Tarot- Secrets of the Devil Card

A scowling winged goat-man, often holding a wand of fire, is an unpleasant picture. Add to that all kinds of scary devil-like signs and two captive humans, and you’ll wish you never went in for that Tarot reading. But let’s take a deeper look. This card can save your life. What the Devil Card Really Means Like all Tarot cards, the Devil has many meanings. Some depend on what question you asked. Other meanings depend on the other cards in the reading. But let’s look at it by itself for a moment and decrypt its essential message. The basic message is actually a question: What are you holding on to in your life, that is holding you back? This is …

RWS Tarot – A Brief Introduction

The Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck is probably the most popular and well known of all the many Tarot decks available today. The name comes from William RIDER & Son – the original publishers, Arthur Edward WAITE – the academic and mystic who commissioned the creation of this deck, and Pamela Colman SMITH – the talented but often ignored artist who drew the images of the Rider-Waite (as it is often referred to) Tarot deck. Waite and Smith were both members of the Order of the Golden Dawn, a famous but short-lived occult group of the 19th Century. The RWS Tarot deck was published in 1909 and was the first widely available deck with illustrated Minor Arcana cards. The 56 …

Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot is an ancient tool of divination that uses a set of cards to impart insight into the daily problems and dilemmas of life. This set of cards is known as the Tarot deck and is used for readings that can help people achieve greater understanding of issues relating to relationships, opportunities and changes in life. All the cards included in the deck are assigned specific meanings, which are used to interpret the reading and offer guidance. Tarot deck consists of 78 cards that are divided into two parts known as the major arcana and the minor arcana. The major arcana consists of twenty-two cards and the minor arcana is made up of the remaining fifty-six cards. These fifty-six cards …

Three Parts to the Tarot

Most people think Tarot consists of two parts-the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana, but really there are three! The Court cards from the Minor Arcana (Page, Knight, Queen and King of each suit) are a separate group. The Major Arcana: Starting with The Fool and moving through to The World, this series of cards illustrates progress from a naive, simple attitude, to a state of enlightenment. This part of the deck is full of archetypal images and symbols that indicate psychological aspects of situations. The Major Arcana tells you why things are happening in your life. The Minor Arcana: In the Minor Arcana the suits also show advancement. It starts with the Ace, which indicates the beginning of each …

Tarot Card Meanings

There are a lot of tarot cards, and memorizing the meaning of each is not the easiest way to learn tarot reading. Instead of memorizing each picture, you should instead understand the two divisions of the tarot deck: the major arcana and minor arcana. This should get you on your way to reading tarot cards more effectively. The 22 major arcana cards represent things that are out of your control. These cards include the fool, magician, high priestess, empress, emperor, hierophant, lovers, chariot, strength, hermit, wheel, justice, hanged man, death, temperance, devil, tower, star, moon, sun, judgment, and world. If you are serious about tarot reading, be ready to face endless interpretation levels in the major arcana. Major arcana cards …

Tarot Reading – The Major Arcana

It is the Major Arcana of the Tarot Deck that represents some aspect of the human experience we go through in our lives. When we think of tarot cards we know there is what is called the Major Arcana. It is the Major Arcana that is considered the heart of the tarot deck. They are also known as the Trump Cards. There are 22 Cards that make up this part of the tarot deck. The Major Arcana are not associated with suits or court cards like the rest of the Tarot Deck. The Arcana represent life and its cycles from birth do death. It symbolizes the physical, spiritual, intellectual and emotional aspects of man and his relationship to the universe. …

Traditional Tarot

The tradition of tarot is estimated to be over five hundred years old with archetypal roots that can be traced back to almost two thousand years. The traditional tarot has given way to the modern methods of divination, but it still remains a reservoir of ancient wisdom. The traditional tarot decks are the source of origin of the modern playing cards. The history and origin of tarot is not very clear, though there are numerous theories supporting beliefs of its origin from various places such as China, India or Egypt. However, the oldest Tarot cards that are found date back to the fifteenth century and were found in Spain, Italy and France. According to historical evidence, traditionally, tarot cards were …

A Guide to Tarot Cards

Glossary Tarot = 78 cards with Major and Minor Arcana, with universal meanings Oracle = any number of cards with individual meanings Querant = the person for whom the reading is being undertaken Court Card = Page, Knight, Queen, King Significator = Card representing the Querant Archetype = Symbolic figures that re universally recognized and understood across societies, cultures, religions, mythologies and folk cultures. Dignity = Way the cards face, Dignified facing Reader, Undignified facing away from reader. Minor Arcana 56 cards These represent the more tangible, mundane aspects and occurrences of the querant's life, coupled with their responses to them, eg incidents, events, experiences, people in the querant's life and the environment. 4 Suits of Minor Arcana (similar to …

Tarot and Torah? An Intersection of Spirit and Religion

Jewish wisdom teaches that leaving unexamined a dream or synchronicity can be likened to receiving a letter from Divinity that we leave unopened. Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous. It was a serendipitous moment then that led to my unexpected re-consideration of the Tarot. Vaguely familiar with this fortune-telling tool since my teens, in revisiting the mythic portent of the cards as a maturing mystic, the number 22 caught my attention. Not 20, 21 or 25 which are more familiar number groupings. Is it coincidental that there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet and pathways on the Tree of Life? The Tarot consists of 78 cards divided into two decks, the Major and Minor Arcana- the latter consisting …

The Art of Reading Tarot Cards

It is commonly believed that tarot cards first appeared between 1430 and 1450 in Milan, Ferrera and Bologna. In 1440 the Duke of Milan wrote a letter that requested the receiver to bring special ‘triumph’ cards which are believed to be different from the normal playing cards. Though it has been around since the 15th century, it was only after the late 18th century that Tarot reading expanded to divination and guided meditation. The history of Tarot is still unknown and every deck has its own meaning attached to it, however usually most of them follow a story of human life depicting the ups and down and the choices we make, the Origin of tarot has the influence of several …