Unless you actually use Tarot cards you either have no idea what they are or you probably have some silly stereotype in your head about what they are.
In my opinion Tarot cards are one of the most misunderstood spiritual tools out there. Being someone who takes them seriously, loves them, and uses them often I feel the need to share what they are about. I used to be one of those people who was totally missing out because I had some silly stereotype in my head.
What The Heck Is Tarot?
Tarot is a deck of 78 cards. Each card has an image, a name, and a number that all represent something different. 22 of these cards are called Major Arcane cards and they represent a quality or archetype. The other 56 are called Minor Arcane cards and they are split into 4 different groups Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (more on that later).
All tarot decks are the same 78 cards with the same general meaning. Really the only difference is the artwork with one exception being the Thoth deck that includes some extra cards. For example I have 2 different tarot decks that I alternate between when doing readings and I use the same book to interpret each cards meaning. Really you could have a whole library of different Tarot decks and really only need the one book to interpret them.
To me Tarot is the tool I use to speak to my conscious, my inner self, my soul, or like Gabby Bernstein calls it my ING (inner guide). Tarot is the key or the translator so that I can understand what needs to be interpreted. Tarot is essentially a tool for self awareness, self understanding, and psychological/spiritual growth.
Isn't Tarot Evil?
No. This is so beyond stupid it makes me laugh.
The only time Tarot could possibly be a scary thing is if the person using them is scary themselves. Tarot cards are a tool and nothing more. They are a tool the same way a screw driver is a tool, just because some psycho somewhere beats someone up with a screw driver doesn't mean that all screw drivers or the people using them are evil.
So where did this silly stereotype come from? The Christian church and their outdated superstitious doctrine. Because the Christian church tends to be against anything but its own shenanigan its frowned upon even today.
Being that Christianity is one of the most wide spread religions out there you don't see Tarot too often unless you are out looking for it. In my experiences Tarot isn't something that is talked about too often because I think in general most people that use them are on board with the belief that your spiritual journey is YOUR spiritual journey. This is one topic among many others I want to incorporate more often into my blog because in general there is a lack of knowledge around the topic and I think people should learn more about it.
So if you heard some silly rumor once that Tarot is evil or represents the devil that is a bunch of bullshit created from ignorance, fear, and a huge lack of understanding.
As with anything I believe you have to find what works for you, find your truth, your belief, and your own way of doing things.
Where Did Tarot Come From?
No one really knows. It is known that they existed in India and the Far East back in ancient times and were most likely brought to Europe by the Knights Templar during and after the crusades to the Holy Land. Some say gypsies brought Tarot from the Far East to Europe during the Middle Ages. One cool dude named Antoine Court de Gebelin said that the 22 Major Arcane cards was an ancient Egyptian book, he believed that mysterious tablets were brought to Europe by traveling priests. So know one really knows where they originated from, theres just a lot of assumption.
In the 19th century it was brought over to America from Europe. This is when there was a wide spread of magic, esoteric mysticism, and occult practices. Now a days Tarot is way more accepted than when it was back in the day. Many people use Tarot in their every day lives (Christians included). Getting Tarot and Angel readings from psychics/mediums is all over the place. Before I started purchasing decks of my own I went and got some kick ass readings every month at psychic fairs.
Its definitely a growing interest. As time goes on and religious groups start to loose their juice, more and more people are turning to New Age/Alternative practices to guide and influence their lives.
How Does It Work?
This is one of those paragraphs I have written over and over again trying to explain in a really easy to understand way how Tarot works. Its like someone asking how prayer works or how the Law of Attraction works. Tarot just has the bonus of coming with lots of synchronicity and patterns along with rad artwork and tons of symbolism. Its one of those things you either need to see done, or have done yourself to understand how it works.
"The Tarot works because it plays the chords that resonate in your soul. It is the music of your self."
Curious? Now What?
Go get a reading from someone. If you are in Utah, check out the psychic faire at Dancing Cranes. They do it the last Saturday of every month and its a great place to meet a ton of different mediums and psychics. If you know me personally and want to go let me know! I would love to go with you, I have taken tons of family and friends to go get readings.
Meetup.com is a great tool for where ever you are at location wise. You can find tons of places, people, and groups to get readings done. Just search Tarot readings, Oracle readings, Angel readings etc...
If you are wanting to do a reading yourself I would suggest starting with Oracle cards. They are a little less intimidating than Tarot cards because there are less cards in each deck, they are simpler to interpret, and theres not as much going on with each individual card. Think of Oracle cards as an introductory to Tarot.
There are so many Oracle cards to choose from. Doreen Virtues Oracle cards are really popular. Any of hers that you take an interest in I think you should go for. With Tarot or Oracle just choose a deck that you really dig the artwork on or are really drawn to.
Each Oracle deck has a little mini book that comes with it to interpret the cards because each Oracle deck is totally different. Tarot you will need to purchase a book separately to interpret the cards. One book will work for most Tarot decks.
Self discovery and self awareness starts with YOU. You my love gotta figure it out, make it personal, and find what works for you. I will have future posts that dive into the cards themselves in more detail, along with specific readings that I feel I should share. I am excited to start writing more about this topic! Tarot has been such an amazing tool on my spiritual journey and I am really grateful to have had them come into my life.
Much love to you!