A quick guide to reading tarot

Find out the meanings behind the cards

Stars Insider

20/09/23 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Spirituality

Tarot cards have long captivated the human imagination, providing a portal into the world of divination, self-reflection, and personal growth. This ancient practice, with roots dating back to the 15th century, has endured through generations and cultures, taking a firm place in the world of mysticism and self-discovery.

A standard tarot deck consists of 78 cards. These cards are divided into two main categories: the Major Arcana, which includes 22 cards representing important life events and archetypal symbols, and the Minor Arcana, which includes 56 cards divided into four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles) of 14 cards each, similar to a regular deck of playing cards. The cards of the Minor Arcana usually refer to situations and experiences of everyday life.

There are various methods and approaches to tarot card reading, but a common practice is to shuffle the cards while focusing on a question or problem. After shuffling, the cards are drawn and laid out in a spread. The card positions and their meanings depend on the particular reading. Readers interpret the symbolism, imagery and intuitive impressions of each card, taking into account their positions, to gain insights and clues to the question or situation at hand. It's important to tap into one's intuition and develop a personal connection to the cards, keeping in mind the traditional meanings as a basis for interpretation. Tarot reading is a combination of intuition, symbolism, and the reader's understanding of the individual and collective meanings of the cards.

But whether you're an experienced reader or a beginner, the tarot deck offers a world of insight and self-discovery. First, however, you may need an introduction. So pick up your deck, shuffle the cards, and let the magic unfold with a little help from this gallery. Click on!

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