The topic of divination covers a broad range of tools and techniques to access the Divine for spiritual guidance and information. Walk into any metaphysical shop or new age bookstore, and you are inundated with a plethora of ways to learn and perform the art of divination.
Tarot decks are one of the most popular divinatory tools today, and come in a variety of decks, ranging from traditional artwork, to angels, cats, Halloween decks, and more. Just about any subject you can think of, there’s sure to be a Tarot deck designed with that theme!
The Tarot tends to rise in popularity during times of great transition here on Earth. If we look back in history, during the Medieval and Renaissance periods, people were drawing upon the wisdom of the Tarot for help and guidance during times of confusion, fear, and uncertainty. The earliest decks found in Milan Italy and France date back to the 15th Century and are in now kept safely in museums in Italy.
The Tarot helps you meet whatever is around the corner in the best possible way ~ Mary K. Greer
Again, in the 1960s with the hippie movement, more people started buying Tarot decks, and at the turn of the previous Century and dawning of the New Millennium, there was also an marked increase in Tarot deck sales… sold to people from all walks of life.
During mass transformation it seems people begin to question authorities and tend to take matters into their own hands. They may refrain from following the advice of leaders in their society; including politicians, clergy, doctors, and teachers. It is at during these times of transition that humanity has the greatest leaps of growth, expansion, new visions, and shifts that cause acceleration in the evolution of our species.
The Tarot can be used in many ways. You can consult the cards for greater insight into just about anything. There are a variety of card spreads which will provide deeper and broader meanings by the meaning the card takes in certain positions in the layout. For example, the classic Celtic Cross is one of my favorite spreads to do, in that it provides a broad overview on the sitter’s life and covers many topics. However, the basic three or five card spread can help pinpoint answers to an issue and reveal hidden factors, advice, and possible future outcomes.
The importance of cards that fall into the ‘outcome’ position in a spread can really help us pivot our energy and intentions better to meet our desired goals. Outcomes are not set in stone, so to speak. We are given a variety of choices in life and the Tarot can help us connect with a part of us that can get buried by the opinions of others, and unblock the ways we have deviated from our intuition and spiritual guidance.
The outcome card unveils the unknown and helps us see what track we’re currently on, and what will most likely occur if we stay on that track. It is up to us to decide whether it’s right for us. If you don’t like the outcome card you see, I suggest drawing a ‘clarity’ card to the side for advice on how to change that outcome.
The Universe will always steer us toward what is in our highest and best good. The lesson for us is to listen and to follow the steps that the cards are suggesting. This requires a good interpreter. Choose a Tarot reader who you feel comfortable with and who is easy for you to communicate with.
The direction in how some readers actually read the cards is interesting too. In certain ancient texts and languages, words and sentences were, and still are today, read from right to left. There are, however, Tarot readers who enjoy reading the cards from right to left. There is no right or wrong way to read them, and though there are general meanings that card readers tend to have, trust your gut feeling when you look at the card. Observe the colors. Are they more solar or lunar? Is there an object that pops out at you? Your meaning is the most important and will begin to form your own psychic dictionary for each card.
Tarot is always whispering to you. Tarot weaves truth, stories, secrets, and tales. All you need to do is slow down and listen ~ Sasha Graham
A standard Tarot deck is comprised of 78 cards. The first 22 are the Major Arcana. Arcana is a Latin word meaning ‘hidden knowledge’ or ‘sacred information’ kept in secret societies. These first 22 cards are considered to be more significant in a reading and represent the 5th element, which is Spirit.
The other four suits belong to the other four elements, which are most commonly known as the Minor Arcana, and make up the remaining 56 cards in a deck. The four suits in traditional decks are Swords (Air), Wands (Fire), Cups (Water) and Pentacles (Earth). The tools and their names can differ from deck to deck. For instance, Wands can be Batons or Staves, Cups are Chalices, and I’ve seen Pentacles as Disks, Shields, and Coins. There are some decks that just use the name of the element itself, such as the ‘Two of Fire,’ for the Two of Wands.
There are so many books written on the Tarot. Among some of the best are author and teacher Mary K. Greer’s books. It is good to have a general idea of some possible card meanings and the symbology of the card. Symbology works in conjunction with our Spirit Guides and we actually begin to form a our own psychic symbol dictionary as we develop a new language and way of communicating with Spirit through the Tarot.
The symbols on the cards have been said to open up neuropathways to the Divine. There is so much about the brain and mind that science has yet to discover. The intuitive and subconscious minds are accessed through the images on the cards. A picture does paint a thousand words. So, in learning the Tarot, you are actually opening up parts of the mind that have been dormant and connecting with a higher intelligence.
To start off, you’ll want to choose a deck that is easy to learn with, such as the Rider-Waite-Smith deck of 1909. Rider was the original London publisher, Arthur Edward Waite was the creator of the deck, and Pamela Coleman Smith, aka Pixie, was the artist. The Rider-Waite-Smith deck is the most widely used deck throughout the world. Many decks that followed the creation of this deck have mimicked the artwork, so, it’s a very good starter deck to learn from.
When the time comes, you may wish to branch out to other decks that you are drawn to. It is an intuitive process, try not to over think it. Sometimes someone will even gift you a deck which is particularly auspicious!
The care and feeding of your deck. There are many ways to store your deck and lots of Tarot carrying cases. If you plan to take your deck with you when you go out, there are drawstring and velcro top cases in a variety of patterns and sizes to choose from. Some believe that keeping your deck wrapped in black silk will hold in the magical energies, and others feel you should keep your deck in the box it came in. The preference is totally up to you how you store your deck.
Remember that the Tarot is a great and sacred arcanum – its abuse is an obscenity in the inner and a folly in the outer. It is intended for quite other purposes than to determine when the tall dark man will meet the fair rich widow ~ Jack Parsons
When I buy a deck I like to consecrate and align it to my energy. I do this by taking a tiny bit of Patchouli or Frankincense oil and rubbing in onto my hands. I then fan the cards out onto the floor and press my hands gently along the cards infusing them with the oils and a blessing. I ask for these cards to be aligned in perfect harmony with me and to be used for the highest and best good for whomever I read for. I also ask for a seal of protection and that whomever hands these cards fall into after they leave me, that they only fall into the right hands of someone who uses them with good intentions and in the name of the holy truth.
After I’ve aligned the cards with my energy, consecrated and blessed them, I hold the deck to my heart and then knock in the top of the deck three times to clear it and awaken the cards, so to speak. After that, I’m ready to go!
The Tarot can be consulted not only to gain clarity and insight into any situation, but can also help serve as a reflective tool helping you to grow spiritually. There is a saying the Tarot was left to us as a road map toward enlightenment. I have read the cards for over 25 years and have realized one can never know the Tarot, as it continues to grow with you.
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