So you have an interest in reading tarot cards for yourself (and possibly friends), and you are either going to purchase, or have already purchased your deck of choice.
While divination is not necessarily an easy pursuit, it can be highly effective in assisting you with consulting the Universe and your Higher Self for guidance. Tarot is especially good for seeking insight, and is my favorite method because it appeals to my visual senses.
It is not uncommon for people to experience difficulties with tarot reading; perhaps the cards are giving you confusing answers to your questions, or answers that seem unrelated to your concerns. This is extremely frustrating, and probably makes you want to give up, but don't! There is likely a very simple solution to your problem.
1. Check your emotional state before doing a reading
We are sometimes very hasty in wanting answers to pertinent questions. We want instant answers, and instant solutions in order to put our minds (and lives) at ease. So let's say you're quite upset about something and you've decided to pull out your tarot deck to ask what should be done, and your reading is all over the place and you can't make any sense of it.
If your emotions are in a chaotic state and are comrpomised, and your mind isn't properly focused and centered, then your tarot reading will reflect this each and every time. If you only consult the tarot when you're in a state of disarray, then the cards can never give you true clarity.
Try to avoid consulting the tarot if you are feeling extremely worked up. Give yourself time to calm down and get centered before you sit down to do a reading. Answers will come more easily, and will be more clear to you when you are able to focus.
2. Phrase questions carefully
It seems standard to want to ask the tarot traditional "yes or no" questions. I have found that this isn't necessarily the best method to use.
Be mindful of the format of your questions. Instead of asking, "Will I get a new job soon?", try re-wording the question. Instead, ask, "What is the best way for me to go about getting a new job?"
This makes all the difference, and changes the question to reflect a solution-based answer that you can more easily interpret and put into practice. It also helps your mind develop a new way of looking at potentially troublesome scenarios with an outlook that doesn't focus so much on the problem itself, but the solution to the problem.
3. Don't choose overly complicated spreads
If you're experiencing difficulty in reading tarot, then don't opt for the larger and more complicated spreads until you've leapt over your tarot hurdles. Besides, some of the larger spreads may not be the most effective way to get your questions answered appropriately. You can glean just as much from a 3-card spread as you can from the Celtic Cross spread.
Drawing one card and interpreting its meaning can also provide you with a wealth of information based on your current situation while at the same time allowing you to become familiar with the meaning of each card.
It might be tempting to do so at first, but don't fault the cards for "bad readings". Chances are, if the tarot is confusing you or frustrating you, it's time to step back and re-examine yourself, and how you're going about your readings. Once you figure out how you are affecting your readings, you can make the necessary changes, and your readings will be successful.
It takes patience and practice to read tarot cards, but if you are dedicated to the task, and willing to make a few changes in your methods here and there, you'll find that tarot will definitely deliver amazing guidance.