Tarot is an ancient form of divination. It’s exact origins are unclear, but it has evolved over time. The earliest “modern” deck was the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, it was the first to have fully illustrated cards in both the major and minor arcana.
The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards consisting of 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana tell the story of the Fool’s Journey. Each card represents a stage in the journey of the Fool, and by proxy, our own lives. The Minor Arcana is divided into four suits. Traditionally these suits are Pentacles, Wands, Cups, and Swords. Each suit is divided into 10 numerical cards, or pips, and four Court cards: Page, Knight, Queen, and King. Each suit corresponds to a different element and have different relevance in each reading.
There are many common misconceptions about Tarot. The most common of these is that it’s used to tell the future. This isn’t necessarily true, not in the way we tend to think about it. Tarot taps into our subconscious and can give us glimpses of what may be coming at this very point in time, but it’s very important to remember the each of us is a free agent and therefore can make choices. Choices we make can, and do, change our future minute to minute. Tarot is useful for helping us analyze situations or learn things about ourselves. It can guide us and help us move in the directions we want to move.
Another misconception is that Tarot belongs to a specific religion or to witches or something along those lines. This is not at all true. Tarot is connected to no religion. Anyone can gain insight from Tarot and anyone can learn to read Tarot. It requires no magical skill or special gifts. It simply requires a connection to your intuition and a willingness to learn. That said, tarot can be daunting to learn. It’s language is that of symbolism and requires study to master. As a Tarot reader I can say that I am always learning and gaining new insights from the cards. Each deck has different symbolism and its own approach to each card. Each deck reveals new nuances as well.
In my practice I use multiple decks. For each reading I select the deck that calls to me for the individual question or situation. In each reading for a client here I may use a different deck. No two readings of mine are alike. I personally lay out each spread and write each reading.
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Fred-Allen doing his Tarot thing!