A Beginner’s Guide to Tarot Cards

Tarot cards belong to the alternative spirituality tradition and are one of the many forms of divination. They are usually employed to explore potential outcomes of events and evaluate the influences that surround the person having their tarot read. Whether you’re a believer in the spiritual dimension or not, having a tarot card reading can be a great way to find out more about yourself, the influences upon your life and the way you make decisions.

Do Tarot Cards Predict the Future?

The simple answer is no, tarot card cannot predict the future. Many readers of tarot cards believe that the future is a fluid and ever-changing entity and therefore predicting any future events is impossible. Tarot cards are more about examining the possible outcomes of recent events and the influences that are exerted upon a particular issue. The subject may not be aware of these influences before the reading, but will have informed the reader of the particular issue they are worried or curious about. A successful reading should give the subject more information in order to make better choices in their day to day life.

The Tarot Cards

When a reading takes place, the cards are dealt in a particular arrangement, known as a ‘spread’. Each position in a spread relates to a different aspect of the question posed by the subject. Common examples include the Three Fates and the Celtic Cross, although you can find many more on sites like Kooma, that specialize in alternative spirituality and tarot readings. In a standard deck there are two types of tarot cards; Major and Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana can be compared to a deck of playing cards, as they come in four suits and each suit has cards 1-10 and face cards, named Page, Knight, King and Queen. The Major Arcana are the more famous cards, and they stand alone. The Major Arcana cards include Strength, Temperance, the Fool, Death, the Devil and the Hanged Man.

The Tarot Reader

Many tarot card readers refer to themselves as psychics, clairvoyants or practitioners of magic. They all have different ideas about where their talent comes from and some believe they are tapping into a universal mind or consciousness in order to interpret the cards. Whatever the explanation offered by a tarot card reader, it’s important to choose someone who makes you feel comfortable and at ease. It’s now possible to have tarot readings done online, making the whole process swifter and more convenient for the subject. 

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