How to Develop Your Intuition for Tarot Card Reading

What is Intuition? How do you access it? And most importantly….how do you use your intuition to read tarot cards?

I get asked these three questions a lot!

There is more to learning how to read tarot cards than just memorizing endless tarot card meanings – it is also about learning how to develop your intuition and calming the mind so that your intuitive insights have a chance to shine.

The video below is a mini lesson in how to access your intuition and use it to interpret a tarot card.


Intuition is your gut feeling, that old, wise part of yourself that can tap into invisible energies and let you know what you need to do at any given time.

Intuition is very different from the intellect (or mind). While your mind is good at observing what is going on in the physical realm and interpreting this information, intuition senses and feels the surrounding energy and communicates this information back to you in the form of physical sensations (gut feelings) and hunches.

Mind and intuition can be in harmony or in conflict. For example, you may meet someone who looks nice, is well mannered and is kind to you and yet you instantly dislike and distrust them. When you have a strong gut reaction to a person but have not observed anything to support your feelings, it can feel uncomfortable. Your mind may list all the reasons why this person is trustworthy – they are married with children, they have a good job and have done nothing to make you distrust them. And yet….you still feel uneasy around them.

Intuition is something we are all born with and as young children, we were able to trust our intuition completely. However, we were quickly trained to disregard it and by the time we are adults, we often let our minds overrule our intuition. Because of this, the voice of our intuition gets quieter and harder to hear.

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Blocks to Intuition:

  • Thinking/The Mind
  • Cultural training to disregard our feelings
  • Fear, worry
  • Desires, expectations
  • Judgments, assumptions

How to Develop Your Intuition:

By quieting your mind and connecting with your breath and body, you will create a space for your intuition and allow for its soft voice to be heard. The best way to do this is through regular meditation.

Intuition Development Meditation

  • Step One: Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed for a few minutes (preferably a zen inspired garden with chirping birds and a babbling brook).
  • Step Two: Sit upright in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and hands resting in your lap.
  • Step Three: Make peace with your mind! Your mind isn’t the problem, its just that it has been running the show for so long. Thank your mind for doing such a great job all these years and kindly request that it pipe down just for the next few minutes. It can resume its incessant ramblings later…
  • Step Four: Set your intention for the meditation. Let your intuition know that you are here, present and willing to listen to it without judgment.
  • Step Five: Focus on your breath for the next minute or so. Don’t try to change your breath – just observe.
  • Step Six: Notice how your body feels. If you are tense or your mind is still active, try using the exhales to breathe out the thoughts and tension.
  • Step Seven: Just sit quietly for a couple of minutes and notice if anything comes to you – any physical feelings, ideas or insights.

Awaken Your Psychic Self
Once you are finished the meditation, you may wish to draw a tarot card and spend a few moments observing it. What feelings come up for you when you gaze at the card? If your higher self or spirit guides are using this card to send you a message right now, what is the message?

Learning how to develop your intuition is basically about learning how to get rid of all the things that block the natural process of intuition and then learning to trust the information you receive via your intuition.

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18 Responses to How to Develop Your Intuition for Tarot Card Reading

  1. Mary says:

    Hi Kate your web site is very educational and helpful.I bought my cards 5yrs. Ago.
    I don’t know why I’m so drawn to them and want to learn how to read them.
    I.have a big problem I’ve had many phsycic experiences from childhood good and bad.This does not effect me at all they are just annoying.I had to move house again as my daughter began to see and hear things I simply can’t live in older houses.She already had ptsd and has had a breakdown.But after six yrs she is beginning to turn the corner.
    Will I put her at risk if I begin to read the cards I want to give readings without trying to
    Contact their passed loved one.Do you think this is possible?Idont want to draw in spirits.I don’t want to hurt anyone around me.Thank you for your time

  2. Nick Greco says:

    Hi Kate,

    Thank you for the video and this website!

    I bought my first tarot deck, the Aquarian Tarot, in 1990. My readings have been infequent and far inbetween (until lately). Yet they appear to have been unusually
    accurate whether I read for myself or friends/relatives, the latter not always enthusiastic for the experience. The problem is that I still need to rely heavily on the
    book of tarot definitions and I always go back to the first instructional book I had had ever purchased. Once again I find (as have others) my readings to often be quite specific and reflecting what appears to be the obvious truth of a situation but my wording is choppy and Im a clumsy interpreter. What thoughts can you share with me over this contradiction? Are the powers that be trying to tell me something? Is this not meant for me? I am both frustrated by and yet hopelessly drawn to tarot and have decks I wont even touch or use because I find them to be so beautiful and wish to leave them unblemished. Have you anything to share?

