Tarot Card Reading
In matters of the spiritual world, man has long been searching for ways to understand the oneness of human and divine nature. With this search came astrology, sorcery, psychics, mysticism, and other beliefs. Reading tarot cards is just one of man’s many ways to decipher the unknown. Tarot cards may be read through divination, psychological, or mnemonics. Most people rely on tarot card readings for insights on their financial, emotional, or career situation.
Having your tarot cards read to you is almost similar to seeing your own therapist, but then, you might find yourself revealing more than your fears, hopes, and anxieties. With tarot cards serving as symbols and guides, your troubles, joys, needs, and desires are addressed and you find it easier to confront issues that bring stress or anxiety in your life. Bridging your conscious and unconscious thoughts, these tarot cards enable you to connect what happens around you and what remains hidden within you. These interpretations can also help you in gaining insight into future events.
Shaping the tarot
A deck of tarot cards usually has 78 cards — 56 cards of Minor Arcana and 22 of Major Arcana. Cards belonging to the Minor Arcana deal with smaller secrets, while those in the Major Arcana tell about big secrets. The Minor Arcana cards come in four suits, the Wands, the Cups, the Pentacles, and the Swords, which represent each of the Earth’s four elements. Each suit includes an additional court card called the Page. The Major Arcana deck includes archetypes or models such as The Devil, The Fool, or The Magician.
Online tarot card readings include different spreads to know about your rationality and emotion, past and present, personality, relationships, situation, and decisions. After shuffling the cards, an online tarot card reader will usually ask you to click on a number of cards for each spread. Then, you will be given an interpretation for each card you have chosen.
In learning to read tarot cards, beginners should purchase their own decks first. Aside from using it in reading, these cards should also be their source of inspiration when making interpretations. This is why the perfect tarot deck does not exist. Often times, picking a deck is all about feeling a spiritual energy or getting attracted to one. However, the mastery of reading tarot cards would be much easier with a standard deck. A standard deck of tarot cards includes 78 cards, where 22 are Major Arcana cards and 56 are those of Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana cards are divided into four suits, which represent the Earth’s four elements. These cards are the Wands, the Cups, the Pentacles, and the Swords.
Choosing your perfect tarot deck should not be as complicated as it seems. With so many tarot supplies sold online, finding a good deck will be a breeze. Most first-time readers pick their decks according to the cards’ images, reviews, and themes. There are also online sites which offer lists of the ten best tarot decks every year. In the United States, the most commonly used tarot deck is the Rider-Waite, which is called the first modern deck because of its images drawn by Pamela Colman-Smith and commissioned by Waite. Other famous tarot decks are Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot, Robin Wood Tarot, Gilded Tarot, Golden Tarot, Tarot of Prague, Universal Waite Tarot, Tarot of Dreams, DruidCraft Tarot, and Fey Tarot.
Tarot card reading involves the process of developing intuition through self-discovery. This is not as easy as it sounds but you will get a grip of it when you get used to it. Purchasing a tarot deck is the first step and this needs concentration. In fact, going to tarot supplies stores is better than buying online because getting a feel for the deck is essential to finding the best one. Seeing the actual images and symbols will also help in deciding which deck to get. It’s also good to stick with simpler decks first and change decks only after having mastered the skill. Most readers buy new decks only when they feel that they have to, which is usually a sign of progress in their path to spiritual wisdom.