The Tarot is a specialised set of cards that has a very long history. Some have even claimed that they derive from the ancient Egyptian civilisation, but it is more likely that they are European in origin and date from the various mystical traditions some time around the period of the Crusades.
The Tarot deck is similar to an ordinary pack of playing cards. Both have four suits numbered from ace to ten. In a Tarot deck these are known as the Minor Arcana, and instead of Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds, the Tarot suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles.
Unlike an ordinary pack of cards, each suit has four court cards rather than three: King, Queen, Knight and Page, making fifty-six cards in the Minor Arcana.
In addition to the Minor cards, the Tarot deck has twenty-two “extra” cards known as the Major Arcana. These do not belong to any suit, but have their own numbers (with the exception of the fool), a symbolic image and a title.
If, when doing a reading, more Minor cards occur than Major, then your destiny is in your own hands. If it is the other way around, fate governs your future.
All cards have individual meanings, and there are different combinations of laying them to create a reading. Each interpretation is divided into upright and reversed meanings showing the positive and the negative effects of the cards.
Before attempting to read the Tarots, it is important to understand the meaning of every card. How they are laid can affect the interpretation. Beginners often only use the upright interpretation, as the reversed interpretation can be too hard to learn.
The experienced Tarot reader, will have studied the cards for years, and will understand the different combinations of the lay-outs, all the upright and reversed interpretations. No only does this take many years to learn, it also requires a great deal of skill. Many Tarot readers have the added advantage of being psychic, and they use this skill when they do a reading.
How or why Tarot cards work, is a mystery, but for hundreds of years they have been used with surprisingly accurate results. One does not have to be a believer to have a reading, a lot of people have a reading “for a bit of fun”, but quite often the laugh is on them when the reading proves accurate. Maybe it is coincidental, or maybe all our ancestors knew what they were doing, and we have all become too sceptical. Whatever the truth, we need to find out for ourselves and make our own judgements.
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