Perhaps the most famous form of divination, Tarot cards are used by many people globally, witches and otherwise using them for different purposes.
Though the past isn’t clear, many people have come to believe that Tarot Cards in a similar form to what we see now came about in Italy in the 14th century, beginning as a game used for fun and gambling, much like playing cards are today. Since then, Tarot Cards as we know them now have evolved into incredibly popular, 78-card decks we see today with different art, styles and sizes being created to suit everyone’s tastes and needs.
Primarily they’re used to give guidance or hints to what the future may hold for the person asking the question.
They’re typically used by, well, many different people from various faiths all around the world! While it is true that they’re a standard tool used by witches and those of the Wicca religion, and are often associated with the occult, many people without these connections use Tarot.
Physically, a Tarot Card Deck comes with 78 cards. 22 of these cards are known as the “Major Arcana” and contain cards such as The Fool, The Magician, The Devil and Strength to name a few. These “Major Arcana” cards represent major events in a person’s life and provide a big picture overview of what’s to come, or what has been.
The other 56 cards in the deck are known as the “Minor Arcana” and contain 4 suits (wands, pentacles, cups and swords) of 14 cards each (ace-10, page, knight, queen and king) These cards represent much smaller details of a person’s journey. Each suit represents a different aspect of life and each number or character a different emotion, action or occurrence within those aspects, for example, 2 of Pentacles represents duality and a choice financially for the individual.
There are many different spreads an individual can employ to read Tarot cards such as:
Three Card Draw:
Light My Way:
In these spreads, the position of each card will relate to its meaning in the whole of the spread.
Take this as an example:
The Sun represents the past and the joy and success that began there.
The Hanged Man is representative of the present and suggests that this individual is currently stagnant and in a position of self-sacrifice
The King of Wands here shows the future. An intense and passionate male figure will feature. He is the epitome of action and being proactive.
Learning to read Tarot takes time simply because there are so many different card meanings to remember (especially if you read reversed cards to have a different meaning to upright cards- another practice many people perform) but never be afraid to refer back to books, websites or apps to help you remember.
The most important thing about reading Tarot is that you and your deck are close, connected and have a mutual trust. You can achieve this through sleeping next to it, consecrating the deck with moonlight, smoke, ritual or even shuffling your deck to meditate.
✨ Wrap you deck in silk to protect it from outside energies
✨ Make sure to cleanse your deck after each use for another person, so old energies don’t affect the next reading
✨ While most store-bought decks will be waterproof to an extent, avoid getting your cards wet, as it will damage them
Blessings to you all!
P.S. The deck I’ve used in the pictures is my new and favourite, Prisma Visions! Keep an eye out for a review coming soon ⭐️