I stopped using my Tarot cards

In my previous post, over a year ago, I wrote about Tarot and Coronavirus. We were all in various states of lockdown here in the UK, and using Tarot was, for me, at the back of my mind. In times of distress people can look to the spiritual for salvation, and I suppose some people would look at their cards to see a way out. Personally, I just didn’t see things that way, I had much more mundane concerns. I didn’t see how using Tarot cards would be able to affect or signify something larger than my own life.

Since then, I haven’t really used my cards at all. I pulled one card, yesterday, because it came up in a conversation and I was somewhat interested in what might be pulled (6 of wands, in relation to a house sale, as it happens). It was a slightly underwhelming experience, and I think it may mark my departure from Tarot as both a pursuit and interest. Sometimes I’ll shuffle the deck and look at the cards. I’m. starting to forget the meanings of the less obvious cards.

I got into Tarot because I’m generally interested in the paranormal, esoteric, somewhat witchy subjects. I loved the illustrations of the Rider Waite deck so I bought a deck and it just grew from there. Since taking a long break though, I don’t know if my life has improved or gotten worse for it. I don’t know if I need Tarot cards in my life anymore.

Tarot can be good for an impulse (Should I do this?!), but I only ever used it in a psychological sense rather than an esoteric one. I loved learning Tarot, and creating two websites about it, but this was mainly for my own personal reasons.

I’m struggling to see the application for Tarot in my life now, other than a conversation piece. Maybe this is just how it is. I’m still interested in plenty of other subjects (Did I ever mention that site I worked on about Astral Projection?), but I think my time with Tarot has, at least temporarily, come to a halt.

So what’s the point of this blog? I haven’t written anything new for Tarot Nova for over a year now and I suppose I had to justify why, even if nobody even reads the blog parts of this website, and just for myself. I’ll take a break, look at the site in a few months and see what I can improve.

Tarot Stickers / Shirts and more!

Happy new year all~! For over five years (wow!) now, I have been working on websites related to Tarot. First Tarot-Explained, and now Tarot Nova. Alongside this, I have been building up a Redbubble store to pay for associated costs.

I’ve never felt like I had to advertise it on Tarot Nova, it’s simply a little side project, but I felt that now I’m at a good stage with the site and the store, I’m happy to link them!

On the Redbubble store, I have a scan of every Rider-Waite tarot card (the same design as ones used on this site), but with a difference; I have hand restored each of them from a low quality copy to a high quality print.

Without simply stealing copyrighted versions, these are probably some of the highest quality prints of the Rider-Waite deck around. I bought samples to make sure the print quality was up to scratch before listing them, and I am very happy with the quality.

You can get them on stickers, T-shirts, mugs, all sorts. So far, I have restored all of the Major Arcana, Cups and Pentacles, and I am currently working on Wands, with Swords to finish.

As you’ll see, there is a bunch of other work on there. Restoring and experimenting with old art has become a relaxing after-work hobby of mine; as you’ll see in the store. (You can see every tarot card by clicking the Tarot card in the top left of collections!)

Check out the store, and let me know what you think!

Tarot for Coronavirus

Hi all, hope you’re all staying safe and well. I felt compelled the write this after reading a few conflicting articles about how people are using Tarot during this lockdown.

Tarot can be a useful tool to use during this ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, but be sure to use it correctly.

It’s important to review what you can actually use Tarot for effectively, and what it cannot be used for. This should be considered an opinion piece, as Tarot is quite a subjective art.

What shouldn’t you use Tarot for?

Relevant to our modern times, you shouldn’t use Tarot for anything other than yourself. A deck of cards cannot predict things like how severe a pandemic will be, how soon it will all be over, who will be affected and who will not.

For things like this we need to look at the world and the facts and predict from that. Using Tarot to predict something like Coronavirus is both silly and ineffective.

While Tarot has an inbuilt set of imagery and meaning, we also have our own associations with the cards which lead to a deeper understanding, albeit a personal one which cannot be transferred to somebody else.

