The answer to this question depends on what you hope to use it for and having realistic expectations. Is it “hard” – no, the processes I outline are actually quite simple. Does it happen instantly? No – which is why some might decide it is “hard” and give up on it. In fact with all the people I have shared Tarot with, the ones who aren’t reading the cards well are the ones who didn’t put in the time to really connect with them.
There seems to be an overwhelming desire in this lightning fast digital age to do everything now – there is no patience for developing skills and crafts as they should be and everyone wants a shortcut. To be an effective Tarot reader – no shortcut is going to truly work.
You could buy cards and a book and simply look up other people’s interpretations – this is what a lot of people do initially and it can be helpful when first starting. It’s a good way to get some understanding of basic symbolism and ideas around the cards, but the best way to “be good” at reading Tarot is to put in the time to learn it for yourself.
If you look through the blog you will see previous archived postings on how to learn the tarot. In my process, a Tarot journal is used and one card per day is focused on and you write about what you see and how the card makes you feel, what you think is going on in the story, etc.
Ultimately, different people will have different interpretations – and that’s fine. It is how you connect your interpretations with those you are reading for (or even yourself) that make you a great reader. The cards tell stories and those stories can be used to illustrate different lessons in the lives of those you are reading.
If you follow along with the blog which I am now updating pretty much daily you’ll find all you need to teach yourself tarot. Learn Tarot for free – follow along, get a journal and use the techniques here and you’ll find that ultimately you become a much stronger as a Tarot reader. My methods help you develop your intuition as well – which allows you to connect more deeply to the symbolism in your cards and to those who you read for and are trying to help.
If you are looking for “fortune telling” lessons however, you are going to be disappointed – and not a very good reader either. Remember NO ONE can tell anyone else what IS going to happen – we all have free will and we all make choices. Attitudes and choices can be adjusted – which is the beauty of illuminating a path for others. It empowers them to make choices that will align them what they truly want at soul level.
Tarot is not an “easy answer tool”. If you want easy answers get a magic 8 ball lol. Those answers won’t usually be right either – but it’s a much easier tool to work with lol.