All About Tarot: Everything You Need to Know about Tarot Card Reading

Ari Tri Nugroho
Aug 2, 2018 · 11 min read

History of Tarot Reading

The history of Tarot cards reading is as mystic as the concept of Tarot reading itself! Although there is no exact origin of Tarot history, there has been evidence that it was primitively known as a card game having a French title Le Tarots and was predominantly of Italian origin. However, it may well be noted that this game is still played in some European countries but bears no resemblance to the divinity personified concept of Tarot reading.

The Tarot cards can well be considered as a tool for effective divination solutions that have been consistently used since times immemorial.

Following are the type of tarot card reading.

Divination Tarot Reading

It is believed that the cards are used for gaining the insight of present as well as future situations of the querent or subject. Some people believe that they are guided by a spiritual force like Gaia while few of them believe that the cards help them to tap into their own creative or a collective unconscious, brainstorming subconscious.

Psychological Tarot Reading

The importance of tarot symbolism was attached by the first psychologist, Carl Jung. He may have regarded the tarot cards by representing archetypes: situations embedded in the subconscious of all human being or fundamental types of person. The archetypes theory is used in several psychological treatments.

Tarot as a mnemonic device

Symbolic study or some schools of occult thought like the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn consider tarot as a mnemonic device or textbook for their teachings. This might be the cause for the world arcana, which is used to convey the meaning of two sections of the tarot deck. It is the plural form of the Latin word Arcanum that means secret or closed.

Although, it was formerly believed in the Roman culture that the old grandmother would pass off her legacy of divination secrets to her eldest granddaughter before she dies and was hence a well-guarded secret, nevertheless now times having changed this myth has surely changed and everyone can gain access to the power of Tarot reading for having a clear idea of ones’ most probable future.

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How Do Tarot Cards Work to Give Accurate Predictions?

Several people are puzzled to understand how a deck of cards can predict the future, but the truth is far beyond that. The cards go much beyond their pictorial representation. The cards enable us to get a clear insight into ourselves as well as the world around us. They are representative of the journeys we need to make as well as decisions we have to make while our journey on earth.

In most of the cases, the tarot is viewed as a strong tool for divination. With a normal reading, we have someone who seeks information and answers, usually personal or professional questions; and then a tarot reader who knows how to interpret the cards accurately.

A typical Tarot reading begins as the person seeking answers shuffles the deck of cards, lays them down on the table-cloth, and picks out cards randomly with them facing down. While in the process as these cards are chosen, the querent hands them to the reader who places them face up on the table in a certain way which is called the spread.

The spread can be any one of a selective number of patterns each of which has a relevant name and is used for various types of readings. But to ensure you receive the best results your reader will select the most relevant spread for the specific query you will be addressing. For example, they will change their layout of the cards for relationship readings, love readings, money readings, etc.

Some people may be very concerned when certain cards arise especially the Death card. But as with so many cards including the Death card, the meanings are not what you may think or that which is pictorially represented. And in the case of the Death card, this can mean simply the end of a certain traumatic part of our lives and rarely has anything to do with actually dying or anything remotely close to physical death.

As the Tarot reader lays down the cards they also receive impressions and intuitive ideas in their subconscious mind that helps them answer your questions accurately. They are not simply looking at the pictures and giving you the answers. It is through special combinations that they are able to give you the information you seek.

We do hope this information has given you an insight into the Tarot cards and how our Tarot predictions can gain such insight into your life for your bright future.

Love Tarot Readings

Love Tarot Readings are probably the most common and most often asked to be performed. You meet somebody and want to find out if their intentions are honorable or you are in a relationship that is getting a bit sour and you want to find out your chances of saving it.

If you have doubts about your current love relationship, if you are seeking a true love relationship or want to find out if the prospect you have in mind is a good match — love tarot reading can provide some meaningful answers for you.

Those readings about love and relationships are no different than other tarot readings as they use the tarot cards to determine the circumstances surrounding your situation. A good tarot reader can see deep into your current relationship judging by the type of cards that are pulled from the tarot deck. Be very clear what and how you ask your questions as it determines the quality of answers you will get.

Remember that no matter what the reading reveals — you have free will and are able to influence the outcome of any situations. Tarot readings will show you the current state within the energetic frames of people involved.

The tarot reader should be able to intuitively see if there is a healthy love relationship or true love in the cards for you, but it’s always you that determines the final outcome.

Types of Spreads in Tarot Reading

Although the types of spreads in Tarot can be as diverse as the taste of people in music and can very easily lose count of, we introduce you to a limited number of time-tested and effective Tarot spreads which are tailor-made for your sought after questions.

Celtic Cross Readings Tarot Spread

The most famous and sought-after type of spread in both ancient and modern tarot. The 11 positions of the Celtic Cross offer enough detail to represent the most complicated topics be it on love, career, family which is why it has been the standard form of tarot for hundreds of years now. If you haven’t had a Tarot session before, we suggest that you choose the Celtic cross-readings to have a brief idea of the magnanimity of the spread.

The Tree Of Life Tarot Spread

The tree of life spread is ideal for a seeker who intends to have a clear idea of the occurrences of his past, present and future events, and the reason for each of the incidences and the cause and effect nature of his/her karmic cycle. Effective for the one who seeks inner solitude as well as outer progress through the readings.

The Horoscope Tarot Spread

The Tarot reader shall intuitively pick up 12 different cards each corresponding to the 12 signs of the zodiac and a 13th card which usually is an indicator for the query at hand. This is an effective form of reading which comprises all the zodiac signs and gives their predictions in a nutshell and also answers a specific question if at all is there in the mind of the seeker. This works perfectly if you are looking forward to a bulk reading for a number of people in your group and are pretty generic in your approach.

