Learn The Art And Mysteries Of The Tarot
The origins of the Tarot are legendary. In the Italy of the 1400s, the first picture Tarot cards appeared as additions to the older card decks containing four suits. Ancient Tarot decks were found in Milan, dating back to the mid-1400s. At that time, these decks were painted by skilled artists for families of royalty or of some importance.
It is believed that the original Tarot decks were used only in games. In the mid-1500s, the Tarot deck became a divination tool. The first expanded decks consisted of 56 suited playing cards and an additional set of 22 Tarot cards displaying various symbols and figures.
You will find many variations on the Tarot deck and every Tarot Reader has his or her favorite. The artwork and symbols may vary, but most readers agree on the meaning of the cards and will read them accordingly. The most popular deck in Western cultures is the Rider-Waite deck.
The basic principles of Tarot are not all that difficult, though Tarot experts will tell you that it takes years to learn to interpret these cards with nuance and skill. The Tarot deck is separated into two major categories: The Major and Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana, known as the “greater secrets”, is comprised of The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Hermit, The Hanged Man, The Devil, The Wheel of Fortune, The Lovers, The Chariot, The Tower, The World, Temperance, Judgement, Death, Justice, Strength, The Sun, The Moon, and The Star.
The Minor Arcana, called the “lesser secrets” has 56 cards, called “the pips”. These cards are divided into four suits, just as in a standard deck of cards. There are ten numbered cards and four royal or court cards, consisting of The Knight, The Page, The King and The Queen. In modern Tarot decks, the ancient Italian suits of batons, coins, cups and swords are replaced with pentacles or disks, wands, staves and rods.
To learn about Tarot and the meaning of the cards, you should first study each card. There are numerous books, CDs and videos that explain the art of Tarot, but there is nothing more important in learning Tarot than to study and get a feel for each card. Notice the symbols and the overall theme of the card.
Look at the division of the cards: Swords which relate to the element of Air, encouraging communication, spiritual enlightenment, and the world of ideas; Cups which relate to the element of Water, where the world of emotion, soul and deep feeling reigns; Wands, which relate to the element of Fire, personal power, anger, strength, war and conflict; and Disks, which relate to the element of Earth, physical action, material creation and manifestation.
When you are learning Tarot, it is important to have a sense of each of the cards and how they make you feel. It is your interpretation of these cards that will help you construct and tell the story for a Tarot client.
As a new student, learning about Tarot, you should focus on the elements and concepts associated with each of the four Tarot card sets (Swords, Disks, Cups and Wands). As you watch the cards unfold, you will already have a sense of the part of your client’s life that is foretold in this reading. Perhaps the reading will center on a relationship, or success in career, or health.
Remember that it is not important that you understand what the cards are telling you. It is important that you tell the client what the cards are saying because the message is for them – not for you – and they are likely to a better understanding of what the cards are telling you and how it relates to their life.
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