If you've ever had your tarot cards read by someone who knows what they're doing (or had a friend regale you with their tale), you probably understand how dumbfounding, cathartic, and inspiring the process can be. Part therapy and part divination, reading tarot can be learned like any language — and as long as you're willing to put the time and effort in, you too can start tapping into whatever juju's operating within tarot to help you make sense of what's going on.
Now, tarot's going to mean a lot of things to a lot of people, whether you're just looking for a fun party trick or really want to start exploring spirituality in a different way. Don't go into it expecting to figure out how to look into the future, because tarot cards aren't 100% accurate at divining what's going to happen — and depending on who you ask, that's not the point of them anyway. What you should expect to glean from this new skill? The same sort of thing that you should expect from learning French: an expanded vocabulary for looking at the world (not to mention a fun time getting there!).
While this slideshow won't tell you the difference between a Hierophant and a High Priestess, or show you the meaning of a spread of only minor arcana cards, it will arm you with the proper tools, point you toward the right resources, and help you figure out whether reading tarot is a practice you'll want to dive into. We asked intuition coach, Dina Berrin, who has been reading tarot (not to mention, practicing astrology, numerology, palmistry, color therapy, and more) for decades, to walk us through the processes. Click through to get started!