By Katherine Heiden
It is possible to read Tarot with playing cards. Most experts believe that ordinary playing decks formed the original decks used for readings. For some, a session is made easier by having fewer cards that might possibly be interpreted. For a novice medium, there is a lot less to analyze, and that could make the task much faster, when initially learning the art. To read Tarot with playing cards, the same general meanings apply. The exact details on how to read Tarot with playing cards is far more than we can go into here, but we can look at the similarities between the two decks.
In a Tarot deck, the Minor Arcana consists of 56 cards, and these cards loosely correspond with an ordinary deck. To read Tarot with playing cards, one must make minor translations between the two basic decks, but simplified sessions can be made fairly quickly. The four suits of the Minor Arcana are easily converted. The primary difference, in fact, is simply that an ordinary deck doesn't have the four Pages. Beyond this, a spread should be drawn and dealt in traditional fashion, with little attention paid to the lack of Pages, and the Major Arcana.
The suits are translated as follows, when you read Tarot with playing cards: Wands are represented by clubs, and provide news or information. Spades stand for the Tarot suit of swords, and indicate loss, death, and misfortune. Cups are interchangeable with hearts, and focus their meanings on love and happiness, when you read Tarot with playing cards. Lastly, pentacles are translated into diamonds, and contain information relating to money, fortune, and business.
When trying to read Tarot with playing cards, the most important aspect is to be consistent. A layout is dealt in the same way as if a Tarot deck were used, and the meanings transfer directly to its match in a regular pack. Some readers may choose to include the jokers, and assign them to selected trumps from the Major Arcana, and some may choose not to. This is largely a personal decision, as the key to any accurate session is the medium's ability to be in tune with the psychic message emanating from each drawn card.
Katherine Heiden is a professional tarot card reader and clairvoyant. Her new guide Learn Tarot Cards is a great resource for beginners and experts alike, and includes many bonus guides showing you how to take your hobby of doing tarot card readings and turn it into a career.