A Guide To Tarot Card Reading

Tarot cards are a magical gift. You can learn so much about yourself when choosing to let the cards guide you through a certain situation or life itself. It can feel overwhelming when you first look at a deck of tarot cards and see all the images, colors, numbers, and symbols. Once you take the time to understand each card and the meaning behind it, you open yourself up to new opportunities.

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What To Expect In This Post:

  1. Origin of Tarot Cards

  2. Summary of the Major Arcana Cards

  3. Summary of the Minor Arcana Cards

  4. Popular Spreads

  5. Example Reading

Origin of Tarot Cards

Table games and playing cards have been associated with divination on and off for centuries. When stakes are high, we seem to have an instinct to read into our fate in search of meaning, satisfaction, clarity and direction.

Tarot cards is a tool we use to bridge divination and reality into one.

The tarot card deck is developed from the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. (I will get into what each section means later in this post) "Tarot cards likely originated in northern Italy during the late 14th or early 15th century. The oldest surviving set, known as the Visconti-Sforza deck, was created for the Duke of Milan’s family around 1440. The cards were used to play a bridge-like game known as tarocchi, popular at the time among nobles and other leisure lovers. According to tarot historian Gertrude Moakley, the cards’ fanciful images—from the Fool to Death—were inspired by the costumed figures who participated in carnival parades. " (Where do tarot cards come from?, BRENDAN I. KOERNER)

Major Arcana

Cards 1-21 comprise the Fool's journey, where The Fool (the adventure seeker in all of us) travels through life's major experiences, represented in these 21 archetypal personas to gain knowledge, grow, and achieve an epitome of freedom, joy, and love.

Each Major Arcana card has it's own interpretation and description of the name, drawing, symbols, numbers, and colors. To learn the full description and meaning of each card archetype, you definitely need: Tarot For Beginners, by Meg Hayertz on Amazon.com.

Here is a list of the 21 Major Arcana cards: