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.
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!)
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)
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.
‘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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
We finally got there! All of the card meanings for each tarot card are now live on Tarotnova.com! You can check them out by clicking the links below.
So what is next for Tarot Nova? There is quite a lot to add. While I’m happy to be at this stage so soon, the site is far from finished. In fact I’m not sure if it will ever be finished. The following features will be worked on next:
Symbology analysis of each card
Tarot card spreads are the priority now. I have a large notepad of spreads to turn into diagrams and write up.
While I don’t use reverse meanings myself, I understand that others do! Reverse meanings will be added promptly, either to the existing card or possibly as their own page.
Symbology, especially of the Rider-Waite deck, is an interesting topic to look into. I’d like to explore it through Tarotnova.com
Finally card relationships. While we already list astrological relationships, the cards relate to each other in certain special ways too. These will be added to the existing card description pages.
I’ll be taking a break for a week or so from now to organise for the future. Thanks for sticking around on Tarot Nova~!
Recently, I haven’t been feeling so great. A major upheaval in life (although a positive one for sure) has left me on a plateau. Achieving goals is a double edged sword. I feel achieved, but I at a loss, what do I aim for now? These are the sorts of questions that you can ask a Tarot deck.
I would argue that there is nothing magical or mystical about using a Tarot deck this way. You can use a tarot deck purely for inspiration. Honestly? That is really the sole purpose of my deck. I use it when I am stuck and want to create a fake persona to seek advice from.
This post is going to go through a reading I did for myself, oh about five minutes ago! I’ll go over the process I use to read Tarot cards and maybe it’ll help you out.
I bought a house. It was my goal for a while. I’m sitting in it now, writing this. My problem though, I have no idea what to aim for now. I like working on project,s there is a lot of life to experience, and I am feeling overwhelmed with choice. Despite not using my tarot deck once since I moved in, I decided to draw a spread solely to try and get a different perspective on life. Look at the “wonderful” cards I drew.
First impressions? I don’t particularly like any of the cards to be honest. The Six of Swords can be positive, but the Ten of Swords is right there too. This isn’t the order I drew them in either, I am treating them all as equal.
When I place a spread, I often try to run on first impressions to start with. The Ten of Swords here does represent how I feel in some respects; somewhat defeated. The Page of Cups is a nice card to see, and much inspiration can be gained form your past and childhood. The Moon and The High Priestess both have personal meanings for me, but I don’t see them playing out here, so it’s best to look to the established meanings for those.
Ultimately here I see a spread of resignation, followed by looking to the past for inspiration, and then possibly some journey involved with finding knowledge and spreading it. Things may be getting better if i can find the correct route to travel on.
My problem, personally, is that I do not feel too passionate about what I am doing in life. This is a common element in those who question the Tarot. We do feel powerless, uninspired or generally unhappy. We are looking for a way out, or a sign that things will improve. Personally, I do not enjoy my job, and I spend much of my spare time alone. I am becoming bored and disillusioned with my hobbies.
As a Tarot reader, I am not sure that it’s ethical to tell somebody ‘everything will be okay’ because that is what you’re seeing from the cards. You can tell them the meanings of the cards suggests a positive outcome, but to say that the cards dictate the future is not correct. Tarot cards are a creation of man, and divination is a practice created by man (unless, you believe the story of Hermes Tris’). As a tarot reader, you sometimes walk this fine line. A querent can have a lot of trust in you, and that is a burden to bear, not a weakness to exploit.
How would you interpret that spread? Do you read for yourself? Was this post even informative or helpful? Let me know if you feel so inclined.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
I hope you all had a brilliant June. I certainly did! June marks my Birthday, and is also the third month of Tarot Nova. It’s been a busy month here on Tarot Nova! I’m starting to enjoy these monthly posts; it makes me realise how much work is going into Tarot Nova. The very lofty goal is to become the best free Tarot resource online. While there are many good sites, I hope I’m offering something fun and easy to read, easy to understand and useful. Lets get onto the updates!
Previously I mentioned the 8th of July would be the final date for all of the tarot card meanings to be added. Well, this just isn’t going to happen I’m afraid. With my birthday, I took a week off, and things at work got in the way, yada yada I won’t make excuses. I got too busy and couldn’t do it, it’s as simple as that! However, the Pentacles suit has been started (we’re currently up to the Seven of Pentacles), and it’s looking like these will be finished within the week. I am hoping by the end of July that another suit is completed. Slow and steady!
The first guest article in June was posted by Chelsea, from the Tarot discord server, you can view the article here. The article is so insightful, and deals with creating a code of ethics. What should you use tarot for? Everyone is different, but Chelsea gives you a look at how she uses Tarot and her decisions behind her choices.
The second guest article was also written by Chelsea! This article deals with how tarot has evolved now to have codified rules, and talks about the subjectivity of Tarot as a whole. “ Let me be crystal clear- there aren’t rules in tarot, other than the ones you choose to follow. ” is a brilliant quote from the article. Check it out here.
The final guest article was also from Chelsea. Thanks Chelsea! This article deals with Lenormand, another form of cartomancy. A little autobiographical, a lot informational, this article explains how Lenormand works, and what you might expect coming from Tarot. Check it out here!
You might have seen a new option on the menu; the Tarot FAQ. This is an enormous post I decided to create to have a one-stop place for all of those small questions you have when you are just starting out. What is Tarot? Is Tarot dangerous at all? Where did Tarot come from? Find out in the Tarot FAQ!
The big article plan
This month I’ve been planning some articles of my own! Seeing questions and conversations on the tarot discord server is good inspiration for some articles. While some of these questions may just become a part of the Tarot FAQ, others are more deserving of a full post. I’m hoping to get a few published in July. I really enjoy writing articles, and while turning my notes in to card meanings is important, it can be a bit of a slog now and then.
As always, I’m opening up the floor to anybody who wishes to write about Tarot. Please visit the Contact page for more information. Also, if you’d just like to have a chat, by all means send a message too.
Well, what an update. Once again a big thank you to Chelsea and her insane three article contribution! I hope you all stick around and see Tarot Nova grow. Thanks for taking the time to read the post and leave a comment or get in touch if you’d like to have a chat.