How to read tarot
Reading tarot may seem like an overwhelming and complicated process, but I promise it's actually quite simple. Even if you've never preformed your own tarot reading, let alone for someone else, I am confident in the fact if you follow the process I have displayed below you can confidently read your own tarot.
To start with, it's always important to cleanse your deck. Your deck won't have to be cleansed in between each and every reading, but if that is the way you personally like to preform your own readings I encourage you to happily do so. There are many different ways you should choose to cleanse your deck with for example a salt bath for the cards, selenite crystals, incense smoke, or even just cutting the deck in half with cleansing intentions.
After you've cleaned your deck, it's time to shuffle the deck. It's important to focus on the intention of the reading while you do this. For example, if you're doing a love reading for yourself you would think of that special someone in your life while you shuffle and intermix the cards. If you're reading the cards for another person, have them shuffle the cards and focus on the intention. You may turn the cards upside down, and vice versa. This isn't required as some readers prefer to not use reversed cards in their readings, although in my opinion using reversed cards will bring you an array of diverse answers. This choice is completely up to you as the reader. If you have a specific question you would like to ask the card, do this as you cut the deck into piles and choose a card from said pile for your answer. You could do this while spreading the cards evenly over a surface and picking individual cards for specific questions. Remember the cards should be laying face down while pulling the cards, as well as the cards you are choosing from.
When you're ready to read the cards flip them over, either one by one or together all at once before looking into the meanings. It's completely up to you. Most tarot decks include a small booklet of the meanings of each card. The deck is separated into two groups, the Major Arcana, and The Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana is separated into four smaller suits: the suit of cups, the suit of wands, the suit of pentacles, and the suit of swords. If you cannot interpret the cards via a book, there are masses of tarot websites and blogs that offer the meanings of each card. I personally recommend the Biddy Tarot website myself when I myself even get cloudy with the intention of the card, and it's place in the reading.