All About Tarot
In recent years, Tarot has become more popular – particularly with the millennial set – but there are still a lot of misconceptions about it.
For a better understanding, read this post about Tarot Basics.
And see below for answers to the most frequently asked questions.
What is Tarot?
Tarot is, essentially, just a deck of playing cards. In fact, it originated as a card game, but, now, it’s more often used as a tool for divination.
Unlike regular playing cards, a Tarot deck is comprised of 78 cards – there are 22 Major “trump” cards and 56 Minor “pip” cards.
The cards are also filled with rich imagery and symbolism. Each card has a particular meaning, so they’re used as a way of gaining insight into the past, present, and future.
How does Tarot work?
This is probably the most common question I’m asked and the way it works is simple: a question is asked and the cards are shuffled, drawn, and laid out in a spread. Then, they’re interpreted to tell a story.
Basically, the cards are used to provide insight into your subconscious and to help you connect with your inner wisdom.
While there are some deeper complexities at work here, that’s the gist.
Can Tarot predict the Future?
Eh, this one is tricky. Really, the answer is Yes and No. Tarot is surprisingly accurate and can often unveil truths about the present and future. However, it’s not a fortune-telling device.
Some Tarot Reader’s claim to be psychic, so, in those cases, they may actually be able to predict the future. However, many readers (myself included) don’t.
Rather, I use Tarot as more of a therapeutic tool – the cards offer insight and guidance. The readings provide powerful self-reflection that can lead to growth.
What kinds of questions can you ask?
You really can ask just about anything during a Tarot reading, but I personally try to avoid answering Yes/No questions. (I will, at times, if a client asks me to, but it depends heavily on the situation.)
Generally speaking, though, the best types of questions are ones that lead to a greater level of insight and personal awareness.
For instance, instead of asking, “How does my partner feel about me?” you could ask something like, “What can I do to improve my relationship?”
Is Tarot “evil” or dangerous?
I actually debated listing this particular question here – I thought surely this is an outdated idea. But, no – I’ve had enough people look at me funny when I tell them I read Tarot cards to know that sadly, it’s not.
To answer the question – NO – Tarot is not evil or dangerous. I’m not 100% sure where exactly this myth came from, but it seems that Tarot has been lumped in with witchcraft, voodoo, and other occult practices.
That couldn’t be further from the truth!
For one thing, you don’t use Tarot cards to cast spells or summon spirits. Getting a Tarot reading isn’t the same as using a ouija board!
Tarot is just a tool – it can be used in different ways by different people, but, generally speaking, it’s used to provide guidance for your life.
What if I get a bad card?
I’ll admit, when I got a reading for the first time, I was nervous. Of course, I didn’t think Tarot cards were satanic or anything, but I was worried about what the cards would say. What if they said something bad?
In reality, it doesn’t actually work that way.
A) There’s really no such thing as a “bad” card – though some have more negative implications.
B) A good Tarot reader will never tell you that something terrible is going to happen. Even if a negative card does come up, it’s there to provide insight and clarity, not to scare you.
The Death card, for example, doesn’t actually mean death – rather, it’s symbolic of an ending or transformation. (In fact, in some decks, this card is called Rebirth).
Can anyone practice Tarot?
Yes! You absolutely can practice Tarot regardless of whether or not you have any sort of psychic ability. I, for one, am NOT a psychic or medium, and yet I read Tarot!
How do you learn Tarot?
Time, patience, and practice. I learned by studying the card meanings using keywords and then using the imagery to help guide my interpretations.
What kind of deck should I get?
Choosing a Tarot deck is a very personal experience – a deck that works well for me may not resonate with you. When you’re starting out, I would suggest using a deck with a lot of rich symbolism and imagery, but other than that, just pick one that speaks to you!)
(Oh, and you can for sure buy your own first deck – the idea that it has to be “gifted” to you is another myth.)
Is Tarot connected to astrology?
Yes and No. Tarot and Astrology share a lot of similarities – both are more mystical ways of looking at the world. The four elements – Earth, Water, Air, and Fire – are also used in both.
However, they aren’t the same thing. You don’t need to be familiar with one to be able to practice the other.