How to Consecrate a Tarot or Oracle Deck

To get the best work from your Tarot or Oracle cards, consecrate them for their specific use before you being to use them. Some people believe they should not be opened before this ritual, but as long as they haven’t been used it’s ok. This consecration ritual is a suggestion. If you have a ritual that is more comfortable for you, use that one. Here’s a list of what you will need: An Altar or table, snack table, end table, whatever you normally use, or can use for this purpose. A Black and a white candle, or gold and silver A small votive candle The new unused or sealed deck of cards A antheme, A dagger, or short sword A …

Games to Play With Tarot Cards

The lighter side of Tarot deals with games played using this deck of uniquely peculiar cards. These range from the highly complex to those a four-year-old can play. “Zarcana,” a complicated game encompassing battles, voyages, life, death, love, loss, and more can be played indefinitely – or until one player in a winning position decides to declare the game finished. Another game appeals to the younger set because of its much simpler rules. Each player is dealt a card and whatever image is on the card, the player must enact a semblance. This can be quite humorous and fun for younger children. Imagine the delight when a player is dealt The Fool! There are as many Tarot games as there …

History of Facade Tarot Readings

The history of Facade Tarot reading goes back to the middle of the fifteenth century. Originally, tarot cards were used to play games and it was not until the late eighteenth century that they were used as divinatory tools by spiritualists and occult authorities. In fact, even today, tarot cards are still used primarily for games in some European countries. Early appearance (1400s) Tarot first was known by the name “Tarocco” in Milan, Italy, and the first known deck was believed to be created for the Vicsconzi-Sforza family. The cards in this particular deck are believed to represent figures from a local annual parade. Further experts theorize that early figures from the Major Arcana were designed to symbolize colorful characters …

So You’ve Always Wanted To Learn Tarot

Are you curious about Tarot? Is it something you’ve always wanted to learn? 78 Cards??? That can seem just a little intimidating and overwhelming. But you don’t have to learn all 78 card meanings before you can actually read Tarot! But if you’re really interested, what’s stopping you? You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Even though I’ve had a life-long fascination with Tarot, it wasn’t until later in life that I finally picked up my first Tarot deck intending to actually LEARN how to read. And that is the first step… Step 1 – Buy a Tarot Deck! It’s easier than you think. Many bookstores carry them… I know Barnes & Noble does, and I’m sure many of …

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 …

Amateur Tarot Card Readings – How to Find Great Tarot Card Sets

As a beginner Tarot student, your choice of Tarot card sets is key to the successful understanding of the messages the cards offer. It’s important to find a tarot deck that suits your style and personality and makes you comfortable. Some decks such as the Minchiate tarot have extra cards that makes them not the best one for beginners, but they are the exception. As a novice to the Tarot you’ll still be spoiled for choice in terms of beautiful Tarot decks full of symbolism, so the problem is less about how to find great Tarot card sets and more about how to choose a single one. Aeclectic Tarot This website is probably the most exhaustive directory of tarot decks …

The History of The Rider Waite Tarot Deck

If you are familiar with Tarot reading, then are most likely familiar with the imagery of the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. The Rider Waite Deck is the most popular Tarot Deck in use today. Its imagery is imbued with rich symbolic references that are loosely associated to early Christian motifs that were depicted in earlier Tarot decks, such as the Versailles Tarot Deck and the Tarot de Marseilles. The Rider Waite deck was created by the artists Pamela Cole Smith under the direction of the famous mystic, A.E. Waite. Together, they collaborated on the first Tarot deck that incorporated detailed imagery on all 78 Tarot Cards. Prior to the Rider Waite deck, Tarot imagery and symbolism was only depicted in …

The Different Varieties of Tarot Card Decks

Specific Tarot readings will be affected by the Tarot card deck you have chosen. Because of this fundamental reason, it is important to know and understand the differences inherent in different decks. While some decks may be popular and others obscure, all hold power and insight. Knowledge is always important, and knowing the fundamentals about the Tarot decks which are out there will help you interpret your reading. The Rider-Waite Tarot Deck The Rider-Waite Tarot deck is one of the most popular decks in the Americas. This deck was initially published in 1909 by the Rider company. The visionary behind the cards was Arthur Edward Waite. He took the popularized Tarot de Marseille from France and, with the help of …

