You probably have a deck of poker cards around, but you may not realize that you can also use them as a tarot deck too! Tarot and poker decks have some origins in common, so bringing them back together works almost perfectly. Here's how you do it.
Step 1: Get Your Supplies
You will need:
- A standard poker deck
- Some white paper & glue or tape OR sticky back white labels
- A pen
- Tarot card info
Step 2: Organize Your Cards
- Separate your cards by suit.
- Put them in order from Ace (low) to King (high)
- If you have your Joker cards, keep them nearby
Step 3: Measure Out Your Paper to Fit Your Cards
- Hold a piece of paper up to the inner edge of the number and suit
- Mark the inner edge of the other side
- Cut to fit.
- Use this template to cut 53 more pieces of paper just like it
Step 4: Fill in Your Tarot Suit Info
Get that pen ready, because you've got some writing to do! All of the research says that if you want to learn something, it's best you repeat it and it's best you write it with a good old fashioned pen or paper to do so.
Using this guide, write the corresponding info on top of each card in the suit. Though there is plenty of information available for each card, these little snippets will get you started. If you find you're really getting into it, you may want to pick up a tarot book.
Write on the top of each Heart card:
Tarot Suit: Cups
Symbolism: Emotions, feelings, relationships
Write on the top of each Spade card:
Tarot Suit: Swords
Symbolism: Intellect, reason, ego
Write on the top of each Diamond card:
Tarot Suit: Pentacles
Symbolism: Practicalities, material world, money
Write on the top of each Club card:
Tarot Suit: Wands
Symbolism: Creativity, action
Step 5: Fill in Your Tarot Number Info and Stick It to the Card
Now that you have your suits in place, you'll need to write the number meaning on each card.
Using this guide, write the corresponding info below the suit info for each card. You'll want to stay organized, so I recommend going in order and sticking the completed paper on the corresponding card asap so you don't confuse yourself later. You don't need to actually write the word "Ace", just use that so you know what you need to write on Ace cards.
- Ace -- Beginning, ideas, potential
- Two -- Balance, choice, duality, cooperation
- Three -- Reaching, development, self-expression
- Four-- Foundation, stability, resting
- Five -- Disturbance, change, uncertainty
- Six -- Harmony, stability
- Seven -- Reflection, mystery, waiting
- Eight -- Movement, rebuild, judgment
- Nine -- Experience, accumulation, growth
- Ten -- Result, completion, lesson
- Jack -- Child, adolescent, news, moving forward, transition, adventure
- Queen -- Mature, female, receptive
- King -- Mature, male, giving, leading
- Joker1 -- The Fool: Beginning, innocence, journey, spontaneity, free spirit
- Joker2 -- The World: End, enlightenment, completion, travel, perfect unity, accomplishment
Step 6: Do a Reading!
Hey hey! Now you can do your first reading.
If all of this writing seems too much