7 Facts about Tarot Readings You Really Need to Know
Beautiful and mysterious, tarot cards are famously associated with fortune tellers. These mystical objects have been featured in countless films and television shows, and can be purchased at most bookstores as well as specialty metaphysical and new age shops. Yet despite their prevalence, misconceptions and myths about tarot cards are just as common. Many people assume they are only for psychics, and work by magic- or not at all. If you’ve been wondering about getting a tarot card reading, and learning more about Tarot Cards, here’s what you really need to know!
1) Tarot cards were not created by gypsies, or the ancient Egyptians.
Both of these theories are popular, but not supported by any proof. The earliest evidence comes from 15th century Italy, and they were used for a purpose that might surprise you! Although it is possible the roots stretch back further, there’s no reason to believe tarot cards were invented by either gypsies or the ancient Egyptians.
2) Tarot cards are related to regular playing cards.
Originally, they were used to play a game called tarrochi. Like modern playing cards, there are numbered cards in four different suits, as well as face cards (queens, kings, etc.) But there are an additional 22 cards not found in playing card decks, called trumps. The trumps have names like The Magician, The Sun, The Moon, The Wheel of Fortune, or The Lovers.
3) There’s a themed deck for every taste.
Classic decks have intricate and mystical-looking symbolism, such as the popular Rider-Waite deck. But there are also decks with every type of theme you can imagine, from cats, to vampires, to 1950s housewives, to mermaids. Thousands of interesting decks are available, so it’s easy to find one that speaks to you… or start a collection! Some people don’t even read the cards, but collect them in order to appreciate the spectacular artwork.
4) With use, a deck gets in tune with its owner.
Every person has their own energy, and a deck you read with often will absorb yours. For this reason some tarot readers prefer to be the only ones who handle their cards. Others however do not take the rule so seriously.
5) Tarot reading is not religious.
The cards are simply a tool to channel intuition and gain insight. They can also be used for meditation and self-discovery. Whatever your beliefs are, a tarot reading can be used in a compatible way. Although some religious people choose not to practice fortune-telling due to their beliefs, a tarot reading can still be used for self-reflection.
6) You don’t have to be psychic.
Tarot readings are not based on magic or any kind of psychic ability. All it takes is study, practice, and your own natural intuition and perception. If you have an interest and a desire to learn, you can become a tarot reader, even if you’ve never experienced any psychic powers.
7) Some psychologists even use tarot cards as a tool.
The rich symbolism of the cards can be interpreted in different ways, almost like the famous Rorschach ink blot test, giving insight into the client’s mind. Also, the trump cards correspond to the archetypes identified by the respected psychologist Carl Jung. He identified certain archetypes common to legends and mythologies all around the world in different cultures. For example, a solitary old man who shares wisdom can correspond to The Hermit card.
Now that you know the truth behind tarot cards, you may be willing to take them more seriously. A tarot reading is a valuable opportunity to reflect on a situation and gain insight, as well as make predictions. It’s an art that anyone can learn, with no magical requirements. Professional readers practice for years, honing their skills and learning more and more about the tarot’s symbolism. If you’re still curious, book a tarot reading with April and see for yourself!
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