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Learning Tarot Tarot Ciro Marchettiby Skye

psychic Phone Readings at SilvermoonTarot cards carry an aura of mystery and magic about them. They attract many with their colourful and detailed images. Many people use tarot as a fortune telling device. It is often abused and regarded as a gimmick or used as a party trick. It can tend to be described as dark and people often fear things that they do not understand. I myself have been taunted for my belief in Tarot and Cartomancy. It is a shame that people can be so small minded, but this is the world that we live in.  Tarot gives us the means to receive guidance spiritually, emotionally and mentally. Questions are not only answered, but other options and routes can also be pointed out to the querent. Anybody that has ever learned to read tarot cards will admit that their own self awareness and intuition has been heightened and developed by the study. My own personal growth is something that I could not be without and I fully recommend tarot to anybody, even if they only wish to do readings privately for themselves. Working with the wonders of tarot opens our mind and awakens the connection between our spiritual side and our intuition.

I feel giving readings on a professional level is a great responsibility and one that I personally take very seriously indeed. Any question that is posed to me is treated with the greatest of respect and answered in full. I do not exaggerate the truth or gloss over my responses; I simply tell the querent what is on the cards. Before each reading I have my own ritual to complete. In order to tune into my higher energies I sit for a while with my deck of cards. As I sometimes combine angel cards with tarot in my readings I like to ask the angels for assistance in my answers and words. This small process prepares me for the reading and helps me to connect with my spiritual self.

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The history of Tarot is a very long subject indeed. There are many theories about where they first originated. It is impossible to say exactly where they came from as so many stories and theories conflict with others.

Even the origin of the word tarot is debated. Many believe that the cards may have first been used in the valley of the Taro River in Italy where it originatedLearning Tarot from a card game called Tarocchi. As they were introduced into France the word Tarot was developed. It has also been suggested that the decks come from The Torah – Hebrew meaning of ‘The Law’. Another belief is that they originated from The Thoth – an Egyptian God. This is a widespread theory but there is no definite answer.

 

There are seventy eight cards in a tarot deck. This can seem very daunting to somebody that would like to learn to read them. The meaning of each card is different and there are other attributes to take into account such as the numerology, suits, and of course, the arcana.

Each deck is divided into two parts - the major arcana and the minor arcana. The word arcana is developed from a Latin word meaning secrets.

There are twenty two major arcana cards. They are very powerful, and in a reading a major card will trump over a minor in importance. They describe the querent’s life and the journey that they are taking. They represent major issues that we may be having and give us insights in how to deal with them.

 

The remaining fifty six minor arcana are split into four suits. These are pentacles (sometimes referred to as coins or discs), cups, swords and wands (often called batons or rods). Each suit has an Ace, numbers two to ten, and four court cards. These are Page, Knight, Queen and King.

Each suit represents different elements, star signs and parts of our lives..

tarot pentaclesPentacles represent money matters and health. Many pentacles in a reading often mean that there is something taking form in the querent’s life. It may only be in the beginning stages at the time of the reading, but will soon take physical form.

Cups are associated with emotions, feelings and relationships. If you are currently having difficulties in a relationship or are making changes totarot cups your personal life, it is quite common to see many cups in a personal reading..

Swords depict taking action against problems and troubles. They often speak of a struggle with ones self or difficulties in moving forwards.

Wands represent social activities and work situations. When I think of wands I imagine new ventures and ideas. They can also symbolise or mention your work load and how you are coping with it.

Different readings can mean different situations for the court cards. Often they are used as a significator – a card that represents the person receiving the reading. I personally do not use this in my spreads as it means that there is one less card in the deck. This seems to reduce the potentiality of the reading as a whole. Some people see using a significator as an advantage as it can establish a link between the tarot and the querent.. Either way is fine as it is down to individual preference.

 

Tarot SwordsI never made a firm decision to learn how to read tarot cards. It seemed to be the most natural thing I have ever done. I can’t even remember where I got my first deck of Tarot cards from. First and foremost it was the pictures that mesmerised me. The artwork is beautiful and I wouldTarot Rods spend great periods of time gazing at the different illustrations and interpreting them in my own way. I was very drawn to the Original Rider Waite Tarot deck as the pictures are very clear and classical. After some time, I developed more interest in other decks and my passion grew and grew until I realised it was what I spent most of my spare time doing. I started by doing readings for friends and family. This is where most people begin as it gives you confidence and practise.

