Understanding the Tarot Card Deck - Part 2

Written by Lisa Lamont

Tarot card reading delves into an individual’s psyche and thus depends largely uponrepparttar energy that person generates, whether consciously or subconsciously. And because human beings are complex creatures with all kinds of major and minor issues – not only negative, but positive as well –repparttar 122141 Tarot must duly address them all. So, althoughrepparttar 122142 Major Arcana bring to lightrepparttar 122143 larger issues in life, there also existsrepparttar 122144 Minor Arcana – which serverepparttar 122145 purpose of illuminatingrepparttar 122146 “secret and closed” events, feelings, needs, and everyday details of our existence.

Fifty-six cards constituterepparttar 122147 Minor Arcana within these suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. And just as withrepparttar 122148 Major Arcana,repparttar 122149 interpretation of these cards lies not onlyrepparttar 122150 face-value meanings ofrepparttar 122151 cards, but also in how they are laid (the “spread” – whether they are upside down,repparttar 122152 positions they take in your chosen pattern, etc.),repparttar 122153 mindset and emotions ofrepparttar 122154 interpreter and ofrepparttar 122155 person being “read,” andrepparttar 122156 very questions themselves. Reading Tarot cards successfully takes time, and with that comes experience –repparttar 122157 key to giving a good reading.

But one must start atrepparttar 122158 beginning, learningrepparttar 122159 meanings of each ofrepparttar 122160 individual 56 Minor Arcana. As mentioned above, these are divided intorepparttar 122161 four suits of Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. And each suit encompassesrepparttar 122162 Ace, then 2-10 numeral cards, and finallyrepparttar 122163 court cards:repparttar 122164 Page, Knight, Queen, and King – very similar to an ordinary deck of playing cards in some ways, yet powerfully different in others!

Each suit inrepparttar 122165 Minor Arcana represents distinctive characteristics, and these combined qualities create an image of our day-to-day lives. The suits and a very abbreviated listing of some of their characteristics include:

Tarot Basics

Written by Lisa Lamont

A Tarot card deck typically consists of 78 colorful cards imprinted with what many deem fascinating and curious images. The cards, each filled with a particular meaning and portent, most often come somewhat larger than ordinary playing cards and make an impressive display when ritually laid out. This deck of special cards can be used by a trained “reader” for glimpsing into his or her own future or that of another person for whomrepparttar cards are read. The Tarot deck, divided into Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, contains 22 symbolic cards and 56 suit cards – wands, swords, cups, and pentacles – interestingly also called “pip” cards.

Many types and styles of Tarot cards exist, and a breakdown of evenrepparttar 122140 more common Tarot card deck reads like a mysterious journey intorepparttar 122141 occult – and perhaps it is! The Major Arcana includesrepparttar 122142 magician, high priestess, empress, emperor, hierophant (a sage or wise man), lovers, chariot, strength, hermit, wheel, justice, hanged man, death, temperance, devil, tower, star, moon, sun, judgment, world. The Minor Arcana (the suits) consists ofrepparttar 122143 aces, twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights, nines, tens, court cards, pages, knights, queens, and kings – all inrepparttar 122144 above-mentioned suits.

The key to successfully readingrepparttar 122145 Tarot deck, however, does not lie only in whatrepparttar 122146 cards mean, but in how to interpret them. A gifted Tarot reader can sometimes create a huge following by accurately predictingrepparttar 122147 futures of friends, family – even strangers who call on him or her for a reading.

“Tarot” comes fromrepparttar 122148 Italian word "Tarocchi,” a French card game originally termed “carte da trionfi” – “cards with trumps.” It has been theorized thatrepparttar 122149 name was shortened from “Tarocchi” to “Taro” and thus evolved over time into “Tarot” byrepparttar 122150 French. The definition of Tarot goes hand in hand withrepparttar 122151 origin ofrepparttar 122152 name because Tarot is considered to be a tool of divination by believers, andrepparttar 122153 roots ofrepparttar 122154 name explain, in part, how this came to be so, though we may never knowrepparttar 122155 complete story, since its complete origins have been lost inrepparttar 122156 passage of time.

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