Are you interested in getting a tarot card reading? The cards can tell you many interesting things about yourself and what may be coming up in your future. Their insights and predictions can give you direction if you want to achieve or avoid something the cards predict.
They can also let you know things about yourself you were never really aware of in the past, or give you the origins of some of your more mysterious traits.
Getting tarot cards reading is a rewarding psychic experience, and can be incredibly informative. Before you go in for your first reading, here are some things to know about tarot cards to get you up to date on what they are and what to expect them to do for you.
The Origins of Tarot Cards
Tarot cards are a pack of playing cards that have been in use from around the mid-1400’s in Europe. The standard tarot deck has 78 cards, though some decks have variations on themes and numbers. Originally, the tarot was used to play several regular card games that were popular in the era in which they were invented, such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot.
They were simple playing cards until around the late 1700’s, when it was discovered they had mystical properties, and began to be used by mystics and fortune tellers.
Some occultists think there is evidence that the tarot has origins in Jewish mysticism or in ancient Egypt. While both of these groups had mystical cards they used for divination, there is no evidence they were like the tarot cards we know today and that have been around in Europe since the Middle Ages.
In fact, there is no solid evidence of the modern tarot being used in spiritual and divination pursuits until the late 18th century.
What is in a Standard Tarot Deck?
The tarot deck (at least the standard one) has many things in common with the standard playing deck. It has four suits, which vary according to the region from which the deck comes. Each suit has the regular pip cards that go from one to ten (or sometimes Ace, depending on the deck).
The Tarot deck also has four face cards (similar to the King, Queen, Knight, and Jack in the regular card deck). The tarot varies from the common playing deck with its set of 21 trump suit cards, and one card called The Fool. Some tarot readers use The Fool as a top trump, while others do not do this, singling out The Fool as a card on its own.
The trump cards and The Fool are called the major arcana cards. The pip cards and face cards are called the minor arcana. Each card has a special meaning in a reading, and the order in which it is turned over in relation to the other cards also has special meaning for divination purposes. While regular tarot games are still played in many parts of Europe, the tarot is primarily known today as a deck of divination cards.
The Origin of the Tarot for Divination
While the tarot was no commonly used for divination until the late 18th century, there is evidence for it being used for divination as early as 1540, during the reign of Henry VIII in England. This was the year a book called The Oracles of Francesco Marcolino da Forli was published.
This book gives a basic method for using the tarot cards for divination. This early method of divination only used cards to select an oracle at random. The oracle was the only card with a meaning. The cards used to select it had no meaning to themselves, except to choose the divination card. It wasn’t until the early to mid-1700’s that other books on using the tarot for divination began to be published.
These books assigned meanings to each of the cards and gave a method of laying them out to tell the future and give information about the person getting the reading. Each card possesses a pictogram and title that represents a specific concept or archetype.
The belief in divination associated with Tarot focuses on the prospect that whatever cards are dealt to the participant will be revelatory. The first evidenece of someone regularly using tarot cards for divination is in a 1765 diary by the legendary Giacomo Casanova, where he says his Russian mistress often used a deck of tarot cards to divine things.
A French Protestant minister, who was also a Mason, published a book on the origin of the Tarot’s symbolism in the late 1700’s, though he made the mistake of believing the symbolism related back to the religion of ancient Egypt.
He included the names of the Egyptian gods for many of the cards in the deck. In addition, being a minister, he included four of the tarot cards as representative of the four cardinal virtues of Christianity:
Strength, Temperance, Prudence, and Justice.
Even though the concept of divination went against Christian teachings, he evidently wanted to believe they weren’t all bad, and had some Christian influence to them. This book is one of the first known publications to discuss the symbolism of the tarot at length.
Getting a Tarot Reading
The divination properties of the tarot have been confirmed again and again over the centuries with their accurate descriptions and predictions regarding the people for whom the readings are being done.
It is not clear how a regular pack of playing cards became linked with the spiritual world, but someone made the connection along the way, and this connection has stuck with the tarot deck since then, even the ones that are mass produced for a general audience.
The cards do not have to be hand-painted to have spiritual properties. You can go to any tarot reader with training and experience and get an accurate reading regardless of the deck they are using. As long as your tarot reader is familiar with the peculiarities of the deck they are using, and its variances from other decks, you can get your reading in confidence.
When you go get a reading, just sit and relax as the tarot reader shuffles and lays out the cards. Let your reader do most of the talking, so as not to influence the reading. You can discuss things that come up if you have questions, but don’t reveal any unnecessary information about yourself until after the reading.
This is true whether you get a reading in person or over the phone. And phone readings are just as valid and accurate as in person readings. As long as the reader has a connection to you, a tarot reading is an excellent and accurate way to get the answers you seek to your spiritual and personal questions.