Tarot cards are an ancient form of divination, whose origins are shrouded by the thick fog of time. Tarot was used during Renaissance in Italy as a popular game, and was rediscovered by occult scholars in the 18th century, and was connected to other forms of occultism.
What are Tarot cards?
It is an oracle that can answer questions about the past, the present and of course the future. It is a tool for guidance and for self-discovery and to get in touch with one's own intuition. Tarot cards are an intermediary between the conscious and the unconscious mind. One thing they are not is a tool for black magic.
Essentially, Tarot is simply a set of symbols printed on a pack of 78 cards. These cards are shuffled and dealt, just as ordinary playing cards. The Tarot has four suits with 10 numbered cards and four court cards in each suit. In most Tarot decks, there are also 22 numbered Major Arcana. While the Major Arcana are the more powerful, since they deal with major life changes and philosophies of life, the Minor Arcana are often more commonly used in readings because they refer to the mundane events most questioners ask about. They are divided into four suits.
What Can the Tarot Cards Tell You?
Tarot cards are not fortune-telling cards; they will not tell you that a certain event is definitely going to happen. The philosophy behind the Tarot is that all future events are subject to change, and if you are warned of unpleasant events in advance, you can prevent them.
» Tarot cards benevolently warn that danger lies ahead if you stay on your current course and change nothing. You may choose to ignore this warning, but when you pass the danger zone, you will pay quite severely. Or you can take preventive measures and change the course of events.
» Tarot does not tell fortunes because divulging details of an unalterable future is counter-productive. On the contrary, it is supposed to make you think and act. It subscribes to the view that future events can be changed if you take note of them and act appropriately.
» Tarot cards can answer questions about the past, as well as those about the future. And they can reveal the present as well. Often, the cards can show the thoughts, feelings and motivations of the questioner, and of others who are related to the question. Most relationship spreads have positions for both partners for this reason. If there is something that you must know in order to solve a problem, the Tarot can and will reveal it to you. Often, you'll find that you already knew it, but you overlooked it or ignored it.
» Tarot cards are also a wonderful source of advice and guidance. In the hands of an expert, Tarot cards can make a good counsellor.
» They do not always tell you what you want to know, but they do always tell what you need to know. They do not always answer the question that you ask, but they will always answer the question that needs answering the most.