Traditionally the Tarot is a deck of 78 cards that has become a popular method for seeking guidance or answers by tapping into our intuitive consciousness and/or the spirit world. By studying the images on the tarot cards we access a part of our mind that ordinarily tends to be ignored. The tarot is a tool that allows a reader to enter a contemplative, meditative state in which fresh insight into our physical reality can be gained.
The 78 cards of the tarot are divided into the major and minor arcana. 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, just like modern playing cards. Each suit corresponds to one of the four elements: fire, air, earth, and water.
You will sometimes see pentacles called coins and hearts called cups. Similarly the princess and prince are often called the page and the knight. The princess/page, prince/knight, queen and king have also been called seer, seeker, sibyl and sage respectively.
Don't worry if they are called something different in the deck you have, they are interpreted in the same way.
0: The Fool
1: The Magician
2: The High Priestess
3: The Empress
4: The Emperor
5: The Hierophant
6: The Lovers
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
Wands - Fire: Wands are fiery, enthusiastic, inspirational, and spiritually minded.
Pentacles (Coins) - Earth: Pentacles are practical, dutiful, business minded, earthy, and materialistic.
Swords - Air: Swords are calculating, discerning, strong-minded, uncomfortable to feelings, and can be spiteful.
Cups (Hearts) - Water: Cups are emotional, loving, sensitive, caring, nurturing, and relationship oriented.
Tarot readings are explorations of possible future events using a Tarot deck. The cards are shuffled while asking a specific question that an answer is sought for. The cards are then laid out in one of a number of different layouts or Tarot spreads. The Tarot reader then interprets the cards for the question asked.
The Tarot deck is used as a tool to help a psychic reader connect when reading for a querent to promote a better understanding of all the issues surrounding a particular problem. Much of the information is actually channeled direct from spirit, but the Tarot cards are a focal point to draw out the underlying issues and to help get to the heart of the problem during a reading.
Tarot readings can help you explore problem areas in your life. Whether it be relationships, career, family or finances. Maybe you feel you are getting nowhere in life. Perhaps you have a choice to make and don't know which path to follow. The Tarot can help give you insight into this.
Many people think that a Tarot reading predicts an absolute future. It doesn't. The future is not set in stone! Free will definitely comes into the equation. A Tarot reading will show the most likely outcome if you follow the path you are currently on and do not deviate from it. As an indicator of where you are going and where you might go should you choose a different path, the Tarot is invaluable.