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Cartomancy and Tarot

Divining the future or receiving guidance using cards

Cartomancy – telling the future using cards – has existed about as long as playing cards have been around. Card decks have varied across time and countries, but since the late 18th century there has been a link between the tarot deck and divination. Modern cards vary widely, with a huge selection of artwork and symbols. Find a deck that suits you and meditate upon the cards, studying each in turn so that their meanings are clear to you for interpretation. If you aren’t familiar with your tarot deck, the messages you get will be confusing and often contradictory.

Reading a Spread

The most well-known way to read the tarot is using a spread – an intentional and deliberate layout of cards, where each position holds a meaning or represents an aspect of the reading as a whole.

The purpose is to help create a framework to respond to the querant, and like knowing the cards well, knowing the spread well is key to performing an insightful reading.

Answer a Question

It is also a not uncommon practice to pull a selection of cards from the deck to answer a simple question.

This doesn’t require a spread, or even a surface, but the answers are often less specific.

"Divination is a means of telling ourselves what we already know"

Cards of almost every sort have four suits; some, like tarot cards, have a selection of trump cards as well.

The Cards

The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana are the named or numbered cards in a cartomantic tarot pack. There are usually 22 such cards in a standard 78-card pack, typically numbered from 0 to 21 (in card playing packs, there is no 0, the unnumbered card is the Fool). Prior to the 17th century, tarot cards were solely used for playing games and the trumps were simply part of a standard card pack.

Cups

In divinatory, esoteric and occult tarot, the Minor Arcana represent relatively mundane features of life. The court cards usually represent people. Each suit also has distinctive characteristics and connotations. Cups is commonly held to be related to the element of water, the clergy or religious persons, and predicts subjects of emotions and love. This suit is known as Cups, chalices, goblets, vessels or ♥ Hearts.

Pentacles

In divinatory, esoteric and occult tarot, the Minor Arcana represent relatively mundane features of life. The court cards usually represent people. Each suit also has distinctive characteristics and connotations. Pentacles is commonly held to be related to the element of earth, the merchants, traders or business people, and predicts subjects of possessions or material goods. This suit is known as Pentacles, coins, disks, rings or ♦ Diamonds.

Wands

In divinatory, esoteric and occult tarot, the Minor Arcana represent relatively mundane features of life. The court cards usually represent people. Each suit also has distinctive characteristics and connotations. Wands is commonly held to be related to the element of fire, artisans and craftsmen, and predicts subjects of creativity and will. This suit is known as Wands, batons, clubs, staves or ♣️ Clubs.

Swords

In divinatory, esoteric and occult tarot, the Minor Arcana represent relatively mundane features of life. The court cards usually represent people. Each suit also has distinctive characteristics and connotations. Swords is commonly held to be related to the element of air, nobles and military, and predicts subjects of reason, wisdom and intellect. This suit is known as swords, blades or ♠️ Spades.

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