There are numerous different tarot spreads that you can learn when you are discovering the art of reading the cards. Not only that, but most skilled readers eventually come up with their own variations on tarot spreads and develop new spreads altogether. Tarot readings can be incredibly complex – but they can also be very simple. In fact, one of the simplest and most effective manners of performing a tarot reading is with a one-card draw.
A one-card tarot reading may not seem like a lot to go on, but remember the way that tarot cards are designed. Each card contains a whole story that is told through symbolism and through the individual art of the card. In fact, you can easily begin to learn tarot through storytelling with this easy Udemy course.
There are a few things to remember if you plan to use a one-card draw to perform a tarot reading, however. First, keep in mind that you may need a deeper understanding of the individual cards in order to get the most out of your reading. Also keep in mind that you may need to tailor your questions to be simpler and a bit more specific in order to get the answers that you seek, as you will not have multiple cards to draw on when performing the reading.
Getting Started with One Card Readings
First things first, it is important to use the deck that you are most familiar with for this type of reading. While other decks can be interesting for use in other spreads, your familiarity and natural intuition with the deck that you know best will help you to get the most meaning out of your card.
Remember to shuffle your cards well, and do so using your preferred reading techniques. Some tarot readers prefer not to let others touch their card, while others require those that they are reading for to cut the cards in order to make use of their personal energies. This is up to you, but do remember the importance of the draw in a one-card reading.
Coming Up With a Question
Whether it’s a personal reading or a reading for a client or a friend, the question that you base the reading off of is crucial in getting the best result. Those who are just getting started with this type of reading may choose to ask Yes or No questions that can easily be answered with just one card.
That may seem a bit backwards – after all, a tarot card can’t really answer “yes” or “no” to your query. However, positive or negative imagery within the card, as well as the individual symbolism of the card, can give you better insight into that particular situation.
You can also choose to frame questions in any of the following ways to gain insight into the situation that you are facing:
- “What challenges must I overcome in order to achieve success in love, work, my home life, etc…”
- “How can I change…”
- “Where should I be focusing my energy right now?”
Using a One Card Tarot Draw for Meditation
Some individuals may choose not to ask a question at all, and instead choose to use a one card draw for daily meditation or introspection. Consider this draw as a way for the tarot cards to tell you what you should be focusing on that day, or as a way for them to tell you about things in your life that you should be aware of. A one-card draw may indicate to you that a major change is coming your way, or that you might soon be facing challenges from another individual.
This type of daily meditation is also a great way to get to know the tarot cards better. Even if you don’t have a reason for performing a tarot reading on a daily basis, pull at least one card a day and interpret it. Learn tarot from scratch with this course to hone your skills. If you already practice daily morning meditation, consider adding the draw of a single tarot card to your routine.
Ways of Interpreting the Card
There are a few different ways to interpret the cards. While this can be a very complex process, there are two basic methods that you can use in a one-card draw that will help you get the best reading possible.
The first method is to know and understand the basic meanings of the cards as accepted by most readers. For example, most readers interpret the Two of Cups as indicating a partnership between two people, or even romantic love, while the Death card usually indicates a major change, though not necessarily negative. Knowing these accepted readings is an easy way to gain an understanding of what they are trying to tell you.
The next method is to rely more on your gut instinct and intuition in interpreting the meaning of the card. Look closely at the card, think about the card’s name, and look closely at the symbols in the card’s art. Watch out for things that jump out at you, such as the crown that adorns the head of Justice or the innocence of the white flowers on the Six of Cups. Once you have these symbols clearly in mind, consider what they mean to you and how they apply to the situation at hand. This Udemy course on improving your intuition will help you become an intuitive reader.
With all that said and done, reading a single card is relatively simple. Be sure to maintain your usual practices for reading the cards, whether you thank the spirits for guiding your hand or you cleanse the cards of old energies in order to prepare them for the next reading. If you’re just getting started with tarot and would like to turn it into a real profession, check out Udemy’s course on professional tarot reading to learn more about mastering your tarot skills. The wonderful and wide world of tarot is now yours for the taking, whether your reading requires just one card or an entire deck.