Tarot Card Reading: What, Why and How it helps you

What are tarot cards and what does a Tarot card reading entail? Multiple times every week, I meet someone new who just happens to find out I am a Tarot card reader, gets excited and almost immediately wants to get a reading done, but then hesitates, unsure about what tarot cards are and how they predict the future, and how a tarot card reading can help them.

Having completed 14  years of tarot reading, I thought I must absolutely write a post now to answer some of those questions you might have as well.

Tarot card reading

What is Tarot reading?

Tarot reading is the art of divination and fortune-telling using a specialised deck of 78 cards. According to different schools of thought, Tarot cards are said to have originated in different forms in ancient Egypt, China, India or Middle East. Some people also believe they originated in Italy. However, they were first only used for “playful divination” or for playing games, especially in 14th Century Europe, when the trend became quite popular. The first ever evidence of using Tarot cards for divination is from the 18th century.

Tell me more about Tarot cards and the deck..

The deck is divided into Major Arcana cards and Minor Arcana cards. The Major Arcana cards are 22 in number (numbered I through XXII) and denote major events in life. Many of them have been popularised in literature and cinema. Surely, you’ve heard of the “Death”, the “Fool” or the “Empress” card?

Somewhat similar to a deck of cards, the modern-day Tarot deck has 4 suits of 14 each (1 through 10, Queen, King, Page and Knight). These suits are traditionally the following – Wands (denoting creativity, spirituality), Swords (denoting thoughts, ideas, actions), Cups (emotions, feelings, relationships), and Pentacles (material aspects, possessions). There are thousands of varieties of decks. While most decks have say, 7 coins drawn in  a “7 of Pentacles” (see below left), some decks have different pictures for all of them (see below right):

I personally love decks with different pictures. My all-time favorite is the Osho Zen Tarot deck.

How is Tarot different from Astrology/Palmistry?

As opposed to palmistry or astrology, Tarot is more useful for guidance (and thus, helps in taking decisions/coping when facing any difficult situation), rather than for only knowing what will happen. And you know what I like best about Tarot? As mentioned in my post How I became who I am it’s the fact that it is not fatalistic and that it gives power to the one asking the questions. Yes, you read that right!

And that brings me to my next question…

How does Tarot work?

It is believed that the cards mirror what is going on in the mind of the person picking them/ asking the question. Tarot helps me use my intuition to tune into the cards and interpret the energies of the person. To put it simply, it helps you realise what your subconscious already knows. Thus, via my cards, I help you find the answers already within you and take the right decisions. There are 78 cards and multiple cards are picked for each reading – leading to millions of permutations. Plus, each card has different layered meanings, based on the situation. Hence there are an infinite number of possibilities of what the cards can say.

Do you wear bright-colored robes and sit with a crystal ball and incense sticks?

Nope, I don’t. I’m as normal as you are 😛

Is Tarot accurate?

Yes, it is. Not my words, but words of people who’ve gotten a reading done from me. Of course, I firmly believe it’s accurate. Else, I wouldn’t be a Tarot card reader in the first place. If you are skeptical, try asking the cards something about your past. And always choose a Tarot reader you can rekate to – it’s very important to feel a mental/emotional connection with the reader.
I also believe that, like everything else in life, a lot depends on your attitude and belief. If you approach a Tarot reading with an open mind, the answers and messages will resonate with you and not only show you the right path (for you), a reading will leave you relieved and with more clarity than before. It gives me immense joy in sending off people with a smile.

Tarot cards


I’m sure you might still have questions and maybe aren’t even sure if you should try Tarot. Feel free to get in touch with me and I will try my best to clear doubts. You can leave a comment below or get in touch with me at SoulSpeak Tarot.
Whether you get a reading done or not, is completely your call 🙂

P.S. All readings are 100% confidential.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Tarots reading sound interesting. great info
    #poseinstylereads #myfriendalexa


  2. Deepa says:

    Its great to know you are a tarot card reader. One of my close friends is a tarot card reader too and through her, I came to know a lot of things related to tarot. Great post to understand it better.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Wow, that’s great to know Deepa!
      I’m glad I was able to help you understand things better 🙂
      Thank you!


