What Are Tarot Cards?
Made up of no less than 78 cards, each deck of Tarot cards are all the same. Tarot cards come in all sizes with all types of artwork on both the front and back -- some people even make their own Tarot cards. The meaning and the message of each one of those 78 cards, however, always remains the same.
Tarot cards were first used by the Celtic people more than 2,000 years ago. Many believe that Tarot cards serve only to tell the future, but this is not true. When used traditionally, Tarot cards speak of the past and present and are supposed to give clues and ideas about the future's potential.
What's in the Cards?
Tarot cards are made up of four suits -- much like any regular deck of cards. In fact, Tarot cards have all the same values as traditional playing cards: ace through king for each suit. Only one extra card is added to the royal family in Tarot cards -- the squire -- his position is just under that of the knave (also known as the jack).
The suits are as follows: wands, which in general speak of esoteric issues such as spirituality or creativity; swords, which speak of conflicts and tensions; cups (or pentacles), which are always about money; and cups, which deal in relationship matters and love. The other 22 cards of the standard Tarot deck are called the Major Arcana cards, and are all very specific. Cards such as the Devil, the Tower, and Death are in the Major Arcana.
How Could a Tarot Card Reading Actually Help Me?
When done traditionally, a Tarot card reading can put everything into perspective in a clear and understandable way. Every Tarot card reading is prefaced by a question, one that you do not have to reveal to your Tarot card reader but that you keep to yourself. Each card will come up in the past, present, or future position and will shed some light on the topic of your question.
Whether or not you believe in spiritual or esoteric things, or even in the art of telling the future, a Tarot card reading can help you better understand your own thoughts. You'll realize potentially dangerous patterns in your life and get a better understanding of self. Even the question that you ask in your mind can help you understand something about yourself, and in this way a Tarot card reading can truly help you.
Can Anyone Read Tarot Cards, Or Do I Have To Call Someone or Go Online?
Anyone can learn how to read Tarot cards. There are many books available, both in online and physical bookstores that will tell you the meaning and message of each and every card. Every card in the Tarot has a card-specific meaning and a message or warning. The good news is, there's no secret about what these cards mean to convey -- so you, too, can learn how to read the Tarot.
Once you know the meaning of the cards (and it's not something you have to memorize; it's perfectly OK to keep notes by you when you try to give yourself a Tarot card reading), you can read the Tarot for yourself or for others. Any book you read about the Tarot will explain the spreads to use -- the way to lay the cards out to understand their meaning and placement in the scheme of your question.
An Ancient Mystery
Tarot cards are more ancient than religion. Tarot cards are older than most languages and most writing, yet they are still around and are still being used today in the same way they were used thousands of years ago. If Tarot cards didn't help people, why would they still be used and still be so popular?
I have been studying Tarot for seven years and have incorporated it in my daily meditation routine. My purpose for this article is to give others a free resource which can hopefully change their lives for the better.
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