An Introduction to the Tarot

Tarot is an oracle that consists of a deck of 78 cards. Tarot readings provide inroads to the subconscious, or some would say, the superconscious mind. In tarot readings, the cards tell a picture story for the querent to figure out. There are different layouts for the cards, known as tarot spreads, for different questions. The symbolic imagery on each of the cards represents different spiritual energies.

Tarot can be used as a fortune-telling tool, or it can be used to reveal hidden factors about something that you seek awareness of. Tarot readings are very helpful when you are faced with a decision. The cards can offer spiritual advice about the results of different choices, giving the querent the inside scoop.

In order to really appreciate the tarot’s power, the querent needs to be in a relaxed, receptive state of mind to begin a reading. It may be unwise to view the tarot from a very analytical point of view. The messages may not be rational, as in dream imagery. It is also unwise to approach tarot frivolously or with extreme skepticism. You will receive according to what you put in.

There are many rituals that people like to observe while doing a tarot reading. Lighting incense and/or candles is a great way to set the mood. A lot of people keep their cards in silk covers that they unfold and lay out the spreads on. Controlled breathing like in yoga can help still the mind while establishing a rhythm. Rocks and crystals are also useful in setting the mood, as they bring in different energies. Fundamentally the mind just needs to go blank and free itself of bias and preconceived ideas.

As a gateway to spiritual signs and wisdom, tarot cards should be treated with great respect and reverence. A serious tarot deck commands the same type of respect as holy scriptures. The spiritual messages received from the tarot may change your life. A strong tarot reading is an awesome thing, and it will truly leave you in awe.

Anyone could learn just a little about the tarot and become a good reader. The magic is really in the cards. Most people get the hang of reading tarot cards immediately; when given the basic idea, they innately know how it works.

One way to learn the meaning of tarot cards in deed is by taking one card a day, sensing its meaning, and looking for examples of that meaning or concept in everyday life. A quick guideline to help you with the elements and their meanings:
Wands (Fire) – Power, motivation, action, force, conflict
Cups (Water) – Emotions, feeling, compassion, language of spirit
Swords (Air) – Ideas, communication, thoughts, enlightenment, concepts
Disks or Pentacles (Earth) – Manifestation, physical expression in the world, physical creation

Once you sense the meaning, apply this understanding to how it fits in your life. When the concept is translated into everyday life, the meaning becomes real and you will learn its energy by experience. After you have a good understanding of the basics, you will probably want to move on to doing tarot reading with the full 78-card deck, exploring a variety of tarot spreads. You might even want to try using other online oracles too.

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