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Traditional decks such as Rider Waite are very popular and most commonly used. Many decks are based on fantasy characters. You can find something to suit almost any personality including dragons, fairies, animals, legends, even manga! Although decks can be very different to one another, they all have the same basic principles. Beginners should start with a more traditional deck as it enables you to learn the meaning of the cards without distraction. You can quickly move onto other decks but you will find that you often refer back to the original pack. You must never feel that you have to have a certain deck. With Tarot you must choose the cards that you are most drawn to. There is no rule that you can only ever use one deck of cards. I myself have several decks and use different ones at different times – depending on my mood and the situation at hand. A problem that you may encounter on buying your first deck is that often you cannot look at the cards as they are sealed in plastic inside the box. Even though this is annoying, there is a reason to explain this. Unless you are doing a reading for somebody (and they are shuffling the cards) you should not let others handle your personal deck. This is due to the fact that their energy will be transferred onto your cards. A deck that has only been impregnated with your own energy will serve you well. Second hand cards are not usually a good idea as it seems to be very difficult to connect yourself with them. However, I have known readers that have inherited a deck of cards from a relative or loved one. The energy seemed to pass easily from one being to the other and this is the exception to the rule. A good relationship with your cards is essential. I treat my decks like old friends and trust them implicitly. Storing your cards is also quite important. Different readers will tell you different rules on storing your deck of Tarot cards. The most commonly used rule is that you should wrap your cards in silk to protect them against negativity. I have my own ritual when putting my cards away when they are not being used. I stack them neatly and put them in a silk drawstring bag. This is then placed into a wooden carved box that I keep in pride of place on the shelves. This ritual reminds me to respect my cards and treat them well. Some people keep their cards in the box in which they came. This is perfectly acceptable, but over time the box may become quite worn and tattered due to repeated use. Each person finds their own way of storing and keeping cards safe. It is a topic of debate and disagreement amongst many, but if it feels right, then it usually is right.

On occasions I will cleanse my deck of cards to rid of negativity. I do this one of two different ways. After difficult readings I may hold my cards in a neat pile and imagine that they are bathed in light. I imagine a higher power cleansing my cards and giving them a pure, fresh potential. Once in a while I burn a sage smudge stick and hold my cards over the smoke. This clears away negative energy that may have been picked up by the cards after being handled by somebody else, or by difficult or uncomfortable readings.

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It is often very difficult to see what is happening in front of our very eyes. This is where Tarot cards come into their own. When situations are full of emotion we tend to miss important facts and behave in a way that would shock us if we could see what we were doing. Tarot readings can hold a mirror up to the situation so that we can see it for what it is. We can use tarot to examine how we are feeling, or to get a better view over what is happening. In order to learn from the tarot, we must be willing to accept unpleasant facts and uncomfortable issues. There is no sugar coated messages. Although they are always encouraging and comforting, they are also truthful and to the point.

In my experience the best way to learn tarot card readings is to do tarot card readings. You cannot possibly learn all of the meanings and representations without actually seeing them in a situation that you can relate them to. Starting with something simple is usually the best way to begin. A three card question reading is often used and can be practised over and over. When shuffling or dealing the cards you must be clear in your mind of the question that is being asked. Ill-defined questions can lead to unclear answers. Remember that you do not actually need to ask a question to do a reading. You can deal cards for a general overlook of the querent’s life. This is called an open reading. I often find that after an open reading, I am asked questions. More cards can be dealt to clarify the situation or perhaps to amplify something that the cards have touched on.

 

Tarot cards can only reveal the truth in a situation, just as a mirror can only show a reflection. More often than not they stimulate our minds to want to learn more. No tarot reader can claim to ‘know everything’ about these wonderful cards. The more experience you have with them, the more you will understand, but there is no definitive answer or way of learning how to interpret them. Many people involve other oracles such as numerology, palmistry and astrology. These other fields can enhance tarot by providing further information in a reading. Greater awareness and a better knowledge of our spiritual selves are just a couple of the gifts we receive through learning how to read Tarot cards. When you choose to embark on this journey of knowledge, it can be a life changing and extremely positive experience – one that I would recommend to anybody.  Skye x