One of the more common means of telling fortunes and offering insights into the days gone by and future is the tarot. Tarot cards original originated in Italy in the first half of the fifteenth century as a card game, used purely for recreation. This early game was something like the modish game of Bridge. The use of tarot cards for divination is pioneer recorded in the early 1700s and by the end of the 18th century; changes were made to tarot cards to make them more salutary for divination and esoteric meanings. Originally, tarot cards had no connection to the occult, and this link is a more modern one than the cards themselves. The specifics of the avant-garde cards, dreamt up for esoteric purposes, have their basis in the 19th century.

A deck of tarot cards, as they are used present, contains 78 cards, every one of of which contain divergent, meaningful symbols which may be interpreted in a number of ways. The deck contains a total of four suits, and the names of the suits may alter depending upon the tarot deck one is using. Time after time times, the suits are referred to as wands, cups, swords, and coins, which make up what is known as the Minor Arcana. Meanwhile, the Major Arcana is made up of of twenty two cards, all of which are used to signify major events or humans in a reading.

Meaning is assigned to each card in a tarot deck; however, the specifics of interpretation are impacted by the layout of the cards, whether they are upright or reversed, and the interpreter’s own reading. Numerous of the cards in the major arcana, the trump cards, are fairly logical. The Lovers represent hold dear, in some bulk, while Strength is symbolic of courage and drive. Each of the cards in the minor arcana also carries meaning when used for divination, based on both the numeric value of the card and which suit it is. Meanings of each card may be found online, in books, or simply by interpreting the images on the card.

When card readings are conducted face-to-face, the card reader will at intervals ask the querent to shuffle the cards as they concentrate on the question. The querent will sometimes be asked to split the deck into three piles, and then to put the deck back together again. The card reader then lays out the cards in a specific pattern, and each card has a diverse meaning, depending upon the layout used. For example, the card reader may layout three cards, one to signify the yesteryear, one for the present and one for the future: every one of three cards together give a stocked interpretation of a given situation.

Card readings over the telephone are conducted much the same custom that card readings face to face are conducted. A querent (caller) will call into a reader, and the reader will ask the caller to concentrate on a question that he or she wants answered or clarified. The card reader then shuffles the cards and lays them out in a particular pattern. Common patterns include a single card reading, a three card reading, and a Celtic Cross reading, which is a reading of 10 different cards. The card reader will examine the symbolism in each card, in addition to the card position to conclude what the cards convey.

Tarot cards demonstrate a long past events, both as a simple card game and as a tool for divination. The novel usage of these cards is purely esoteric. If you are interested, you should keep in mind that tarot cards are only as helpful as the reader is perceptive, and that while you might leave with some clarifications of your own thoughts, more than that is unlikely.