Games to Play With Tarot CardsWritten by Lisa Lamont
The lighter side of Tarot deals with games played using this deck of uniquely peculiar cards. These range from highly complex to those a four-year-old can play. “Zarcana,” a complicated game encompassing battles, voyages, life, death, love, loss, and more can be played indefinitely – or until one player in a winning position decides to declare game finished. Another game appeals to younger set because of its much simpler rules. Each player is dealt a card and whatever image is on card, player must enact a semblance. This can be quite humorous and fun for younger children. Imagine delight when a player is dealt The Fool!
There are as many Tarot games as there are Tarot aficionados, and a quick look through Internet can locate more Tarot games than a person could humanly attempt to play in one lifetime. But this is joy of Tarot – and of Internet!
As with games, Tarot deck designs run gamut as well. After all, these cards have been around for hundreds of years, and each culture has contributed its own version. Sometimes even individuals have come forth with their own versions of game, and some of these have become quite popular. The Waite-Smith Tarot version (also known as “Rider-Waite”) of cards, created during early part of 20th century, has become probably most popular design used today. Along with Waite-Smith, some of better-known and still-used Tarot versions include Visconti-Sforza, Marseille, and Minchiate. These latter decks often feature elaborate artwork without a great deal of occult imagery and, depending on personal tastes, can sometimes be construed as masterpieces of Renaissance design.
Understanding a Tarot Card ReadingWritten by Lisa Lamont
Getting most from a Tarot card reading relies on reader’s ability to perceive not only symbolic meaning from spread, but also mystical significance. Although every card of both Major and Minor Arcana possesses its own individual symbolism within representative images on cards, it is deeper, spiritual enlightenment of cards that leads to a greater understanding. Attaining this type of perception is key to making Tarot a truly valid part of life.
The 76 cards of a Tarot deck each have a specific, external meaning. These are specified by positive and negative characteristics governing chief aspects of our lives (Major Arcana), as well as day-to-day import reflected in suits and by each card within suits (Minor Arcana).
The representative images, however, go much deeper than what they portray at first glance. These images address part of psyche beyond our ability to control. They touch our inner selves, our subconscious, that part of ourselves that encompasses our innermost core. And this core provides basis for all influences that affect our character, that send both positive and negative energy, that govern directional path in which our lives proceed – or stall.
With Seven of Cups, for example, surface meaning implies material wealth. However, when theme of card, which includes delusional thoughts of acquiring wealth, becomes known to reader, Seven of Cups represents something else altogether. If asker wants to know, for instance, when he or she will when lottery, this card – by itself – shows futility of such a pursuit. However, depending upon position of card in spread, other cards surrounding that Seven of Cups, events that have previously occurred in questioner’s life, and very deepest driving forces within that person, card could very well imply tremendous riches on horizon.