Reading Tarot Cards
Reading Tarot cards for over 50 years (should I really be admitting that?), I have found them to be a tool beyond conceivable value. The Tarot can be used to connect us to our inner wisdom and can serve as a tool to increase intuition. They provide powerful insights leading to self-discovery and transformation. What do you imagine you could discover if you were to acquire this powerful skill?
Through my stylized approach, you have the opportunity to learn to read Tarot cards in a rapid and grounded manner, gaining immediate recognition of the significance and meaning of each card at the end of just one and a half days. Combining the ancient meanings with modern applications, the traditional layouts with cutting edge philosophy and counseling techniques, this approach to reading Tarot cards is unique, applicable, and accessible.
For Good or For Evil?
A frequent question is whether the cards are on the side of good or evil. We could ask the same question of a knife. Is a knife good or evil?
A knife can be used to cut wood for a fire, cut meat for your dinner, or help a doctor perform surgery. On the other hand, a knife can be used to commit crimes and cause grief and pain. So is it good or evil?
The answer lies in the hands of the person holding it. It is the same with the Tarot cards. Whether a person holds a stick, a knife, a contract, or cards, the value, purpose, and intent are all determined by the person wielding them.
History of the Tarot
What we do know is that Tarot cards may be one of the most versatile, portable, and illuminating tools available to the inquiring mind. Its history and its depth are rich and abundant. Being skilled in the use of these cards is a gift worth pursuing, and will give you a lifetime of wisdom, insight, and guidance.
As with so much of occult wisdom and techniques, the history is clouded by hearsay, protection, and misinformation. Because for so many centuries it was dangerous to practice such arts, those who were in the know maintained strict secrecy. Meanwhile, those who persecuted such activities were active in misleading citizens about these traditional ways.
Therefore, there are many stories surrounding the history of the Tarot.
One that makes sense to me is that the Major Arcana derived from ritual and wisdom traditions of the Egyptian high priests and priestesses. When members of those tribes were exiled from Egypt, their knowledge was passed on only through oral traditions. Only later were the symbols marked on cards. As the Egyptians moved westward into Europe, they were referred to as “gypsies”, a derivative word of “Egyptian”.
We know there was a large population of Moors in Spain. It may be that they were then introduced to the Spanish card deck, which we know now as a Pinochle or Poker deck. It is true that a great number of present day gypsies only read the playing cards, rather than the Tarot cards.
It is the Spanish deck that is the basis for the present day Minor Arcana of the Tarot deck.
Similar to Playing Cards
While the Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards, having 4 face cards in each of four suits, the Poker deck has 52 cards, with 3 face cards in each of four suits.
By studying the cards, you will become aware of other comparisons between the suits of each of the decks, such as, Wands and Clubs (Fire) are the same, as are Swords and Spades (Air), Cups and Hearts (Water), and Pentacles and Diamonds (Earth).
If you have been curious about the power of Tarot, or, like so many people, have had a deck lying around that you never have learned to read, please join me in my upcoming Wisdom of the Tarot workshop.