Category Archives: Tarot Tips

Nudity in the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot


Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot

While most of the people featured in the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot are fully clothed, there are six cards where the people are nude. For me, this is a symbol of revealing a part of yourself that is normally hidden away. When a “naked” card comes up in a reading, it generally speaks to being exposed for all the world to see.

Nudity is about seeing the real you.

THE LOVERS – Your most intimate partner (ideally) knows you inside and out. Relationships also reveal parts of yourself that you were previously unaware of.

THE DEVIL – This card represents the shadow, or the part of yourself that you deny or do not like to see. Before the shadow can be transmuted, you must first look it in the eye.

THE STAR – Being comfortable in your own skin means that you don’t have to hide anything.

THE SUN – Nothing lies concealed under the powerful light of a noon sun. This is about full revelation.

JUDGEMENT – Only after we look at the parts of ourselves that were once buried deep down in the subconscious can we hear our true calling.

THE WORLD – I count this despite scarf wrapped around the World Dancer. Empowerment and success comes from of knowing who you are, inside and out.

Also note that five out of six of the “nude” cards appear on the last line of the Major Arcana, which outlines the final stages towards self-realization or Gnosis (THE WORLD). Before we can achieve the spiritual bliss promised here, we must be open and honest with ourselves. This means wholeheartedly embracing your flaws, trauma, and emotional and psychological baggage.

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Not All Tarot Cards are Equally Important


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Not all cards are equally important. It’s ok to focus more on certain cards if that is what your intuition tells you to do.

When I first started doing Tarot readings for others, I felt a lot of internal pressure to pay equal attention to all of the cards in the spread. In my mind, if I had a lot to say about one card, then I should have just as much to say about the other cards as well.

While I like the idea of being systematic and balanced in everything I do, this approach often left me feeling stuck. I struggled to come up with more things to say about cards that, for whatever reason, did not resonate with me as much.

As I grew in my reading practice, I began to realize that some cards just have more to say than others, and that’s okay.  It doesn’t affect the accuracy of the reading.

For example, I just pulled this Horoscope Spread to check-in with myself. Each card represents the energy I currently bring to twelves areas of my life, as represented by the twelve astrological houses.

The KING OF CUPS , TEN OF WANDS, and THE SUN immediately called out to me because they reference some heavy feelings that I am processing, namely by doing whatever I can to push positive energy out into the world. This has been at the forefront of my mind over the past few weeks. So, I spent some extra time with them.

The TWO OF PENTACLES and FIVE OF PENTACLES took on less importance. These cards don’t have much to say to me, probably because I am consciously not making an effort to meet new people that I could potentially partner-up with.

How do you know which cards are the most important ones to pay attention to? This is where your intuition comes in. There will be times when you read on a single area of your life and certain cards stand out to you more than others. Don’t question why that is, simply run with it and read as you feel. If you have to “force” information out of a card, that’s a sign that its time to move on.


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How to Read the Minor Arcana


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Learning how to read the Minor Arcana cards is super easy: Simply combine the elemental and numerical energies of that card to generate new keywords. You don’t have to memorize definitions.

Keywords for the four Suits:

Wands (element of Fire): Action, passion, movement

Cups (element of Water): Emotions, psychic, passive, illusion, subconscious

Swords (element of Air): Intellect, thinking, communication, conscious

Pentacles (element of Earth): Physicality, manifestation, earthly matters

Keywords for the numbers:

1 (Aces): Potentiality, opportunity

2: Balance, combine, duality, choice

3: Creativity, generation, foundation

4: Foundation, stability, complacency

5: Conflict, loss, struggle

6: Symbiosis, exchange

7: Challenge, cohesion

8: Transition, metamorphosis, movement

9: Nearing completion, fulfillment

10: Completion, saturation, fulfillment


Seven of Cups = challenge + emotions = Emotions can cause us to see something that’s not really there. The Seven of Cups is about illusion and fantasy.

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Nine of Swords = thinking + fulfillment = Too much thinking yields anxiety. The Nine of Swords shows a distraught woman who can’t sleep at night.

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Two of Cups = combine + emotions = Mutually shared feelings. The Two of Cups is about like-minded people coming together in mutual admiration.

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Using this method will provide you with a basic understanding of each card. From there, you can build on the basics by drawing a daily Tarot card and observing what kinds of experiences you have over the course of that day.

What other combinations do you see? Comment below.


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Five Things I Learned About Tarot


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I was nominated by Pedro Andre of Petrus Tarot to talk about five things I’ve learned about Tarot. This is part of the #5thingsilearnedabouttarot Instagram challenge hosted by Sarah of The Curious Cardslinger.

1.) Tarot is like a good friend that you grow closer and closer to. The more time and energy you invest in learning its ways, the more about you it reveals.

2.) And like a good friend, it takes time to get to know Tarot. It’s okay if you don’t immediately get what a card means. There are certain cards that have taken me years to understand.

3.) Tarot cards can pop up outside of your readings when you least expect it. Like when you show up to a restaurant and there’s a big wooden wheel propped up in the waiting area. Or when you see a photo of a man dangling upside down from his feet at the art museum.

4.) You don’t need to be psychic to be a good Tarot reader, but working with Tarot will strengthen your intuitive and psychic gifts.

5.) And if you want to hear what your intuition has to say, stop thinking. Too much thinking will ruin a perfectly good Tarot reading.

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