Tarot card meanings
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The origins of the Tarot Cards are shrouded in mystery with influences attributed from a wide range of cultures and are rumored to contain Egyptian wisdom, Mithraic religion, medieval heretic, and pagan Celtic beliefs. Their first recorded use is in southern Europe in the 14th century, where they were originally used for a combination of educational purposes and card games. Different packages were designed to teach different things, for example logic, Greek mythology, religion, geography, and even the art of cutting meat and fish. The origin of the name Tarot probably comes from the Italian word for cards ‘Tarocchi’, which comes from the Taro river valley in northern Italy. The modern Tarot card pack is said to be descended from the French Marseille Tarot, which contains 78 cards with 22 trumps. The first significant record of the use of Tarot cards on a more spiritual level was in 1781, when Swiss occult writer, cleric, and Freemason Antoine Court de Belin wrote about Tarot card meanings in his book on Civilization. He believed that the Tarot cards concealed information about the structure of the world that the Egyptian priests had concealed in a simple game to avoid losing their knowledge in the world of growing religious dominance. The first known fortune teller to use Tarot cards is Alliette of Paris. He believed that Tarot card readings showed possible future events such as travel, sadness, love, and fortune.
To perform a read, the subject typically shuffles the deck and it comes out in one of a variety of patterns called “spreads.” They are then interpreted by the reader for the topic. There are many ways to arrange the cards for a reading. Here are three of the most popular spreads:
spread of three cards
Three cards are selected, the first represents the past, the second the present and the third the future.
five card response
It is usually used to help the subject with one or more particular questions that they have at that time in their life. The five selected Tarot cards are used to indicate:
1. Current situation to which the question refers.
2. What actually caused the problem.
3. What type of response is needed.
4. What harmful effects could result.
5. The most likely outcome after taking the action.
Tarot card calendar
Twelve cards are selected and placed in a circle in front of the subject. Typically, the subject is asked to turn over the card closest to the one o’clock position on the circle of cards. This letter represents the general situation that you will have in the next month. This process then continues around the circle, each card relating to the important aspects of each subsequent month.
Assembly of the deck of Tarot cards
The deck is divided into 2 sections called the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. This division is roughly related to the Court cards and Spot cards in the modern deck of playing cards. There are a total of 78 Tarot cards, comprising 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards.
The major arcana
These cards have no suits and are character cards whose appearance during a tarot card reading indicates something of special significance.
the strength of the fool
The magician The hanged man
The death of the high priestess
The Empress Temperance
The Emperor The Devil
The High Priest The Tower
lovers the star
The Car The Moon
justice the sun
the hermit the angel
The Wheel of Fortune The World
The minor arcana
It consists of fifty-six cards, divided into four suits of fourteen cards each; ten numbered cards and four short cards. The court cards are the King, Queen, Knight, and Page, in each of the four tarot suits. The suits are wands, cups, swords, and pentacles.
Each suite is similar to the normal playing cards (Ace through Ten), with the addition of an extra Court card, the Page.
The playing card equivalents to the Tarot suites are:
• Spades… Spades
Each suit refers to a specific area of life of the subjects, therefore there are four broad arenas of life, each represented respectively above by the astrological signs of Fire, (passion), Water, (emotions), Air , (ideas), and the Earth (physics).
The following table can serve as a basis for interpreting each of the 56 cards of the Minor Arcana:
Value Aspects Value Aspects
One – A new beginning Eight – New experience
Two – Between two people Nine – Social
Three – Meeting Ten – Success
Four – Compliance Page – Reflective
Five – Turning Point Knight – Power Boost
6 – queen of success – mature care
Seven – Challenge King – Emotionless Counselor