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Tarot Card is an ancient divination tool that dates back to 15th century. With their centuries-old iconography, that blends ancient symbols and images with religious allegories, tarot cards present a daunting picture to the outsiders and skeptics who know little about these occult practices. Many believe that these cards are endowed with some mystical power while some who are experts at tarot cards reading claim that it is clearly and simply in concordance with the laws of universe!
Every tarot card deck is featured with striking imagery and unique symbolism. The traditional tarot card deck, the Rider-Waite deck was created by Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith. Rider-Waite deck was first of the many tarot decks which were used prominently for knowing the answers to the unknown. Gradually, artists and people interested in metaphysical world started creating beautiful Tarot card artworks, most famous of which is of Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine. These are the new age tarot card decks which have reinvented and reinterpreted the traditional tarot cards along with tarot cards meaning.
Many people often get frightened by the fear based images and harsh phrases of the historical tarot cards. So, these new age cards while retaining the meanings and experiences of the traditional cards have reinterpreted the iconography (images and words) to enlighten the ones who use them.
Any tarot card deck originally consists of two sets of cards comprising a total of 78 cards. The two sets are Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. Arcana is the plural of Arcanum which means a profound mystery or a deep secret!
The major Arcana consist of 22 cards. These cards depict life’s major events and turning points such as marriage, loss, pregnancy, career changes, relationship and personal challenges. They speak about life’s crucial moments. This set of cards also represents the different phases of life starting from childhood culminating in old age.
The Minor Arcana represents ordinary life’s events and day to day minor troubles. It is divided into four suits. In traditional deck, these four suits are: Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands, while in modern deck, this set is divided into four elements: fire, water, earth and air. The minor Arcana are numbered from 1 (Ace) through 10. In addition to these 10 cards, we have the Court cards such as, a Page (11th card), a Knight (12th card), a queen (13th card) and a King (14th card).
During any reading, court cards often either represent a situation or any person.
We offer Tarot Card Readings through the traditional Rider-Waite Tarot Cards deck as well as the modern Doreen Virtue Angel Tarot Cards Deck, depending on which one prefers. todayastrology.com also conduct varied tarot card readings for our clients:
- One Card Reading: This reading provides a simple and easy to understand solution to any of your problems
- Three Cards Spread Reading: This reading speaks about your immediate past with respect to the situation you have inquired about. It tells about the issue and what you can do about it. And then, it tells your immediate future as the result of the guidance you would choose to follow on
- The Celtic Cross: This spread of ten cards is too vast and in-deep, and provides startling insights to any situation inquired upon. This reading reveals your present situation, the current challenges, the past, the present, the immediate future and the most likely outcome.
P.S. The thing to remember is that the Tarot Cards provide us guidance to solve our issues; they show us a path walking upon which will solve our dilemma and bring us to light; they do not predict our future! Ultimately, the final outcome to any situation depends upon our free will choices and the path that we take in our lives.