Tarot is a spiritual tool that helps one connect with unlimited possibilities.
It helps heal, manifest, understand, and intuitively guides one through their life. It tells the stories of our lives, through symbolism, images, colors. Each card has its own part of the overall story. It is a deck of 78 cards, split into two sections.
First, we have the Major Arcana, which has 22 cards.
These cover big events in life, and I like to think of it as the big picture. There are archetypes, life events, triumphs, and obstacles that are painted into each card.
The second section is the Minor Arcana.
It has 56 cards, split into 4 categories. We have the Wands (Fire), Swords (Air), Cups (Water), and Pentacles (Earth).
Each element has its own meaning and story to it. It goes from 1 to 10, then addresses 4 court cards each. Usually, it has the Page/Princess, The Knight, The Queen, and The King.
I like to think that the Minor Arcana is the smaller, finer details in a painting.
Most decks follow a very common theme, and the cards have similar meanings.
However, some authors have created their own perspective and interpretation that reflects differently than standard tarot. A lot of modern Tarot decks are based on the Rider-Waite by A.E. Waite published in 1910.
For this article, the meanings and imagery used are going to be off this deck, as it’s a great starting place for beginners. The deck I use, The Gilded Tarot, is very similar.
No one is sure exactly when the Tarot surfaced, but it is believed to have started ca. 1440.
It was originally a game called Tarrochi, which is Italian, and has the meaning “Fool” or “Foolish.” Tarrochi was a game, similar to bridge. It had the suits, court cards, and then 22 cards that didn’t belong to any specific group.
This game quickly spread throughout Europe. It wasn’t until in the late 1780s that Occultist groups of France started using the cards for divination.
There were card decks that were believed to have been used for a game or some type that was around before then in Islamic culture, but it’s hard to tell if that’s the roots of tarot or not. There is also speculation there is a connection to Ancient Egypt.
It was rumored that the books were destroyed at some point, and that part of history was lost.
Modern day tarot was popularized through the Rider-Waite deck, which was created in 1910 and influenced through members of the Golden Dawn, A.E. Waite who published it and the artist Pamela Colman Smith. This deck is one of the more popular you can purchase.
Yes, you can use tarot to “tell a future.”
But by telling someone something is set in stone, you are taking away their power and free-will.
Yes, there are some things that are destiny, but mostly, we can change our life, jump paths and create our reality.
I am here to help break the stereotype of tarot readers.
We are not scams and con artists (Yes, there are some out there, and shame on them.)
We also don’t sit down and tell a desperate woman that a tall, dark, and mysterious man is going to show up and sweep her off her feet.
We help her see why she continues to attract specific types of partners, identify the patterns and help her develop self love and manifest a healthy relationship.
Tarot is way more in depth than the superficial “Will I ever find true love?” “Will I become rich and famous?” or my favorite, “Are they my twin flame?” It’s time we treat it like this.
There is a level of ethics tied into reading tarot.
People can easily get “addicted” to reading tarot, and hooked on knowing the next turn in life. This takes away their power and also removes the fun mystery of life.
There are many readers out there who capitalize on this, who take advantage of people’s codependency, fear of the unknown and uncertainty.
There is a fine balance readers must keep. No one can tell you what is right or wrong, only you can truly discern that for yourself.