In the ancient time Tarot cards were used for playing games or for recreational activities. The inception of the Tarot cards was in Italy. Still gone through some many arguments, the truth behind the Tarot cards is that, they hold the same meaning and have same interpretation as the earlier days. The Tarot cards are used for fortune telling and divine purposes. Tarot Cards are used for mediation and self improving purposes too.
After the Tarot card reading session is completed, collect the cards and put them in corner which is dark and silent. Tarot card readers only handle the tarot cards due to energy association factor.
Types of Tarot Cards
A Tarot card deck includes 78 different cards. Each card can be seen depicting different pictures and symbols. A set of 22 cards called the Major arcana or trumps make a standard tarot. Another set of cards that is commonly used is Minor Arcana or pip cards have 14 cards of four suits. The Tarot Cards have symbols, images and elements as well. According to the layouts of the cards, the Tarot Card readers interpret the meaning of the card, with the help of books and add more accuracy with their intuition and this led to more precise form of future telling. Traditionally, the symbols used for understanding the meaning of tarot cards can be linked to the age of renaissance and therefore, to Europe.
The major Arcana are the most impactful card and recognizable cards of the Tarot deck. These 22 cards of Major Arcana represents all the situations which every individual face in his life. Each Major Arcana card carries specific meaning and messages that illuminate the path when we face darkness in our life. The Major Arcana cards depict the everyday actions and decisions which an individual need to take. Major Arcana cards reveal messages about the bigger picture of your life and its long-term direction. The 22 Major Arcana cards are listed below:-
Though each of the Major Arcana card have different specific meaning; but each cards tells the life story too. The first card among the 22 Major Arcana is the Fool which depicts the starting phase of the journey of life and the 21 cards follow them. Being human beings, we learn through our mistakes, success and the completeness comes in our life at the time of end of the journey. We all grow with trial and tribulations.
The Fool- This is the first card among the 22 Major Arcana cards. This card is most important of all Tarot archetypes. This card indicates new beginning. This card represents spontaneity and enthusiasm. This says every individual should believe his natural instinct. This card reminds us that life is full of surprises and we should tackle every situation with full positivity. This card indicates the change of direction that truly means your personal growth. This card indicates that every individual should keep faith that we will gain royal and we will meet positive people along our life journey.
The Magician- This card indicates that every individual is unique. Every one exercise full control over the situation or the life events. It is important to realize that we are not on the mercy of the circumstances of life. The Magician card symbolizes self-belief and assertiveness. This card encourages us to believe in our inner self. This card helps an individual to start new projects. It means that you are gifted with immense qualities and you should move forward in life.
The High Priestess- This is the most intuitive card among all 22 Major Arcana cards. This card symbolizes awareness and sub-consciousness. It conveys the message of knowledge and understanding. The High Priestess is the guardian of our unconscious mind, and represents a mysterious, yet knowledgeable, side to our personalities. A better period of life awaits us, so we should respect the forces which are against us and wait patiently. This card depicts that we should never doubt what we know as everyone has connection with the unseen forces.
The Empress- The name of the card itself suggests that it is the most feminine card in the Tarot. It greatly encourages compassion, beauty and love. It symbolizes the true feminine characteristics loving, nurturing, providing, and protecting. This card symbolizes to be grounded and stay calm. The opportunities of the life should be accepted with true spirit and positive attitudes. The true essence of life lies in the acceptance of material and philosophy.
The Emperor- This card symbolizes authority and respect. We should harness our inner strength and keep ourselves motivated to overcome the obstacles. This card stresses that we are not to be indirect or unclear about anything we do; there should always be a structure, a discipline, and a control over chaos. The individual should learn through the experience of elders.
The Hierophant- This card symbolizes religion and spirituality. The Hierophant comes up in your Tarot reading, you're encouraged to follow the rules, and to find a spiritual perspective on your current situation. This card symbolizes the learning from society. It symbolizes the ethics and moral values.
The Lovers- As the name suggests this card represents the intimate relationships in our life. Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. So when you encounter with this card during the Tarot Reading it means that your love life need extra attention.
The Chariot- This card symbolizes the motivation which an individual need to find success. During our life span, we may encounter lots of problems, but certainly, if we are prepared earlier to fight such a situation, we will overcome in a better way. The Chariot indicates that when we set on the path to success, we are often spurred on by a passion and determination, that may not always be reasonable. So it is necessary to assess our skills and then master the situation.
