History of Tarot Card Readings

some tarot cards in front of a candleEven if you are not into fortune telling, you probably would have come across an unusual deck of cards and wondered what they were and how they worked. The absolute basic of Tarot cards is to foretell a person’s future, get an indication of their past or even help them to re-establish their lives by pointing them in the right direction. The art of tarot card reading is often fraught with misconceptions and myths brought forward by skeptical people who have not given themselves a chance to understand this fascinating subject.

A deck of Tarot cards is made up of 78 image cards, which are split between two categories, which are the Major and the Minor Arcana. The majority of cards some 56 falls into the Minor Arcana with the other 22 into the Major Arcana. The Major section provides an indication of overall spiritual meaning and the Minor events occurring on the practical side of our everyday lives. Each card has its own interpretation and individual meaning.

Each card has a suggested meaning with an overall structure but each individual Tarot card reader may have their own interpretation into the way a deck is dealt and the cards turned. This can sometimes be misleading as each Tarot reader will envisage differing situations in regard to the sequence in which the cards are turned.

Tarot Card History

Tarot cards originated in northern Italy around the beginning of the fifteenth century which is not as old as a lot of people imagine. Tarot cards were first invented as a card game and they were known as ‘Triumph’ cards and the game was along the same lines as our modern day game of Bridge. There is some evidence that these cards were used to predict future events the art of divination did not become popular until the early eighteenth century.

Tarot cards nowadays are used exclusively for fortune telling, or this is what most people think, but this is not true. A trained Tarot card reader will help you by reading the cards to discover your inner self. This is why Tarot cards are linked with astrology and the overall readings supplied by your natal chart which is based on the time and date of your birth.

A Tarot card reading is just an indication of how you can possibly improve your life in relation to health, relationships and general well-being. It is not something that will give you instant answers to all your problems but it should help to make you look at yourself with a new eye to see how you can make subtle changes to improve your overall environment.

A Tarot reading is very personal to the individual. Some believe it will predict the future and point the way forward to making a decision on a relationship. This can be dangerous because as mentioned earlier, a reader who is trained and still very proficient may have a different interpretation on how the cards are shuffled and dealt by you.

How is Tarot Connected to Astrology?

a deck of tarot cardsIn the modern world of today with advances made in technology, internet, and computer systems, there seems very little room for anything connected to the occult or to the supernatural. More and more people have come to believe that science is the driving factor in our lives, and sometimes forget the methods generations used before the laws of physics introduced by Newton.

A science of course cannot be regarded as useless, but sometimes scientists forget that we are not machines but made up of a skeleton with muscle covered in skin, and we all naturally contain a proportion of spiritual element. Tarot is one method that we can use to understand more about our spiritual connections which are another process closely aligned with astrology. This is something that is rejected by science, but why are so many people convinced that our lives are ruled or guide by the universe?

Misconceptions abound with many people regarding Tarot card reading. Some even think it is linked to witchcraft and evil demons mainly understandably because of the graphic images on some of the cards. However, this is totally wrong. Tarot first became noticed in Italy in the early fifteenth century and was originally used as a card game of leisure similar to bridge.

Astrology and Tarot connection

Tarot was late appearing in western culture and was introduced by a Catholic priest, Eliphas Levi in the early nineteenth century who based his principles on different religions from around the world. Levi made the claim that the Tarot cards would assist his students in finding self-improvement and enlightenment. Another scholar of the time A.E. Waite surmised that the cards may be used to forecast future events and his Rider-Waite card packs are the most widely accepted today.

The Tarot is based on the same principles as astrology having sub-divided sections or houses to predict past and future events as well as an assessment of physical characteristics and interactions. The zodiac in astrology is based on the four elements of Fire, Water, Earth, and Air and then divided under the twelve zodiacal signs. The fire signs are Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries. Water signs are Scorpio, Pisces, and Cancer. Earth are Capricorn, Virgo, and Taurus. Air are Gemini, Aquarius, and Libra.

Regardless of whether a person believes that there is a way for telling the future either by astrology or Tarot it should not be regarded as evil or in some way the bearer of doom. A gifted psychic has been proven on multiple occasions to uncannily predict events, and a qualified astrologer has used their skills to help numerous people regarding health, and long-term relationships among other everyday experiences.

Tarot cards are a fun experience if used in the right hands as well as being very useful and accurate, so there is no reason why they cannot be incorporated into today’s society and accepted in the same way as astrology is. The zodiacal horoscope is read by millions of people every day in their newspapers, how long before Tarot is appreciated in the same way?

What are your thoughts on tarot? Have you had any experiences with it? I’d love to here, so do let me know in the comments below!

My Passion For Tarot & Synastry

a deck of tarot cardsIt has been a decision that has been a long time coming, but I have decided to blog about a passion of mine that has been close to my heart since my school days, but one that I never really felt comfortable sharing publicly, until now. That passion is Tarot and Synastry. For those of you who don’t know, Synastry is a discipline of astrology which deals particularly with the areas of romantic relationships in a person’s life. You, like me, may have read many horoscope predictions in the local newspaper informing and advising you about various aspects of your love life. It has long been accepted that astrology can indeed predict this area of a person’s life and I personally have had many instances of that being the case. Using the Tarot is also a method of ancient divination, which can also speak of a person’s love life and point out possible pit-falls and opportunities that may be on the horizon.

The tarot deck used for a tarot reading has a direct and strong correlation to certain aspects of astrology. For instance, the four suits being swords, wands, pentacles and cups also relate directly to the four elements in astrology, air, fire, earth and water. For a more clear depiction of these correlations, they are associates thus;

  • Swords = Air – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
  • Wands = Fire – Sagittarius, Leo, Aries
  • Pentacles = Earth – Taurus, Capricorn, Virgo
  • Cups = Water – Scorpio, Cancer, Pisces

There are also further meanings and interpretations associated with the cards, for example, the Swords relate to the mind and mental thinking, the Wands often relate to a person’s energy and the opportunities in their life, the Pentacles speak of money, career and finances and the cups talk about emotions. Each card also has a specific significance along with how and when it is drawn and any intuitive messages picked up by the reader. So there is actually quite a lot of information that a reader can pick up on by using and working with the tarot deck. Of course, there is a lot open to interpretation, but if you are having a reading by an experienced tarot reader then you can indeed gain accurate and detailed information in any area of your life.

Synastry in particular is my point of interest so I will be mainly discussing topics around relationships with regards to the tarot. However, I will also start off giving you some insight into the interesting history of tarot, how it came to be and how it has been used throughout the more recent centuries.

I hope you will enjoy my new blog and find tarot and the art of synastry as fascinating and exciting as I have! For more insights into tarot and synastry, please see my homepage here http://kerrisackville.com.