Why has this been so hard to write? I simply love tarot cards. I have ever since I was twelve years old. I think that the art work on some of the decks is so great, and can be so enticing. All the drawings, and hidden meanings, and possiblities.
I will admit I consult my cards a little too much. Some say it is insecurity, and it might be. I might use them to hush that nagging what if voice we all get from time to time.
I will be honest, I even argue with the cards. They have never let me down if I think about it. They always have the message or answer I needed, but sometimes I do no want to hear it. I will say, no... that can't be. Wrong. Wrong Wrong.....
The only one who is ever wrong is me. I guess tarot cards to me are like Cassandra from Greek mythology. Cassandra was a maiden who tricked Zeus, and was given the gift of seeing the future. Except since Zeus is well Zeus, and he was mad, he also made it so no one would ever believe a word she said, and think she was crazy.
I am not that bad, but I do need to have more faith. Ask once, and absorb the answer. Let it ride.
I have used many different decks in my days. There is one for everyone, vampires tarot, witches tarot, classic tarot, cat tarot, World Spirit decks... on and on... I am currently using the a steampunk deck. It suits my sensibilities for sure, and I love all the amazing images on them. Whatever you fancy, or are drawn to they make a tarot deck for that.
I keep them wrapped in a silk cloth in a drawer. I try to respect them, and give them good care. Some people like to use them both right side and reversed. .I prefer to use them all right side up, for a clear meaning. I don't believe in BAD CARDS either. All cards are good, some just have deeper layers we need to explore. I cleanse them with sage from time to time, and leave them on my urban alter for a good recharge. We have bonded for sure.
When I get neurotic (who me?) I go seek another reader to read me, as I love to hear their interpretations, and let them mull over what is laid out.
When I am looking for a YES or NO I use one card. I will clear my mind and think of one question. I will pull one card and mull it over.. Simple. ONE CARD ONE ANSWER... DEAL WITH IT.
Sometimes I use a three card spread past, present, future on matters when I need to have a quick, but meaningful look at this journey.
When I really need some information I use the Celtic Cross spread. I can also continue adding cards to get more specifics.
A good resource I have found is this lovely site. https://www.llewellyn.com So, much good information on there.
They even offer a free online, computer generated tarot reading if you are so inclined. For me it is all about interpretation, but it can be fun to play https://www.llewellyn.com/tarot_reading.php
I hope this at least gets you started. Please feel free to email any questions. This is really a big topic, and it is loaded with nooks and crannies. Happy reading.