This often comes up with ‘Celebrity’ readings. What is the use of these? Does it have any impact on your life at all? Probably not.

Tarot can be dangerous when using it to ‘predict’ generally, but especially for something as serious as a medical emergency, as this Coronavirus pandemic is.

For example, I have read of people diagnosing illnesses with the cards. What a silly thing to do. Go to a doctor!

I have read accounts of people predicting an end to the Coronavirus pandemic with Tarot cards. What use is this? Tarot should remain a tool for personal growth and understanding.

Some good uses for Tarot during Coronavirus

There are some good uses for Tarot during a lockdown. These aren’t world-changing or revolutionary, but they can help you on a personal level. I do some of these, and some of these I have read about.

Meditation

Tarot can be effective as a meditation tool. If there is anything we all need right now, it is calm. Simply drawing a card and seeing how it is currently influencing your life is a great, easy way to use Tarot for meditation.

Card of the Day

If there is one thing a lot of us are lacking during a lockdown, it is a schedule! Drawing a card of the day every day will give you some form of structure to base your day around. Wake up, draw a card, and be mindful of it during the day.

Self reading

Performing a spread for yourself will not only keep you current in terms of learning Tarot, but also as an introspective tool. You can use a self reading before the day starts, or as the day ends. As our lives and society has changed rapidly, we need to make sure we are giving enough time for ourselves. Having some form of structure will help the transition.

In Summary

In short, stay safe, and be careful when it comes to anybody claiming to know the future when it comes to anything outside your own personal sphere. Many will claim to know what is going to happen without any proof. Be aware that this ‘fake news’ can be harmful. Take care of yourself.

A new, streamlined Tarot Nova

Long time no see, Fans of Tarot Nova. There have been many changes and not a lot of updates from me, so here one is! I hope you’re all doing well considering the current state of the world!

As you can see, the site has changed somewhat dramatically! There was a lot of useless rubbish I had on here originally and I’ve decided to just get rid of it fully. I’ve been having a snoop at my analytics and people are here for one thing; Tarot card meanings. I looked at my old analytics too, same deal. I’ve decided to gear Tarot Nova more towards having chunky, funky card descriptions. Spreads are fun to create, but much less popular, so I’ll put those on the back burner for now.

You can see that the menus have changed for web and mobile, making it easier to get to a specific card, and I am once again going through each card adding more stuff to each description.

In reality that’s all there is. Better card descriptions which are easier to find. What else could you want?


Redbubble Tarot Store

I’m still updating the Redbubble store too. If you aren’t aware; I’ve retouched every Rider-Waite card and turned them into stickers. It took about four months to retouch all of the cards and get them to a high enough quality for T-Shirts and Posters, etc. I’m experimenting and adding more every week or so.

If you’d like to check out the Tarot-Specific collections, take a look at the big buttons below:

Redbubble allows you to set your own prices for products. I’ve slashed all of the pricing too to be as low as I can possibly manage right now. If somebody can find happiness in a little sticker then that’s great, I think many people will need something to cheer themselves up right now.


Until next time!

Is Tarot Haram?

Tarot, generally can be quite contentious through religions, especially Abrahamic religions. The question as to whether Tarot is Good or Evil comes up quite a lot. Some view any form of divination as abhorrent, others see it more of a game, nothing to be taken seriously.

Some religions have a core concept of what is right and wrong, permitted or forbidden. Islam and Judaism are two well known examples of this. Their followers use rules to guide their lives into what acts and foods are allowed, and which ones are not.

Tarot is not explicitly mentioned in the great texts of either, which is not surprising, as Tarot was invented over a thousand years after the Qu’ran was written, and many more years after the Tanakh. This article will explore Islam and it’s stance on divination. (Spoiler: it’s not a positive one).

