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Today's Tarot

Lisa Clifton

Posted on May 13, 2017 15:13

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An article about Tarot cards, tarot card history and tarot card readings.

What, exactly are Tarot Cards?  Before I get into that, I'd like to explain what they are not.

Most people have preconceptions about Tarot.  They picture the stereotype of a gypsy woman, her head swathed in a scarf, big hoop earrings, crystal ball and a deck of Tarot Cards spread out before her. For years people have associated Tarot with the occult, witchcraft and fortune telling. But I can assure everyone that I am not a psychic, I'm absolutely not a witch, and if I could forecast next week's Lotto numbers, I guarantee you I wouldn't be sitting here writing this article.

I'm pretty sure I would be sitting on my own private beach on some tropical island in the South Pacific, sipping on a frothy little cocktail and waiting for my personal masseuse, Rati, to arrive. So, if you are looking to have your fortune told, I'm afraid you're in for a big disappointment.

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Source: http://science.howstuffworks.com/

The 1st known Tarot Deck dates back to the 1300's, but it is believed to be much older. One story says that after Alexandria's great library was destroyed, all of the great mystics and philosophers from around the world gathered together to try and recapture some of the universal knowledge and spiritual truths that were lost in the fire. But with so many different languages, they had trouble communicating with one another so they devised a series of picture cards to represent the lost wisdom.

Tarot was originally intended to be a meditation aid and was played like a card game very similar to Bridge. It was during the Dark Ages that it became imbued with occultism, which was gaining popularity around the same time with its seances and fortune telling.

The modern deck has 78 cards – 22 Major Arcana Cards (these are the picture cards that represent the major universal life events/changes that everyone experiences throughout their lives) and 56 Minor Arcana Cards that deal with the mundane, everyday experiences we all have. The Minor Arcana are very similar to a standard deck of playing cards. They have 4 suits : Wands, Pentacles, Swords and Cups, and each suit is numbered from 1 to 10, plus 4 Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen and King.

The best way to describe Tarot is this: Tarot isn't going to predict what will happen, but rather presents different views or choices for any given set of circumstances. It gives you predictable outcomes based on different paths so that you can look inside yourself and make the best choices based on universal truths. It encourages introspection, allowing the questioner to hopefully grow and mature.

Well folks, that's all for today. Any more than I've already covered would become a snooze. So next time we'll start to look at some of the different ways there are to lay out and read the cards, called 'spreads', and start exploring the Major Arcana and the meanings of the individual cards. Until then...Keep it real!

Lisa Clifton

Posted on May 13, 2017 15:13

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