The Meaning of Tarot cards

Receiving a tarot card reading is a beautiful and mystical experience that can help you better understand your unique journey through the spiritual, emotional, and physical world. It gives you a glimpse within, offering you a mirror into your own soul. The key to getting the most from a tarot experience is to understand the intricate and multi-layered meanings of tarot cards, including what each card expresses individually and how they can work together to provide you with even greater insight.

Tarot definitions are by no means complete; no single meaning of tarot cards or interpretation is carved in stone. Each reading is influenced by the training and intuition of the reader as well as by the personal story and perspective of the individual receiving the reading.

What's important is what your tarot reading – and the individual card - means to you.

These tarot definitions are meant to help you understand the major arcana and minor arcana, the 78 cards in a tarot deck, and the energy of the cups, wands, pentacles, and swords of the tarot. By understanding the meaning of the tarot cards, you can begin to add your own perspective, intuition, and inspiration to your future readings.

Let your intuition guide you to the secrets the tarot has to share.

The Major Arcana (aka Trump Cards)

To understand the meaning of individual tarot cards, it’s important to know that there are 22 major arcana cards in an average tarot deck. They represent archetypal images and energies and tell the story of the Fool, as he starts at number 0 and travels through all of life’s experiences, ending with the World card at number 21.

The major arcana cards are the anchor of the tarot and deal with the major twists and turns within your life. The meaning of these tarot cards have an impact on the overall interpretation of your reading. Whenever a major arcana card reveals itself in your reading, pay special attention to it.

Something important is brewing in your life.

The Minor Arcana

The 56 minor arcana cards are meant to complement the major arcana. The minor arcana is divided into 4 suits (similar to playing cards). These suits are wands, pentacles, swords, and cups.

The minor arcana cards help you focus on the current challenges and opportunities you face on a daily basis. They can help you better understand when opportunity knocks or guide you away from your less charitable impulses.

Another purpose and meaning of these tarot cards is also to provide greater understanding of the major arcana cards in your reading. They give you additional details or perspective that you need.

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Learning the Meaning of Tarot Cards

Developing an understanding of the meaning of tarot cards takes time and practice. Start by reviewing our definitions of each major arcana and minor arcana card to develop a basic fluency in the tarot deck.

A great way to improve your understanding of tarot is to regularly receive readings.

Getting consistent readings will improve your understanding of the cards and help you develop your tarot reading intuition. You can start your tarot training today by receiving a three-card tarot reading right now.

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