Tarot cards originated in the Middle East and the first 5 suited tarot deck was made in Renaissance Italy. These cards were initially used in a card game called Tarocchi and eventually were used for astrological purposes. They help gaining insight into the past present and future of a person’s life and these results are believed to be guided by a spiritual force.
What happens in a Tarot card reading session?
All tarot reading sessions starts with the seeker asking the question regarding things in his/her life. Since the cards you choose are going to give you the answer, it’s essential to phrase the question in a very clear way. If this is your first time in a tarot reading session, many tarot readers will help you while framing the question.
What are the types of card in the tarot deck?
The tarot deck is made up of 78 cards with three groups consisting of the major arcana, minor arcana and court cards. Each deck has 22 major arcana, 40 minor arcana and 16 court cards.
Major Arcana: A tarot deck consists of 78 cards out of which 22 are major arcana. These cards indicate any major event or a huge change in a person’s life. While a tarot reading, if you pull a major arcana then it means a life changing event is set to happen in your life. The major arcana cards are numbered from 0 to 21 and each card has a different meaning.
Minor Arcana: Minor arcana is also known as the lesser arcana and comprises of four suits like a normal deck of playing cards. These 4 suits are Wands, Pentacles, Cups and Swords with 14 cards under each making a total of 56 minor arcana cards. Each card in the minor arcana is numbered from one to ten except for the court cards (page, knight, queen and king). The Minor arcana cards represent everyday situations and can also tell us about the energies we are surrounded by. The court cards represent us and the people we meet.
- Cups: These cards related to emotions and relationships and indicate change in those aspects.
- Pentacles: These cards are related to security and money. They often indicate changes in the professional life and finances
- Swords: These cards are related to intellect and conflict and indicate changes in negative areas of a person’s life
- Wands: These cards are associated to new projects and motivation and choosing this card would mean development in productivity, projects and goals.
What are some questions I can ask the tarot reader?
As talked about before, it’s essential to ask the right questions in a clear manner to get the necessary answers. Before meeting the tarot reader, take time to prepare a few important questions.
- What is my biggest block in my life at the moment?
- What talent do I have that I need to use more?
- What do I need to focus on right now?
- What will help me feel more at peace?
All cards regardless whether positive or negative have a positive side to them, so if you do get a card like the devil do ask your tarot reader about the positives in it.
This article was originally published on Sulekha.