Mention Rider-Waite Tarot Cards – or Tarot Cards in general – to people and they immediately conjure up an image of a gypsy with dark hair, a mysterious air, and thick accent wearing large gold hoop earrings, a silk blouse, and long, full, multi-colored skirts. As you sit in a darkened room (or perhaps in a tent just off a circus midway) the over sized cards with their strange images are laid out before you and miraculously your most cherished dream, greatest dread, or more likely a mixture of the two, is described in alarmingly clear detail by this dark stranger.

But did you know you can use Rider-Waite Tarot Cards and learn how to divine the future yourself? You can learn to see into the future for yourself, your family, and friends in a relatively short time and with often uncanny accuracy.

The deck itself consists of 78-cards. The cards are divided into two parts: The Major Acana and the Minor Aracana. There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana. These cards include the Hierophant, the High Priestess, the Magician, the Fool, Death, and the Hangman, among others. Although some contend you can foretell what will happen with only the Major Arcana, most feel it is important to use the remaining 56 Rider-Waite Tarot Cards of the Minor Arcana as well. The Minor Arcana is made up of four suits (Wands, Pentacles, Cups and Swords) of fourteen cards each.

As you focus on a specific question from the person for whom you are doing the reading, you need to lay some of the cards out in a prescribed order. By taking the meaning of each of the individual cards and coupling it with position in the layout you have used, you are able to interpret what the cards are telling you and divine the future for the question on the table. The more you practice asking questions and using the cards for the answer, the quicker and more adept you become at communicating their true meaning.