Working with Tarot Cards
Reading the tarot cards is not just about the cards, the spread is just as important, particularly if you want insight into a specific area of your life.
Tarot, as we know it now, was invented sometime in the middle 15th century in Italy. It closely mirrored the playing cards of the day. Some believe that people had started using playing cards for divination purposes and the tarot were just a refined version of these cards. These basics playing cards had four suits of ten cards each. These cards were brought to Europe from the Islamic world. It is thought that tarot originated when gypsies and astrologers started using ordinary playing cards to tell fortunes.
During the 15th century, special cards were added to the playing cards. Later, these became known as the major arcana cards, then called the trumps or triumphs. The major arcana cards consist of 22 cards with titles rather than numbers and suit. Each one has a strong symbolic meaning and are considered to be the 'leaders' of the tarot deck. The remaining 56 cards are referred to as the minor arcana cards. Usually these cards are split into four suits: cups, staves, swords, and coins. Though there are many variations on this.
Tarot has evolved since it's original form. Becoming more complex and rich in symbology. The cards themselves have gained meaning over the years from the cultures that adopted their use.
Some cards have come and gone, like The Pope, The Juggler, The Arrow etc. however, around the 17th century, tarot evolved into the form we now know . Many famous alchemists and prophets have used tarot, including Nostradamus and Aristotle.
Tarot cards align with the energies projected onto them. As you shuffle the deck, you and your energies place the cards where they will be most beneficial for you. I always shuffle the deck until the cards feel right. Some people shuffle the cards three times then cut. It is really up to the user. Tarot cards tap into the spirit realm, or the energies of the user to give their readings.
For centuries, people have been using symbols as a type of divination. Tarot is no different. Each of the 78 cards has an individual meaning. Tarot is an interactive Divination art. The cards interact with each other, giving them a new meaning that is more complex.
You place the cards into various spread where the placement of each card gives it even further meaning. The cards in the spread has a lot to do with how they interact with each other. A card representing the past will influence cards representing the present and the future. There are many different spreads including the Celtic cross, the three card spread, the spread of fates, the single card reading, the circle and cross and the ancestors to name a few.
Here are a few Tarot or Rune spreads. I will keep is simple and brief. Make up your own spreads. Find the ones which will work best for you. These are a few of my favorites. Remember, when spreading the cards, shuffle thinking of the question. Use your energy to focus the cards on what you want answered.
1. The Past
2. The Present
3. The Future
1. Influence or Atmosphere
3. The Eventual Goal
4. Influencing Events of the Past
5. The Immediate Past
6. The Immediate Future
7. Attitude or position on the Matter
8. The Environment Influencing the Matter
9. Hope and Fears
10. Final Outcome
1. The Root of the Problem
2. The Immediate Past
3. The Present
4. The Immediate Future Choice
5. The First Choice
6. The Second Choice
7. The Impact of the First Choice on your Life
8. The Impact of the Second Choice on you Life