Both texts from Judaism and Islam mention soothsayers. Divination has been practised in one form of another for thousands of years, possibly even the length of human history. There are some interesting passages about divination in religious texts; usually negative.

To start with, it is safe to say that Tarot is considered Haram (not permitted to be practised) within the Islamic faith. Islam views divination and seekers as an insult to Allan and Muhammed.

There is a belief that when an act of divination occurs, the Diviner is in actuality talking to Jinn (or Djinn (Genies)), spirits who have their own agendas. “They twist the word of heaven and spell it out to the diviner, who then adds their own lies”. An interesting quote that puts both diviners and the querent in a negative light.

Seeking a Soothsayer to find our your future is seen as an act of faithlessness. It is said that whomever wants to know the future has no faith in what Allah has laid out for them. Tarot reading, and interpreting Tarot cards would surely fall under this category.

I think it is quite conclusive that Tarot is considered Haram within Islamic belief. If you are a Muslim and practice Tarot, you’ll likely have to think things over.

I’d like to continue exploring divination across the cultures of the world, there is more than just Tarot if you want to perform divination!

Getting a wider view of everyone’s opinions is important too, especially, like Islam here, the opinions of those that view your practice in a negative light.

Tarot for Tinder – A new way to look for love

‘Love’ is one of the most searched for topics online. As a race, humans seek out each other. Many use Tarot to ask about their current relationship, or a potential future love interest. Love is something we find hard to quantify, but something almost all of us desire.

In modern times, it’s become normal to use websites and apps to find a partner. The process can become jarring, repetitive and sometimes disheartening. We might get stuck in old patterns, and the people we are ‘swiping’ for are bringing nothing new to our lives.

Presenting…

Tarot for Tinder

“A unique tarot-inspired method of choosing a potential date by performing a mini-spread for each person”

So get Tinder installed (if you haven’t already), shuffle your favourite deck, and lets get started!

Starting out

Let’s be clear here. Tinder is for finding somebody you want to become intimate with. You need to be aware of what you’re getting yourself in for here. Human contact. Potential awkward conversations at first. Real life, some might say.

Only go into this if you are looking for somebody to meet up and spend time with. Meeting new people always contains risks, so take the usual precautions when doing so.

So, with the app installed, clear you mind. Get your Tarot deck out of the box, bag or sock (whatever you keep it in!), and place them side by side. A piece of paper and a pen would be useful here too. Look at these tools in front of you. Where witches have an athame, you have a mobile app. Your trusted tarot deck should guide you, so let’s treat it right and give it a shuffle.

Lets get swiping

Open Tinder. This is where the fun begins! Ignoring obvious bots and spam accounts, you should find yourself facing a potential nearby partner. ‘Tarot for Tinder’ has two main methods of potential partner by divination; Intuitive and Snap Judgement. You can choose either method, or start with one and go onto the other. Read them both before trying!

Intuitive choosing

Look at the first, default card. After your initial impressions, draw your first card.

How does the first card match with the person and your initial impressions? Does anything seem to stand out? With the profile and the card together, what sort of persona are you building up? Is this somebody you can see yourself with? Check the card meaning page for more information.

Make you choice based on this. You can take as long as you want, there is no rush.

Once you have made your decision, put the card aside. It will not be used again in this drawing.

If you swiped right (or if you tapped the ‘heart’), then write down the card linked to that person, just in case they match with you.

Keep this card at hand and check up on the meaning and use it throughout your initial conversations. It may open some conversational avenues which you hadn’t considered!

You may discard the cards for people you do not wish to match with. Try not to reuse them in the same session.

Snap Judgement

As you may have guessed, Snap judgement is a little quicker! This leaves no room for intuition at all, and you are relying solely on what the cards tell you.

Open the app, and draw a card. Is the card positive, or is it negative? If the card is positive, then swipe to the right (or tap the heart). Keep a note of which card belongs to which person.

If you aren’t sure what to choose, or what the card is telling you, then you should look at the ‘Yes or No’ section of the card meaning!

