Sunday, January 27, 2008

What Is Tarot?

What Is Tarot?

Tarot (also known as Tarock, Tarokk, Taroky, Taroc, Tarok, Tarocchi and similar names) is a family of trick taking card games played with an enlarged deck of 78 cards which include an extra court card for each of the four regular suits, a permanent trump suit of 21 cards, and a kind of "wild card" called "the Fool" or "Excuse." Although seen primarily by many as a means of fortune telling or divination, the Tarot deck was created in northern Italy during the 15th century for playing card games. The notion of a trump suit which survives in such popular card games as Spades and Bridge originated with the game of Tarot.

The myth of Egyptian origins of Tarot, while once common, has long been debunked by later scholars. There is also no record of Tarot cards being used for the occult or divination prior to the 18th century. The Tarot card readings popular at Renaissance Fairs are a creative license taken with historical fact and should not be viewed as authentic. Contrary to popular belief, conventional playing cards were not derived from Tarot decks and the Fool is unrelated to the Joker of conventional playing cards. The Joker was created in the USA during the 19th century originally for the card game Euchre.

Tarot cards
There are two types of Tarot deck.

The Italian suited Tarot
The traditional Italian suited deck of coins, cups, swords, and batons is currently favored by those using Tarot for divination, although in some countries such as Italy and Switzerland such decks are still used for game playing. Those practicing Tarot divination often call the coins "pentacles" and the batons "wands." With few exceptions, the trump scenes of Italian suited Tarots differ little from deck to deck and are often seen by Tarot readers as containing symbolic meaning. The depictions of a Popess (II) and Pope (V) on Italian suited Tarots have been controversial in some areas. In Switzerland, these images were replaced by depictions of Juno (II) and Jupiter (V). In Bologna Italy, the papal figures along with the Empress (III) and the Emperor (IV) were replaced by four Moorish figures which are unnumbered and act as trumps of equal rank in the Bolognese variety of Tarocchi. The Italian or Spanish suit system is not confined to Tarot cards. This suit system is a common regional pattern of conventional playing cards in Southern Europe and in Latin America.

The French suited Tarot
The more modern deck using the French or international suits of diamonds, hearts, spades, and clubs is now used in such countries as France and Austria for game playing. In France and in southern Germany , the Roman numerals have been abandoned in favor of Arabic numbers, while in some countries such as Austria, the Roman numerals are still used. The trump images of French suited Tarots often depict arbitrary scenes of people at work and at play, animals both actual and mythological, and landscapes of regional locales. In some regions, such as Austria and southern Germany, the deck is shortened to 54 cards by the removal of the lowest ranking pip cards. Unlike the Italian suited decks, there is a great variety of imagery on the trump cards of French suited Tarots. On French suited Tarot decks, the Fool is often depicted as a musician, a harlequin, or some other kind of entertainer. French suited Tarots are seldom used for divination.

Common rules of play
In each trick, players must follow suit if possible. If following suit is not possible, a trump card must be played. If players are void in the suit played and are also void in trumps, then any card can be played. The winner of a trick leads the next.

There is considerable variation on how the Fool or Excuse is used. In countries such as France and Italy, the Fool is a "wild card" which may be played to any trick to avoid having to follow suit while in some regions such as Austria and southern Germany, the Fool is simply the highest trump.
Many modern Tarot games incorporate bidding to determine who will become the taker and play alone against the other players. In some Tarot card games with four or more players, the taker calls a king or a high ranking trump to choose a partner who's identity remains secret until the called card is played.

The values of the cards where "n" is often equal to 1, 2, 3, or 4 depending on the type of game one is playing are given as follows:
Trump XXI (21), Trump I (1), the Excuse or Fool, and the 4 kings are worth 4 + 1/n each
The 4 queens are worth 3 + 1/n each
The 4 cavaliers or knights are worth 2 + 1/n each
The 4 jacks are worth 1 + 1/n each
All other cards are worth 1/n each

The usual goal of Tarot card games is to score the most card points along with any other bonus points which might also be available depending on which regional variant one is playing.

Tarot reading and divination
Although originally designed for card playing, Tarot cards are commonly seen by many as a tool for divination especially in regions where Tarot card games remain largely unknown. There are numerous decks published nowadays dedicated for divination purposes. The most well known deck designed for divination or to "gain insight" is the Rider Waite Smith Tarot.

To use the cards for divination, one arranges them in a pattern. Such patterns, usually cross-shaped, are known as "throws" or "spreads." The "querent," that is the one seeking the Tarot reading, shuffles the deck and asks the card reader a question. The question might be of a "yes" or "no" type or of a more general nature. The reader arranges the cards into the spread of choice and supposedly attempts to answer the question by using the cards as a guide. The divinatory interpretation of a Tarot card often depends on whether the direction of the card is upright or reversed or by its juxtaposition with other cards. Sometimes only 22 cards of the Tarot deck are used. These cards, called the "Major Arcana" by Tarot readers, include the 21 trumps and the Fool. The remaining 56 cards are called the "Minor Arcana."

