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10 user-recommended sites for live tarot readings that are almost too good to be true
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Online tarot card reading has become pretty popular within the last few years. Even meme accounts have hopped on board the astrology train, with some even offering personalized tarot and birth chart readings. However, if you’re not looking to add your name to a waiting list and want to get an online tarot reading ASAP, you should become familiar with one or two of the sites mentioned below.
What is a tarot card reading?
Tarot is a type of psychic reading (more specifically, a type of cartomancy) that uses a deck of 78 cards which all have assigned symbolism and belong to one of two karmic categories–the Major Arcana or Minor Arcana.
- Major Arcana: Indicative of the larger forces at work in your life, these cards shine a light on life lessons and larger themes present in your personal world. They also set the tone for the reading (more on that here). This section of the deck includes 21 numbered cards and one main character–the Fool. Although the title of the card doesn’t have the most positive connotations, the Fool is all about experiencing new life lessons and change.
- Minor Arcana: These are reflective of the trials and tribulations that are present in your life at that specific moment. 56 cards belong to this category and they are all representative of a temporary influence that you ultimately can control, depending on the actions you choose to take. In short, Minor Arcana cards can illuminate your current situation or struggle and provide you with insight on how to best navigate the waters.
The Minor Arcana cards are broken out further and organized into four suits, all of which contain 10 numbered cards and four Court cards (Queen, King, Page, Knight). Like a normal deck of playing cards, representation of each suit is printed on the card as a form of imagery.
- Cups: Represents your emotions, intuition, and creativity.
- Pentacles: Represents finances, work, and material possessions.
- Swords: Represents your thoughts, words, and actions.
- Wands: Represents your energy, motivation, and passion.
Readers will use interpretations of the cards, the order in which you pick them, and the style in which you pull them (I.E. reverse or upright) to gain a better understanding of the path you’ve set out on and a rough vision of the journey that’s to come. That said, tarot isn’t a form of fortune telling. It’s better thought of as a tool that can be used to help you flesh out your ideal future through manifestation, meditation, mindfulness, and intuition.
How does an online tarot reading work?
Getting a tarot card reading online may differ depending on the website you visit, the type of reading you’re looking for, and the reader you choose. Still, each reading will follow a similar procedure: you ask a question, pick a card, and reflect on the symbolism of that card as well as its relevance to your life.
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Best tarot card reading websites
Founded in 1999, Kasamba has become the world’s largest site for online tarot readings. Psychics create a profile advertising their services and rates, and users can rate and discuss their experience directly on-site or by using the mobile app. Kasamba psychics are available 24/7 and offer a variety of readings such as love tarot readings, personal astrology readings, and more.
Currently, Kasamba is offering new clients 50% off their first session as well as three free minutes to chat with an online psychic.
Price: $3+/min (regularly $5.99+/min)
To help you get to your live tarot reading sooner, PsychicSource.com offers a “Find a Psychic” tool that matches you to a trusted psychic based on your answers to a short quiz. Additionally, the readings provided by PsychicSource.com will also benefit communities in need as a portion of the proceeds from each reading supports the site’s Kindness Initiative. Some of the charities that have been sponsored in the past include the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, Futures Without Violence, and Paws With a Cause.
As of right now, PsychicSource.com is offering new users a low rate of $1/minute (plus three free minutes) for their first session.
Price: $1/min (regularly $5.99+/min)
Although the name suggests this site is utilized by celebs and big-name Hollywood folk for tarot card readings, we haven’t been able to verify that claim since most users choose to remain anonymous. However, customer reviews of the site indicate that HollywoodPsychics.com only employs legitimate, trusted psychics. So if you’re interested in online tarot readings, clairvoyant readings, psychic love readings, dream interpretations, or astrology readings, you’ll want to consider HollywoodPsychics.com.
Additionally, new users can take advantage of a highly discounted rate–the first three minutes are free before the rate bumps up to $1/minute.
Price: $1/min for (regularly $5/min)
4) Salem Tarot
Established in 1995, Salem Tarot provides users with a limited number of free three-card tarot readings. The purpose of the smaller, three-card reading (versus the traditional 10-card pull) is to gain a better understanding of a particular focus. Web surfers can also review spells of the day, take a virtual tour of Salem, choose to pay for a more in-depth reading from an online psychic, and even learn the history of tarot.
Formerly known as Lotus Tarot, free-tarot-reading.net offers exactly what its name implies. The site’s 6-card spread goes into a little more depth than most free readings, but it’s still not quite as extensive as a paid reading would be. But what stands out most on this site is the advice it gives you to prepare for a psychic reading (which can be applied either online or in-person). And before we forget, the site also offers live psychic chats and in honor of the new year, new users can get 50% off their reading plus three free minutes!
Price: 6-card reading is free, psychic chats start at $3+/minute (regularly $6+/min)
If you’re looking for an online card reading in Spanish or French, then Trusted Tarot has exactly what you need. In addition to offering a variety of free services (including biorhythm chart reading, spirit guides, guided meditation, etc.) Trusted Tarot also hosts trusted psychics for live tarot readings via instant messenger. But what sets Trusted Tarot apart from other online tarot sites is the fact that the tarot deck is shuffled by hand and then uploaded onto the site instead of being generated by a computer algorithm.
Price: Suggested donation of $15
Known for her online tarot readings and experience practicing numerology, Maria offers new users free psychic readings intended to provide clarity and inner peace. Additionally, Maria also manages a magic blog and occult shop that provides people with in-depth explanations of her areas of expertise (numerology, tarotology, and clairvoyance) as well as trusted resources for educating yourself on a variety of psychic-related topics.
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For those of you interested in more than just a live tarot reading, FreeTarot.com provides users with a variety of readings to choose from. Numerology, Heart’s Desire, Karmic Lesson Numbers, love readings, and live psychic chats are all among some of the available services. It’s also worth noting that for a limited time, all live psychic chats are 50% off! Additionally, the site takes advantage of a unique tool that uses astrological time and the position of your hand on your mouse to shuffle the deck for a more authentic reading (than compared to a computer-generated shuffle).
Price: Tarot is free, live reading prices start at $4.50+/minute (regularly $8.99+/minute)
Home to a world of online tarot readings, Tarot.com is the place to go if you’re looking for particulars. The site is organized by service since each reading is designed to be more specific than any other reading you may have had. Among the free amenities are tarot love readings, harmony readings, and more general 3-card readings. Users can also choose to purchase a longer, more precise astrological reading or chat with a psychic!
Price: Tarot is free, live reading prices vary
In addition to offering free tarot card readings, Tarot-Live.com is a great resource for people looking to delve into the inner workings of astrology or discover how other cultures use tarot. The website also encourages you to explore the history of tarot by providing you with explanations of the cards and their positions.
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