What Are Tarot Cards?
Tarot cards are a set of 78 cards divided into two sections; 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. Each card has a picture, a name, and a story to tell. Depending on their position of the deck, the story and its associated symbols will tell a story or answer a question about a person’s past, present and future.
The Major Arcana
The 22 cards of the major arcana usually represent life’s bigger decisions and themes, such as career, relationships, spirituality, and destiny. The most famous major arcana cards are the “The Fool,” “The Lovers,” and “Death.”
The Minor Arcana
The 56 minor arcana are divided into four suits of fourteen cards. The four suits (also referred to as the Four Elements) are associated with days of the week, people and their roles and attitudes in life, and other symbols.
Before you learn to read Tarot cards, you need to have your own deck. There are many different decks available, so take the time to find the deck that speaks to you. Once you have your deck, it is important that you learn the meanings of each card. Books and online resources can provide helpful information about each card and their associated meanings.
Preparing to Read
Before you start reading Tarot cards, it is important to clear your mind and center your energy. Meditation is a great way to prepare for a Tarot card reading. After meditation, take the time to shuffle and form your deck. This will help you connect with the energies associated with the cards and give you a better understanding of what the cards mean.
Types of Spreads
Once you are ready to start reading the cards, it is important to know about different types of spreads. Spreads are reading layouts which can be used to answer specific questions. There are countless different spreads, from simple three-card readings to complex spreads with 13 cards. Choose the spread that’s right for your purpose and question.
Enjoy the Journey
Tarot card reading can be a great way to explore the unknown and gain insight into life’s mysteries. As you become more experienced with reading the cards, the stories and insights will become clearer. Enjoy the journey of discovering the answers and messages contained within the Tarot cards.
What are the different types of tarot readings?
1. Traditional Tarot Reading: A traditional tarot reading is a type of psychotherapy that involves using the traditional 78 tarot cards as a way to explore one’s conscious and unconscious mind. By looking at the various aspects of the cards, a tarot reader can help the individual gain insight into their past, present, and future.
2. Intuitive Tarot Reading: An intuitive tarot reading is a type of tarot reading that relies more on the intuition and insights of the tarot reader than on more structured interpretive rules and techniques. Tarot readers use their own internal wisdom, intuitive hunches, and even their psychic abilities to interpret the cards for the individual.
3. Personal Perspective Tarot Reading: A personal perspective tarot reading is a tarot reading that takes into account the specific life experiences, feelings, and intentions of the individual in order to tailor the interpretation of the cards. This type of tarot reading offers a unique way to look at one’s present situation as well as to gain deeper insights into the thoughts and feelings of the individual.
4. Spread Tarot Reading: A spread tarot reading is a type of tarot reading in which a larger selection of cards are used to interpret the individual’s life. A “spread” refers to the layout or pattern in which the tarot reader will lay out the cards. Different spreads will focus on different areas, such as the individual’s relationships, career, or finances.
Q: How many cards are in a tarot reading?
A: A tarot reading typically involves the use of 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards. However, exact numbers may vary depending on how the reading is structured.
Q: How does one interpret Tarot cards?
A: Tarot cards are interpreted differently by everyone. Generally, tarot is interpreted through the use of intuition, understanding symbolism, and connecting the dots between the cards. Generally, tarot cards are read in a spread, which helps to give the reader an understanding of the cards’ meanings. It is also important to remember that each tarot card has many different interpretations depending on the context of the spread and the reader.