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How to Read the Rider Waite Tarot Deck

How to Read the Rider Waite Tarot Deck

Revolutionary in the world of tarot card reading, the classic Rider Waite tarot is the best-known tarot deck worldwide. 

When it was published in 1909, the Rider Waite tarot deck was the first fully illustrated variation on traditional card reading. Previously, playing cards were commonly used as fortune-telling cards. Rider Waite tarot cards sparked a trend in the 20th century of using pictures and symbolic imagery on every card, even the numbered ones. 

How Many Cards in a Rider Waite Deck?

There are 78 Rider Waite tarot cards, divided into 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The Minor Arcana has four suits: Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles.

Before Rider-Waite's innovations, the minor arcana were interpreted according to suit, and each suit corresponded to a specific element.


How to Read Tarot Cards?

The Rider Waite tarot deck is packed full of symbolism and meaning. Beautiful illustrations make the interpretation of each symbol clear and fascinating. Each layout opens the door to the world of the future, telling you about personal relationships, plans, situations at work, and more.

When interpreting the tarot, be sure to take all the cards in your spread into account. Neighboring tarot cards can both complement and completely change the usual interpretation.

How to Use Tarot for Self-Care

It's simple: draw a card each morning when you wake up or in the evenings before bed. This card will tell you what you need to know about the day ahead.

Are you ready to get a professional Rider Waite tarot card reading? Ask for a yearly tarot card draw, tarot spreads for guidance, or about the best tarot timing.

What Are the Best Tarot Questions?

There is such thing as a yes or no tarot reading, but most tarot experts agree that open-ended questions are best. Ask questions that start with ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘why’, and ‘when’. Try these questions:

  • What is something I should do that scares me?
  • What’s the best step for me to take in the month ahead?
  • What’s the root cause of our relationship conflict?