Can Children Learn How to Read Tarot?

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Yes, children who have an interest in the Tarot can learn.  However, you should supply an age-appropriate Tarot deck for a child.  For the youngsters, I recommend that you ensure there is no nudity in the deck.  You can probably be a little less picky for the teenager, although you should still choose a deck with care and discretion for any child or young adult.

A lot of decks either contain nudity and/or images that can be frightening or confusing for young viewers.  But there are a few good decks that would work nicely for youngsters. Here are some that I would recommend for children.  This is not an all-inclusive list, and again, use your discretion as parent, grandparent, or guardian.

Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot

Cat's Eye Tarot

Fairy Tale Tarot (by Lisa Hunt)

Inner Child Cards

Tarot of Oz

Tarot of Pagan Cats

Wonderland Tarot

Whimsical Tarot

When you allow a child to explore an age-appropriate tarot deck, they can truly amaze you with what they see from fresh, innocent eyes.  The younger children might just be curious and perhaps not yet serious until around the age of 8 or 9.

A child may see things in a card and point out some things that we, as adult readers, didn't consider before.  They raise some interesting, valid questions about the scenes in the cards.

My 5-year old grandson is naturally curious, and it amazes me to watch him look at the cards and state valid meanings for some of the cards he picks up to explore. His favorite deck which I will allow him to look at is "Tarot of Pagan Cats."  He is delighted by the cats and has a knack for picking up on the appropriate emotion of a given card. Incidentally, there is nothing particularly Pagan about that deck.  Any reference to Paganism is subtle.  So it's a great deck for children, cat lovers, and the sensitive seeker of any age.  As an added note, the Cat's Eye Tarot is also an excellent choice for children, and now that I've added that one to my collection, it's another one that my grandson especially loves.

I'm equally delighted to watch my grandson count the symbols in each card -- just to make sure it's right if I tell him he's looking at the 10 of Cups, for example. He will count all the cups in a card, or all the suit elements of a given card.  He refers to the Aces as 1's.  So I find it very cute when I say that he's got the Ace of Swords in hand, and he will matter-of-factly inform me, "No, Grandma, it's the ONE of Swords.  See, count the sword."

I suspect that when he is older, his interest may grow in learning more about the Tarot. And if so, I will be delighted to teach and guide him.  But first things first!  His ABC's and 1-2-3's must be first priority.

Some parents frown on the idea of a child looking at Tarot cards, and some readers will not read for children under age 18.  I am one of those readers who will not read for someone unless they are at least 18 years of age -- unless parental permission has been granted. However, there is the exception of my grandchild who enjoys exploring Tarot with me every now and again.  But I know him and his personality, and I understand his level of maturity, so I can share with him on a level and language that is just right for him to grasp.

Let a child go through the cards and tell you what he or she sees in each card. Don't be quick to censor anything.  They have a beginner's mindset which is an important part of their journey.  You could take turns with your child pointing out the things you both see.  Let your child go first with each card so that he/she isn't "lead" by what you see.  Make a game out of it so that it's fun, entertaining, and educational.

You and your child can even use the Tarot cards as story telling prompts.  Together, you and your child can make up a story that you see within the card images.

Happy Tarot Journeys!

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