Learn How To Read Tarot

Learn how to read tarot! Learn what the cards mean and a little about the history of tarot.

The Tarot was originally a deck of 78 cards, divided into four suits of fourteen cards, and twenty-two unnumbered "triumphs". As the years have passed by the "trumps" got numbered one through twenty-one, with one card, "the fool" remaining unnumbered or zero. The four suits are commonly called the "Major Arcana". Typically can any deck of card designed for "fortune-telling", divination, meditation, contemplation, or other non-game uses is called a Tarot deck.

The most common found suits for the Tarot decks are cups, swords, wands or staffs, and pentacles. Although the names for the Major Arcana cards frequently change from deck to deck, but historically they have been called The Fool(un numbered or zero) or The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Heirophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World. These cards are usually illustrated, although it typically depends on what kind of deck you purchased.

No one knows for sure just how Tarot cards work, but there are a number of theories. One theory is that the reader acts as a channel through God(or whomever is in charge) and transmits the information. Several people who believe in this theory believe in Devil worship or the act of evil. Another theory is that synchronicity(of the Jugian kind) explains the connection between what's in the cards and what's in the querent's life, that we sort of project our situation onto whatever story comes up in the reading, but this proves to be nonetheless useful. Then there is always the theory that it is all made up, and the reader just says what they think the querent wants to hear.

Whether a person chooses to believe one or more of these theories, they can. The best way to form an opinion however is to study the cards and learn their meanings. Practice makes perfect. Practice on friends or yourself and learn what they mean in a spread. Some people prefer to learn the cards intuitively, by studying the illustrations, meditating on them, and carefully recording their reactions to them. However most people just study the little booklet that comes with each Tarot deck. For people who want a more in detail explanation, Butler's "Dictionary of the Tarot", which contains a summary of the interpretation each card has gotten from some of the major historical figures associated with the Tarot.

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