Zodiac Tarot Reading

Tarot with a twist…

The following are the forecasts for the zodiac signs from Aries to Pisces:

Aries: When you are in the middle of a problem, see yourself and the situation from a higher perspective and you may see a new way out.

Affirmation: My heart, mind, my life and everyone in it are in perfect peace.

Taurus: Don’t settle for less than your dreams. Once you make the commitment to manifest and improve your situation, the universe will find its way to deliver it to you.

Affirmation: I deserve and expect the best in life.

Gemini: Your dreams are becoming more clear and powerful with every passing day. You are advised to trust and develop your visual skills and to use them in conscious manifestation.

Affirmation: It is safe for me to be a very visual person.

Cancer: You need a break from your routine life and stressful situations and hence take some time for yourself so that you can rest and start afresh with renewed vigor.

Affirmation: I give myself permission to regularly rest and relax.

Leo: Just as you take care of small children by listening, playing with them and hugging them, you are advised to have patience with yourself and nurture your inner child.

Affirmation: I invest in myself by taking time out regularly to play, let go and have fun.

Virgo: You are guided to clean your body, environment, heart, and mind of toxins that you are probably unaware of God and the master guides help you in this endeavor.

Affirmation: I take excellent care of my body.

Libra: It appears that you are hiding your true feelings and not being forthright about an important topic in your personal life. The soul guides urge you to admit you’re true feelings to yourself.

Affirmation: It is safe for me to be honest with myself and with others. I speak my truth with love.

Scorpio: A happy outcome is on the cards. Release any anxiety and feel secure where everything is resolved in the end.

Affirmation: Everything is in divine order, right now.

Sagittarius: You have manifested a new sense of abundance in your life. Any financial blocks will be successfully removed. Congratulations.

Affirmation: I am financially secure and am supported abundantly today and every day in future.

Capricorn: Listen and follow your true feelings. Do not betray yourself or deny your inner voice of truth.

Affirmation: I listen, honor and follow my true feelings knowing that they are answers to my prayers.

Aquarius: It is safe for you to follow your heart’s guidance. You know deep down what to do hence the tarot asks you to trust and follow this inner intelligence.

Affirmation: I trust and follow my feelings and thoughts without questions and delay.

Pisces: For every cloud there is a silver lining is an oft-quoted line, what we often forget is that it also has a humorous side. Laughter will enable you to see your life from a brand new perspective to help you receive creative insights and solutions.

Affirmation: I find humor in life and laugh easily.

Types of Tarot Decks

There are many types of tarot decks are available and there is no standard number of cards across all decks. The illustrations of the card vary greatly through the cards, the suits and their meanings are same. The decks are classified on the basis of various themes such as animals, nature, dragons, fantasy, etc. The most commonly used deck is the Rider-Waite deck that was created in 1909 by A.E. Waite and published by Rider & company. He was a prominent member of the occult group the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.

Here is the explanation about different types of decks.

Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

Rider-Waite Tarot Deck

The Rider-Waite tarot deck may well be regarded as the most popular Tarot deck in use today. The images were drawn by artist Pamela Smith to the instructions of occult writer A.E.Waite and further published by the Rider & Company. Though the images are simple, the card backgrounds hold a rich blend of symbolism.

One can easily distinguish the Rider-Waite deck from other Tarot Decks owing to the fact that the pictorial representation of each card is in itself very significant of its origin.

Oracle Tarot Deck

The Oracle Deck is also a set of cards but may or may not be as significant as Tarot cards in terms of symbols of the major and minor arcana. They are used primarily for fortune telling or even for meditation. Meditating on these cards helps bring clarity of thought.

The Gipsy Tarot Tsigane

The Gipsy Tarot Tsigane

The artwork decorating the deck of Gipsy Tarot Tsigane is nearly whimsical. Because of the bright colors used in these cards, this deck has gained very much popular among many readers, amateur and pro alike.

The 4 suits from this deck are described as society’s four castes and many of the interpretation is credited to the gypsy.

Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot Card Meanings — Nowadays there are many tarot decks and books available that teach us how to use those decks. But it is very difficult to know which meaning to apply to tarot cards. There are so many gurus those have provided conflicting meanings — which one should you use?

Though there are various books available that provide you the meaning of tarot cards, the most personal and best way to develop meaning for them is to study the cards personally. The tarot cards were developed with pictures and symbols, which will help us to know the meaning of the particular card.

The tarot is made up of 78 cards and the meanings of all the 78 cards are relevant and necessary for the detailed understanding of the whole tarot system. Out of these 78 cards, there are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards across (Wands, Swords, Pentacles, and Cups). Major arcana cards are the first keys to our initial understanding. Below are the interpretations and meanings of each of the 78 Tarot cards.

Tarot Major Arcana

The Major Arcana tarot cards have the most divinatory and symbolic significance. The Tarot deck contains 22 Major Arcana cards numbered from 0 to 21. Each card is individually named and illustrated.

The major arcana cards sometimes referred to as the “trumps” (derived from the world triumphs) of the tarot deck. Some people call them “Atu”. Therefore Atu XVIII means “The Moon”. The actual meaning of “Major Arcana” is the “Greater Mysteries.”

Tarot Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana cards are also called as pip cards. There are total 56 cards that are divided into four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, each with 14 cards. Each of these suits reflects the day-to-day activities of our lives.

  • Cups (Water) — Emotions, compassion, feeling, the language of Spirit
  • Swords (Fire) — Power, action, motivation, conflict, force
  • Wands (Air) — Ideas, thoughts, communication, concepts, enlightenment
  • Pentacles (Earth) — Manifestation, physical creation, physical expression in the world

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