Tarot is one of the oldest western tradition mysteries of fortune telling to people, identifying their problematic areas as well as outcomes, a tool used for accessing a deep and lesser understood part of the human mind. Tarot cards were developed as a way to predict life tendencies and higher principles using Symbols on cards. They are used to help people see things in themselves that they may not be aware of and help people change their lives for the better.
The Tarot card deck has 78 cards, these are divided into Major Arcana (22 cards) who represents a human’s journey beginning with The Fool and Minor Arcana (56 cards) are just like normal playing cards representing the situations a person might encounter. These also include 14 cards of each suit (club, spade, diamond and heart), along with them 22 trump cards. Trump cards include the Fool or the Magician. It is said that the cards are the pictorial representation of the past, present and future of the person selecting them.
The Numbered Cards
Minor Arcana-There are 56 cards in the minor arcana divided into four suits: Wands,Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each of these suits stands for a particular approach to life.
WANDS-the Wands are the suit of creativity, action and movement. They have commendable qualities such as enthusiasm, adventure, risk-taking and confidence. This suit is associated with the element Fire. A flickering flame is the perfect symbol of the Wands force. This energy flows outward and generates passionate involvement. These cards are as follows:
ACE OF WANDS
A sudden burst of fiery energy, passion and eagerness for life,strength of intention to create wonderful things, power and optimism, sexual interest – the Ace of Wands is associated with all things.
QUEEN OF WANDS
The Queen of Wands represents generosity, openness, and optimism about the future, while being grounded and keeping healthy boundaries.
KING OF WANDS
The King of Wands as it is the messenger of good news to come. It is time to embrace your own creativity and have faith in your abilities. The King of Wands Tarot card also gives us a message to embrace truth and honesty.
CUPS – the Cups are the suit of emotions and spiritual experience. They describe inner states, feelings and relationship patterns. The energy of this suit flows inward. They are associated with the element Water.The ability of water flowing and filling up spaces to sustain and to reflect changing moods. These are the followings:
Ace of Cups
The Ace of Cups Tarot card is a very high energy card, one that indicates new beginnings, be it with love, career, or life itself. The card is the bearer of pleasure and happiness.
Queen of Cups
The Queen in the card is sitting facing left, which represents an attachment to the past (in Tarot, left stands for the past, and right stands for the future). At this point in her life, she has her back to her future. She is holding a big cup, the holder of water (emotions). She is holding her own heart in her own hands, looking for ways to make peace with the depth of her emotions.
King of Cups
The King of Cups is a tarot card which reflects that it is a time for balance, judgment, and actions.
SWORDS -the Swords are the suit of intellect, thought and reason. They are concerned with justice, truth and ethical principles. They are associated with the element Air. These cards are as following:
Ace of Swords
The Suit of Swords deals directly with ideas, plans, hopes, dreams and aspirations.
Queen of Swords
The Queen of Swords symbolizes spiritual depth most likely due to sudden or prolonged painful experiences. She represents a wealth of hard-earned wisdom.
King of Swords
The King of Swords represents someone with a lot of authority and power over himself and other people. He believes in structures and rule of law.
PENTACLES – the Pentacles are the suit of practicality,security and material concerns. They are associated with the element Earth. In Pentacles, we celebrate the beauty of nature, our interactions with plants and animals and our physical experiences in the body. They also represent prosperity and wealth of all kinds. Following are the cards of pentacles-
ACE OF PENTACLES
The Ace of Pentacles shows a divine hand emerging from a thick cloud, holding a beautiful, shiny pentacle over a luxuriant garden with white flowers and shrubs. The hand is coming from the left – because left represents the past, the divine gift you’ve received, or about to receive,might have to do with your past experiences. Even the worst experiences sometimes lead to us to make amazing decisions. The Ace of Pentacles means fate is on your side. Universal forces want to shower you with everything that you want.
