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You can go two ways with this: you can either choose a signifcator that is representative of the querent, or let the deck choose one for you.
In the first case, when the querent is not you and you don't know them very well, make an assessment by asking questions. Ask the person what she enjoys doing or where she would prefer to take a holiday. What languages does she want to learn and does she like to read? It is perhaps best to do this before the day of the reading so you can put some thought into selecting a significator card.
In the second, ask the querent to shuffle the cards, and tell him or her to draw a card from the deck. Discuss the significator and relate the meaning of the card to the attitudes or personality of the querent.
Watching reoccurance of numbers, colors, and even certain cards in readings for a querent can be
pointing to a deeper meaning. Patterns can show up in one reading or over a span of readings for
one querent. If you are seeing a pattern come up in your readings you need to find the meaning of
the number, color or card and work with it to draw out what is really going on.
Numerology is a very common direction to take with the Tarot. You can approach this from a very general to a very specific viewpoint.
Specifically, each card has its own number. This applies to both the major and minor arcana. Each of these numbers have a numerological meaning that can also apply to the meaning of the card.
More generally, look at the amount of cards in the deck (78), the amount of arcana (2), and the amount of suites (4). The amount of cards in the two arcana (major =22; minor= 56) can also provide greater depth of meaning for your Tarot experience.
Here are some helpful web sites for your investigations:
Astrology is a very wide and complicated field of study. It consists of a spiritual science that uses the stars, planets, and astral bodies to provide the individual with self-knowledge and knowledge about the world. While it may seem a bit overwhelming to the beginner, astrology can also help to enhance your experience of the Tarot.
A good place to start is the birth or sun signs, as they relate to the Tarot cards. The site http://supertarot.co.uk/astrology/ gives some very good guidelins on this.
Some Tarot decks also include elements of astrology as part of their design. If you want to make the learning process easier, you can buy one of these. The Elemental Tarot and Celestial Tarot are good examples. These decks feature astrological symbols and a booklet of instructions on how to interpret these with the cards. This is an excellent way to start the learning process.
The word "reversals" refers to upside-down cards in a Tarot reading. It is interesting to note that not all Tarot readers use reversals. The reason for this is that there is a lot of information already coming in from normally positioned cards. Others again feel that reversals provide a valuable extra dimension in a Tarot reading.
So how to interpret reversals?
There are a number of possibilities. My blog post for 3 August includes web sites with valuable suggestions in this regard.
The most well-known interpretation for a reversal is the opposite of the card's upright meaning. A reversed Tower may for example be interpreted as some sort of prosperity or good luck. Although some experts believe that this interpretation is a misconception and should be avoided, it is up to you as the reader to use if it feels right.
Another very useful interpretation is that reversed cards represent blocked energy. If you get a reversed Star, for example, there may be energy that blocks your positive sense of the future.
Thirdly, reversed cards can add additional interpretations to the cards around them. They may for example represent influences that either block or assist the energies depicted in the upright cards in their proximity.
The Psychic-Junkie Website (/www.psychic-junkie.com/reading-tarot-cards.html) suggests that the best way to do this is to get an illustrated Tarot deck. This means that both the major and minor arcana will have images that portray their meaning, as opposed to just icons of the suite, such as an image of 10 cups for the 10 of Cups, for example. An illustrated deck will have an image that depicts happiness and fulfillment for the 10 of Cups card.
Once you have a deck, the second step is to look at each card. Let the images speak to you and suggest their meaning without consulting the booklet of meanings. This is a good way to exercise your intuition and become familiar with the deck. In this way, the deck becomes truly your own and the cards become your "friends".
To read more, check out my blog for 10 July 2009.