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Introducing Tarot Cards

Mar 22, 2008
As more and more people search for a deeper meaning to their lives, Tarot cards have become a very popular tool. Here is a brief outline of the history of Tarot cards from Michelle Walter.

The Tarot has been understood as a "universal key" to help us to understand life. Perhaps, this is because the Tarot is a catalyst that brings secrets out into the open to be consciously talked about and understood. Every Tarot deck has 78 cards, divided into 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana.

The word "Arcana"from the word Arcane simply means mysteries, secrets, that which is hidden. The Tarot card names themselves contain links to the wisdom of ancient civilizations, e.g. Egypt, the learned secrets from the Book of Thoth, the Jewish Kabbalah, which has 22 symbols like the 22 major arcana, as well as Chinese and Indian philosophies.

Mystery, however, shrouds the historical origins of the Tarot cards. We do know that the Tarot cards embody many shared truths and over the centuries have evolved in different ways as people of used them in their quest to understand life. From a strictly historical viewpoint, the first Tarot deck was the Marseille deck, used in Paris in 1393 during the reign of Charles VI.

Although the strands of Tarot cards do go back a long way they do seem to have a short history in comparison to the I Ching, Astrology and Runes Stones which go back to primitive times. Although not as old as Astrology and the I Ching, Tarot cards probably do go back longer that historical records would indicate. Tarot cards were almost certainly used in secret for many years since they were frowned on by Church authorities. They were even banned in some European countries during the Middle Ages.

The gist to reading Tarot cards is to understand that they are not a group of preconceived meanings to be memorised. The symbols of the Tarot cards are a medium through which we can communicate with each other, exploring intuitions and insights. The aim is to develop a bond with the cards immersing oneself in to the lineage of meaning contained with the Tarot cards.

Using your intuition is the supremely intelligent way to read the Tarot. When you do this then guessing or trying to remember meanings are eliminated. In fact, you are developing your own personal power by strengthening your communication skills with your subconscious mind.

You can begin the process of learning the Tarot by trying this simple intuition exercise....

* Firstly, separate out the major arcana cards from the minor arcana. Hold the Tarot cards between your hands while you relax and breathe in and out at least three times. Each time you breathe out, feel yourself relaxing down into a more receptive state of consciousness.

* Focus now on the question you are wanting the Tarot to give you guidance.

* Slowly shuffle the Tarot cards. Place the Tarot deck face down on the table, cut the tarot cards once, place the bottom pile on the top, and then turn over one card.

* Take a few moments to meditate on the Tarot card. What are your first impressions? Write these down in a journal. Try not to analyze or filter what you feel or see in this tarot card - it may be a colour, a face, or something in the background which stands out to you. Your first impression of this tarot card may be a saying that comes to you or an understanding about life. It doesn't have to be a definite conclusion about meaning because often our first impressions are quite vague.

*Try doing this every day for a week, and see what you discover for yourself!
About the Author
Michelle Walter is a deeply intuitive tarot card reader. Her vast experience in psychic work, coupled with her background in psychology. Michelle offers guidance and support, especially in very difficult emotional situations and heartbreaks. To find more by Michelle, and to find out how she can help you in your relationship.
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