We have often seen tarot cards and pretty much everyone knows that they are supposed to give you some sort of clairvoyance or precognition. In other words, tarot cards are used to show you potential outcomes, and the art of reading the future from the tarot deck is called cartomancy. Tarot has its own set of rules that you need to use in order to decipher what destiny has in store. Here we will go over some of these rules and explain what some of the cards signify.
Does it work?
First of all, you might be wondering whether you should even bother with Tarot, and how reliable are these readings. Bear in mind that any Tarot reader will tell you how the future is ever-changing and that cartomancy is can not be used to win lotteries or anything else that requires absolute certainty. It is simply a useful tool to pinpoint some potential dangers that can be averted thanks to personal changes. In other words, they provide supporting information to the subject if they are about to make difficult life choices.
How it works
The tarot reader usually starts by drawing cards from the deck and placing them in a specific arrangement that is called a “spread”. Based on the image on the card and its position within the spread the reader can interpret the cards.
There are two spreads that are commonly used, one is Celtic Cross and the other one is Three Fates.
Two of the most common spreads are the Three Fates and the Celtic Cross. Celtic Cross requires 10 cards and these cards represent aspects of the past and future that affect your personal feelings and points of view, so it is in a way used to uncover what someone is worried about.
The Three Fates is more straightforward. You have 3 cards one for the past, one for the present and one for the future. And once again reader vaguely interprets those cards, based on what they represent.
Tarot decks consist of two types of cards, Minor and Major Arcana. The first one can be compared to a regular deck of playing cards as it has 4 signs Swords, Pentacles, Wands, and Cups, and the numbers go from 1 to 10, along with knight, queen, and king. So it is pretty much a regular deck with different signs. Cards that belong to Major Arcana, however, are different and have different interpretations. The cards in this category are the Hanged Man, Devil, the Fool, Temperance, Strength, and Death.
Interpreting the cards
This really depends on the reader, but you usually get a guide on how the cards are interpreted during the reading. How much are these readings reliable? Well, it also depends on your belief or the belief of your reader. Maybe they will tell you what will happen but in most cases, they are helpful as tools to self-discovery, as they might compel you to reevaluate some of your views. Some believe that only special tarot decks imbued with magic can give you an accurate reading, or that the reader needs to be gifted in order to do so. However, the best thing to do is give it a try, see what happens and see how it makes you feel.