Class Report

Reading Tarot

Teacher: Torie Partridge, center
Location: Petworth Citizen & Reading Room
Date: July 15, 2015

See more photos of this class on Flickr!

What was the take-home message of the class?
Reading tarot is a great way to connect with people and get to know them — and yourself — better. Rather than trying to predict the future, you can use tarot as a tool to manage the everyday complexities of life by providing clarity.

What was the most surprising thing you learned?
Some of the most seemingly simple objects have profound meanings. Also, there are positive and negative interpretations to the symbols on each of the cards. For example, the presence of cups signifies emotion. However, in one instance their appearance could demonstrate emotional intelligence, and in another they could imply over-sensitivity.

What did you learn that you can put into practice immediately?
As with any new hobby, practice makes perfect, so the best way to improve is by giving as many readings as possible to improve those memorization skills! Also, don’t try to personalize your friends’ readings. Let them come to their own conclusions based on your general interpretations of the cards.

Anything else?
Depending on what type of deck is being used, some of the cards can look downright frightening! Case in point:

Torie advises students not to take the cards too literally!

For more information …
Torie recommends learning more through the “Tarot!” iPhone app. Some tarot decks come with a small booklet that describes the meanings behind each card.

If more in-depth reading is your forte, the following books might be useful: