Did you know that the Tarot deck is over 500 years old? It is a divination system that uses a set of cards to gain insight and achieve greater control over issues involving relationships, opportunities, and life changes. As popular as it is today, the history of Tarot symbolism remains shrouded in mystery. Some Tarot symbols are thought to have originated in China, India or Egypt. Others believe that Tarot cards date back to 15th century Spain, Italy and France.
The hardest part about using Tarot Cards in the interpretation of the meanings. Often the meanings are subjective, but if we go through the individual meanings of each card, we will have a better understanding of how they can clarify things in our lives. No Tarot Card meaning is concrete, they guide us to think differently about our lives and we are supposed to interpret them using our own experiences and intuition. Keep in mind that different decks vary in the names of suits and cards.
The Tarot deck is comprised of 78 cards that help us seek guidance or answers by tapping into our intuitive energy. The images on the tarot cards help us access a part of our minds that is often neglected. These 78 cards are divided into the Major and Minor Arcanas. The Major Arcana consist of 22 cards that represent the Fool’s journey to enlightenment. The remaining 56 minor arcana cards are divided into four suits, each one corresponding to an element: fire, air, earth, and water.
Major Arcana: The Major Arcana cards, also known as ‘trump cards’, are represent significant life events on a large scale, imparting messages of greater weight than the Minor Arcana cards.
0: The Fool
1: The Magician
2: The High Priestess
3: The Empress
4: The Emperor
5: The Hierophant
6: The Lovers
7: The Chariot
9: The Hermit
10: The Wheel of Fortune
12: The Hanged Man
15: The Devil
16: The Tower
17: The Star
18: The Moon
19: The Sun
21: The World
Keep an eye out on Life Reader for in-depth interpretations of each of these cards!
Minor Arcana: The Minor Arcana represents day-to-day life with all of its ups and downs. It is comprised of four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each suit is made up of 14 cards, beginning with the Ace, progressing through numbers two through 10, and concluding with four Court cards: Page, Knight, Queen and King.
Each suit represents an overall theme: Cups rule emotions, Pentacles rule the physical world, Swords symbolize challenges and Wands indicate action. But let’s take a deeper look at each suit.
Wands – The Suit of Wands represents Fire and are associated with energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, intuition, creativity, ambition and expansion. Wands tell us about the level of spiritual consciousness and help us define what is important to us. They help us understand ourselves and indicate how we live our lives. The negative aspects include illusion, egotistical behaviour, impulsiveness, a lack of direction or purpose, and feeling purposeless.
Swords – The Suit of Swords represents Air and are associated with action, change, force, power, oppression, ambition, courage and conflict. Swords tell us about our consciousness and our intellect. They mirror the quality of our minds in our thoughts and actions. Action in this sense can be positive and negative. It is the most powerful and dangerous suit as it speaks of battle, hatred and enemies. When Sword cards appear reversed, this indicates the negative aspects of resentment, guilt, harsh judgement, a lack of compassion and abuse.
Pentacles (Coins) – The Suit of Pentacles represents Earth and covers the material aspects of life, such as work, business, trade, property, money and other possessions. The positive aspects of include manifestation, realisation, proof and affluence and they tell us about our health and financial security. They describe how we create and transform our outer surroundings, and are associated with the ego, self-esteem and our self-image.The negative aspects include being possessive, greedy and overly money-oriented, over-indulging and not exercising, not effectively managing one’s investments, and being obsessed with career to the detriment of other life priorities.
Cups (Hearts) – The Suit of Cups represents Water and tells us about our emotional level of consciousness. Often associated with love, feelings, interactions and connections, Cups describe our emotion, expression of feelings and how we relate to others. They indicate heart focussed thought instead of that of the brain. Positively linked to creativity, idealisation, fantasy and imagination, the Cups have some negative aspects too, such as being overly emotional or completely disconnected and dispassionate, having unrealistic expectations and daydreaming about what could be.
Why You Should Try Tarot
Tarot readings are an exploration of possible future events. When you get a reading the cards are shuffled while asking a specific question. The cards are then laid out in a Tarot spread and the reader interprets the cards to answer the question that has been posed. These readings are an excellent way to explore problem areas in your life. Whether you’re having relationship problems or you feel stuck in your life, Tarot readings can help clarify and illuminate things on your journey, showing you the outcomes of chosen paths. A proper reading can give you a sense of the probabilities inherent in a situation. A Tarot reading can also give you a snapshot of what’s going on in the Present.
A gifted reader understands the power of each card in the Major and Minor Arcana. Here at Life Reader we’ve been practicing this ancient art for years and this experience makes us experts in the field. We pair our deep understanding of each card with our psychic abilities and strong intuition to give you the most accurate Tarot reading. If you have questions that you need answered, then make an appointment for a life-changing Tarot Card reading. It just may be the trick to getting your life back on track.