someone mentions the Tarot, people generally think "black magic,"
"evil," "gypsies," and of course "Miss
Cleo." The truth is that they probably just started out as
playing cards with symbolic images painted on their faces. The symbols
used are found in literature dating back earlier than the first
known Tarot deck. The symbols are not satanic even though on one
of the cards there is an image of the devil, but these are symbols
and should be read as just that. In fact, all the devil symbolizes
is temptation, challenges, etc. These are the same thoughts that
arise when we hear the devil mentioned in the Bible or any other
holy book. As for the remaining cards, they each signify different
aspects of life situations and environments and those in turn are
simplified into a single image.
Today Tarot decks are made up of 78 cards, which are divided into
two groups. Twenty-two cards make up the Major Arcana.
II-The High Priestess
X-The Wheel of Fortune
XII-The Hanged Man
Major Arcana represent the major lessons learned on the road of
life, starting with the ignorant Fool and ending with the enlightened
World. These cards symbolize the physical, intellectual, emotional,
and spiritual aspects of human life. They explore the crevices deep
within ones personality the strengths, weaknesses, hopes, and
cards of the Minor Arcana (Represent external day-to-day matters.)
Suit of Cups- Concerned with love, family, and emotions, these cards
speak of relationships with others and of the unconscious. They
are ruled by the element Water. Interpretations of these cards should
start with love, faith, and feeling.
Suit of Coins/Pentacles- Represent money matters and deal with work,
career, and everything material. They are centered on economic relationships.
Ruled by the element Earth, their interpretations should start with
possessions, money, and business.
Suit of Swords- Related to intellectual growth, social interactions,
and unrest, they can represent breakthroughs in communications or
breakdowns. They are ruled by the element Air, making their interpretation
focus on thoughts, cares, and science/magic.
Suit of Wands- Dealing with physical energy, growth, and creativity,
they also relate to work and career. Ruled by the element Fire,
their interpretations should start with action, work, and nature.
believe that Tarot cards are supposed to just be a guiding tool
for any questions a person may have. It is said that when the person
being read asks a question the cards drawn are presented to give
insight into options that they may have not already considered.
On the other hand, some believe that guiding spirits who have knowledge
of the person's path in life chooses the cards. These spirits help
the person realize what they should do.