    Again, thank you for your video and blessings.

    • Hi Nick!
      Well, it sounds like you are a good reader but your “performance” just needs a little work. First of all, overly relying on the book can definitely make a reading seem stiff and boring. Also, do you find that you get nervous during readings? That can also be a factor. If I were you I would do this: hide your books – don’t touch them for a bit. Do a pretend reading on an imaginary person sitting in front of you – do the reading out loud and give yourself permission to be as free and creative as you can be – don’t worry about getting it right or making sense (after all, this isn’t a “real” reading). If you have a recording device, record yourself so you can listen back to it – you may be surprised at how good you are! This is what I did when I was practicing to get good. It sounds like your intuition and creativity are stifled – doing this exercise will help free it up a bit. Practice this multiple times until you feel comfortable babbling at an imaginary person. Let me know how it goes 🙂
      Kate

  3. Lisa says:

    Thanks for your site….Luv these, I’ve been reading for about 3 years, I was lucky because It came really easy, due to the fact of knowing Astrology, symbolism, The Elements… ect. and having done other forms of divination for the last 32 years., but all in all, when I have time I still go to site’s or find new one’s, never can stop learning. I also, enjoy reading them still, As well as, pick up a few things I did’nt even think of. Sometime we can get in a rut, fresh … new idea’s or even things we learned but forgot because its been years…Just a tip that I often do, visiting site’s.. I now collect tarot cards, as well as the Runes. Technology is great something, I did’nt have years ago. I take full Advantage of it.. So, once again thanks for your site… it’s nice…

  4. Maria says:

    I just wanted to know if I’m pregnant

  5. jeff says:

    It shows a big decision or life choice to make. Staying on the path of your old habits, or making life changes to better yourself

  6. Kai says:

    Hi Kate!
    I’m going to start of by saying I’m very very confused as to what to do. About two months ago or so, the idea of tarot popped into my head, and being my parents kid, I simply brushed it away thinking it was curious nonsense. But lately ive been thinking about it more and more and stronger and stronger. I’ve been doing research and I’ve scoured your website,and my mind and gut are in conflict, with my mind telling me not to try it, but my gut wholeheartedly embracing it, and telling me to try it more and get into it more. I have not bought a tarot deck yet, but I would like to soon if I can get over this conflict haha. What advice do you have, and what would be a good deck for a beginner, you recommend? Thank you 🙂

    • Kate says:

      Hi Kai,
      What you are feeling is actually very, very common! Many people are afraid to work with Tarot. Before you dive into learning about Tarot as yourself what exactly it is you’re worried about. Many people have been raised to be wary of anything to do with the psychic realm because they don’t want to open that door or invite in negative energies. Personally, my experience with Tarot has been nothing but positive and I don’t really know of anyone who has had a negative experience. So….my advice to you would be to go with your gut and hopefully your mind will catch up later 🙂 I recommend getting The Rider Waite deck or a deck that is very similar to it like Crystal Visions Tarot, Robin Wood Tarot, Morgan Greer Tarot or Hanson-Roberts Tarot. Good luck and let me know how it goes 🙂
      Cheers,
      Kate

  7. Robin says:

    Hi Kate,your information on meditation is really helpful.I have been using the tarot for meditation for quite a while.I choose two cards from different decks.One card is for daily medtation and the other card is for 7 days meditation.Yes,It means combining both cards in the meditation.If possible,I try to connect both cards to each other.
    Perhaps you have a comment about my last comment.
    A nice site by the way.

    Best wishes,
    Robin.

  8. Anne says:

    Kate, Thanks for the information on tarot for beginnners. I’m just starting. I never did it before. I always wanted to, so I finally decided to start. Your are so very knowledgeable and you are so positive and supportive to beginners like me. Thank you for all the work you do and for sharing your expertise. Anne

    • Kate says:

      Thank you, Anne – that’s so good to hear 🙂 And welcome to my site! I’m thrilled that you’ve begun your journey with Tarot and I hope you continue to find my site helpful as you learn more and more about the cards.
      Cheers,
      Kate

  9. Sage1966 says:

    Thank you once again for another informative video! I truly appreciate your hard work on this site. I enjoyed the intuitive meditation very much. Happy holidays!

  10. mary says:

    thank you kate, l have already purchased the universal rider waite, this will be my next one…hugs xxx

  11. mary says:

    hi kate, this videos really helpt me, can you tell me the deck that appears, it looks really lovely, thanks xxx

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