Interpreting the Tarot cards is an attempt to acquire knowledge of the past, present or future through insight and intuition. Being capable to read the patterns from the card images is the key to unveiling what is passing beneath the surface and what is probable to result from this.
Because of the complexity of the Tarot cards, card readings should not be zipped. It is significant for the reader and the querent (person enquiring the question) that they experience comfy with each other. If the querent is sceptical, it will exhibit in their voice and in their non-verbal cues. It is hard for both parties to unbend under these circumstances; the querent may be posing up an unseeable wall around themselves which makes it difficult for the reader to pick up on the right cues. The reading may redound this by showing a lot of electronegative cards or by not showing anything much at all and this will then reinforce the sceptical view point of the querent. On the other hand, the reader besides needs to be cognizant that the querent may be uneasy or dying and they should do all they can to positioned the person at ease.
The complexity of the Tarot Cards although on the surface you may glimpse an image which represents something conversant like the 6 of Swords – the person ferrying populating over water – this seems fairly straightforward and would indicate that a journey will take place, possibly over water. On further investigation you may find that the journey may not be a physical one, it may be a spiritual journey that needs to be undertaken, or then again it could mean that you will be leaving difficulties behind or solving a problem.
‘The Empress’ card is another example of how involved readings can be as there are many ways to interpret this card. It can mean Motherhood and the abundance of nature, or it can mean a happy mature relationship, or it can indicate pregnancy and then again it might mean security and the guidance of parents. So how do we interpret it? This is where the skill of the reader comes in. We cannot assume it means one thing or the other until we have looked at the patterns in the cards of the spread. How do the cards relate to each other? What kind of theme do we see developing? What is the nature of the other cards surrounding The Empress?
It follows then, that if we are looking at pregnancy, we could expect to see other cards in the spread that show a young person (any Page or Knight cards) or a family card – the Ten of Pentacles or the Ten of Cups, and perhaps The Four of Wands (building something strong for the future – marriage etc), but then again we might also see The Tower which could betoken that perhaps it is an unwanted pregnancy, that can spell disaster, and sudden change. If the 9 of Swords is also present this would show there is worry, guilt, suffer and sorrow show or surrounding the querent.
Readers need to build an ongoing rapport with those who bidding their guidance. I have found that many of my regulars constantly have the same or similar cards running through their readings whenever they are in crisis or they are experiencing a new romance. These teasing are cues to what is happening and where they are placed in the spread indicates how their influence is changing or evolving and what is the likely outcome given what has departed before. Because of the special nature of the relationship that exists between reader and querent (trust, familiarity, belief) it becomes easier over time to interpret the cards for them.