The Basics of Tarot
Posted: May 24 2017
Modern day Tarot actually began as a card game in Europe during the 1500's. Then known as Tarocchi, it later evolved into a method of divination and continues to be used as such today. Tarot decks are composed of 78 cards: 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana are traditionally divided into 4 suits: swords, cups, pentacles, and wands/batons. With so many beautifully varied decks available today, there is no universal way to interpret a tarot spread. Certainly the meanings of most of the cards overlap from deck to deck, but it ultimately depends on the interaction between author, reader, deck and Spirit to yield a valid and meaningful reading. Tarot isn't a means of telling the future, but more like a mirror you can hold up to yourself to gain insight into your feelings, your current situations and relationships. A good reading can reveal mental and emotional blocks, skills that should be learned, and possible outcomes based on decisions you make. (Or it can be used just for fun!) Tarot is a companion and guide that connects you to your highest self.
When choosing a tarot deck, don't become overwhelmed. It is enough to feel an intuitive pull towards a deck. A common concern I often hear is that one must receive his/her tarot as a gift. In my opinion, however, it's not necessary to get started this way, especially if it's the only thing holding you back. In my case, for example, I felt a strong inspiration to begin reading, but had no one to gift me with a deck. A trusted counselor (and reader) told me to simply buy one for myself. It was wonderful advice and I have developed a special bond with my deck--that I gifted to myself! I practice with 4 decks, including these available on our site by Spirit Speak and The Wild Unknown. Both are perfect for both beginners and experienced readers, and I offer a free single card reading with any tarot purchase.
The art of tarot is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. Our culture as a whole is going through a profound awakening as the Divine Feminine returns to our collective consciousness. As we make this exciting shift we experience union with the sacred feminine through vibrant imagery and symbols, the primary language of Spirit. Many seekers experience vivid dreams as they undergo this change and dream work is a perfect stepping stone to the art of tarot. Maybe you are going through your own process of inner-self discovery and have heard this mystical call. Maybe you have simply taken notice of the growing popularity of tarot and are curious, but don't know where to begin. Either way, there is no right or wrong way to approach tarot, as long as you are following your inner voice. As with most spiritual practices, the suspension of one's disbelief and keeping an open heart are essential for one's most rewarding experience.