If you are an aspiring psychic, just want to learn how to tap more deeply into your intuition, or a professional psychic seeking to add another skill set - learning the tarot can truly enhance your efforts.

There are so many gorgeous decks out on the market with different energies, themes and types of artwork; if you're inclined toward card reading at all, you are bound to find at least one you vibe with. When you really connect with a deck, it is fun and inspirational to get familiar with and you will develop a special interactive relationship with it.

Jumping into more advanced layouts, such as the popular Celtic Cross, might be a little much at first.  A one-card layout reading is a powerful place to start, as well as the simplest for beginners to learn. If you only conquer learning one card each day, you can experience each card more fully.

I've learned tarot from different angles and I want to share with you what worked best for me. Yet, before I continue, I feel it is important to state that there is an entire system behind the tarot as a whole. Learning the cards one by one is not a replacement for learning the system. There is a lot to learn, yet you can do so at your own pace.

Most decks you buy will have an accompanying manual which will explain the system of the deck. Some decks have an additional book which can be purchased separately from the deck and manual.  If you have firmly decided on the deck you connect best with, I do recommend reading the book, too.

If you can devote three months to doing the following, it will pay off in a big way in terms of your skills.

Shuffle and pull one card out of the deck at the beginning of each day and read the definition in the deck's accompanying instructions. At the end of the day, write about how the card you pulled applied to your day. Include specific examples. Go back once a week and re-read  your journals. This process will help you to retain the cards in your memory and learn on a deeper level about how they can apply to life. Simple and effective!

If the same card keeps coming up for you, there may be some meaning or lesson in it that you are being called to look at in a deeper way.

The more you familiarize yourself with the meanings of each card in this personal way, the more the cards will speak to you in layouts you set down both for yourself and others. The tarot cards are like pages in a book, how they are arranged tells a story based on position and how they relate to the other surrounding cards.

There are a lot of different card layouts you can try.  After getting comfortable with a few basic payouts, don't be afraid to experiment with designing your own layouts either. You can still be a great card reader without conforming to everyone else's rules. Once you get familiar with them, you will know how they work best for you.

I have two certifications in tarot, however I now only use the cards on special request. For my first five years as a professional psychic, I relied on tarot cards to conduct my readings until I could leave the crutch of the cards behind and 'fly' on my own. Without learning the cards, my natural psychic abilities would probably not be where they are today.

Be careful with the cards though, they can be tricky. If you start to depend on them for everything or use them as an addiction, they will stop working until you clear up your intent.