The Art of Reading Tarot Cards
What are Tarot Cards?
One of the oldest forms of divination, reading tarot cards is as popular today as it ever was. Tarot card origins are shrouded in mystery, though some speculate that they may have begun in ancient Egypt.
Tarot decks are visual. Each card is illustrated with pictures and symbols that are interpreted by the reader. There are so many decks available today that you can easily find one that speaks to you more clearly than the others.
A deck of tarot cards contains seventy-eight cards. Twenty-two of these cards are the Major Arcana, also known as Trump cards, while the remaining fifty-six cards are the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana contains cards like the Fool, the Lovers, the Tower and the infamous Death card.
The Minor Arcana Tarot Cards are divided into four suits: Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles. They deal with the day to day things in your life. All the cards in each suit are numbered. Each suit has a meaning.
See below for all Tarot Card interpretations
The meaning of a tarot card is influenced by the position of the card as it is drawn from the deck, the position it occupies in the card layout, and by the cards that are positioned before and after it.
Tarot Card Meanings - The Major Arcana
The Major Arcana Cards are meant to represent important aspects in life.
Read the meaning for each Tarot Card within the Major Arcana
Tarot Card Meanings - The Minor Arcana
Suit of Wands
Suit of Swords
Suit of Cups
Suit of Pentacles
During a reading, the questioner must either tell their question to the reader or they must hold it firmly in their mind. The reader will pull cards from the deck or may have the questioner do the choosing without seeing the faces of the cards. The reader will arrange them according to the type of reading they are doing.
Another more complex reading is the Celtic Cross. This reading will cover the past, present and future as well as any obstacles that may lie in the way. Additional cards may be chosen to give insight into what may happen as the future unfolds.
Another way to learn how to read Tarot cards is to take advantage of our free tarot card readings. The program is an excellent resource tool that'll allow you to see many different types of spread layouts.