What is Tarot?
Tarot is a time-honored tradition of using a set of cards to gain insight and achieve greater control over issues involving relationships, opportunities, and life changes. Over 1,000 years old, with roots that go back 3,000, Tarot is a repository of ancient wisdom. Interestingly, our modern playing cards are a subset of the Tarot deck (and it's possible to read them too!).
The history of Tarot symbols is shrouded in mystery. Tarot is believed to have come out of China, India or Egypt. Modern tarot cards date back to 14th Century Spain, Italy and France.
Can Tarot tell the future?
A large enough Tarot spread can give you a very keen sense of the probabilities inherent in a situation, but the specific way that things turn out are, in the final analysis, up to you -- how well you adapt to the ever-changing conditions that your Tarot reading reflects. A Tarot reading gives a snapshot of what is going on in the Present, the time you are picking the cards. It can help you see aspects of a situation that have been invisible to your ego. In contrast to popular opinion, Tarot is a valuable form of meditation on the Present moment that returns insight and advice. Although it does reflect probabilities, it is NOT a form of fortune-telling.
Consult the Tarot as if you were asking the advice of a wise friend or teacher.
How does Tarot work?
A tarot deck consists of 78 cards that you use in laying out in any one of a number of spreads. Each card is symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth, its relevance depending upon its position in the spread. There are so many possible outcomes that tarot readers spend decades mastering the meanings of all the cards in all the different combinations. Books are one resource, but can only help so much.
Using the power of Synchronicity, Tarot taps both the subconscious and the superconscious Mind, the center of our psychic abilities. Anyone can become a good tarot reader. But a gifted reader of Tarot is far more than someone exercising innate psychic abilities. An appreciation of the power of the archetypes contained in the images on the cards demands a classical understanding. By bringing you this element, Tarot.com lets you give yourself good readings right off the bat and will lead to more accurate intuitive abilities over time.
What kinds of questions is Tarot well suited for?
Tarot is excellent for receiving clarity on problems or issues that logic by itself simply can't handle (most of the important ones in life!). Relationships, negotiations, work dynamics, office politics, family matters, spiritual well-being.