many types of fortune-telling cards on the market these
days, but not all of them are Tarot cards. The Tarot is a
specialized set of cards that has a very long history.
Some have even claimed that they derive from the ancient
Egyptian civilization, but I think it more likely that
they are European in origin and date from various mystical
traditions some time around the period of the Crusades. A
Tarot deck is similar to an ordinary pack of Playing
cards. Both have four suits numbered from ace to ten. In a
Tarot deck these are known as the Minor Arcana, and
instead of Clubs, Hearts, Spades and Diamonds, the Tarot
suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Unlike an
ordinary Pack of cards, each suit has four court cards
rather than three: King, Queen, Knight and Page, making
fifty-six cards in the Minor Arcana. In addition to the
Minor cards, the Tarot deck has twenty-two 'extra', cards
known as the Major Arcana. These do not belong to any
suit, but have their own numbers (with the exception of
the Fool), a symbolic image and a title. If, when doing a
reading, more Minor cards occur than Major, then your
destiny is mostly in your hands. If it is the other way
around, fate governs Your future. The following sections
of the site deal with the meanings of individual cards, as
well as possible combinations and how to lay then out to
create a reading. Each interpretations divided into
upright and reversed meanings showing the Positive and
negative effects of the cards. However, it is Permissible
to use only the upright interpretations if you think that
the reversed ones are too hard for the beginner.
HOW TO START
rule is to become familiar with your cards. Get to know
the pictures, shuffle them a lot, carry them about with
you, even sleep with them by your bed so that they absorb
your personal energies and become uniquely yours.
I recommend keeping the cards wrapped in black silk or in
a wooden box. The important thing to remember that the
cards are yours alone and should be special to you.
You should not allow anyone to play with these cards or
even pick them up without your permission. Most certainly
should not use anyone else to read them.