Tarot is a deck of seventy-eight cards. Forty are numbered and bear a resemblance to playing cards commonly used in the Western World. These are broken down into four suits commonly titled Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. Sixteen of these are Court cards—Pages, Knights, Queens, and Kings—which are somewhat reminiscent of the Jacks, Queens, and Kings of Western playing cards. The remaining twenty-two are Trump cards known as the Major Arcana. Designs, themes, and titles for these different suits and for the Major Arcana will vary from deck to deck, sometimes wildly, as Tarot is a magnificent vehicle for artistic expression.
Some decks refer to Wands as Staves or the Page as a Princess or otherwise. But the commonality among all Tarot decks is that there will always be seventy-eight cards total: fifty-six making up the four suits and their Court cards, and twenty-two comprising the Major Arcana Trumps.
How is Tarot working?
Tarot cards depict characters, situations, and influences common to the human experience. When they are shuffled and dealt, they tell stories. These stories may be in response to a particular question. Some may give an overall view of a quereto’s life, like how a meteorologist might give the weather forecast. Readings might provide clarity about a confusing situation, explaining things that might otherwise be enigmatic. They may be used for divining (telling the future) or for providing insight into a past event. Other readings, particularly readings for the self, may be a way to reflect on a troubling issue or serve as a meditative exercise.
Tarot provides a bit of Magic in a world that can seem devoid of it. It is spiritual and interfaith, drawing from many religious traditions. It is beautiful a deck’s artwork alone is often worth its cost. But of all of Tarot’s gifts, one of its greatest is being a powerful tool of self-reflection.. Learning to read your own cards is a skill. Once you are able to do so comfortably, it is a brilliant way to develop an additional layer of self-awareness, understand personal needs, assess situations, and cultivate a deeper relationship to Spirit—however you know Spirit to be.
Having received training by Genie Marie have personally acquired skill efficient enough to guide and help people with accuracy and integrity.You will find out more about my work on later posts.
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