How To Interpret The Tarot

The Tarot card is probably one of the most popular divination tools, because it evokes visions of witches, gypsies and other mysterious creatures of the occult, or the supernatural.  The tarot is popular because each card has its own inscriptions, images and symbols, and if you're not an expert at interpreting each card's meaning, gaining a full understanding may be quite hard. Here's a primer on how to understand and interpret the Tarot card.

Tarot Card Basics

The tarot is a pack of playing cards, which consists of 78 pieces, and it divided into two distinct parts, the Major Arcana, which means “greater secrets”, and the Minor Arcana (“lesser secrets”). The Major Arcana consists of twenty-two cards without suits, and these include The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Justice, Wheel Of Fortune, Death, The Hanged Man, Temperance, The Tower, The Devil, The Moon, The Star, The Sun, Judgment, The Fool and The World.  The Minor Arcana suit consists of fifty-six cards, which are divided into four suits each. 

History Of Tarot Card Use

According to historians, tarot cards were first known to have appeared in certain parts of Europe in the Middle Ages (15th Century).  The Italians called it the “tarocchini” while the French simply referred to it as the tarot.   From the 15th up to the 18th centuries, the Tarot card was used by occultists and other mystics, as a tool for mapping and charting the mental and spiritual pathways. 

What Are The Two Types Of Tarot Readings?

There are actually two ways for reading tarot cards.  These two are Question Readings  and Open Readings. In a question reading, the reader addresses, or tries to address a specific question.  The tarot however is not generally intended for answering specific Yes or No questions, but should instead be used for guiding the questioner in making the right decisions.  The questions must also be open-ended, and must also be focused, although not too detailed. If you're the one formulating the question,  make sure your question would focus on you, rather on someone else, whom you think is the cause of your problems or issues.  And when asking a question, always make sure that the question is formulated  in a positive manner, instead of being too overly negative or pessimistic. 

In an open Tarot reading, the reader as well as the person asking the question, should address larger aspects or issues of life, rather than simply focus on a single event or problem. Open readings are generally done  when the individual is entering a new phase or stage in life.  This means that open readings are good for people who are getting married, graduating from college, starting a new family, moving to a new location or home, and starting a new job.  However, you can still redirect an open reading to a general area you wish to cover, such as your health, business or career fortunes.  However, that's as specific an open reading gets.  

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