Nowadays, there are many Tarot decks. Many artists and occultists channeled or developed their own version of the cards. Different versions connect us to different frequencies, or, to be precise, to different aspects of the traditional frequencies. Modern seekers are able to choose between a wide range of possibilities. There’s a deck for everyone. Some people are even being drawn to draw their own decks, in order to make it as personal as possible. This is a great way to connect to the guides and higher powers, although it requires a deep understanding of symbology and each card.
The language of the Tarot is pictorial. This means that different symbols will connect to different energy streams. Each card has its own key of energies it channels, depending on the applied symbols. The more the reader understands each symbol, the more meaning they’ll be able to derive from each card. Aside from this more theoretical/academical approach, there’s also the relationship between the reader and their cards. Even though there are some general guidelines to base meanings, the mark of a good reader is his knowledge of his deck. Through experience and study, hidden meanings will be revealed, which can be very different from the guidelines one can find in books or online. At the end of the day, what really matters is what the reader sees, not what someone else tells him to see (or is supposed to see).
The Tarot is split in two big sections: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana contains the most widely known cards, such as The Fool, The Magician and The World. These cards are heavy in symbology. They have deep messages, and each one comes with its own particular Journey and lesson to learn. Many readers start working just with the Major Arcana before moving on to the Minor. The opposite also works. The Minor Arcana is also split in two sets, the Court Cards and the Number Cards; and four suits, Wands, Swords, Pentacles and Cups. The common playing card deck is similar to the Minor Arcana, without the Court Card Princess/Page. Similarly to the Major Arcana, each suit is a Journey on its own. Curiously, the Minor Arcana is much more complex then the Major Arcana. While each card is quite lighter in symbology, knowledge about Numerology, the Qabbalistic Tree of Life and the Four Elements is needed in order to fully unlock its potential. Astrology also plays a role in both Arcanum.
The best way to learn the Tarot is through readings. It’s good to do some research on the cards, to learn the basics but after establishing the foundation the only way to progress is through practice. Being a direct gateway to the Guides and Higher Powers, once the seeker is drawn to study the Tarot he’ll find synchronicity guiding its way through life, making the right information pop up whenever needed. Trusting the process is crucial. After all, this isn’t about memorizing a bunch of meanings and symbols. It’d take a lifetime to commit all that information to memory. It’s much more important to gather intuitive understanding and learning how to translate the information being transmitted through each card. The symbols will open in time, and they’ll start being assimilated without much effort. But that can only happen through practice.
A good starting point is drawing one card each day, for the lessons of the day. From there you can move up to two cards, one in the morning for the challenges and one in the evening for the lessons. This way you’ll start connecting to the cards slowly, building a relationship with them, and will have plenty of time to observe the effects and understand the messages. Once you feel comfortable enough you can start doing more complex readings, with elaborated systems like the Celtic Cross, and asking questions.