What is Tarot reading? Is it a healing technique? Does it predict future? If yes, how true does it predict? Is it comparable to other healing techniques…… there are many questions that one has in mind before venturing to a tarot card reader’s office. Here are few facts about tarot cards.

The Tarot is a deck of cards that can be used as a tool for insights into one’s life. The cards in a Tarot deck contain symbolic images that express a mystical philosophy and beliefs that stems from the teachers, guides, mentors of Western culture such as Pythagoras, Aristotle, Plato and Socrates that has been cherished by mystics and sages over the centuries.

Each deck of Tarot consists of 78 different cards. The cards are split into two groups: the Major and the Minor Arcana (Arcana means a powerful secret of nature and a powerful remedy to it) There are 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana Cards. The Major Arcana cards represent the larger events in our lives; they provide largely spiritual significance. For example a card The Fool which is one of the best known cards in the tarot deck, the fool symbolizes diverse things based on the question asked before the reading. Fool is usually seen as the final trump card, though the card represents “folly” or inexperience it says experience comes only after one commits mistakes. Similarly, Death is misunderstood as end of everything. No, the card stands for a change, a new beginning.

The Minor Arcana cards represent the more practical aspects of our lives and show us the things that happen in our day to day. Each individual card has its own meaning and interpretation. Although there is a structure or suggested meanings assigned to Tarot cards, ultimately the readings of the cards is up to the individual Tarot reader and their analysis may differ from other readers.

The minor Arcana cards are divided into four suits or ensembles: Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords. Wands represent Fire element and they are associated with Aries, Leo and Sagittarius zodiac sign.  Cups represent Water element and they are associated with zodiac signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pieces. Pentacles represent Earth element and they are associated with Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Sword represent Air element and are associated with Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.  Tarot cards have been around for centuries, their first appearance happened sometime between 1420 and 1440 in northern Italy.

Young woman with tarot cards

There are hundreds of diverse Tarot decks available in market; it can be a little confusing which to choose and which not. Secondly, people misinterpret experience of tarot card reading, they feel tarot card reading is done by woman and men in dark coloured flowing robes in a candle lit room with scented sticks etc, etc. But genuine card readers don’t act and fuss over the style; they are people like you and me. Your future depends on what you are doing today. This is common sense. The Tarot will tell you what will happen, what actions need to be taken, and what changes need to be made within yourself.

These are some simple tips when you visit a tarot card reader:

Construct your question in simple words: Prioritize your queries. Understand what you want to know – for example, you want to know whether you are going to clear a professional exam for which you appeared recently, after which you will get a suitable job and your girl friend will marry you only after you have the job…..  Ask simply “will I clear the exam” (give name the exam) Have clear thoughts, be specific while asking questions. Having clarity in thoughts will help you and the reader both. It will help the reader in giving you proper guidance. Bias or doubts in your mind only muddle the energy…

You might get to know more than what you asked for: Tarot is energy which is flowing within you, the reader and the surrounding. The reader might tell you few things which you have not asked for. Use the extra information wisely to your benefit. Many times, you will get simple solutions instantly. Try to understand what is in favour of you and what is not. We assume many things in our lives, the tarot reader might tell about some negative people around you, negative action also what is good for you, what is not etc. Listen to reader without interruption, if you interrupt, you break the flow of thoughts of the reader.  As I said, tarot card are full of energies.

Tarot sessions will motivate you: A session with a thorough and experienced reader will fill you with loads of positive energy depending upon how you take it. Don’t go with vague expectations, and do not expect 100% accuracy because tarot reading is not like Astrology. It is not based on any formula or planetary alignments and their respective roles in our lives. Tarot reading is an art as well as science; the cards have their own meaning and interpretations. Don’t expect the reader to tell you the exact date and time of when an event will take place.

One important point to note is your communication with your reader is very important. A tarot reading session cannot be treated like just a session to let you know ‘’yes’’ or ‘’no’’. Be honest with the reader, if you hide few facts, you lose out because you misguide the energies.

Connect with the cards: The cards speak to us through the medium of reader. Because you choose the cards, and only those cards tell you the solutions to your problem, of course, the reader’s interpretations matter. He/she becomes the medium between you and the cards. Sometimes, the reader picks the cards after you ask a question/problem. It’s important to listen to the reader and bond with the cards. When you are in tune with the chosen cards, you will experience surprise after surprise.

Remember this fact of life always: You are what you think. Your thoughts attract positivity and negativity in your life. Positive thoughts attract positive things and negative thoughts negative things. Make a conscious effort to heal yourself from all the things which are bothering you, make use of the tarot session to bring in the much required changes in you. One thing you must note, the cards only and only tell the truth.

Tarot is all about symbolism: It is something like dream interpretation. Like in a dream interpretation, the therapist interprets the symbols of the dream you have seen, and the meaning of what’s going on deep inside your consciousness. The same goes for tarot. The reader can help guide you through the process, but it is all up to you how you take it and what you take. Respect and value the cards, believe in miracles because miracles do happen.

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