How To Find The Positives In Unhappy Tarot Cards

It’s impossible to avoid drawing one of the more negative cards from the tarot. It is an inevitable fact of life that bad things happen to everyone, no matter how lucky you are. It is important to remember that a negative event can have positive lessons and outcomes. Each depressing tarot card has hope and advice. In life you may struggle to deal with negativity. Unhappy tarot cards teach you how to deal with those negative events in a way that is beneficial. I have made a short list of some negative tarot cards to show you that they can also be very positive.

The Tower

The Tower card appears differently in different tarot decks, but there is one important aspect of the tower, it is meant to be built on solid foundations, this is why it is not depicted as a collapsed tower. When you draw the tower card, you’re inclined to think disaster is ahead but what it is actually showing you, is that although things aren’t going well, you still have a lot left to rebuild from.

The Ten Of Swords

The Ten of Swords depicts a man who has been stabbed many times and looks to be definitely dead. It is one of the most depressing looking tarot cards in my opinion. It is of course number 10 and when you reach the end of a tarot suit, it means a completed journey. Even though the man has been stabbed to death, it actually represents a man who has had everything thrown at him until he couldn’t take it anymore, but because he can’t take anymore, there isn’t going to be anymore. His suffering has come to an end. The torturous journey has finished and it can only go up from that point onward.

The Five of Pentacles

The Five of Pentacles paints a picture of someone who is left out and ignored, left in the cold to possibly even die. The card can signify financial loss, job loss or the end of a relationship, it is not a very happy card at all! There is only one slight glimmer of hope and that is all to do with mindset. It implies that the way you feel about a situation is worse than the actual situation itself and those feelings will go with time. You’re going to feel left out and in the cold for a while but this period of despair may end up being beneficial for you in the end.

The Four of Swords

The Four of Swords looks pretty depressing, it seems to display a dead man or an ill man. Sometimes it can represent illness or retreating to dwell on negative thoughts and events. The positive in this is that when it represents a retreat, it is trying to tell you how necessary this might be. Being withdrawn and taking time out from things doesn’t always mean that you’re depressed but it can mean that you’re in need of a break to work things out, it will work in your favour to do some serious thinking. When this card is referring to illness and bed rest, it again means that resting is necessary for you to recover. It is a warning for you not to push yourself when you need to rest.

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man doesn’t just look bad, just the name itself doesn’t sound too good either. Much like the four of swords, this card can often mean you need to take some time out to think. It may seem like you’re stuck in limbo or unable to move on or maybe you’re going through a period of being indecisive, but again it proves necessary for you to take time out of the hustle and bustle to evaluate yourself and your future.

The Three of Swords

The suit of swords is in general the most unhappiest of all the suits in my opinion. It’s probably why they’ve cropped up a few times in this article. The three of swords quite obviously represents heartbreak. This can come in many forms and it depends on the querent and the spread you’re doing. The positive in this is that it represents the emergence of a truth that you needed to know. Whether that truth is that your partner is cheating or that you’re going to fall out of love with you partner or job, it is worth knowing so you can move on,

The Five of Cups

The final card I’ll mention here is the five of cups. It looks pretty dark and shows someone looking mournfully at their cups that have tipped over. It can represent loss, but the one good thing here is that they have a few cups left standing, it is a sign that not all is lost! even though you’re going through a tough time, there are still things in your life that you should be grateful for.

Just a quick note about the death card. I didn’t mention it because it is used in many parodies on TV shows and films. It looks like the most depressing card but in fact is very positive.. well that’s what they seem to be implying on these TV shows and films. It of course represents change and this can be a good change but it still can represent the death of something you love or even the death of someone you love.

Top 5 Signs You’re Going to be a Good Tarot Reader

I’ve recently seen a lot of posts with titles like ‘Top 5 Mistakes New Tarot Readers Make’ and ‘The Differences Between a Professional and Amateur Tarot Reader’ as fantastic as these kinds of articles are for people learning a new skill, they can also make you feel inadequate. I’ve been reading tarot cards for over a decade and I now perform readings professionally, but even I sometimes worry when I have to give bad news or if I can’t connect to a client. I decided to write a more uplifting blog entry with the aim of inspiring amateur tarot readers to keep going. I’ve mainly aimed this at tarot readers who want to read for other people.

