A deck of Tarot cards might appear to be an ordinary deck of cards, but they are far more complex than that. It is one of the most effective tools of divination that can illuminate every facet of your life. Life is often considered a journey where you face various obstacles, and you constantly need to make decisions to overcome those.
Wouldn’t it be great if you had someone in your life guiding you toward the right decisions so you wouldn’t regret any of them later? That’s exactly what this wondrous deck of cards does for you. It is an all-encompassing system that considers all the connotations of your positive and negative energies in terms of how you are conducting your life and shows you where you are making mistakes and what needs to be changed.
Before we learn how this fascinating art of divination can change your life, let’s know its origin.
Origin of Tarot Reading
Tarot reading is known to be originated in northern Italy during the late 14th or early 15th century. Back then the purpose of the Tarot was nothing more than a source of entertainment. It became popular as a divinatory tool only in the late 18th century.
The images on these cards were inspired by the costumed figures who participated in the carnival parade. During that period the nobles and other leisure lovers used these cards to play games. It was not until the late 18th century when a French clergyman, Antoine Court de Gébelin associated these cards with the art of cartomancy. The popularity of Tarot cards grew globally from then on.
Understanding Tarot cards
Tarot reading uses a deck of 78 cards, each with a specific image. For the uninitiated, these images are just some fancy pictures, but for a trained reader they are a language altogether. This language is then translated into meaningful sentences by a skilled reader.
Among 78 cards, there are 22 Major arcana and 56 Minor arcana cards. Let’s understand what they represent.
- The Major Arcana
These cards depict different aspects of life. There are three categories of them;
- The realm of the physical world
- The realm of the intuitive mind
- The realm of transformation
- The Minor Arcana
These cards depict the ups and downs of our daily life. They will give insight into how your current situation affects your life and how you can alter it.
The minor arcana has four different suits;
- The suit of cups
Represent your emotions, instincts, thoughts, and imaginations. They often appear during relationship queries.
- The suit of Pentacles
Represent your finances, career, and material possessions. They often appear during career and money-related queries.
- The suit of Swords
Represent your feelings, words, and actions. They often appear while making choices or sharing your thoughts.
- The suit of Wands
Represent your zeal, inspiration, and energy. They often appear when asked about spirituality and life’s meaning.
Type of Spreads
After shuffling the cards, a specific number of cards are picked up based on the type of spread chosen. There are many different types of spread, but the most common among them are;
- The three-card pull
As the name suggests, three cards are pulled randomly and placed from left to right. The card on the left represents your past, the middle one your present, and the card on the right represents your future.
- The Celtic cross
It’s a more complicated spread, but at the same time gives a clearer answer. Ten cards are pulled one by one and placed in a specific manner. The interpretation of each card differs based on its position on the spread. It also differs based on whether the card was placed upright or inverted.
Remember to ask the question in the right way. Don’t expect a specific ‘yes’ or ‘no’ kind of answer. Don’t expect a 100% accurate answer, as the outcome is based on your action and is subject to change.
The Fundamentals of Tarot Reading
The moment you hear ‘Tarot reading,’ you would imagine a heavily jeweled lady in a flowing robe, sitting behind a big crystal ball in a candlelit room and foretelling approaching doom. However, the reality is far from this.
- A tool to connect with your subconscious
Tarot reading is a powerful tool that facilitates you to connect with your higher self. You can get a Tarot reading even if you don’t know your date, time, and place of birth. Even without these details, you can access the prediction and remedial measures.
- A source of guidance
More than a prediction tool, Tarot reading is considered a super-powerful source of guidance. It tells you what the consequences are of the choices that you are going to make. It also gives insight into the other person’s feelings and the decisions they are most likely to make.
- A medium to take control of your future
The future is fluid rather than frozen. You can change your future based on your actions (or karma). These divine cards guide you to act in a certain way to either achieve whatever you desire or avoid whatever is undesired.
Karma results from the combination of three things;
- Action or behavior
And together they decide your future.
Your thoughts are so powerful that it penetrates within you and becomes your feelings. If you have negative thoughts about someone and you do nothing about it, that negative thought will generate negative feelings towards that person. These feelings after a while become the reason for your behavior or action.
With the help of Tarot cards, you can check these feelings and change them accordingly, so that your karma remains positive.
- A tool for time prediction
Tarot reading is also a mighty tool for time prediction. It provides you the insights into what time is perfect for a particular deed. If the present time is not that favorable for something, then it also suggests how can you reduce the ill effects and reap maximum benefits.
- A tool for remedy
Not just for predictions and guidance, Tarot reading is a fascinating remedial tool too. Each card has its vibrations and frequencies that can have a tremendous effect on your vibration and energy. Keeping a card or a combination of cards close to you could help you overcome any tough situation.
- A tool for healing
As these cards possess energy and they can connect with your energy chakras, they are widely used as an immensely powerful tool for physical, mental, and spiritual healing.
How Does Tarot Reading Help You?
Be it any relationship issue, confusion regarding your career, worries related to your child’s progress, or stress related to the financial matter, Tarot reading helps you understand what you need to know about any situation so that you can take control of it. It accesses your subconscious and brings forth the secrets that your conscious mind fails to comprehend.
You should carry out the reading with an open mind and be ready to accept whatever is in store for you. Only when you trust it completely will you be able to connect with its energies. You shouldn’t think of tarot as a magic act; it’s more about getting in touch with your higher self and expressing your inner wisdom.