To those of you starting your spiritual journey or the others that are looking to augment their portfolio of skills, tarot cards represent a wise investment. Most people think of the cards as some mystical objects, along with the reader who may or may not impart wisdom and knowledge of your life, far beyond what they should know. In truth the reader uses his colourful pieces of cardboard to tap into his or her intuition and beyond.
History of Tarot
The oldest set of hand written Tarot Card/s that still exist are from 1420’s, originally commissioned by the king of Italy at the time. In those days ordinary people would have had no access to these cards of wisdom. Being before the printing press, the cards were hand painted and works of art, thus only the rich and famous would have had access to them. As for the origins of tarot, the truth is nobody knows for certain. Some say Ancient Egypt, other China or Asia, others think it may have been the Gypsy fortune-tellers who roamed throughout Europe and Asia. The truth is we will probably never know, what matters is the tarot is widely available now in both variety and sizes to suit everyone.
The Tarot Pack
Most Tarot packs have 78 Cards, 22 are called the Major Arcana, these are the most vibrant of the deck. When they appear, usually something big is happening around the querient ”the person you are reading for”. From the rest of the 56 the Minor Arcana, 16 are Court cards “Kings And Queens etc.” and 40 are Ace to 10 in 4 different suits. The common 52 cards known today through poker and the likes is thought to originate from the tarot. The Joker is thought to have come from the tarot Fool card. Some European countries still use tarot packs as common playing cards throughout the general population.
Now to address some common questions and fallacy’s of the tarot.
One of the most common I hear people asking is, isn’t it true that someone else should buy you a set of cards? Even though this is stepped in tradition, I believe that you and only you should pick the set that appeals to you. After all you are the one that is going to be using them for years, you should at least like them. I have talked to numerous clients who have had packs brought for them, most detest or at the very least dislike the packs and feel uncomfortable using them. So it serves as a deterrent to learning, as these unwanted packs sit in a corner or draw and gather dust.
Which pack do I chose
The next question usually asked is, what is the most common pack that everyone uses? Well the most common is the Rider/Waite pack. The cards were originally published in December 1909 by the publisher William Rider & Son of London. The cards were drawn by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith from the instructions of academic and mystic A. E. Waite. Arthur Waite commissioned Pamela Colman Smith to draw new imagery for the 78 cards that veered away and toned down the Christian images on the cards of their day. It a shame she isn’t recognized more with the cards as she did a superb job on the illustrations. It is the pack that I recommend for my students starting out. But if you see something else that grabs your eye, buy them and try it. If your allowed, a friend may lend you theirs, to try them, to see if they suit you.
The next most common question is, is anybody else allowed to touch the cards besides me? I know of some professional readers that won’t let anyone touch their cards. The reader splits them and shuffles them for their client. It is true to say for example in phone readings, where you are reading for absentee person who are physically not there, that you would shuffle the cards for the client. But if I am in person with the client I am reading for, I always get them to give the pack a big shuffle. I believe this imparts their energy on the cards so I can get a better upstanding of their needs.
The last question I will deal with today is how to learn the 78 meanings and remember them? Well like anything else in life, if we want to be good at anything we have to practice. What I recommend in my classes is at whatever time that suits you every day, sit down and have your coffee or tea and learn a different card. After this every morning, pull out a card to represent how your day is going to go? What a great way to get a head start on your day as you watch it unfold. Reading for a close friend or family is another way of honing your talents. Once you learn to read for other people and they know you do, you will be so popular at parties and gatherings, you won’t have time to scratch yourself.For more information on any of the Tarot, my Ebook -Learning the Tarot is available at http://thespiritboy.com/products/ebooks/
In my next article I will briefly delve into the cards more, meanings and spreads. So please if you have never thought of trying the tarot or haven’t pulled them out for a while, give them a go and I sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
Written by Steve Parker – Spiritboy.
Author, Professional Reader, Psychic and Workshop Facilitator.
Phone 0418773614 or email