5. Patience

Learning a new craft takes time and the more effort you put in, the more benefits you’ll reap. It can take a very long time to get confident with a new skill, but the fact that you’re trying means you care and it means you will get good at it! no one spends years trying to master something without at least getting reasonably good. Some people learn all the meanings of every card in a week and feel confident enough to read the tarot for their friends and family, it’s great when someone can do that, but for other people it takes a lot longer. In some ways taking longer to learn a new skill and get confident with it isn’t a sign that you’re bad at it, it’s a sign that you care enough about it so that you don’t rush into things. Having the patience to master a skill is a skill on it’s own. There are plenty of dabblers out there.. there are also a lot of people who collect tarot decks because let’s face it, they’re pretty! but if you’re the kind of person who needs a lot of practice at something before you go out and show the world, then you’re doing something right.

4. A Good Listener

If, in your day to day life you find yourself being the person that everyone comes to with their problems, then it’s a sign that you’re a good listener and most likely a caring person. Being understanding and helpful when people need you is an important quality for a tarot reader to have. This mainly applies to people who want to become a professional tarot reader one day, but even if you’re providing tarot readings for the people you know, it’s important to be a good listener who appreciates that people are relying on you when they have a problem. A huge part of being a professional tarot reader involves being a good counselor. You’re not just a novelty fortune teller who can ‘predict the future’ that’s not what the tarot is about. It’s about guidance and understanding. If you enjoy helping people and guiding them on the right path, then you’re the perfect candidate to be a good tarot reader.

3. Honesty

When someone comes to you for advice, do you tell them what they want to hear? or do you tell them what you really think? it’s a lot easier to tell someone what they want to hear, but in the long run, this could hurt them. Sometimes you’ll have someone who comes to you with a difficult problem, you want to tell them that it’s all going to be okay but the cards are saying otherwise. You could sugarcoat it and make it sound like everything is going to be alright, but that wouldn’t be honest. I’m not saying you should tell them bluntly how awful their life is going to be, you also shouldn’t only focus on the negative. In every reading there are positive things to focus on too, and you have to balance it well. You have to be honest with the querent and give them the bad news, but you have to give them hope too. Another issue that crops up occasionally is the feeling that you’re not connecting with a client. As horrible and embarrassing as it is, you’re better off explaining that, rather than blagging your way through a reading. You must also be honest with yourself, are you ready to read professionally? only you can decide that.

2. Insight

When I say ‘insight’ I don’t necessarily mean you have to be psychic or have some kind of special gift.. although that can be a plus. Insight is more about connecting with a person on an emotional level and sensing what the cards are trying to tell you about a person. It’s all well and good learning the meaning of every tarot card but sometimes you have to find other meanings in the cards to give a more accurate reading. You have to balance what you’re sensing and feeling with what the cards are saying.


After practicing with doing tarot readings with your friends, you might discover you have a certain way of doing things, this is a good thing! whether it’s down to the way you shuffle, the spreads you use for different situations or the way you communicate with a querent, it’s all part of your style! you shouldn’t change the way you do things just because someone told you that you have to shuffle the cards 6 times and split the deck or something like that. If it works for you, then you do it! if you feel that you get the most out of the tarot from doing things in a certain way then you’re getting the most out of it, and that is of course the whole point in it!

5 Tips for learning how to read the Tarot

Maybe you’ve had a few tarot card readings before and you’re interested in understanding the tarot better, or maybe you’ve just bought a deck of tarot cards and you’re not sure where to begin. Every tarot reader started out with no knowledge of what they were doing or how it all worked. It can seem pretty daunting to learn the meanings of 78 cards, which is why I decided to write down some tips to help others get to grips with the tarot.

5. Imagery

You may think that trying to memorise the meaning of 78 cards is the first thing you should master, but there are different opinions and interpretations for each card. There are also so many different decks of tarot cards with different imagery, and it all depends on what cards you have. For example if you have a deck of Rider Waite cards and you look at the Two of Swords you’ll see a woman who is blindfolded and holding two swords. In the Deviant Moon deck, the Two of Swords shows a two headed man holding a sword in each hand, with a stance that looks like he’s about to have a sword fight with himself. If you were to guess the meaning of the Rider Waite 2 of Swords and then guess the meaning of the Deviant Moon 2 of Swords, you’d probably come up with two very different meanings. The point I’m making is that, there actually is no exact way to read the cards, it’s up to you. Take a card from your tarot deck and look at the picture on it, how does it make you feel? what does the picture depict? is it a happy card or a sad card? is it negative or positive? Once you have established what the card means to you and decide what it’s trying to depict, you can move onto another card and do the same. It is much easier to learn the meaning of each card, if it means something to you. At first it is best to focus on the Minor Arcana cards as they can be very visual and easy to read.

