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All About Tarot Reading

A spreaded deck of Tarot cards

By Deepa

Tarot is "a way of revealing God's holy will and 'His' limitless powers. It is an approach to 'His' unfolding plan of redemption, for the universe and of each individual's personal pathway towards Him".

A Tarot is a deck of cards that originated number of years ago, in northern Italy. Although the Tarot was first used in games called Triumph, it was quickly adopted as a tool for divination .The seventy-eight cards of the Tarot are magical tools, which we can all put to use in our lives, no matter what culture, social or religious background we come from. The symbols of Tarot are universal. The doctrine behind these symbols has assumed many forms. As the Vedas are its oldest literary expression, but it was known and transmitted from generation to generation, before the Vedas passed into writing. Hence the Tarot speaks many languages and its emblems are full of meaning. It also represents particular version of sacred science. Through Tarot we prefer to help people to empower themselves and not to think they are slaves of fate. Even if there is a strong rip tide in the flow of time, you can still swim against it, as you are pushed or moved ahead.


The most powerful sources of information come from within the Tarot-aids, as coming in contacts with ones Higher Self. In this article , we'll look at the various topics as- Meaning of Tarot, what are Tarot Cards, what is Tarot Deck.

Meaning of Tarot

Mankind has forever been drawn to the playing of games, as games by chance, of skills and gambling. The Tarot is a pack of numbered – playing cards, used from the mid of -15th century in various parts of Europe. These were used to play cards games, such as Italian tarocchi, and French Tarot. One theory relates the name "Tarot" to the Taro river which is in northern Italy. Other writer believes it comes from the Arabic word "turuq", which means 'ways'.

The origin of Tarot is a mystery. In Italy it is derived from Tarochhi- an Italian game. In Egypt it is known as TAR-ROS. Here TAR represents for PATH and ROS represents for ROYAL. Hence it means a royal path of life. Although the roots of the Tarot are in the occult tradition. Tarot cards evolved from ancient playing cards, and they differ from standard playing cards only in the fact that more cards were added to a deck of playing cards. The added cards were the trumps known as trionfi,- which means trimps, later it were used for divination. It have been used for hundred of years to reveal the hidden truths and foresee the future of the person. It serves as a direct link-"as a cosmic conference, to speak between conscious, your subconscious and divine wisdom". It offers greater depths, subtly and diversity. It is also more portable than the equipment needed to calculate astrology charts. It also acts as a guide in our life, and suggests ways to handle challenges and opportunities. It acts as a tool for personal growth of self - knowledge. It helps to seeing into the past, understands the present and creates the future.

Tarot Cards

The tarot cards in Europe seems to date back the 14th century. The original teaching of the tarot is said to be based on 22nd pewter plates, which made up the major Arcana. Arcana mean the mysterious path. A reading of these cards were used to decide when to plant crops, or to make decisions for a nation such as when to go on war. Many years later the Minor Arcana cards were added. These were consists of 56 cards, which are the basis of the playing deck. Tarot cards are also called "the Book of Divination tradionally known as a deck of 78 cards with various pictures on them. They have been used for hundreds of years to reveal the hidden truths about the future of the person receiving the card reading."

TAROT DECKS-Decks are based on various themes such as nature, animals, fantasy, dragons etc. The tarot deck is made up of the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. A pack of 78 cards like regular playing cards,the Minor Arcana of the tarot deck includes four suits. These suits are -

  • CUPS

Each suit has meaning regarding a specific approach to life. The cards within these suits are numbered to- one to ten and also include the four cards-the king, queen, knight and page. The Minor Arcana cards represents the practical ways of daily ups and downs in life.

The major Arcana includes the picture cards that represents particular concepts and ideas. They are numbered one through 21, with the 22nd card(THE FOOL) marked as zero. These cards represents strong, long term energy in life.

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