We all need a little guidance sometimes. Guidance in love, in our careers or with our relationships. And we seek it out in different ways: therapists, churches, family … and sometimes we even need to turn to the stars. Psychics, readers and numerologists have become a common source of guidance, but let′s be honest; life is busy right now, and it′s not always as convenient to book a private reading as it would be to, say, dive into a self-help book in your spare time.
That′s why it′s beneficial to have a little help. A partner in your quest for self-understanding, such as a friend, on-call, who knows how to read Tarot cards for you — and trust us, there are even more benefits.
This is the most immediate reason it′s important to have someone in your inner circle who can read Tarot. You should still consult your daily horoscopes, charts, reports and guides, but in between those moments you may have detailed questions about your life, right now. Your on-call reader can provide the right guidance, right away.
While not all Tarot readers are necessarily psychic, all readers worth their weight understand how to interpret their deck of Tarot cards. On your quest for enlightenment, it′s important to understand the bigger-picture benefits of astrological forecasts and guides, complemented by the immediacy that Tarot provides.
The Tarot answers specific and immediate questions, unlike astrology reports or charts. Want to know how he thinks your date went? Or if it′s going to go smoothly at the airport? A Tarot reading can be that specific. Having a friend on-call to read your cards and give you answers on your current situation comes in very handy. Charts and astrology reports generally deal with overall direction of your life, while Tarot cards help guide you in how to deal with bad news or less comfortable situations.
Life stresses and day-to-day decisions can wear us out with stress. But tough-calls are much easier to make if you know someone with a deck of Tarot handy. The Tarot gives you the best course of action for your higher good, as long as you ask the right questions. Just a warning: you aren′t always going to like the answers the cards give you. But if you take the advice from the Tarot, you′ll find the answers and the decisions you make will be very rewarding and fulfilling.
Tarot readings give you immediate insights: access to secrets, deception, untruths or even surprises that are coming your way. We all wake up once in awhile with a feeling that something is wrong. Or, conversely, we′ve all felt great and couldn′t figure out why. Who is being honest with you, who isn′t, and maybe even who is planning something special for you? A quick call your Tarot-reading friend can give you an answer in a New York minute. Somehow, the Tarot always knows, and never lies or holds back.
When you need validation for a feeling or hunch, the Tarot is a helpful tool in your toolbox. With the exception of the court cards, each card in the Tarot deck is either light (to symbolize the miracles and blessings on their way to you) or dark (to symbolize the challenges you may cross). When it comes to seeking validation, all you need is a yes or no answer from the Tarot. Just ask, and if the card you pull symbolizes light, your answer is yes. If it symbolizes dark, your answer is no. Instant validation in any area in your life.
Remember when we said the Tarot ‘never lies or holds back′? When you consult the Tarot, you get information — whether you want it or not. Many times we approach a reading with one question but wind up leaving with answers to problems we didn′t even know we had. To be honest, there will likely be times when you leave your Tarot reader′s house with a lack of answers to your immediate questions, but rather with answers to questions you hadn′t considered.
It′s important to not get frustrated with a human response from a spiritual question. With Tarot, you′re always given the answers you need, even if you don′t know you need them. Be open and embrace the answers Tarot provides for you.
Tarot readings provide you with answers whether you expect them or not. This helps you plan and prepare for your day, or straighten out the pressing questions that have been weighing you down. Learning to do your own reading or, even better, having a friend on-call to read Tarot cards for you provides instant benefits to your life and well-being. We all love our friends and support systems. But the friend who also reads Tarot holds a very special place. Not only do they offer stress relief, but also answers, guidance and direction.
The tarot is a series of 78 tarot cards used in fortune telling, psychic readings, and insight into past, present, and future events. These tarot card definitions help you understand how to interpret your tarot reading. Tarot cards are divided into 2 main sections—the major arcana and minor arcana—and further into 4 suits:
Before a tarot reading, the cards are usually arranged in a spread. A tarot spread is the pattern in which the cards are placed on the table to be interpreted by a tarot card reader. There are many different types of tarot spreads—entire books have even been written on the subject. Spreads can be as simple as a 1-card draw, or complex enough to use all 78 cards.
One of the most popular spreads is called the 3-card spread, which gives you answers to immediate questions about your relationships, career, and life in general.
No one knows for certain where or when the cards originated—some say the practice goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. What we do know is that reading the tarot cards gained notoriety sometime around the 18th century.
The tarot can be used for many different purposes. The archetypal images reflect your story back to you, and bring you insights on situations in the lives of those around you. Those same images make good meditation companions or provide you with a ‘thought for the day.’ You might even use the tarot as a writing prompt in a blog, or as inspiration in artwork. There is no limit to how these images can be used, you just need to decide what works for you and go for it.
Modern technology made it even easier to get daily readings, peruse different interpretations of the classical images, and connect with others who share your interest in the cards. Of course, before you can get really immersed in understanding the tarot, you have to know a few basics. They’re not difficult, and once you recognize them you can master the mysteries of the tarot.
The major arcana (trump cards) represent your journey through life, starting out as the innocent and carefree card representing The Fool (at number 0), and going through all your stages of life until you get to The World (at number 21). Each of the trump cards represents an important issue in your life and asks that you pay particular attention to this situation. As you get to know the Major Arcana, you’ll see that the first 11 cards represent your journey out into the world while the last 11 represent your journey into your own awareness.
The minor arcana is a grouping of 56 tarot cards that acts as a support system for the major arcana. It's divided into 4 suits, much like playing cards, and each suit has 10 numbered cards and 4 court cards. Traditionally, these court cards are called page, knight, queen, and king.
Some decks may use different titles for these figures but their meanings and their positions in the hierarchy of the court cards remain the same. Each suit of the minor arcana corresponds with a specific area of life, and each card has a meaning within that area. The number 1 is the first in a sequence (representing beginnings).
The numbered minor cards may have images on them, or they may just have ‘pips’ on them like playing cards, depending on the deck you're using.
Each suit of the minor arcana is also associated with specific signs of the zodiac.
The tarot provides guidance that has stood the test of time. And as with any tool, the tarot needs to be used responsibly. The cards themselves are not good or evil—it’s how you use them that creates them a positive or a negative experience. After all, the tarot is just a collection of images and have no power on their own—it’s their mystery that allows them to endure. What wisdom do those images want to share with you today?