The origins of the tarot are shrouded in mystery, but the cards were well established in Europe by the late 14th century.
The Tarot pack is made up of a total of 78 cards, 56 known as the minor arcana and 22 as the major arcana, from the Latin word “arcanus”, which means “secret”.
The minor arcana is divided into four suits – Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. The cards in the major arcana are also known as the trumps.
Originally the cards were used for gambling but later, perhaps when the Romany or gypsies came to Europe and discovered them, they were used for fortune-telling. The pictures on the cards are rich in meaning and the pattern they form in a reading can help the reader to gain insight into someone’s life.
How do I learn the Tarot?
There are lots of books on the Tarot, also workshops and courses. These will help you to absorb the basic divinatory meanings of the cards, but to develop your own personal style of interpretation, you’ll need to practise working with them. Practice makes perfect!
How does the Tarot work?
Good question! No one really knows. However, you’ll find that the more you familiarise yourself with the basic meaning and symbolism of the cards and practise reading them, the more you’ll gain confidence in interpreting them for yourself and others. Over time you’ll develop your own intuitive relationship with the cards, so that they become a mirror reflecting the inner self.
Is there a link between numerology and the Tarot?
Yes – the 22 cards of the Major Arcana, for instance, are each associated with a particular number. To the Empress, for example, is attributed the expansive number three, while to the hierophant or high priest is attributed the wise number five.
Should I let other people handle my cards?
This is a matter of personal preference. Some readers say that only the person the cards belong to should handle them, others that the person asking the question should shuffle the cards. If you don’t feel comfortable with other people handling your cards, then deal them yourself.
There are so many Tarot decks on the market. How do I choose one?
There are many different kinds of Tarot packs, but the underlying symbolism remains the same. Don’t think about it too much. Just pick the one that draws you. Different decks are designed by different artists and you’ll find that the pictures differ, often quite substantially, from one deck to another. Some will speak to you and some won’t. It’s important to choose a deck with pictures that you like.
What about reversed cards, cards that appear upside down in a reading. How should I read those?
This is something that you must work out for yourself, there’s no hard-and-fast rule about it. The meaning of a particular card can be interpreted positively or negatively, depending on the other cards in the spread and your own feeling about it.
Can I get a Tarot Card Reading through Psychic Truth?
Many of Psychic Truth’s readers use tarot in their readings, combining the cards with their natural psychic ability. If you want to book a tarot card reading, check out our online psychic reader’s profiles so you can choose your reader.
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