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No one quite seems to have an idea about what Tarot cards actually are, where they originated from, how do they work and whether the predictions based on them are trustworthy or not. This article aims to provide answers to most of these questions and also, in a way, demystify the whole phenomenon.

Tarot card readings is more associated with mystery than they are with anything else. For some, the level of mysteriousness matches the lofty standards set by the Bermuda Triangle.

History & Origin

The first Tarot card dates back to somewhere around the 15th century. However, they were primarily used as playing cards in those days, prominently in Europe, for playing games like Italian Tarocchini, French Tarot etc.

It was only in the 18th century when they were first used for divination purposes through forms like Tarotology and Cartomancy. Jean-Baptiste Alliette (aka Etteilla) was the first occultist to popularize the divination purpose of tarot cards circa 1785 and was also the first to not give a free tarot reading.

However there are records that suggest practice of divination using tarot cards existed way back in 1540. Some historians also trace their roots to ancient Egypt but there is not much documentary evidence to back either of the claims.

Tarot decks

There is a variety of tarot card decks used for playing purpose (French suited tarot decks, German suited tarot decks, Italo-Portuguese suited tarot decks etc.) but only a few versions of tarot decks especially designed for divination purposes. The 2 most prominent ones are the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and the Crowley-Harris Thoth deck. The first tarot card deck specifically designed for divination purposes was issued by Etteilla (again).

How do live tarot readings work?

The 78-card deck used presently for live tarot readings is divided into 2 parts: Major Arcana (greater secrets) and Minor Arcana (lesser secrets).

The Major Arcana consists of 22 cards:

 

The Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards split up into 4 suits, with 10 cards numbered from 1 to 10 and four face (or court) cards: Queen, King, Knight, Jack. The 4 suits are wands, swords, cups and circles (or coins).

Each tarot card speaks the language of words and symbols.

Each suit carries a different meaning with regards to an approach to life.

Major Arcana cards symbolize strong, major, long-term events of life.

A Minor Arcana tarot card reflects the daily highs and lows of life.

In live tarot readings, a well shuffled deck is laid out in a spread or pattern where each position of a card is reflective of a particular aspect of life. The card drawn out is interpreted by the tarot card reader in his own way. The reader uses the symbols as a tool to tap into his subconscious mind and make predictions or draw patterns about an aspect of life. There is no fixed interpretation as such. Interpretations may vary from reader to reader but are generally similar.

Why you should go for a free tarot reading?

Well firstly, it is free!

Jokes apart, tarot card readings often offer you an insight about where you are going wrong in life or what aspects of life you need to improve upon.

If you practice it daily, it can act as a personal growth tool.

Most tarot card readers believe that it is impossible to predict the future in an absolute manner. Hence they focus more on the issue at hand rather than future outcomes.

Last thoughts

Live tarot readings have often been rubbished by some as baseless and false. On the other hand, some people swear by its accuracy and the positive impact they had on their life. The only way to find out for sure, is to have one yourself!

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