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All About Tarot: Behind the Mystery

Interested in exploring the world of Tarot but don’t know where to start? You’re not alone! Many beginners find Tarot cards initially perplexing and daunting. Fear not, for we are here to demystify this ancient tool while preserving its mystical allure.

Read on to find answers to some of the most common Tarot questions and discover our wealth of resources to assist you on your Tarot journey.

What is Tarot?

Tarot is a divination system employing a distinct set of 78 illustrated cards. Some view Tarot as a means to glimpse into the future or explore concealed aspects of a situation, while others use it for therapeutic purposes or as a means to spark creativity and establish sacred moments for themselves.

Tarot cards are small paper cards, arranged in a deck much like playing cards, and are employed for divination. Each card represents a unique archetypal energy or fundamental life lesson.

Tarot cards serve multiple purposes. Primarily, they are used for personal readings, enabling individuals to seek answers to their most pressing life questions by interpreting the symbols and imagery of the Tarot. Beyond readings, Tarot cards can act as prompts for meditation, reminders of personal goals, or sources of inspiration for journaling and artistic expression. The possibilities are virtually limitless!

What is a Tarot card reading? Are Tarot readings legitimate?

At its core, a Tarot card reading involves focusing on a query, shuffling a Tarot card deck, and randomly selecting one or more cards from it. The crux of a Tarot reading lies in its interpretation. As you contemplate the cards that emerge during your reading, fresh perspectives emerge, providing deeper insight and empowerment.

Tarot readings are indeed legitimate. While there are various methods of interpreting Tarot cards, they all center around genuine emotions, questions, and insights.

How many cards are in a Tarot deck?

A standard Tarot deck comprises 78 cards. The first 22 are referred to as the Major Arcana, while the remaining 56 cards make up the Minor Arcana, divided into four suits – Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. Occasionally, deck creators include additional cards beyond the original 78 to convey their artistic vision, seen as a bonus.

How do you read Tarot cards?

Numerous methods exist for reading Tarot cards, but here are some beginner-friendly steps to consider:

  1. Frame your question openly and discern your true inquiry.
  2. Select or create a Tarot spread with positions relevant to your question.
  3. Shuffle the cards without a specific technique, meditating on your question.
  4. Delve into interpreting the cards to answer your question. No need to memorize traditional meanings – referencing a guidebook or resource is acceptable. Remember, your own emotions and intuition play a crucial role in deciphering the messages tailored for you. Consider card interactions as well.

Where does Tarot come from?

The origins of Tarot are shrouded in speculation and debate. While the oldest known Tarot cards hail from 15th century Italy and were initially used for card games, the archetypal roots of today’s Tarot deck trace back thousands of years to diverse traditions in China, India, Egypt, Greece, and the Middle East. Enthusiasts of these mythologies and philosophies may detect subtle references within the cards.

Why do Tarot readings hold such power?

The potency of Tarot readings can be attributed to various factors:

  1. The Collective Unconscious: Tarot symbols and narratives resonate with universal human understanding, tapping into Carl Jung’s concept of the “collective unconscious” – a shared, inherent knowledge.
  2. Synchronicity: Tarot can align with life’s inexplicable coincidences, providing meaningful connections that feel almost magical.
  3. Meaning-Making: Humans seek meaning in their experiences and often construct narratives from Tarot illustrations that mirror their lives.

Are Tarot cards malevolent? Can they negatively impact your life?

No, Tarot cards are not malevolent and do not invite negative influences into your life. While some may find Tarot intimidating, it is merely a tool offering insights and guidance for positive life changes.

Can Tarot predict the future?

Tarot readings can offer a keen understanding of the probabilities in a situation, primarily by helping you comprehend your past and present more deeply. While some Tarot traditions emphasize future prediction, it predominantly serves as a meditation tool that provides insights for personal growth.

Are online Tarot readings genuine?

Surprisingly, online Tarot readings can be even more authentic than in-person sessions. This is because you conduct the reading, tapping into your own intuition rather than relying on an external reader. Our interactive online environment, combined with your unique energy, empowers you to extract meaningful answers.

Can anyone read Tarot cards?

Indeed, anyone can read Tarot cards! While it requires effort to become acquainted with the cards and determine your preferred approach, even those without prior Tarot knowledge can derive wisdom from them. You don’t need psychic abilities; intuition, inherent in everyone, is the key to Tarot reading.

How do you shuffle Tarot cards?

Shuffling Tarot cards mirrors shuffling regular playing cards. Cut, mix, or simply jumble the deck. The crucial element is the intention you infuse while shuffling, focusing on the question for which you seek answers.

How do you cleanse Tarot cards?

Occasionally, you may wish to “reset” your Tarot cards. Various methods exist for cleansing them:

  1. Pass them through cleansing smoke, such as with our Intuition Burn Wand.
  2. Leave them outside during a Full Moon or New Moon.
  3. Wrap them in silk or linen for a few days.
  4. Surround them with crystals or place them on a selenite charging plate for a few hours.

What do Tarot cards mean?

Each Tarot card has developed unique meanings over the centuries. You can explore basic interpretations in our Tarot Card Meanings guide. Remember, traditional meanings are just the starting point – every Tarot reader forms their own associations with the cards.

What are Tarot birth cards? How do I find my Tarot birth card?

A Tarot birth card holds special significance based on your birthdate, reflecting a central aspect of your life’s path and the essential lessons you must learn. Discover your Tarot birth cards using our custom calculator.

Which Tarot deck should I purchase?

Choosing a Tarot deck largely hinges on your personal taste. Factors to consider include the artwork that appeals to you and your level of Tarot experience. Explore our collection of Tarot decks, examining individual cards to assess the deck’s energy and determine the best fit for you.

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