The Truth Behind The Tarot Card Deck and Tarot Readings


Tarot readings make use of a set 78 tarot cards. Historical evidence states that these cards originated from Northern Italy, sometime between the 14th and the 15th century. Each tarot card features different pictures symbolizing different things. A standard set of Tarot deck is comprised of 22 Major Arcana cards, also called Trumps. It is also made up of four different suits, comprised of 14 cards, which are referred to as the Minor Arcana cards or the Pip cards. Tarot cards are available in many different types, the most common of which is the Rider Waite Tarot Cards.

Purposes of Tarot Readings

Tarot readings have long been used for divination purposes. Originating from Italy, Tarot cards were only used to play card games, however; it was quickly adapted to be used as a means to foretell the future. One of the well known occult groups that first made use of tarot cards for this type of purpose is the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Foretelling the future with these divination tools quickly spread out all over the world, even gaining popularity in the West. People who have the ability to read cards, called readers, do not only use these tools to tell the future, but they also read the cards for other purposes.

Aside from foretelling the future, Tarot readings can also be used for meditation purposes, divination, and creative visualization. Divination is considered to be one form of art which enables the reader to gain any information that is not accessible to the five major senses. Those who have the ability to correctly read Tarot cards can also use these tools to find practical solutions to problems. Readings can also provide insight to the person who wants to have a better understanding of the things, events and the other people surrounding him or her.

Types of Tarot Cards for Tarot Readings

Tarot readings can be done through the different types of Tarot cards. The most popular deck of Tarot cards is called the Rider Waite tarot. Some of the other Tarot decks that are commonly used today include the Ator tarot, the Benedetti tarot, the Cat People tarot, the Colman Smith tarot, the Curious tarot, the Golden Tarot, the Haindl tarot, the International Icon tarot, the Lovecraft tarot, the Marseilles tarot, the Minciate tarot, the Palladini tarot and the Pheonix tarot. These are just some of the many different types of tarot cards available to those people who are really interested in reading Tarot cards.

How Tarot Readings are Performed

The typical Tarot readings begin with the person looking for answers shuffling the deck of cards. After this is done, the Tarot cards will be laid on the surface of the table. The querent (term given to a person seeking for answers) will then pick out several cards from the deck with the cards still facing down. Once the querent (term given to a person seeking for answers) has chosen the required number of cards, he or she will then hand these over to the reader. The reader will place these cards on the table facing up. The way that the reader will place them on the table is referred to as the spread.

Tarot readings from the spread can make use of several different patterns. All the patterns used in Tarot card readings have certain names, and one of the most popular is called the Celtic Cross. The Celtic Cross is used to provide a general type of reading. However, for the reader to make sure that the querent will be provided with the most appropriate reading, the reader will choose the right type of spread to use depending on the questions the querent wishes to be answered. There are several factors that the reader takes into consideration in deciding what type of spread to use such as if the reading is about money, relationship, or love.

Reasons to Obtain Tarot Readings

There are a lot of reasons why more and more people take an interest in Tarot readings. One of these reasons is that they can get helpful advice from the reader. Most of these people do not know who to confide in and they have no idea what to do with their problems. Having a Tarot card reading may be able to provide answers to their questions, and may illuminate the right path for them to take. Successful readings enable the querent to determine what their true concerns are. Having a reading performed will not ultimately help you win the jackpot of the lottery, neither will it provide you a hundred percent accurate take on your love life, but it can give you helpful information regarding your lovers or your skills that you can use to improve your life.

Dispelling the Myths about Tarot Readings

One myth regarding the Tarot cards is that a deck should be given to you as a gift, thus, it is bad luck if you purchase your own set. If you really are interested in having a set of your own, then you should go buy one that you personally feel is the right one for you. Some people also say that you should not perform Tarot readings to find out answers to your personal questions. However, for you to be able to improve your skills and talents, and for you to develop your self-understanding further, you should frequently read a spread of your own cards.

By simply being aware in the field of Tarot readings, you are already provided with countless opportunities to develop your own skills and to improve your self understanding. Tarot is not simply a deck of cards that portray pictures, these divination tools symbolizes a lot of meanings that you can use not to help yourself, but to help others as well.