What is Tarot?
|Tarot has been used throughout the ages,
originating some time in the fourteenth century, as a form of
fortune-telling. In its early forms tarot was used for gambling
and card games, as well. However, in its true form, that being a
tool for divination, tarot uses 78 symbolic cards as a means to unveil
and interpret a person's past, present and future.
There are many tarot decks from which to choose, some medieval, some Celtic, some abstract, some fantasy-oriented, some space-age. It is important for a person starting out with tarot to find a deck that suits them best. One of the most popular decks is the Ryder-Waite deck, which is very widely used. But there are all kinds.
The tarot cards represent a person's emotional state, physical state, financial state and much, much more. The tarot is also a fun, fascinating tool for anyone with any sort of psychic ability. Starting out your psychic experience by learning the ins and outs of tarot gives you a firm foundation upon which to go forward. Numerology and Astrology are also quite relevant and beneficial forms of divination. Tarot is especially appealing for those who love visual symbology, such as artists, poets, musicians and the like.
The tarot is made up of archetypal symbols that allow us to identify with the meaning of each card. When seeing the Magician, for example, a person understands that forces can be manipulated in order for goals to be achieved, and that they themselves can create their own circumstances. The High Priestess, on the other hand, may also appear, advising the querent that intuition and spirituality are presently being tended to. However, The High Priestess reversed can be seen as pointing to a lack in the querent's present spiritual pursuits, or to the possibility that the querent is not paying attention to his or her inner intuition. Having this information can aid the querent in plotting an effective course of action.
The tarot is a wonderful facilitator of contemplation and meditation. A person, by viewing the cards and considering their divine purpose, has a conduit by which to tap into their Higher Self. Tarot takes some time to learn, but it certainly is not over-taxing, and the benefits are monumental.
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