The traditional art of Tarot divination is complex and meaningful. It is a learned skill that is also an intuitive art, and the best readers are grounded in both aspects. It takes at least a decade's constant study and practice to reach a masterful and flexible level of expertise.
Knowledge and Skill
The Tarot cards is a system of symbols with multivalent meanings, depending on the structure they are used. Proficiency and skill in using the Tarot for divination and description requires constant practice and dedication. Each of the 78 cards in a Tarot deck carries a particular basic meaning, as most people are aware. But each card also has 'reversed' meanings, and subtleties of meaning, depending upon how it is positioned in a spread, and which cards are adjacent to it. The significance of each card has several layers of meaning and relationship. (Sometimes, when reading, Diana actually 'sees' a stacking of these layers above the flat cards on the table in front of her, like a game of three dimensional chess.) Particular combinations of cards also indicate universal or generic types of events. The Tarot can describe the nuts and bolts of daily life, as well as the most rarefied, abstract spiritual concepts and archetypes. It can describe the sublime and the ridiculous!
In the first years of learning Tarot, a student does a great deal of memorising and practising; truly exceptional readers, those like Diana, had a thoroughly grounding in their first three years, with much study, practical work and memorisation. Established mastery is achieved after about a decade; it takes that long to become familiar with identifying and assimilating patterns and collective symbolism.