Lockdowns during the Covid pandemic meant that many people had more time to think about their lives and think seriously about their future. For many it was a time when they learned yoga or meditated regularly, and for some it was also an opportunity to delve into personal and spiritual development with tarot cards. With a stack of tarot cards tucked away, it’s time to bring them out to discover how you can use them to gain insight into your spiritual growth and general wellbeing. Here is a very quick rundown of what tarot is all about so you can start learning more about yourself and your destiny.
Where are you from? The first tarot cards were invented in Milan, Italy, in the 15th century. They were used as a card game for entertainment, then as a game of chance, and finally as a tool for divination. The original images were modified over the centuries, with various designers adding embellishments to suit their own ideology and spiritual leanings.
How are modern tarot cards? Most modern tarot cards are a series of 78 colorful pictures filled with symbols that your inner mind translates into messages about your life. A standard tarot deck has two main sections called the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. These are basically a set of trump cards combined with a series of pip cards that are very similar to regular playing cards.
The major arcana: These cards are numbered 0-21 and relate to spiritual principles, psychological influences, and the important lessons you will learn in your life. The major arcana shows the background of the events. These cards provide information about the essentials of a situation. They show the psychology behind certain behaviors and the spiritual meaning of certain events. The characters on the Major Arcana maps have archetypal powers associated with them. They represent essential qualities like intuition, innocence, wisdom, temptation and change. The order of these cards can also represent progress from ignorance to enlightenment.
The minor arcana: The cards in the Little Arcana deal with everyday reality. They indicate situations like romance, money, friendships, disputes, family matters, and your career. There are 56 cards in this part of the tarot, and these are the equivalent of modern playing cards as they are divided into four colors: cups, pentacles, swords, and wands. Each color has four court cards: Page, Knight, Queen and King. The remaining cards for each suit are numbered from ace to ten. When a card made of the color Cups appears during a reading, it reveals information about feelings and relationships. Cards in the pentacles suit deal with a person’s material world. In the Swords suit, the information is about the thoughts, worries and the way someone communicates their ideas. Wands suit is all about passion, adventure and a high level of enthusiasm.
What is the Best Tarot Deck for Beginners? When you start learning about tarot use the Rider-Waite-Smith deck as it has universal appeal combined with obvious symbolism. All of the 78 cards in this deck have artwork depicting the designer’s intended meaning of the cards, making this deck easier to interpret than non-standard cards. It was first published in 1910 and its simplified imagery means your intuition can quickly glimpse any situation.
How do you work? Reading tarot cards is one way to tap into your subconscious. This part of your brain sees things in symbolic terms. In conjunction with your intuition, your subconscious knows all levels of a situation that you are worried about and offers insights and possible solutions from the pictures of a reading. Images are the language of the subconscious and tarot cards, full of symbolism, are an ideal tool to access information from this part of your mind. When using tarot cards for information on a specific problem, you are effectively asking your subconscious to arrange the cards in a pattern that will provide some enlightenment to your higher self. As you shuffle the cards, let go of any conscious control over the cards and allow your subconscious to choose appropriate images for you to interpret. Carl Jung, the eminent Swiss psychiatrist, understood that the past, present and future are connected. He was aware of how forms of divination such as tarot are able to provide insights into areas beyond normal consciousness. Jung coined the term synchronicity to explain this process as a meaningful coincidence. The concept of simply allowing your subconscious to find the right tarot cards (which always seem to give useful advice) is difficult for the limited mind to understand, so maybe first accept that your inner mind makes it possible and when you’ve tried a few readings you’ll understand that how it works isn’t as important as realizing it works, and it provides extremely valuable insight!
How do you read tarot cards? To become a tarot reader, you don’t have to spend years learning every interpretation of all cards. You don’t have to be a naturally gifted clairvoyant either. The images on tarot cards act as triggers for the subconscious, providing options and information for your mind to explore. Let’s start by thinking about a question that you would like the tarot to answer. Maybe it is a question like, “What area of my life am I neglecting?” Or, “What life lesson should I learn from this situation?” Or, “What is the best way to deal with this situation?” As you focus on this Concentrate question, randomly draw a tarot card from a shuffled deck. Look at the map and see what the main character does. How does this action relate to your question? That is all that a tarot reading is all about. Choosing even one tarot card can provide insight into a number of circumstances. As you know more about the cards, you can take a closer look at the symbols scattered around the picture and learn more about your circumstances. And you can use spreads with a lot more cards, and those spreads have specific positions that relate to certain aspects of your question. We don’t have space in a short blog post to explain how and why to use certain layouts for different types of readings, but be aware that a tarot reading is as simple as: focus on your question, mix You the cards while cards think about your request, deal out a certain number of cards appropriate for the spread you are using and see how the pictures on those cards relate to your request.
Why use tarot cards? The symbols on tarot cards provide insight into areas on a practical, spiritual, mental and emotional level. A tarot reading can also provide answers to decisions in areas like career, relationships, and finance. On a personal level, they point out aspects of life that you did not want to deal with and thus show the way to freeing yourself from internal conflicts. Tarot readings provide spiritual guidance by highlighting areas for which you can be thankful and showing how your life can be further enriched. By exploring the spiritual aspect of tarot and putting this knowledge into practice in everyday situations, you can make steady progress towards an awakening to your true nature, leading to a peaceful state of mind. Tarot will help you make better decisions so that whatever your circumstances, you can bring happiness and harmony into your life.