If you do not wish to match with somebody, then discard their card.

Snap judgement can work in your favour. You may match with somebody who you might not have thought you swipe right to. Above all, it is a quick and fun new way to use tinder, and you’re learning tarot meanings along the way too!

Strike those matches

Keep the card you drew in mind when you have your first conversations. It may give you an idea of what to talk about. Perhaps you drew the Eight of Pentacles. Work might be a good topic to chat about. Maybe you drew The Fool. Chat about ideas and adventures you want to do!

It can be easy to draw a blank when chatting with a new person. Hopefully Tarot for Tinder will put an end to this if you choose to use it!

Conclusion

This was just a fun little article I wanted to write before bed, but I think it really can help people out. Go outside of your boundaries, give up control if just for a short while. Give Tarot for Tinder a try, and let me know your results!


Next Steps

Wow, well done on reaching the bottom of the article (it wasn’t that long really though, was it?) Perhaps you just stumbled here by accident, or maybe you’re looking to learn to read tarot as well as a professional. Tarot Nova will cover it all!

We have an enormous, free guide on getting started in Tarot, from a complete novice to your first professional reading. The entire guide, just like everything else on Tarot Nova, is completely free. Still got questions?

Check out the FAQ! You will very likely find your answer there. It’s full of questions I have been asked personal, as well as concise answers to questions I see around. Be sure to check it out if you get stuck.

Finally, why not just jump into our card meanings? Select any suit below and just go crazy! We have concise meanings for every Tarot card, and the even better part? The meanings are growing and being added to constantly. Be sure to check back!

Summer Update

Well, five months in already. What a journey Tarot Nova is becoming! Our last news post was in June, and time sure has flown since then! Lots has been happening in my personal life, and sadly I have been neglecting the website! This is all due to change however. Things are now sorted and it is time to get back on track!

Pentacles Completed

You may have seen, but the Pentacles tarot card meanings are now ‘complete’. I say ‘complete’ with quotation marks because they aren’t complete, they are just at a good base level to grow from. Once all the card meanings have reached this v1.0 stage, I’ll look to add more; reversals, symbology and astrological meanings.

Wands are getting there!

The Wands suit is nearly complete too. Things have just been so hectic in my life, what with moving into a new place coupled with some job complications, I haven’t been able to make the July deadline I set myself. here is hoping that August should see the Wands suit reaching v1.0.

How to shuffle tarot cards

A small article was added regarding shuffling. Some cool things to try out that you may not have considered.

Tarot Nova Discord server

Currently, this is only advertised right here, and the invite link is for a small number of people only. I’m looking to build a small team to discuss how we can work together to make the site better, as well as chat about Tarot! Feel free to join if you are interested in helping out or would like to discuss other collaboration!

Future goals

The goal for the future is simple and clear. Finish the card meanings. Add more spread descriptions. I have such a backlog of notes to work through and Tarot Nova is an ongoing, evolving project. If you’d like to submit an article or chat about collaborating, fire me an email, comment here, or join the discord server!

Thanks for reading this update post, I hope you have a great day.

How a Tarot Reader learned Lenormand

The following is a guest post; Chelsea is 27, and a professional tarot reader from Southern California. You can find out more about her at her website; Pigeon Sauvage Tarot.


I love Tarot. Since I write about it, run an online community about it, and devote most of my social media and any spare cash to it, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I really love tarot. I have been reading since I was a youngster, and I can say without a doubt that tarot has shaped who I am, simply because I have been using tarot for most of my life. There are lots of things I love about tarot, such as the complexity and the fact that holding a deck of tarot cards really is like holding a small, yet complete world in your hand.

For years, I only read using tarot. Sure, I picked up the odd oracle deck here and there, and as much as I liked them, I would almost always use them as an added element to a tarot reading. Tarot was the cake, the filling, and the frosting- and then there was an oracle card acting as the decorative sprinkles.

Then I found myself in a position where I needed to give succinct readings that got to the point quickly. I could get the answers with tarot, but any tarot enthusiast will tell you that more experience leads to longer and more complex readings, not shorter ones! The more you know about tarot, the more layers of nuance you will see in the cards.

That’s when I turned an eye to Lenormand, a system which contains thirty-six cards with names of commonplace items, although they are based on playing cards. It was very quick to learn and I found that I really loved using the system. Where tarot is tons of symbolism and hidden meanings, Lenormand is fast and blunt- after all, the only symbol on a Lenormand card that really matters is the one which tells you its name!

It might sound like Lenormand is the exact opposite of tarot which is mostly true. The main difference between the two is that you will never draw a single Lenormand card- you need at least two in order to read them. This is because Lenormand is read by seeing how the cards near each other relate to one another. If you draw Garden (social situations) and Dog (loyal friend), you can expect a gathering with your closest friends. But if you draw Garden and Mountain (obstacles), you might want to prepare yourself for a rough night! You can add further cards to clarify and give context, and you can place up to five of these in a line. Where the cards fall in the line makes a difference, as how near or far any two cards are from each other will tell you how much they influence each other.

This brings us to the next major difference between tarot and Lenormand- which spreads you use for each one. There are tons of tarot spreads, and you can find one for any topic, using as many cards as you like. Each position in the spread will have a meaning assigned to it- this one means “the situation”, that one means “what to do about it”, and so on. This may rattle your tarot reading mind, but… Lenormand spreads are determined almost entirely by how many cards you want to use. That’s right. They have no names. The positions do not each have a special significance. They are laid out in a gridlike pattern. The reason for all of this is really simple- the way you read a Lenormand spread is by seeing how the cards relate to one another and where they fall. A card placed above another will have a different meaning than the same card falling underneath it. A card touching another card will have a different influence on each other than the same cards spaced further apart. When you lay out a nine card grid, you are actually reading several three card spreads- three horizontal, three vertical, and two diagonal. But you can also look at any two cards to see where they fall and how they relate to each other. It’s a pattern of reading that is both much more simple (no spreads to remember!) and much more complex (all the positions to keep in mind!) than tarot.

I mentioned earlier that the only relevant symbol on a Lenormand card is the one which gives that card a name. This is another big difference between tarot and Lenormand. Whether or not a tarot deck works for you is often decided by how well the symbolism used resonates with you. Ultimately, a tarot deck is a tarot deck because of the symbolism that the creator used to represent each part of that seventy-eight card system, and you might find that a card in one deck gives you a very different impression than the same card in another deck. Symbolism in Lenormand is very different. Some readers will read using directionality- as in, where a figure faces or which side of the card is shadowy or sunny will impact the interpretations- but this is optional. While many decks are beautifully detailed and fully illustrated, the full image isn’t so important, as every single card means the exact same thing in every deck. As long as Clover has a clover on it, it’s fine. The grassy field or blank space behind that clover don’t mean anything. This can make choosing a deck easier, because your only concern is that you like the art and the relevant symbols are easily identified. However, you don’t get much help from the cards when you read, so part of learning Lenormand is memorizing what the cards mean.

The last major difference that I will touch on is how you learn and memorize each system. Most of us don’t want to learn tarot the way one would memorize flash cards, both because you would be losing out on the symbolism and because that would be a lot of flash cards to memorize. Over time, you will learn what each card means, but usually you’ll be learning how to read the symbolism and naturally have each card committed to memory. In my experience, Lenormand is the opposite. You might need to intentionally memorize that Fox can be either an enemy or a job, because the only symbol on the card is a fox. Intentional memorization is less of an issue with Lenormand because the symbolism isn’t there for you to miss out on, and because there are only thirty-six cards. It’s more like learning the parts of a sentence in order to make up a message than learning the complexities that can describe the entire world.