Not all Tarot readers call themselves "fortune tellers" when they claim they do not technically use the cards for predictive purposes. In recent years, "psychological" interpretations, rather than paranormal ones, have governed the context in which many Tarot readings are seen. Such Tarot readings are said to be "introspective" in character and make no supernatural or prophetic claims. Tarot card reading has also recently become popular in some circles as a brainstorming tool in efforts to boost one's creativity. However, it should be noted that, there is no scientifically acceptable evidence of any psychic phenomena or of any therapeutic benefits of Tarot card readings.
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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Just What Is A Tarot Card Reader ---

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Just What Is A

Tarot Card Reader ---

The first type are the Psychic Tarot Card Readers.

The first being the reader who has studied the cards over a long period of time.Perhaps as an interest at first, then as they built up a knowledge and understanding, doing simple readings for family or friends then continuing their quest in learning the mystic art.

They have learnt the full meanings by reading some of the array of books on the subject. Normally these readers have built up their confidence over a long period of time. Along with their hard work and dedication in gaining the interpretations, they also go much deeper into their own Psychic.
Its the growing feeling of the power of the cards which is gained only by handling the Tarot Cards over a period of time giving you that knowledge.

It start to be second sense. You gradually gain the relationship of Tarot Cards to the person you are reading them for. No longer having to remember the explanations in the many books you have read. You arrive at your comfort zone with the Tarot, only then are they true Tarot Readers.

The second type are the Psychic Tarot Card Readers.

These are the spiritually gifted readers, who use their Spirit Guilds and the Tarot Cards together. They need still study for the understanding of their gift. Their gifts mature over time as they work them. They receive the power of the Tarot with their Psychic powers by handling the Tarot Cards to. Its that same handling of the cards that leads to their interpretation which is your Tarot Card Reading. These Tarot Card Readers normally try their new found Psychic powers on friends and family, before going out to apply their Gifts.

But remember Not all Tarot Card Readers are Psychic's but then not all Psychic's can read the Tarot

So which one do you go to ---- for myself both are more than able to offer me a Tarot Card Reading, so my choice would be on a personal level not a professional one. I would always choose the Tarot Reader who I felt most comfortable with

Denis Kermode has been running since 2000, giving daily horoscopes and free interpretation as well as 3 and 7 card readings by e-mail. He boasts that every reading is done as it comes in and dispatched within 24 hours. but normally much sooner. Also hosts a free blog on an interpretation of each card in the Tarot pack

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Sunday, April 01, 2007

Tarot Readers

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Tarot Readers

Tarot is a system of guidance as well as divination that people can use to process dilemmas pertaining to career, family or relationships. Tarot readers are experts who can interpret the meaning of the cards picked by the inquirers and guide them towards a possible and probable solution. Tarot card readers are well acquainted with the meanings of the cards and Tarot spreads that are used while performing a tarot reading.

Tarot readers can be approached to gain a better perspective of the situation that the inquirers may find themselves in. They put forward their queries in front of the Tarot card reader one at a time. For each question, the reader asks the inquirer to pick up a few cards, which the reader lays face down in a pattern, known as the Tarot spread. There are hundreds of tarot spreads that the reader can choose from, including self-created ones. The cards are then placed in the same sequence as they were on the designated positions. The Tarot card reader now turns the cards over and interprets the overall picture presented by the combination of cards picked, their positions on the spreads and the numbers depicted in each of the cards.

People approach professional tarot card readers to inquire about various aspects of their lives. The main responsibility of a tarot card reader is to offer insights to people who have to seek answers for their seemingly overwhelming problems. Tarot shows possibilities and projections and offers advice, and does not conform to any writing on the wall.

It is advisable for people to ask specific questions to the Tarot card readers as loosely formed questions usually fetch vague responses. It is not necessary for people to approach a professional tarot card reader every time. They can buy any popular deck that appeals to them and can do a reading for them. People can also go online and get free as well as professional reading through various websites.

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Saturday, February 24, 2007

Tarot Cards & Tools

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Tarot Cards & Tools

Tarot cards are used as a tool for psychics to link in with spirits and guides to offer guidance that may relate to past, present and occasionally, the future.

Tarot cards can be laid out in various ways and any number of cards drawn. Some psychics may even use a combination of 2-3 tarot decks. Ultimately, the messages and guidance offered will be of meaning and of truth, and essentially, a message that needs to be given to the recipient.

All tarot cards come with meanings and some people may only use this way of giving readings. Some psychics however, will throw away the books accompanying the tarot cards, and use only links with spirit to give messages. These psychics/mediums use only information that is received on a truly spiritual link and are not practised in fictional fortune telling methods. The duration of tarot psychic readings given will vary.

How ever long or short the readings may be the messages given will be honest and give meaning and validation to the recipient.

Most authentic psychics will not elaborate or exaggerate any information to lengthen readings. When tools such as tarot are used, they are read using mediumistic and spiritual direction (intuition). This means that cards will be read on an individual basis for each person. For example, a person may choose three cards from the deck. E.g. Three of Swords, The Tower, The Priestess.

