Tarot cards are fascinating - and you do not have to have psychic abilities to make tarot readings or learn how to read these cards! The original purpose of tarot cards was for playing games but later become associated with psychics, mysticism and magic the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about about the history, meanings and significance of the deck and how to make easy Tarot readings.
Tarot Cards - The Tarot Deck
Learn about Tarot card meanings and you will be able to make readings. The most popular Tarot cards has a seventy eight card deck and has two distinct parts - the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana (also called the Greater and Lesser Acrcana). The word 'Arcana' means "profound secret." The word 'arcana' is the plural of arcanum which was believed, in the Medieval era, to mean the secret of nature.
Tarot Cards - Free Tarot Card Meanings
Learn about Tarot card meanings and you will be able to make readings. Each of the cards in the deck have specific meanings. Learn the Tarot card meanings of the Major and Minor Arcana cards. In this section we have detailed free tarot card individual meanings and a fast an easy list of tarot card meanings.
Tarot Cards - Free Tarot Card Meanings of the 22 cards in the Major Arcana of the Tarot Deck
The Tarot cards in the Major Arcana are also known as the "trumps" (from "triumphs") of the Tarot deck. There are 22 cards, without suits, in the Major Arcana set each of which has a name and number. The twenty two cards without suits are called The Fool, The Magician, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant (or Pope), The Sun, Judgement, and The World. The Major Arcana are the Tarot cards with the most symbolic and divinatory importance. The Tarot cards in the Major Arcana are deemed important as they relate to major life changes, challenges of human experience, fears and other emotions.
Tarot Cards - Free Tarot Card Meanings of the 56 cards in the Minor Arcana of the Tarot Deck
The remaining cards in the deck are ten numbered cards, as in normal playing cards, but in the Tarot there are four Court Cards allocated to each suit the King, Queen and Page (aka Knave or Jack) and, in addition, a Knight. These 56 minor Arcana cards are also called pips, suit cards and minors. The Minor Arcana cards are considered less powerful than the Major Arcana cards. The Tarot cards in the Minor Arcana are deemed less important as they serve in supportive roles and enhance readings with further insight and detail of circumstances. These 56 cards are in four suits:
Wands - also called Sceptres, which correspond to Diamonds in a normal deck of cards and is associated with the element Fire and representing enthusiasm, ambition and enterprise.
Cups, corresponding to Hearts and is associated with the element Water
Swords, corresponding to Clubs and is associated with the element Air
Pentacles, called also called Coins, which correspond to Spades and is associated with the element Earth
Tarot Cards - Tarot Readings
You do not have to have psychic abilities to make tarot readings or learn how to make readings with Tarot cards. A psychic is defined as a person who is responsive to psychic forces with above average ESP (extrasensory perception) abilities. Whether you possess psychic abilities or not if you learn the meanings of the cards then you will be able to make tarot readings and learn how to read these special cards. Understanding the symbolism of the pictures together with your understanding of the meanings of each card will enable you to make Tarot readings. Understanding and learning about the harmony of the meanings which have been attached to the various cards combined with the images will help you improve your ability to make Tarot card readings.
Tarot Cards - Tarot Spreads
Tarot spreads relate to the position in which a card is placed when it is dealt from the pack. Tarot spreads are preset patterns for laying out the cards. Spreads of cards are laid out in specific patterns and positions. Each position has a meaning. Tarot spreads can be any size or pattern and can range from just one card to all 78 cards. The most popular is the Celtic Cross Spread. But other spreads beside the Celtic Cross are also common including the Three Card Spread, the Five Card Spread, the Relationship Spread, the Horoscope spread and the Ellipse Spread. Read this section to learn about Tarot card spreads and their readings.
Different types of Tarot Cards
The most popular deck which is known as the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. There are, however, many other different types of Tarot Deck including the Tarot de Marseilles, the "Swiss" deck, Minchiate deck, Tiertarock deck ('tier' being German for 'animal'), Visconti-Sforza deck, Aleister Crowley's Thoth deck, the Golden Dawn deck, the Cat People, the Witches, the Aquarian deck, The Tree of Life deck, the Cosmic deck and the Alchemical deck. Modern versions of the decks use pictures and images of of angels, fairies, goddesses, vampires, Halloween, dragons, cats and other animals.
Meanings and Readings of Tarot Cards
The Fool Meanings and Readings of Tarot cards, The Magician Meanings and Readings, The High Priestess Meanings and Readings, The Empress Meanings and Readings, The Emperor Meanings and Readings, the Hierophant (or Pope) Meanings and Readings, The Lovers Meanings and Readings, The Chariot Meanings and Readings of cards, Strength, The Hermit Meanings and Readings, Wheel of Fortune Meanings and Readings, Justice Meanings and Readings, The Hanged Man Meanings and Readings, Death Meanings and Readings, Temperance Meanings and Readings of cards, The Devil Meanings and Readings, The Tower Meanings and Readings, The Star Meanings and Readings, The Moon Meanings and Readings, The Sun Meanings and Readings, Judgement Meanings and Readings and The World Meanings and Readings of Tarot cards.