Tarot in Under 5 Minutes with Wonder
What is Tarot You Ask?
This is a question that gets asked a lot. The simple answer is that they are a set of cards that can be used for divinatory methods. Fortune-telling and (especially in Europe) in certain playing card games.
Tarot cards are all structured the same. Traditionally a pack of 78 cards with four suits, called the Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana suits are typically swords, cups (or chalices), coins (or pentacles), wands (or batons.) Decks also include a permanent suit of trumps, given the name of Major Arcana. Themes and what are included in the imagery of the deck are up to the creator.
But, Wonder, How Can We Use Tarot?
Tarot first and foremost was a card game. It can still be used as such today. The next phase of the journey for Tarot was individuals using them to make predictions about the future. As the years have gone by Tarot has evolved into a tool that really anyone can use. For meditation and spiritual enlightenment. It can be utilized to help deal with traumatic events and psychological issues. But for me the Tarot is a tool that can be used to help guide people along their life path. Some decisions are hard, and sometimes we need help making those choices. The Tarot can also be a friend that I seek out during certain times. Are Tarot cards just cardboard with pictures on them? Yes. But they can be so much more.
How To “Read” Tarot
Reading the cards is an art form. No matter what way you choose to do it. Whether it be straight from the images on the cards (intuitively) or straight from that “little white book”, or a little of both. No one way is better. Whatever works for you is what works for you. No two readers are the same, so embrace your uniqueness and find your way. That includes whether you read reversals or not. That is also up to you the reader. Some people and some don’t. For me reversals add a little something extra to every reading. It adds spice to an already tasty dish.
Ways to Read Tarot
(Using a Tarot Spread)
Tarot readers typically lay out the cards in a predetermined pattern called a spread. Each position in the spread is assigned a particular meaning, and the card falling in that location is interpreted in the context of the meaning attributed to that spot in the layout. There a lot of spreads out there. I mean a lot. All you have to do is search a little on the internet or any book on Tarot will have spreads somewhere. You can also if you are called to can make your own spreads. That can be something to explore as well. It can be hard at first to know what spread to use or what spread to not use. That will come to you in time and with practice. Myself, I usually don’t even really use a “spread”. I lay out as many cards as I am called to and then I go from there. Not everyone is like me though. So I encourage you to try spreads out, see what you like, see what you’re comfortable with. Then practice, practice and more practice. With Tarot we are all forever students. I like that about it, because it will never get boring. There is always something new to explore.
What’s My Opinion of Tarot?
I love Tarot cards. I love the artwork on each card. How just one look can take me to a different place where anything is possible. They are a friend when I need them and they help me get through things. They also help me help others. What really does it for me with Tarot is when I can help someone with whatever is troubling them. Help them find guidance and find their way back to their path. If you have an interest in Tarot please go for it. Whether they are a lifelong friend or just an acquaintance you see once in awhile, the cards will benefit your life.
Now go out and get your hands on some cards!!!
WHC Member, Selcouth, Empath, Tarot Extraordinaire