Learn to Memorize Tarot (Your Way!)

So I really only recently started learning to read tarot cards. It’s something I’ve been interested in for a long time but it always seemed so daunting. I fell in love with the Golden Thread Tarot deck though and decided it was finally time to start!

Basic Tarot Cheatsheet for Memorizing

Reading tarot cards your way

tarot is hard whhyyyy

Even after my deck arrived in the mail, I was still feeling lost. The deck has an amazing app that lets you look up any card’s meaning and track your readings, but I was having trouble grasping how to go about learning the meanings of 78 cards, plus their reverse! So I hit Google with some gems like “tarot is hard whhyyyy”. Okay, I really searched for “how to memorize tarot” but that’s how I was feeling, let’s be honest.

That’s when I ran across this awesome post on Biddy Tarot: Turbo-Charge your Tarot Readings by Creating your Own Tarot Card Meaning Cheatsheet. I was immediately inspired by all the detailed information on how to find meanings, where to access accepted meanings, etc, and set out to make my own cheatsheet. I prettied it up a bit, typed in all the meanings from the Golden Thread Tarot app, and just started laying out the deck one card at a time and testing myself.

Learn to Read Tarot (Your Way!)And guess what?

It worked! Within a couple hours of study, I felt confident in the admittedly very brief meanings I had put on my cheatsheet.

Memorizing tarot cards on your terms

Yes, I need a lot more study and no, the two to three word meanings I’ve managed to memorize are far from the whole story on any tarot card. I also haven’t really tackled reverse meanings yet, although in many cases figuring out the reverse meaning is easier once you know the meaning of the card in its upright position. But now at least I feel like I’ve tackled the first bite of the pie: I’ve crested the first hill in an exciting but mountainous journey.

So I thought other newbies might want to skip the layout portion and jump right into the meat of a tarot cheatsheet. That’s why I’ve placed the complete printable blank cheatsheet in my shop for sale! Just download it, print it off and start filling in the meanings for any deck. Very basic, but very handy.

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For those newbies out there, how are you helping yourself get started on tarot? And for those with some experience reading already, what do you think about cheatsheets as a way to get going?

5 thoughts on “Learn to Memorize Tarot (Your Way!)

  1. This looks so cool (and that deck is lovely!) While I essentially do have this information written down, it’s scattered across all my tarot journals and random places I’ve taken notes over the past few years. I’ve been thinking about ways to assemble them properly – I’m thinking now I might do something like this, and then have a page dedicated to each card for further exploration in the future 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Yeah I adore this deck! I’m very much an organizer so I had to do something before I just gave up entirely lol. That’s a good idea to then have pages for each card. Maybe once I’m not a complete rookie at tarot I’ll offer a more advanced cheatsheet too!

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  2. I pull one card each week and I live with that card (Druid Animal Oracle), I work with the meaning throughout the week. We kind of become ONE.

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      1. I’ve learned in working with the deck in this way that I’m ‘helped’ with small goals (that the deck itself assigns), I’m encouraged to look within and acknowledge the power and mystery of my ‘Self’ in My/Her many forms and it’s done by identifying with a power animal for a week, a week where the card sits upon my Altar where it is seen several times a day, a reminder to be mindful.

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