Everyday Tarot: How Do You Know What the Cards Mean?


One of the questions I get so often from new or non-readers is “How do you know what the cards mean when you do a reading?” It really does baffle a lot of people, myself included, that 78 fairly generic pieces of decorated cardboard can provide such intuitive and often highly accurate information.

I don’t claim to know exactly how the cards work. Honestly, that is a rabbit hole any person could get hopelessly lost in, should they dare. I’m not a physicist or mystic or historian, so I can only speak from my own personal experience as a reader.

The Akashic Realm

Many people, including me, believe that there is a force, an energetic realm, that binds us all together. This realm is called by many names, but I’ve settled on the Akashic Realm. Akasha is a Sanskrit word meaning ether, the primordial substance that forms the basis of all things. Akasha forms everything from fireflies to black holes, flows through us, informs us, and breathes life into us. And because we are all made of the same substance, we are all connected. 

The Akasha contains all that ever was and all that ever will be, and all of us are able to tap into it. Like a string of dominos, actions at any point in the universe will eventually affect all other points in the universe. And like a computer web, information contained in that web is (to the degree of skill and awareness we possess) available to us.

The Fluffy Bunny Woo-Woo Section

So, all the information we want to know is right at our fingertips. What the heck does that have to do with this picture of a guy hanging upside on my tarot card? It’s not as crazy as you think.

Have you ever had a problem or situation you wanted to avoid? Say a conversation you needed to have with a sibling that you were putting off? Often, when you’re assiduously avoiding something like this, it will seem like everything in the world is trying to get your attention. You’ll hear random songs on the radio about siblings (or your sibling’s favorite song). You’ll come across a long-forgotten note from that sibling, or a picture of the two of you together. You’ll turn on the news and see a heartwarming story about long-lost siblings reunited after decades apart. After a while, even the least psychically-inclined person is gonna say, “Okay, Universe, I get it! I’ll call my dang sibling!”

The universe, or God, or the Akasha (give it a name, they’re all the same) is always communicating with us. Always. Every moment of every day has the potential for attaining wisdom through observation, acceptance, and intuition. But most of us (yours truly included) suck at noticing this communication.

Most of us are so caught up in the closed loop of our own thoughts and emotions that we cannot hear the messages being sent to us constantly from a larger, wiser source. We brush off coincidences, ignore signals, and lament the silence of a higher power that is practically hopping on one foot and screaming for our attention.

Opening the Connection

It takes a lot to get most of us out of our own heads. Our brains, cheeky little genius organs that they are, really like running the show. They will do everything to be constantly in our own limelight, drowning out much of the information we could be getting in moments of quiet.

Divination tools such as cards, runes, I Ching, serve as a focal point. By focusing on the tools in front of you, you can take the brain out of picture for a moment and allow the wisdom to flow more freely into you. 

The most difficult part of improving as a tarot reader is taking your brain out of the picture. It may sound counterintuitive, but the more I think about a reading, the less accurate it is. Thinking too hard, giving my well-intentioned but overbearing brain too much power, blocks the channel between me and a wisdom that dwarfs all I could learn in a thousand lifetimes. 

It took me a long time to learn this. For the first few years I read, I was addicted to the interpretations in the book. I wanted to be told, in clear, uncertain terms, what my reading should be. And then I lost my book. For almost two years, I had to just go with what I thought I remembered about the cards because I couldn’t use the book anymore. The minute I became comfortable doing readings that way, just trusting what came to me as accurate, I found the book!

I still have that original book that came with my cards, but I seldom use it. The author’s interpretations, while valid, no longer have much use to me outside of entertainment. I keep a list of keywords for the cards in case I need a nudge during readings, but now I trust that the answers will come to me.

There are many resources for learning to access the Akashic realm as well as increasing your intuition. Developing spiritually, and meditation. As you learn to read and develop your powers of divination, you will find these tools more and more useful. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you would like to talk to Kat or me about getting a reading with Two Ladies Tarot, please check out our contact information.  As always, if you liked this post, please sign up for our weekly newsletter or follow us Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. Please don’t forget to like and share this post. Comments are greatly appreciated.

Peace and Love,


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