Origin of Tarot Cards
The origin of Tarot is somewhat obscure, the most common theories leads to the symbol rich culture of ancient Egypt and Thoth, with the connection to the ancient mystery school teachings. There is a common myth that Tarot was brought to Europe by Gypsies. Some believe that a form of Tarot goes back to ancient China.
Reading of Tarot Cards
A tarot reading to a large extent depends upon the assessment of the Tarot reader. The interpretations may vary from reader to reader. And each point of view is more or less correct. Tarot reading first requires reader to get in touch with one’s intuitive self and the energies of the card.
While many truly believe Tarots to mystically provide divine messages or cosmic insights in the matter, few people see them as a mere help in dealing with Human psychology. The meaningful patterns are thought to provide a different insight and flash of inspiration to solve a problem. No wonder, many consider Tarot reading to be a deep spiritual experience. It is also considered that divination through cards involve stimulating intuition to provide answers that lie in the sub-conscious. The answers can be regarding one’s self or the events in life.
Decks of Tarot Cards
Hundreds of tarot decks are available today. The range is from the classics to the modern ones. The "Rider Waite" pack is the most common one. Essentially, all the deck has the same core meaning of ‘soul’. They all are symbolic of encoded mysteries of universe. Some decks vary from the standard cards number of 78. The deck can vary from the myth-to-myth, psychological information and the aspects of life regarding which one wants to enquire.
Spreads of Tarot Cards
Spreads are the frameworks in which the cards are arranged and are read out as insightful whole. The choice of single card spread for gaining quick answers to the question, or using Celtic cross spread to gain more details about the specific situation is collaborated by the tarot reader and the querent. Mandala spread is usually taken into account for spiritual readings.
Major Arcana of Tarot Cards
Major Arcana cards depict insight about action, behaviour or events through its powerful symbolism. They represent the state of being in terms of mental, emotional or spiritual condition at the time of reading. These Arcana cards are numbered from 1 to 21. It represents the journey through life, starting out as the innocent and carefree card representing ‘The Fool’ (at number 0), and going through all the stages of life until one gets to ‘The World’ (at number 21). Each of the trump cards represents an important issue in one’s life and asks to pay particular attention to this situation. In the Major Arcana, the first 11 cards represent the journey out into the world while the last 11 represent the journey into one’s own awareness.
Lesser Arcana of Tarot Cards
Lesser Arcana cards consist of 56 cards broken down into 4 different suits, namely; ‘The Wands’, ‘The Cups’, ‘The Swords’ and ‘The Pentacles’. Each of these suits consists of cards numbered from Ace (number 1) to 10, followed by 4 court cards. These cards hold lesser vibrations than those of the Major Arcana. Each of the numbered suit cards follows vibrations similar to its number in relation to Numerology. The Lesser Arcana is a grouping of 56 tarot cards that acts as a support system for the Major Arcana.