Strength- as the name it suggests the strength but not connotes the physical strength it means fortitude of your heart, your level of courage, and your ability to withstand anything that life gives you. This card symbolizes our inner strength and self-possession. This card suggests that love for money and fame all are within our reach, but what needs to gain those lies inside us.
The Hermit when this card appears in your tarot reading then you should keep calm and listen to your heart. The card represents that we should think carefully. The individual need some private quite time to analyze what steps he is going to take in future. sometimes in life it becomes essential to hear the voice of intuition as it has subconscious reasoning, and gives us time to contemplate.
Wheel Of Fortune- This tarot card reminds us that nothing is permanent. So when you confront with good or bad situations in life you should learn from the situation. This card adds the good luck to your life. This card reflects that Karma is the base of life and we may get certain surprises in life path, but at the end we have to pay for our deeds.
Justice- This tarot card symbolizes that every action has a reaction. So Karma is the real and we have to face consequences in life. In life whatever you are confronting either in the form of reward or punishment all are based on the decisions which we have taken in our past. This card represents our conscience.
Hanged Man- This tarot card gives us resilience. Human life is full of expectations and sometimes when these expectations are not fulfilled we confront disappointments and this card suggests that we should calm our mind first as the solution to our problems comes from Universe, but it only comes at the right time. It indicates that the answer will come when time is right.
Death – This card symbolizes the ending. The most feared card of the tarot, but has nothing to do with physical death. Sometimes we are stuck in problems and we are not able to find the solution, this card symbolizes the end of the problems. In a reading, this card indicates the magnitude of the change and signals the end of an era.
Temperance This card brings tranquility to our lives. When this card comes in tarot reading it symbolizes that we should take the things in life as they come, be flexible and accept the flow of life. This card encourages peace and patience in our life.
The Devil- This tarot card reflects our ego. The ego is build up in the form of superiority complex and it may be due to position in society, money etc. this card suggests that we should not let our life be ruled by external stimuli such as ego, the charge should be in our hands only.
The Tower- this card is the most feared card in the Tarot deck , as this card represents destruction. It represents sudden changes which are not welcome by the individuals. This card often comes when our life is crumbled with so many problems and we are not able to stop those.
The Star - this card symbolizes healing and hope. When this card comes in tarot reading it brings messages of renewal, optimism, and inspiration. When The Star comes up in your Tarot reading, she reminds you that the universe is working in your favor, and encourages you to have faith in where you are being taken.
The Moon- this card represents our subconscious. It symbolizes the inner thoughts, feelings, fear etc. when this card comes in your tarot reading it means that you are anxious about your past and that is interfering your future too. this card encourages our intuitive abilities.
The Sun- this is the most powerful card of the tarot deck. It represents the uplifting joy, happiness. When The Sun comes up in your Tarot reading, it is a positive sign that things are working well for you and that you're moving in the right direction. This card represents new beginnings.
The Judgment this card represents our choice behavior. This card brings positive transformations in our life and we may feel full of energies to take better decisions in life. This is the card in the tarot where your past and future both comes together and it indicates that this is the time to review your actions which you have taken in past.
The World This is the last card of Major Arcana. This card symbolizes completion; success and fulfillment. This card shows that world is knowing that you are on a right path.
The minor arcana supplements the major arcana cards and they represents daily life activities.
Tips for reading Tarot Cards
Most of the people are inclined towards the Tarot readings, as they want to understand the meaning of life. Some individual have innate abilities of Tarot reading. But if you are not aware of the symbols, images and elements associated with several Tarot cards, and then interpretation may have falsifications. So it is advisable not try to read Tarot Cards in such cases. The Tarot Card reading depends on the subjectivity if the readers. So here are some tips which should keep in mind while having Tarot card reading.
The most important is quite environment. So while reading the Tarot cards, the readers may not be distracted due to the presence of noise. As it directly affects the interpretation of the Tarot Cards.
The room in which Tarot card reading is done, should not have bright light. The dim light helps the Tarot Card readers to have better meditation.
While the shuffling of the Tarot cards, the readers need to have full concentration on the cards and the questions he has to answer.
The Individuals present in the Tarot Card reading room, while sitting there, should not cross their legs or arms. It is important suggestion.
The person who is asking the question need to cut the deck of Tarot cards with his left hand.
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