Tarot Cards And Their Meanings

Tarot cards emerged around the year 1440AD and were originally a deck of playing cards. They make up 78 cards altogether where there are 22 trump cards(the major Arcana) and 56 other cards (the minor arcana). It is not clear how they began to be used for divination purposes but they follow similar principles to the I ching book of changes in the Chinese tradition.

Tarot Cards for LoveTarot cards and the meaning of each card.

Despite many people using the cards as a kind of oracle to predict the future, many  (including myself) do not use it strictly for this purpose. There is a movement spreading across the globe where the Tarot is used for personal development and many psychological aspects come into the interpretation of each card based on their traditional meanings.

Each Tarot card is a story on its own. The pictures on each of the cards tap into a common theme of humanity. I feel this is why so many people feel a connection to the cards, because they tend to highlight what is common to all of our experiences at different points in our life. Each card holds its own distinct energy pattern, and when you draw random cards from a deck while holding your intention to get some clarity around a certain situation, the pictures on the cards help to stir up your deeper feelings and intuition around your subject matter. The result is often a confirmation of what you already knew about a certain circumstance, or helps you see a problem from a different angle therefore giving you greater  access to an inner resource you didn’t know you had.

Tarot Cards and the meaning of each cardThe cards are not to be feared.

There are a lot of stereo types around people who read Tarot cards-the traveling gypsy, the woman in a dark seedy room where there is a crystal ball and candles lit accepting payments from people to find out their ‘destiny’. This is all unfortunate and actually overly complicated because all Tarot is really about is ‘art on a card’. You draw cards while thinking about a problem and gain ‘inspiration’ from the art. Not much different to listening to a piece of inspirational music, or looking upon a sculpture and feeling an internal reaction while you do so.

The necessity of some study.

While the above makes it sound like ‘reading’ Tarot is rather simple, in order to be an effective Tarot reader, some study of the cards and their patterns and historical meanings will be the difference between getting value out of a reading and not getting value. And, once you begin studying the Tarot, you never really stop and there is always something more to learn.

Tarot art inspired by The Moon Tarot card.
Tarot art inspired by The Moon Tarot card.

There is also something synergistic about having someone else read your cards for you, as two heads are usually better than one in order to come up with solutions to challenges currently being experienced, providing the reader is caring and compassionate and not judgemental in any way.I still enjoy getting readings of other people even though I know how to read the cards myself.

However, there is also great benefit in doing your own Tarot readings. If you are prepared to sit with the messages of each card and allow for your own intuition to rise up into your conscious mind, you will tap into your inner resourcefulness in order to move forward with more confidence.

There is still something mysterious about the Tarot however…….

I have a strong interest in quantum physics and the Law of Attraction philosophy and I find it really fascinating how the Tarot seems to highlight the energy patterns going on around and within the people I read cards for, as well as for myself. I do feel there is something viable about the idea that we are all connected in some way on an energetic level and the Tarot seems to confirm this for me.

I have not had one person tell me that my reading was completely inaccurate and off course. I put this down to a combination of what each card represents, as well as partly my own intuition about a person. I believe anyone can develop their intuition if they are interested in doing so, but perhaps the introverts of the world have a small advantage in this area.

What do you think? I would love to know what your perception of Tarot cards have been prior to reading this. Feel free to comment below and let me know!




6 thoughts on “Tarot Cards And Their Meanings”

  1. Applied Math degree, computer science career. Being a visual area rather than a linear string of words, cards work with the nonverbal right side of the brain. Connection to waves. In the quantum foam is certainly possible but I suspect that even the new age physicists like F.Capra and Fred Wolf would tell you science is a long, long way from verifying any thing like that. Less imaginative scientists would just scoff.

    I used a 3*7 spread that I related back to the meanings of the major arcana. Full readings were intense & time consuming. I quit doing them when they started to become weirdly predictive. I was going for readings that gave personal insights & didn’t know what to do with this- confusion,not fear

    I also became convinced that to do it right, I had to do my own deck and that’s a really big project

    1. Hi Janet, thanks for your interesting comment. I do find that Tarot readings are weirdly predictive too, even though it is not so much what I want to focus on. I agree that the new age physicists would say that science is a long way off proving anything like this, but my guess is that they’d be open to the hypothesis. I wrote about one woman who took a scientific approach to Tarot on my blog here- She has a science background and concluded that the drawing of common cards over the period of one year is statistically significant to conclude that their appearance is more than a random coincidence.

      I would love to create my own deck one day too-perhaps even compose music for each card (my background is in music). But yes, a very big project indeed! Thanks for visiting.

  2. Hi Liz I just view your website. To be honest I’m not into the tarot card reading. I spoke to a psychic one time. It made my phone bill very high.
    A lot of stuff they said was very accurate. Trying to figure out how they do that. They actually told me I had psychic powers because if I know someone very well I always know they going to react in a certain situation.
    Your website looks good. I like the pictures layout.

    1. Hey 4maut. I believe everyone has psychic powers-it is just part of our makeup as humans. But it comes down to whether or not you are interested in developing that part of yourself, because somehow we lose touch with the ability as we grow into adulthood if it is not nurtured. Thanks for your comment!

  3. I am interested in the tarot card but I do not have the time to really study into it. Previously I was on researching on Horoscope, then energy healing. Maybe I could really learn something about Tarot card from you. Could be useful. Do you know how many version of Tarot card exist now in the world?

    1. Hi Kenny, thanks for your comment. I wouldn’t know how many Tarot decks are circulating in the world at the moment-but I would say it would be at least 1000! Seems that anyone who has studied Tarot for any length of time wants to create their own Tarot deck or already has created one.

      I do find Tarot useful for gaining a different perspective for some situations that I may find difficult to make a decision around, or just need a different perspective. This frees up some energy in my mind to be more productive!

      You don’t have to be a master Tarot reader to get personal benefit out of just drawing one card a day and figuring out how you can use the traditional meaning of that card for your day. Over time, you start to naturally learn the Tarot with this exercise alone. But of course, you can go much deeper than that too. Always something new to learn, but always useful even at a shallow level of understanding.

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