The history of tarot cards began close to the 1400s, a century next from cards were presented in Europe opening with the advancing villages in italy. The growth of Tarot as we understand it at present has a diversity of chronicles and legends. The esotericquality of tarot cards rivets writers, inquisitors and spiritualists. Tarot cards were original implemented as game pieces like regular decks, variousfrom what we know of tarot cards at present, even though a mention to Tarot as a seriesof devil cards was made in 1450. The refinement of tarot cards began in Egypt, which is the same society that proponented astrology.
Tarot cards are separated into five divisions: The Major Arcana, The Suit of Wands, The Suit of Coins, The Suit of Cups, and the Suit of Swords. Each card in The Major Arcana has an equivalent face card for every following suit.
The suits themselves have divisions as well. Their interpretations and worth are determined by their statuses as Oudlers/Trulls, Kings, Queens, Cavaliers, Jacks, and Others. Oudlers generally have the same point and value as Kings, while the rest from Queens to Jacks are worth one point less than their predecessors.
More than the value of cards, the English-speaking world gives significantly more value to the interpretations of the cards.
Reading a tarot card is easy, as each trump card has a distinct meaning. However, careful interpretation is needed if one wants to read the meaning from the collection of cards. These cards have astrological connections with readings placed under the context of the Octavian Calendar. Tarot cards are believed to readily describe the physical and emotional characteristics of the subject.
The rich and age-old tradition of tarot reading is constantly evolving through time. The methods of interpreting tarot cards continue to change to catch up with the culture it is living in. The change in meaning can also contribute to the evolution of the card itself. The elements of a tarot card today are far different from what it was before.
Along with the evolving interpretations to the meaning of tarot cards come new methods for card readers to express the message to the average Joe. Today, face-to-face card readings are being replaced by phone and online readings. However, for full impact and experience, face-to-face card readings still trump other methods. Face-to-face tarot readings allow the person to choose his face-down card, giving him a semblance of control to his fortunes. Face-to-face readings are common in community fairs, parties, and in the streets. The price of a tarot card reading varies depending on the popularity of the reader and how much detail the person wants to know about his future.
Card readings over the telephone are conducted much the same way that card readings face to face are conducted. A querent (caller) will call into a reader, and the reader will ask the caller to concentrate on a question that he or she wants answered or clarified. The card reader then shuffles the cards and lays them out in a particular pattern. Popular patterns include a single card reading, a three card reading, and a Celtic Cross reading, which is a reading of 10 different cards. The card reader will examine the symbolism in each card, in addition to the card position to conclude what the cards convey.
Tarot card divination may not be a real science; it may not be as accurate as some people would like to believe, but the market for tarot is ever growing through the availability of readings online and in other similar mediums. While this is so, there is still a large demand for face-to-face tarot reading because of the mystique and interactivity. A fair judgment of the industry is that it is growing in its different aspects - whether it is face to face, on the phone, or by some other medium. While society drives itself into a more scientific future, the appeal of astrology, especially in tarot cards, is still growing fast.
By: Samantha Srillian
Samantha Srillian is a freelance writer, as well as a naturally gifted psychic medium and tarot card reader. She is interested in alternative therapies, angels and spiritual healing.