What is the Tarot? A Brief Overview of Tarot Reading

The Tarot is a symbolic map of consciousness that encompasses our journey through life, both spiritually and practically. Tarot reading is the practice of divining wisdom and guidance through a specific spread of Tarot, they are meant to provide insight into the innermost truths of your Higher Self. In other words, the cards provide an evolved awareness of what you already know deep within. Tarot is the storybook of our life, the mirror to our soul, and the key to our inner wisdom. Every spiritual lesson we meet in our lives can be found through Tarot. And when we consult the Tarot, we’ll get shown the exact lessons we need to learn and master to live an inspired life. It’s like holding up a mirror to yourself so that you can access your subconscious mind. Tarot allows us to tap into the wisdom and answers that live in us all.

 History of the Tarot

The origin of the Tarot is unknown, but we do have documented references of Tarot card use back to fourteenth century Europe. The Visconti-Sforza, created in 1450 or shortly thereafter, is one of the earliest and most complete. The Tarot has been used as an oracle, in the basic form we know today, since the beginning of the seventeenth century.  The word tarot is derived from the Italian word tarocchi, which has no known etymology. People in the 18th century claimed the name Tarot came from the conjunction of two Egyptian words meaning “royal road,” which indicated that the tarot was the path to wisdom.

Over time, many great thinkers have added to the deeper understanding of the Tarot cards. Carl Jung connected the symbology of the trumps to archetypes, concluding that the tarot might play an important role in psychoanalysis. The Hero’s Journey discussed by Joseph Campbell laid the foundation for the Journey of the Fool, who jumps heedlessly off a cliff only to come full circle into the position of magician. The archetypal symbols in each card tell a story, and therefore clue the reader into what influences are appearing in the querent’s own life.

The history of the tarot is a rich and powerful one, and these mystical cards give us an opportunity to peek into our own past, present, and future, influencing our own journey from Fool to adept.

Tarot is useful and helpful to you in matters of self-analysis—like a cross between an Eliza analyist and Rorschach ink blots. These cards, especially one of the 20th-century variations with pictures for the pip cards, reflect a powerful assortment of archetypes and themes. In looking for meanings to assign them, you can bring to light subconscious attitudes and feelings you might not have noticed before.

The story of your life will be relayed to you through the universal language that the tarot card speaks and this is only as good as the tarot reader.

Tarot cards could help you make important decisions, but they would do so by getting you to look at the matter from different angles you might not have considered before, not because they “predict” one course is better than the other.

Tarot readers commonly believe that the future is fluid and thus absolute predictions of future events are impossible. Instead, they focus on possible outcomes as well as examining influences related to the issue at hand. These may be influences which the subject might not even be aware of before the reading. Tarot reading thus arms the subject with additional information so that they may make more informed choices.


Tarot Readings includes  3 Types of readings as given below:

  • Tarot Card Readings
  • Angel Card Readings
  • Oracle Card Readings


Tarot Cards

Tarot cards are the most common form of card reading, and have been around for many years. The standard tarot card deck is designed to resemble a Harlequin romance novel – they are well drawn and tell a very compelling story. These cards follow a structure, and the formula is never altered.
With 5 suits in each deck (the suits can vary between decks) each tarot card reading can be different and each reader will give a different reading depending on the client. Whatever the client is going through at the time, the tarot cards will reflect and guide the client to the answers they seek. While rigid in structure, the cards rarely miss their mark.


Angel Cards

Have you ever experienced a sense of a higher being? Perhaps you have had something go extremely well in a business venture or in your love life and thought that it may have been sent from another plane? If you have ever thought these thoughts, then you are more than likely a perfect candidate for angel card readings.

If you have acknowledged that you aren’t alone in this world, then trying angel cards may be the perfect thing to enhance your understanding of where you are to go in life. Angel cards are meant to help you find the answers you are looking for through universal messages while helping you become more aware of your own spirituality. They can give insight into relationships, careers and finances while creating a sense of peace of mind and confidence to the person receiving the reading.


 Oracle Cards

Oracle cards are used for divination, life story-telling and spiritual guidance. These cards are modern versions of tarot cards, with a slight variation that gives users more control over the process. Angel Decks are considered an oracle deck by nature.
Oracle decks “make their own rules”, which mean that the readings registered through them tend to be more fluid and unrestricted as other card reading techniques. There are no guidelines to follow with oracle decks, as opposed to tarot cards which have several rules attached to them.

Tarot is a tool for confident decision-making, clear communication and timely, decisive action. With each Tarot reading, we can explore the pros + cons of different choices that you might make — creating the best possible plan for the future you want.

Ultimately, it’s all about clarity — shining a light through the mental fog so that you can make excellent choices for your relationships, your family, your finances, your business and your quality of life.


Have you experienced any of these situations?

  • Felt stuck in the middle of a career crossroad,
  • A potential relationship that you were not sure about,
  • A marriage fraught with dishonesty, mistrust and lies,
  • Interpersonal relationships with colleagues or family members that had frustrated you,
  • A job that you were not happy with,
  • Unsure about starting a business or going into business with a potential partner,
  • Felt a lot of anxiety, fear and stress but not sure what was causing these feeling?

In these circumstances, life brings you its share of challenges as well as opportunities, each with its own lessons built to hone your resilience, strength and self-confidence.


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