What is a tarot deck?
A tarot deck consists of 78 cards, 22 major arcana, and 56 minor. They
are as follows:
|Major Arcana: 0-21
0 -The Fool
1 -The Magician
2 -The High Priestess
3 -The Empress
4 -The Emperor
5 -The Hierophant
6 -The Lovers
7 - The Chariot
8 - Strength
9 - The Hermit
10 -The Wheel of Fortune
12 -The Hanged Man
13 - Death
14 - Temperance
15 - The Devil
16 - The Tower
17 - The Star
18 - The Moon
19 - The Sun
20 – Judgment
21- The World
The Pip Cards – Ace through Ten
The Court Cards - Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings
The four suits – Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles
What are the origins?
The honest answer is, nobody really knows. The exact origins of the tarot
are a mystery. Some believe the first deck was created in Northern Italy
around 1400. Others believe the major arcana are derived from Hermes Trismegistus,
King of Egypt. Still other beliefs are that gypsies brought them from
India, that scholars in China invented them, etc. There is a correspondence
between the major arcana and the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and because
of this they are often related to Kabalistic lore of the Hebrews.
Note: It is believed by many that playing cards are
derived from the tarot. The Joker is supposedly the only major arcana
card in a regular card deck, and is based on the Fool
The Court Cards are represented as follows:
The suits are represented as follows:
What can tarot be used for?
Tarot can be used for many things; however, it is most commonly used for
divination, or to gain insight to a question or situation. Tarot can also
be used for meditation, visualization and spiritual guidance. Some collect
decks for the beauty of the artwork, and there are currently hundreds
of different decks in existence today. If you are interested in getting
a deck, there are many online sites you can buy one through, and most
bookstores and new ages stores also carry them.
What is a spread?
A tarot spread is a layout of cards, with each card representing something
based on the position it falls in for that reading. There are hundreds
of spreads, and I put the most popular requests on my ordering form. If
you do not see the spread/layout you would like, just fill out our customized
reading request form. I will reply to you in regards to your request.
How does it work?
Once I receive your reading request, I will shuffle the cards with your
question/s in mind. I will then layout the particular spread you want,
and do the reading based on the cards that are laid and the positions
they fall in. There are two ways I interpret the cards, the first being
the symbolic, or traditional meaning of them. The second way I interpret
is based on the intuitive feeling I am getting from the overall spread,
and I combine both of these and then do the reading.
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