give space to that untamed, unsocialised nature. To let your wolf howl. Read more

Helping or harming? Understanding the Knights in tarot

The knights can be relied on to go a tad OTT. Here’s an approach to help you understand each of them. Read more

REVIEW | Learn the major arcana with your children & King Billy

Even if you don’t have kiddos in your life, King Billy and the Royal Road will help you to dive deeper into your own tarot practice. Read more

A little numerology: Find your tarot birth card!

One of the simplest ways to incorporate numerology into your tarot practice is to find your tarot birth card. Here’s how. Read more

Where to start if you’re a tarot newbie

If you’re new to tarot, here are some tips to help you get to know your tarot deck and build your card-reading confidence. Read more

Tarot queens as personal mentors

These four powerful femmes have ‘done the work’, and they can help you to do it, too! Read more

Five do’s and don’ts for tarot beginners

New to tarot? Liz Worth has some tips to help you find your path. Read more

Using oracle decks in tarot readings

As a rule, I’m not a fan of oracle decks – I love the system of tarot too much. But I do have a couple, and here’s how I use them in my tarot readings. Read more

Not a full deck #2: Removing triggering tarot cards as an act of self-care

What if a tarot card represents a trauma you’ve experienced? Or a perpetrator of abuse? It can be an act of self-care to remove triggering cards from your deck. Read more

Get to know your strengths as a tarot reader: The reader’s tarot reading

Here’s a simple six-card tarot spread that’s all about you/me as a reader and your/my special skills. Read more