Tarot Basics

Tarot reading plays an important part in the plot of Ascendent. If you are unfamiliar with tarot, here is an extremely basic primer.

The Deck

First, you need a tarot deck. Mine is from The Wild Unknown, and this is the deck I referenced when writing.


Next, think of the question you want to ask. Make sure it’s an open-ended one, as opposed to a yes or no one.

I find tarot to be meditative, so I tend to do a reading in the middle of the night while listening to The Violet Hour by The Civil Wars on repeat.  But, do whatever works for you.

Now that you’re all set up with your question, hold the deck in your left hand and shuffle with your right while thinking about you question. There’s no rhyme or reason to how long you need to shuffle, I just do it until it feels like it’s time to stop.

Celtic Cross Spread

A Celtic Cross Spread is my preference because it provides a more in-depth answer, and is the spread I used in Ascendent.celtic-cross

This is the time to think about each card you pulled, why you pulled it, and how it pertains to your question. Personally, this is why I prefer tarot over organized religion (raised Catholic and spent a million years in Catholic school). It encourages reflection and self-awareness. To understand the cards, you have to be honest with yourself.

Thank you for reading and tell me what you think in the comments. Bye!

Image at the top belongs to Gypsy Warrior

First image belongs to The Wild Unknown

Second image does not belong to me (I couldn’t find the original owner if you know please tell me)