Tarot is a mantic tool for awakening our intuitive faculties,
for putting us in touch with our inner world, in essence our
connection with the Universe and all knowledge. Tarot cards
are used by most psychics whilst doing psychic readings. It
is believed that the use of Tarot cards began more than 6,000
years ago in ancient Egypt. But historians say that the early
records date from the fourteenth century. According to Arthur
E Waite the auther and creator of the modern Rider Waite deck
of tarot cards, there is no historical evidence of Tarot prior
to that date.
used early Tarot decks for card games; early records show the
Tarot first appearing in I around 1332, when King Alfonse XI
of Leon issued a proclamation against their use. The Roman Catholic
Church also condemned the Tarot and refereed to the cards as
" The Devils Picture Book ". From the fourteenth century
onwards, a nomadic tribe from Persia and Egypt called the Rom,
or better known as Gypsies spread the practice throughout Europe.
With the modern scientific view of the world, psychics
and tarot fell into ill repute and the domain of the sea front
flamboyant magician Eliphas
Levi produced some of the most important writings on the
subject. And believed tarot to be a practical tool through which
the spirits could be contacted and revelations regarding the
past, present and future could be made.
Today there are hundreds of different tarot decks and books
on the subject available to psychics and people interested in
learning. The most thorough book on the subject is Rachel Polacks
seventy-eight degrees of wisdom. The most popular deck is the
Rider-Waite deck. Waite created it along with American artist
Pamela Coleman-Smith. And is recommended for both learners and
advanced psychics using tarot, as it draws on the traditional
interpretations laid down by Waite whilst an initiate in the
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.
Tarot deck consists of seventy-eight cards and is divided into
two groups. The major Arcana consisting of 22 cards represents
the Fools journey through a series of Archetypes to the ultimate
goal of enlightenment. The forty Minor Arcana include four suits;
Earth represented by Pentacles, Fire - Wands, Water - Cups,
Air - Swords. These cards represent the daily situations and
emotional states of daily life. There are also sixteen Court
cards consisting of Pages, Knights, Queens and Kings. These
can indicate aspects of ourselves or others or can represent
use the tarot cards in a psychic reading requires a certain
degree of ritual in shuffling and selecting the cards and laying
them out on the table in the form of a 'Spread'. Spreads can
be traditional formations as in the Celtic cross or Gypsy spread.
The random selecting of the cards that represent answers to
the querants question is the most mind boggling mysterious process.
It is believed that the universe/spirit has guided the reader
or psychics to choose the appropriate cards. Tarot cards are
interpreted according to their position in the spread, and intuitively.
However the tarot represents a language of symbols and Archetypes
and can also be read as one would interpretative any other language.
The cross-reference of elements with numerical values, based
on the Pythagorean system of numerology can also give a strong
indication as to the interpretation. Some readers and psychics
also mix the cards so that some are laid up-side- down, which
have a different interpretation to the ones laid right-way-up.