4. Different Interpretations

Once you’ve decided what the cards mean for you, you can then begin reading other people’s interpretations of the cards. It’s good to read books about the tarot deck that you own or look it up online. You can also join a tarot forum and discuss the meanings of the cards with other tarot readers. The point of this is not to change your opinion on what each card means, but to learn how other people interpret the cards so that you might incorporate what they think into your interpretations. You can never read too much about the tarot, every bit of information you can get will be helpful, even if it is just other people’s opinions.

3. Major Arcana

There are 22 cards in the major arcana. When I started learning the meanings of each card, the major arcana was difficult for me because a lot of them don’t have obvious visual clues as to what they mean. For example ‘The Tower’ is quite visual and it is pretty obvious what it’s about, even with a quick glance you can see it’s a very unhappy card, but the magician is less obvious. How can the imagery of ‘The Magician’ be transposed into a real life situation? it just looks like some guy stood in front of a table with one arm up in the air holding what looks like a wand. The Magician is usually perceived as representing talents and is about tapping into your full potential, it’s not obvious to get that interpretation just by looking at it. The major arcana is in an order and each card is numbered. The best way to think of it is by thinking of it as a journey. The first card of the major arcana is ‘The Fool’ and it is actually numbered as 0. The fool is about to go on a journey, and each card represents a major event or change in his life. He is supposed to learn from each event until he reaches the end of his journey which comes in the form of ‘The World’ card. If you try to remember the meaning of each major arcana card as something happening to the fool or something the fool is experiencing, it can make it easier to remember.

2. Court Cards

Learning the meaning of the Major Arcana cards is a walk in the park compared with memorising the meanings of the court cards. For every suit (Cups, Wands, Swords, Pentacles) there are court cards. You can think of them like the face cards in a pack of playing cards (Jack, Queen, King) in the tarot though, it’s Page, Knight, Queen and King. They’re difficult to remember because they don’t have a lot going on with them visually. It’s always just a woman or a man sitting or standing there, and they all look pretty similar. The easiest way to begin understanding them is to think of the elements associated with the suit. For example if I draw the Queen of Cups, I know that Cups are represented by water and therefore the Queen of Cups is associated with love empathy and care giving in the same way that water star signs are associated with emotions and empathy. The element for Swords is air, for Wands it’s fire and for Pentacles it’s earth.. so if I draw the Page of Wands I think of it as representing enthusiasm, determination and motivation, these are things we associate with fire. this system makes it easier for you to get a rough idea of what the court cards are all about.

1. Numbers

Another great way to look at the cards, is by dividing the cards into numbers, this only works with the Minor Arcana cards, excluding the court cards. Firstly you find all of the aces (ace of cups, ace of swords, ace of pentacles and ace of wands) and you put them in a row and look for a common theme. They all depict a hand holding out the item of the suit, they all look quite positive. Each one seems to show a helping hand and they look fresh, like they’re the beginning of something. You can do the same thing with all the other numbers, and look for a common theme. It makes it easier when you pick out a five for example and you’ve memorised the common theme for all of the five cards.

No matter how you choose to learn the meanings of the cards, the truth is, it can take a while to get to grips with. Once you think you know them all, it is still wise to pick out a card every day and analyse it, you might learn something new. It’s great to do practice readings every day and pretend you’re doing a reading for someone, speaking out loud as you interpret the cards can be helpful too. Some people like to make notes about each card and others like to record themselves doing practice readings. The best advice I can give anyone is that there is no wrong way to do it, getting confident with reading the cards takes time, but the way you interpret them is down to you. You don’t have to follow a guide book and memorise absolutely everything about every card, intuition is a big part of it too. It becomes a lot easier when you know that you don’t have to learn the tarot in the way you’d learn mathematics. The answers and the meanings are inside you!