There are plenty of reasons to love Lenormand. I like that answers are quick and can be blunt. I also like that it’s easy to get specific details, and that yes-or-no questions are easy to answer. Probably the thing that I love most is that Lenormand tends to focus on the everyday and on how events will affect the querent in a practical sense. Tarot is my first love, but I can’t imagine ever giving up my Lenormand decks.


Chelsea is 27, and a professional tarot reader from Southern California. You can find out more about her at her website; Pigeon Sauvage Tarot.

Happy new year all

Welcome to 2020, and a Happy new year from all at Tarot Nova (so, just me then!) I hope that 2019 was a good year for you and that this continues into 2020. There was a massive issue on the site which meant that no links were working, which is now fixed. Hooray!

Here are the plans for Tarot nova this year:

  • Further work on the card descriptions, they need some more details and I like to review them every now and then to make sure I haven’t made any silly mistakes!
  • Work on and add more the spreads, I have lots written down that I just need to turn into fancy graphics and upload. Also, the current graphics could do with improving.
  • Change the site theme, this one seems to break a lot and has a very heavy feeling, something light and easy to read would be ideal.
  • Work on the Tarot deck! I’ve been meaning to do this for ages, so now is a good time to start. Expect to hear about this some point this year, there is no rush!
  • Add a bunch more articles I have planned, as well as reach out to others whom would like to contribute to the site.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy January. It’s a busy one for me, so my next post will likely be on Tarot Nova’s first birthday, which I have unofficially set to be April 1st (or thereabouts)

I have been cutting down my social media use, but there is a page for us which you may follow if you feel so inclined: https://www.facebook.com/Tarot-Nova

Regards,

How to shuffle Tarot cards

Shuffling Tarot cards has become an art within itself; there are so many ways to shuffle or otherwise prepare your Tarot deck for a reading.

There are a lot of different ways to shuffle a Tarot deck. Maybe you have never considered how you shuffle your deck, or perhaps you have a very unique way of doing it.

Below I’ll describe some well known and some lesser known ways to shuffle your Tarot deck!

Regular hand shuffling

Regular shuffling is exactly what you’d expect. Holding the cards in your hands, picking up some and distributing them randomly within the deck, just as you would with regular playing cards.

This works for so many reasons; it’s mindless nature adds to the random outcome. When you truly want an answer from somewhere else, random shuffling is the go-to method for preparing your deck.

Make sure you don’t peek at any cards, even by accident. If you do happen to glimpse a card, just keep shuffling until you have no idea where it is.

There is no time limit when shuffling a deck, just keep going until you feel happy to stop.

When you do feel that the deck has been shuffled enough, put it down and draw your cards from the top.

Deck cutting

This is a practice I’ve been doing more and more, and it works well for larger spreads, or when you want to perform multiple spreads.

Deck cutting involves (unsurprisingly!) cutting your deck, and only using a certain number of cards, rather than the whole deck. Truth be told, there are a lot of ways to cut your deck, so I’ll show by example.

Take your deck and cut it in two. It doesn’t have to be even. Put one half aside.

Of the remaining half, you may choose to shuffle them regularly, or use them as-is.

Deal the spread using the cut cards.

This works especially well if you are intending to perform multiple spreads. using a smaller number of cards overall will keep the theme tighter, and you may get a more concise answer.

A benefit of using fewer cards over multiple spreads is that you may see more repetitions. Take the messages from any repeated cards seriously.

Fanning

This is an especially good way to shuffle and present your deck when performing a reading for somebody else.

Holding your deck, lay it on a table. Spread out the deck so that the backs of each card are visible.

Ask your querent to choose a number of tarot cards at random. The number of cards they choose should correspond to the number in the spread you are going to perform.

Fanning cards out adds a level of interaction for the querent, and can make the reading more engaging, rather than being a purely passive affair.

Once they have chosen the cards, discard the rest of the deck and work solely with these cards for the spread.


Do you shuffle your Tarot deck is a specific way? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear!