The Tarot is a tool that has been around since the mid-15th century in Europe and has spread around the world in various ways. Common playing cards are related to tarot and from about the late 18th century Tarot cards have been used for predicting the future (divination), guided meditation and in a range of mystical activities and mystery schools.
There are 22 cards in what is known as the Major Arcana and these can be known as life lessons or spiritual signposts in your life. The Major Arcana cards such as The Fool, The Magician, The Hermit or The Empress are cards that generally hold a greater meaning then the minutia of the nitty gritty in ones life.
The Minor Arcana consist of the remaining 56 cards making a total of 78. The Minor Arcana cards are the suit cards and are generally known as Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles – these can be likened to the standard suits in a deck of cards (spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds).
Tarot decks come in an extremely wide range of styles, with the most common traditional deck being the Waite-Smith deck drawn by Pamela Coleman-Smith and designed by Arthur Edward Waite then published by the Rider company in 1910. This deck is unique as it was the first Tarot deck to have pictures on every Minor Arcana card, as prior to this deck the 4 of cups would have four cups on the card which is likened to standard playing cards. The Waite-Smith deck has beautifully designed pictures on every Minor Arcana card and deliberately symbolic images in the Major Arcana cards.
A simple three card Tarot reading is included for FREE with every Esoteric Acupuncture session, dealing with the past, present and future. For a full Tarot reading please contact us for more information.
Note: All Astrology and Tarot services are considered a curio and are for entertainment purposes only.
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