Are you interested in 'reading' the tarot cards but feel frustrated at how complicated it can be? Well I was too at one time, then I evolved a different way of working with them which gave me fast and accurate information from the cards. Three steps, that is all it takes, plus some practice. It will be worth it. You will get your answers. You might also be able to help others get theirs.
A tarot card is?
A piece of card, similar in shape to a normal playing card, but has various types of graphics printed on the surface rather than having only the hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades that is usual for a standard playing card. Most tarot cards, though, do use symbols such as swords, pentacles (circles), cups, and staves which replace the hearts, clubs, etc, but not all.
Unlike a set of playing cards, there is no general design for a tarot card, so they are individual card to card, set to set, although will always have a theme general to all the cards in any one set.
What do tarot cards do?
They tell ‘fortunes’, that’s what people think they are supposed to do. Since ancient times, they have been seen as a tool of ‘divination’, this being ‘the act of predicting or foretelling events, or of discovering hidden or secret things by real or by alleged supernatural means, a conjecture of the future’ (Cassell’s Concise English Dictionary).
So that is what a tarot card is supposed to do.
How do they do that?
Well the graphics on an individual card are supposed to symbolize certain events or states of being, which, on observation and interpretation, can ‘foretell’ what is going to happen in the future, or what has happened in the past, or what is occurring at the present time, according to the ‘position’ of the card amongst the others which have been laid down
Sounds complicated? It doesn’t have to be. There is an easier way, which I will tell you about in this book.
And a ‘tarot pack’ is?
A combination of cards, individual to each other although with the same theme running throughout. There are no rules as to how many, but most tarot sets contain about the same number as an ordinary pack of playing cards, which is about seventy.
And similar to ordinary playing cards and also for ease of use, they are normally segregated into sections, normally swords, pentacles, cups or staves.
Within each section there will normally be a ‘run’ of cards numbered one to ten, followed by knave, queen and king. But each set is different both in design and content. As I have said, there is no general rule for the design of a set of tarot cards or the number of cards contained within a pack.