Tarot cards reading is a form of divination called ‘Cartomancy’, or the esoteric art of card reading, otherwise called ‘taromancy’. ‘Mancy’ means ‘to Divine’ or ‘Divination by the means of’.
Tarot readings use an ancient deck of cards to help you find answers to your most important questions. People generally ask about love, relationships, your career, finances and more. For hundreds of years, psychics and fortune tellers have used Tarot Cards and will give you a personal reading based on the cards you choose and the order you pick them. Each card has differing meanings depending on its position, so each reading will be unique, and give a detailed perspective on your current situation.
The History of the Tarot
The history of tarot can be traced back to the Egyptian Golden age, and possibly even further beyond to Persia or Sumeria. In more modern times, there is an ancient Italian deck. The history of Tarot also coincides with the history of playing cards. Playing cards can also be used as Tarot as they’re broken down into the 4 suits and have somewhat of a major arcana. There is French deck from 1650 is called the Tarot de Marseille. The Tarot was also used by the Roman Gypsies, and it is theorised that the gypsies brought the tarot to Europe, where the Italians and French developed it further.
The Rider-Waite Tarot were published in 1909 by the Rider Publishing company. The Christian imagery of previous decks was altered; for instance, the “Pope” card became the “Hierophant” and the “Papess” became the “High Priestess”. The simplistic images are rich in symbolism. A E Waite changed the order of some of the cards so that they matched with the Golden Dawns astrologicial teachings.
The tarot cards
There are different varieties in the number of cards that are included in a chosen deck, and illustrations can vary from one deck to another. Twenty-two of these cards are called the Major Arcana, which represents different principles, ideals, and concepts. These are the trump cards of the Tarot Deck.
The other 56 cards are the Minor Arcana cards, composed of four suits that have something to do with a specific approach in life. These represent peoples problems and trial.
The suits have 14 cards in each suit.
You are tasked with choosing from these cards, and whatever cards you select determine the reading. There are different tarot spreads, and each is specific to the individual who picks it. The interpretation then will be read, taking into consideration its position and its neighbouring cards.
The cards could be in relation to your current situation, your tribulations, your future, your relationship with yourself and the environment, and others. Tarot could provide some clarity and reflection.
How do tarot cards work?
It is a misconception that tarot cards tell you your future. Tarot is there to provide insight into different areas of your life, and give spiritual guidance to help you connect with your inner self and wisdom.
Tarot transfers your energy into the card you pull. Tarot cards are like a book that can help you to visualise your life.