  3. Ranjini says:

    I have always wanted to learn Tarot reading. And this is the most I know about Tarots now after reading your post. But my question is, if you are picking a random card from a deck, it isn’t just probability? You could pick any card right? and the probability of picking any one is equal.

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    1. Glad I was able to explain concepts.
      Mathematically, yes. But it is your subconscious pulling you towards particular card(s) – through your gut feeling.
      If you were playing a game of luck and had to pick a door out of A and B – would you not go with what your gut says?
      I have had numerous cases where a person ends up pulling the exact same cards over and over again in different sessions – that wouldn’t happen if it was plain probability. It was happening because that was the Universe’s way of telling you what’s right for you..
      Hope this helps 🙂

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      1. Ranjini says:

        Ah… makes sense 🙂


  4. Reading tarot cards for 14 years? Thats the number of yeas that I have own a deck, but not been able to learn to use them. I love how you have dealt with MCQs realting to Tarot cards. May be sometime, I will get in touch with you for a reading.

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    1. Oh really? I think if you get down to it and develop an interest in the cards, you will want to learn it 🙂
      And yes, definitely do that! I’d love to read for you – it will be lovely!


  5. I wanted to know about tarrot cards. Thank u for answering almost all my questions. But I’m still confused, how unknowingly one picks up the correct card.

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    1. Thank you!
      Your subconscious mind knows what’s best for you and leads you to the right cards – makes sense?
      You can compare it to how your intuition/gut feeling guides you to something.
      If you are interested in getting a reading or knowing more about Tarot, you can check out my Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/soulspeaktarot/

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  6. Preethi Venugopala says:

    I love Tarot! Great post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Preethi! Glad you liked it!


  7. Suchita says:

    I usually forget my readings once they’re done and it fascinates me when someone comes and tells me it was accurate!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. True! That happens with me sometimes!


  8. Although I do not believe in astrology and stuff like that, this post was an interesting read! Good one 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Agnivo 🙂
      Btw, you have a very interesting name!


  9. Sonam Jain says:

    That’s so cool.. I never knew about tarot so much..but I like the fact it is more spiritual oriented..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes they are 🙂
      Glad you liked the post Sonam!


  10. aditi says:

    Interesting post on Tarot Reading, loved it:)

    #MyFriendAlexa #AditiReads


    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Aditi! Glad you liked it 🙂


  11. Monika says:

    Thanks for letting us know about tarrot . Should I get a reading done from u ??? 🤗🤗

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Monika!
      Haha yes, why not? Do get in touch with me – would love to read for you 🙂
      You can check out my Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/soulspeaktarot/


  12. eshachaks says:

    This answers so many of my questions. Thanks for sharing

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Esha 🙂


  13. I bet you get asked about the robe and crystal ball a lot, even if as a joke! My sister is also a tarot reader; she hears that often.


    1. Lol yes :\
      Oh really, is she? That’s great to know!


  14. Tarot reading is very Intense process. It depends on the energies surrounded to that person.

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  15. I know of Tarot cards but this is the first post where I have read about tarot cards in detail. I always wondered how picking cards would tell what lies in the future, your post answered that question. Thanks for this post.

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    1. Thank you for appreciating Anshu!
      So glad I was able to clear your doubts 🙂


  16. richa mina says:

    wow, I didn’t know half of the things you’ve shared in the post. what i knew of tarot cards was from movies and serials. it does seem like an intriguing art… i might try getting a reading done someday..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Richa! Yes, most people don’t know much about the cards, except from pop culture..
      That would be lovely – I would love to read for you.
      Do check out my Facebook page here – https://www.facebook.com/soulspeaktarot/


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