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Tarot-Heritage Tenth Anniversary Roundup: Reading Tips

Celebrating my website’s tenth anniversary: 174 blog articles and 42 website pages on tarot history, reading with non-scenic pips, and decks of historic significance. Throughout the summer, I’m going to group the most useful articles by topic and send out links in a series of blog posts.

We’ll start the series with tips to get you started reading cards with non-scenic pips.

If you’re new to reading with the Tarot de Marseille and other non-scenic pip decks (NSPs), if you feel intimidated, don’t know where to start, or would like some structure to your studies – there’s an entire section of this website just for you. Rather than spoon-feeding you card meanings, I’ve created a structured set of exercises in the Cartomancy Section to help you develop a personal relationship with the cards and devise card meanings relevant to your deck.

Below are some articles to inspire your daily tarot practice.

Read the Cartomancy Section with your deck and a notebook handy.

Here’s how a Card of the Day Practice can deepen and personalize your understanding of individual cards.

Setting Up a Tarot Journal shows how the trends in your cards-of-the-day reveal your special relationship with the cards.

Reading a Trump-Suit Combo describes my favorite method of getting two cards for my cards-of-the-day, and how I see trump and pip cards interacting.

When I read for myself, I rarely use just one deck. Comparative Tarot shows how to lay out your readings in two or more decks, then gives a sample reading.

Reading Techniques in Action is where I do a reading for myself that uses a couple of my favorite techniques.

Illustration: Tarot Pierre Madenié 1709, restored by Yves Reynaud, 2016.

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hmmm. I’ve got some catching up to do … or things to read again. (Reruns always show me things I missed the first time through!) What a great job you’ve done with your site. (It’s sure a lot of work, isn’t it!!?) And it’s great to see what you up to … and onto now. Good luck!!

    July 12, 2021
    • Hi Rebecca – good to hear from you. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it sure beats having a day job.

      July 14, 2021
  2. Excellent information on an excellent site.

    July 13, 2021
    • Terrence, thanks so much. I’m glad you’re enjoying the website.

      July 13, 2021
      • Yes, thank you! My involvement with tarot has been long but very sporadic, astrology was always my ‘bag’ when it came to divination or character analysis, but lately I’ve been drawn back to tarot in a big way, thanks to coming across sites like yours. Intuition seems especially important right now, but when hasn’t it been? I feel I need to get a some more decks to add to the old ones… I think starting with the Ancient Italian Tarot by Lo Scarabeo – I’ve always been more drawn to TdM. Thank you.

        July 15, 2021
  3. Marilyn from Tarot Clarity LLC #

    Congratulations on ten years!

    July 13, 2021
  4. Glenn Davis #


    July 13, 2021
  5. Hi Sherryl,

    Hearty congratulations on 10 years of so beautifully maintaining and growing your website. I so appreciate that you are that rare Tarot enthusiast who loves the historic Tarots as I do. Bless you, and keep up the good work.

    July 20, 2021
    • Hi Annette, it’s so good to see you here. Thanks so much for the words of encouragement.

      July 21, 2021

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