What is Tarot

What is Tarot

Tarot is the storybook of our life, the mirror to our soul, and the key to our inner wisdom.

– Biddy Tarot

A Tarot deck is made of 78 cards and divided into 2 groupings.  The Major Arcana is made up of 22 cards, which divulge “greater” secrets.  The Minor Arcana is made ups of 56 cards, which divulge lesser secrets and are further divided into four suits.  The suits of the Minor Arcana include Wands, Swords, Cups, and Pentacles. The fourteen cards in each suit are numbered Ace through Ten, plus the Court Cards: Page (Princess), Knight (Prince), Queen, and King.  Decks can vary in naming.  The suits and the court cards are not always called the same thing, but their core meanings are fairly universal.  

The Minor Arcana of the Tarot symbolize daily aspects of life, giving insight into our day to day lives.  They speak to us about challenges, talents, opportunities, experiences and the ups and downs of this thing we call “life”.  Each suit represents an element: Wands are Fire, Swords are Air, Cups are Water, and Pentacles are Earth. The suits can reflect attitude and temperament, such as a fiery person or someone who is “up in the air” or “down to earth.”  Determining a card’s significance is dependent upon the question, the reader, the person receiving the reading, and the placement of other cards in the spread.  

The Major Arcana are numbered 0 through 21, starting with The Fool, and ending with The World.  These cards align with the milestones of life’s story.  The cards of the Major Arcana represent the 22 inevitable phases or passages of every person’s life journey that you’ll encounter during your life (not necessarily in the same order as the cards).  It’s also possible for these phases to repeat themselves, and recur multiple times throughout one’s lifetime, as the Major Arcana talk about karmic and spiritual life lessons with opportunities for major character development.

At its most basic, Tarot gives us insight about the cycles of our lives.  Shuffling the deck, picking out cards and laying them out in order reveals what different trials and tribulations we might face during out life journey.  Tarot is a complex language, and every reading is different; similarly, every reader and the methodology they use to interpret the way the cards interact is different.

How does Tarot work?  I don’t know, but, I have seen it in action and I know it does work.  Especially when we approach it from a place of growth and healing.  The Tarot is what you make of it, so the most important thing is to be willing to open up to the messages that come thru and let the reading assist you in examining life in a healthy and productive way.

Tarot is for everyone.  It’s a great tool for when you are feeling stuck, undergoing a transformation, trying to heal from a past or current trauma or just would like a new perspective on life. 

What are you waiting for?  Give me a call and let’s see what Spirit wants to share with you! 

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