Although the history of fortune telling is surrounded by myth, mystery and speculation there are many well accepted theories concerning tarots origins. Occult scholars believe the tarot was created in China around the eleventh century.
Gypsies have been credited for bringing the Tarot from Egypt to Europe, where its secrets were studied and revealed around the 14th century.
During the middle ages the Roman Catholic Church condemned and suppressed the use of Tarot cards, this drove the devotees of Tarot to change the original images and symbols to more acceptable versions. Over the years, fortune telling has become well known in the Western world and Tarot has grown in popularity.
There are many different decks to choose from. The Rider Waite deck, designed by Pamela Coleman Smith under the direction of Arthur E. Waite in the early 1900’s is perhaps the most popular tarot deck because it tells a clear story with beautiful self-explanatory explanations.
Most Tarot card decks consist of 78 Tarot cards broken into a Major Arcana (22 cards) and a Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Major Arcana cards typically represent significant life events on a large scale, while the Minor Arcana cards deal with day-to-day life. The Minor Arcana includes four "suits" that each has a theme. Each suit is numbered one through 10, with four additional Court cards (Page, Knight, Queen and King).
Pentacles -- Also referred to as "Disks" or "Coins," cards in the Pentacles suit pertain to things in the material and physical world. Pentacles cards often indicate money matters, career and success, but they also can indicate levels of emotional and spiritual prosperity, too.
Wands -- Sometimes called "Staffs," the suit of Wands is more spiritual and is used to illustrate the energy of movement, growth and new beginnings. Wands represent ideas and innovation. They are often related to your career or your sense of purpose in the world, but they can deliver strong love messages, too.
Cups -- The suit of Cups is connected to our emotions and to our relationships, and to matters of the soul. Cups cards can reveal how we truly feel -- and how others truly feel about us. They also speak of our emotional well-being.
Swords -- The Swords cards are most associated with conflict and strife, which can refer to internal conflict, as well. Swords cut to the heart of a matter, revealing our greatest challenges. They can tell of illness, heartbreak, war, loss and death, but they can also reveal truths we need to face in order to move forward, which ultimately is a positive thing.
Tarot cards are shuffled and laid out in any number of Tarot spreads. The best known spread is the 11-card Celtic Cross, but there are countless other Tarot spreads you can choose depending on what type of question you want to ask and how many cards you wish to draw. If you want to start out very simply, you can draw just one card about a specific person or situation. In fact, your question doesn't even need to be a question! It's called an "open reading" when you simply think about a person or situation instead of asking a direct question -- the cards will still provide insight.
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