QUEEN OF PENTACLES
The Queen of Pentacles shows a seemingly calm, peaceful queen,surrounded by nature’s abundance and pleasantness. She looks to her only pentacle, the symbol of her attainments. The colors of her dress and cape, white, red, and green,symbolize spirituality, worldliness, and heartful, respectively. She’s feeling connected to the divine, leading a good life on earth, and having a big heart.Yet nostalgia is implied in this card, as the Queen is sitting facing left, the side that represents the past in Tarot.
King of Pentacles
The King of Pentacles offers us a beautiful picture of success and the abundance that comes with it. The person represented King has worked hard,had clear intentions, and with support from the universe he made it happen. He feels safe. He is relaxed. He feels secure in this bountiful environment; he is peaceful here.
Major Arcana shows underlying currents, beliefs,personalities as well as higher spiritual paths for how we need to be dealing with life with a higher perspective to speak.
Major Arcana includes the following cards:
It is all about living in the moment, taking chances and enjoying life. The Fool in my eyes is a very positive card in that it can symbolize new beginnings or a significant fresh start, as with a relationship.
It is a very high energy card that reveals how your wishes and desires can be realized with determination and willpower.Self-discipline and control are the keys for personal improvement and overcoming inhibitions.
The High Priestess
The High Priestess Tarot card is represented by a mysterious lady who is sitting between positive and negative energy, which is symbolized by her placement between white and black pillars,it tells you to have faith in yourself as you possess inherent good judgment through your own intuition.
The Empress represents a powerful, benign, and worldly feminine energy –that of loving, protective mothers or of substitute mothering figures who are gentle, caring, and giving.
The Lover card features two women and a man, while one woman is older, representing the man’s mother, the other woman is young, representing the man’s wife to be.This card means choice in between the psychological idleness and true inner growth.
There’s no such thing as real or fake when it comes to clairvoyance. Only the person/ the tarot card reader make it look real or fake with his/her experience and knowledge. Tarot cards were initially not made for forecasting the future, instead were used as playing cards but with time,there readings and true predictions grew. Some people had claimed that tarots had their origin in Egypt and secret knowledge was converted into imagery. Tarot cards are used for guidance. I would say tarot cards works for sure, because we all are made up of energies of our thoughts, emotions and actions and these cards pick up on these energies and give you the clarity you need to hear at that particular time of your life.
I believe that Tarot readings are meant to transform you. They are all about change in one’s self. If you’re getting a reading then you’re at a point in your life where the status is no longer tolerable. I believe that you’re ready to change what isn’t working. That means that it’s time for something different,some new, more opportunities, more growth, love, relationships, different patterns, loving behavior, positivity, all of the things.
Tarot is not based on any planetary alignments; it is based on energy that flows through & out. A lot of people often confuse Tarot Reading with other spiritual sciences like Astrology. As a human we don’t have the capacity to connect directly with the energy, so Tarot cards works as a medium between us. They help us connecting with the supreme energy God and provide us the Assistance needed for us. It shows the journey of a soul from beginning to Completion. “Readers” are real, tarot cards are just tools. There is as much ineptitude in the mental health field as there is among the readers of tarot, astrology, palms, etc. so some are good, even gifted,some are fair, some are terrible.
Adding more to the tarot reading there this bewildering fact that this is purely based on the energy and vibes of both the reader and the person who wants to get the reading done. So if in any case, you would have a prejudged notion or assumption about your situation – it would reflect in your reading.
Also,a lot many times, you may not be entirely focused or confused on what you really want to ask and have other thoughts about certain aspects about your life – personal or professional or about people close to you. This too will have a mixed reading, as the reading will always be about what’s truly cluttering your subconscious mind or heart. Tarot readings are as reliable as the question asked and the skill of the reader. You may want to decide if you’ve found the right reader for you first.
One more thing, we must have divine faith in the energy we have inside us and treat that properly. Otherwise they will disappear and you will not get your answer.
“Tarot banishes the ordinary and replaces it with wonder, awe and power~~ Wald Amberstone”