How to Read Tarot Cards

Tarot symbolism originates in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, but over the centuries it grew to incorporate everything from Astrology and Kabbalah to Runes and the I Ching, an ancient Chinese oracle which was developed 2500 years before Tarot.

Tarot readings are done using layouts of cards drawn from the shuffled deck. The layout of the cards is known as a spread, and in readings the position of the card in the spread relative to other cards in the spread is what determines the meanings. Although the general language of tarot is universal, the imagery of each individual deck certainly has its own dialect.