A Crash Course in Tarot for Newbies #2: All About Tarot Decks

If you would like to learn to read tarot cards, your first challenge is to choose a deck from the 8,000 or so published brands of fortune telling cards on the market. What works for one person often doesn’t for another. Some people are comfortable reading several decks and others just identify with one deck. In my experience you will find that over time, you will grow in and out of several decks. You may also find that the deck that you prefer to use to read yourself is not the deck that you prefer to use read others. For instance, when I first began reading I started out with a deck that was too heavy for me – The …

Understanding Different Types of Tarot – Aeclectic Tarot

There are many types of tarot decks available and it may confuse the novice. Understanding the different types of tarot decks helps to get a clearer picture when the reader connects to the subconscious through the cards. The largest variety of tarot card decks is available online at the website of tarot Aeclectic from Australia maintained by the webmaster Solandia. The reason why tarot card decks come in many forms of artistry is because the conscious and the subconscious readily relate only to images. In their role as the connection between the conscious and the subconscious each tarot reader sees different meanings and finds greater clarity in the images on the tarot deck. In short while one set of imagery …

Divination Tools – Tarot Cards

The Tarot is one of the many different types of divination tools that a psychic may use to gain further clarification during a reading. The most preferred deck of choice is the Rider Waite deck created by one of the leading members of the Order of the Golden Dawn secret society, Mr. Arthur Edward Waite. This deck was first published in 1909. The total amount of cards in a tarot deck is seventy-eight cards and is divided into two Arcana: Major and Minor. The major arcana cards consist of twenty-two cards and represent archetypical characters. Although known by many names in different decks, they are very much similar and are easy to recognize. These are the cards that people tend …

Online Tarot Card Reading Tools – Pros and Cons of Using Them

There are many online tarot card reading tools available right now. Some are browser or flash-based, while some can be downloaded. Many psychic tarot reading websites offer free programs that let users pick out random cards from a deck for simple yes-or-no readings. Shuffling the cards prior to the reading is also possible using software. In the past, you could only depend on a fortune-teller to interpret the card spread that you created by picking out cards from a tarot deck. But not anymore. Things changed when tarot books became available in the mainstream market. It's easy! Simply purchase your own tarot deck and get the guidebook as reference for tarot card readings. With the advent of the digital age, …

Rider Tarot Cards – How to Shuffle Rider Tarot Cards

Tarot is a process where a person who needs answers (called a seeker) turns to a person who can answer him (called a reader). The seeker might have questions about the near future, everyday life, financial concerns, love life so he turns to the reader. After the the cards are shuffled the reader will lay it out in a spread, combining the spread meaning with the cards meaning he can then answer the question. One of the most popular tarot cards in existence is the Rider-Waite one. Many people confuse the Rider deck as a distinct one, actually this deck has been created by A. E. Waite and it was published by the Rider company. As I mentioned before the …

Tarot Cards – Right Or Wrong?

"What are those?" My grandmother pointed to my set of cards. I looked at her, excited to tell her. "Tarot cards." Her eyes widened and she glared at my mother and father. "Who let her have the Devil's playthings?" My mother and father looked at each other. "I bought them for her." My father spoke. "And you claim to be a religious man?" "I don't see anything wrong with her satisfying her curiosity." "It's a sin! You can lay no claim to this being a religious house if you allow instruments of the Devil within it!" My grandmother suddenly lost her temper. "But Grandma, they're fun and pretty." I argued. "Get rid of them." She seethed. I was once told …

Tarot Cards – Right Or Wrong?

"What are those?" My grandmother pointed to my set of cards. I looked at her, excited to tell her. "Tarot cards." Her eyes widened and she glared at my mother and father. "Who let her have the Devil's playthings?" My mother and father looked at each other. "I bought them for her." My father spoke. "And you claim to be a religious man?" "I don't see anything wrong with her satisfying her curiosity." "It's a sin! You can lay no claim to this being a religious house if you allow instruments of the Devil within it!" My grandmother suddenly lost her temper. "But Grandma, they're fun and pretty." I argued. "Get rid of them." She seethed. I was once told …

Tarot Cards: Predicting Time-Intervals Within a Reading

Many people, even very experienced people, have trouble deriving time-intervals from Tarot. Just assume you have cards on the table indicating that you – or a querent – will face a turbulent emotional time, when they will need the support of their friends. You – or the querent immediately asks: “When will this start?” and “How long will it last?” How do you get the answers to these questions? My system will show you how. I have a Tarot deck that I only use for timings in addition to the decks I use for readings, with unillustrated pips and with Majors I don’t care much for. You are never going to actually READ with this deck, so it’s better if …