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Tarot cards work as a prediction tool to aid us to recognize past, present and future actions, transformations, influences and outcomes in our own lives and other people's lives as well. Tarot cards are usually read by a fortune-teller, though in these days of New Age Enterprise, anyone can buy a deck with instructions on how to discover your real self and actualize your true potential. Tarot cards serve many purposes, and this leads to a variety of Tarot deck styles. The Major Arcana consist of 22 tarot cards whilst the Minor Arcana contain the rest of the deck and are split into four suits; wands, cups, swords and pentacles. When Tarot decks are placed in groups and patterns, the complexity of their meaning is multiplied and takes on specific interpretations that can be applied to situations in life.
There is no doubt that the Tarot cards date back a long way, possibly as far as the 11th century. The meanings of the figures and numbers on tarot cards vary greatly among tarot readers and advocates, many of whom find connections between tarot and cabala, astrology, I Ching, ancient Egypt, and various other occult and mystical notions. As you consciously develop your relationship with the Tarot cards, you link in with the lineage of meaning passed down through the network of harmony.
The first clear reference that we have to Tarot cards is from a sermon that was collected with many others about 1500 in Italy found in the Steele Manuscript. As the earliest Tarot cards were hand-painted, the number of the produced decks is considered to have been rather small. Some believe that tarot cards were first introduced by the ancient Egyptians, although others maintain that it derives from the medieval Italian card game of tarocco.
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When most people hear the term "Tarot Card Reading" they immediately think about a movie or show they once saw where a woman sits in a dark candlelit room foretelling impending doom and destruction. This is nice for dramatic flair, but is not really what Tarot cards are really all about. In the world of Astrology, Tarot cards are a tool used to help one find his or her path towards enlightenment. There are 2 different types of Tarot card readings. These are known as question readings and open Tarot card readings.
Open readings are designed to address one’s overall quality of life. There are no "specifics" when it comes to an open reading. These readings are usually done when someone is entering a different phase of their life and feel they need some sort of spiritual guidance. For example; someone who is graduating from college, or someone who is about to be married may partake in an open reading to help get a feel about where their life will head from here. It is possible to somewhat direct the meeting to a specific area of your life, but it is best not to get to specific while doing an open reading because that could taint your potential answers. Simple things like your health or your career path can be focused on, but overall an open reading needs to be conducted with an open mind.
Question Reading is by far the most popular form of Tarot card reading. Question reading is the type of reading one gets when he/she has a specific question in mind. While Tarot readings are not supposed to answers traditional yes and no questions, they can be used as a guide to help you figure out for yourself what the best course of action is. How your question is asked is very important when it comes to question reading. This can have a very real effect on how the cards fall. Here are some pointers on how to approach your question reading:
Some people will enter a question reading thinking they already have the answer to their question. These people are mostly just looking for justification in a decision that they have already made. By doing this you are not allowing the cards to guide you. For example: If you are having trouble with a roommate, asking how you can get that roommate to move out instead of asking how you can better get along to that roommate greatly narrows the scope of possible answers you will receive.
When doing a question reading, you should be focused. However, it is best to not be too detailed. As we stated before, the more open you keep things the better chance you have of solving your problem. Try to look at your question as broadly as you can. For example: do not just simply ask how you can make your life less insane. Ask a focused question like “how can I better balance my time at work and my time with my wife and family”. However, do not ask “How can I get my project done on Monday and be home in time for dinner, so my wife isn’t mad at me.?” This is too detailed of a question and will limit your responses.
Many people go into a question reading wanting to focus on the person or thing that they think is the cause of their problem. This is not the way to go about getting a question reading and will only muddy your potential answers. A Tarot reading is supposed to be about you, not some else. For example: Asking why is my wife being distant with me’ is focusing on her. You should be asking “what role do I play in my wife being distant with me?”
Staying with the theme of staying open at all times during your reading, it is the best if your question is as neutral as possible. The cards are there to give you guidance, but if you are using your preconceived notions when asking your question you are not letting them guide you. For example: Asking why you are doing more work at your job than your co-workers is not neutral at all. However, asking how you and your co-workers can coexist and be productive together is neutral and will give you a wider range of answers.
Tarot card readings can be fun and sometimes very enlightening. If you go into it with a positive mindset you may be surprised at how helpful they can actually be. If you go into with a negative mindset you will probably find that it is not that helpful at all. Use these guidelines and your next reading could be your best one yet!