The psychic/medium will give their messages and guidance to this person. A second person can shuffle this same deck of tarot cards, and pull out these same three cards.
The messages given to this person will be different and have different validations.

There are many objects (tools) used by a medium of psychic to enable their connections to manifest in the same way as tarot. Some of these include crystals, crystal balls, colour, rune stones, angel cards, palmistry, psychometry etc.

To define your best method is to sit in a development circle or participate in a few specified workshops to find your niche and develop such skills with a reputable teaching medium.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

The Tarot Reading

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Tarot reading as an art and a science has been around for a long time. Originating in 15th Century Northern Italy, tarot cards were used for games initially, and packs at the time were made up of a normal deck of cards with the addition of 21 trump cards, 4 queens of each suite and a fool.

The original date of the use of this deck of cards or "tarocchi" deck is uncertain; however "The Oracles of Francesco Marcolino da Forli" in 1540 illustrates a simple form of divining from the coin suite of a standard pack of cards.

Later works by authors from Europe show the basic divinatory meanings of the cards, as well as the system for laying out the cards. In 1781 Antoine Court de Gebelin attempted to set out the history of tarot divination, as well as the detailed use of tarot to foretell the future, but unfortunately much of this is speculative. Whilst he alleged to be able to follow the tarot back to ancient Egypt or various other sources there is no proof of the tarot being used in practice in such places.

Tarot reflects the symbolism of the Middle Ages, and people at the time would recognise the images portrayed on the cards, many of which may look somewhat mysterious today.

tarot cards were not generally accepted as a method of divination until the 18th and 19th Centuries, when their use by secret societies, mystics and occultists brought them into much more regular use.

Interest in tarot developed much more widely in the 19th Century, starting in Napoleon's time and particularly as a result of the Hermetic Revival where other occultists took a greater notice.

It is generally credited to Eliphas Levi that the tarot system we know today was brought into the English language and his method of divination is still very much in use by many people.

1910 saw a major increase in tarot with the publication if the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, which included symbolic images relating to the meanings to be divined from the numerical cards. 20th Century marketing ensured that these particular tarot cards have remained probably the most generally used even to this day, although a great variety is still to be had.

Tarot reading has also improved with the times and divinations by experts have now become increasingly available from specialists on the internet. This ability to go straight to the experts has revolutionised the psychic possibilities available to most people, and more and more people are going directly to the web for a tarot reading rather than relying on less expertise locally, indeed many people use this service daily.
If you are looking for an expert tarot reading you will get just that on the web.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

2007 Tarot Card Readings

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Today A Free Tarot Card Reading

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LOVE; ACE OF WANDS; A ceremonial sceptre symbolising the elements of fire. It signifies the flame of the thunderbolt.


The flame of passion is burning strong in your heart, so take a deep breath and just enjoy what comes over the month ahead. Soon you will start to feel that you are on the right path with LOVE the end result will prove satisfactory to the heart. You have a lot to offer to the right person, you may find trust a hard word to use but soon that will all change and all will come together nicely. The only way is up and that is where you are heading, when you reach the top just take time to congratulate yourself as it was not easy. You will not walk alone as the wands never come in ones, so the right person will be there for you when the time is right.


CAREER; KING of WANDS; As the King stands on the hill top over looking his kingdom waiting for the sun to set, at the end of day he can rest.


You are searching for a new pathway; the only way forward is to follow your heart. Money is important but happiness also plays a large part in the WORK place, if you are unhappy you can not do the job properly so the main thing is to be content with the place of WORK not the money. Over the months that lie ahead you will find the right feeling, when you feel settled then you could relax and enjoy life more. The year that lies ahead opens many doors to help you reach your goal, as long as you leave the past behind then all will turn out fine. Take control of your ideas and make them work for you, never hold back when asked to share your thoughts you will find that you have more to offer than you think.


GENERAL; KING of CUPS; the King waits for his men to return so he can celebrate their victory. Lots of happiness flows from the cups of life.


You have a good year ahead where changing your pathway is, you want to move on and have a better life. The waiting game is over and the best is yet to come, the end of October beginning of November is where you know that you made the right decision. Make sure that you speak from the heart and let people know that you are in control of your life. There is a luck period around the middle of the year ahead; the numbers 18/7/25/34 are part of the luck cycle. New Hope for success start when you decide what you want, thinking positive brings positive opportunities. A family member has news of a new Baby, this child brings joy to the happy parents to be also you maybe asked to a Godparent. Only the brave will come out on top, what they show here for you is to speak out and set the record straight. There is a problem within the social circle where someone is back stabbing others, try not to get to caught in this as you will be the worst in world. You have a kind heart but sometimes its better to allow others solve there own problems, at the end of the day you will find that by taking a back seat it was the right decision.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

The workings of Tarot

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What has the Tarot Cards have to say to you

Optimism, a way out of difficulties, a truce, the agreement of opposites, reconciliation, balance.

.Patients are required at this moment in time, let the tension release, before confronting the issue of which is giving you the problems at the moment. A clear head is always better than a confused one.


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