Quick Guide To Understanding Tarot
This, of course, is not so much of a “Learn How To Read Tarot” guide as it is a mini-guide to help you understand how it works! Perhaps, when you’re getting a Tarot reading you reader might say “Oh! There are lots of Pentacles in this reading” or “Here’s the High Priestess!” and if you are not in touch with how a Tarot deck is or how it works you may be there thinking “Great! So…What?”
So in case you had ever wondered, here’s a super-concise guide to grab the basics and get a hint of what your reader is speaking about, or at least, where are they getting their messages from!
Let’s start by explaining that a Tarot deck has 78 cards divided in Major and Minor Arcana. Major Arcana are 22 cards that speak of major life-lessons, events, milestones or however you want to call it. In this section of the deck you can find cards such as The Fool, The High Priestess, The Lovers, The Moon or The World. The Minor Arcana are 56 cards divided in four suits: Cups, Wands, Pentacles and Swords, and they deal with situations in a more day-to-day way.
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Of course, there’s much more to it than just this, which is a very, very basic concept of each card. But in order to get an idea, here is a list of keywords that will help you get the main concept behind each one of the Major Arcana.
0 – The Fool: A new start, a leap of faith, the beginning.
I – The Magician: Control over the elements.
II – The High Priestess: Hidden knowledge, intuition, feminity.
III – The Empress: Cycles, fertility, nourishment.
IV – The Emperor: Authority, control, nobility.
V – The Hierophant: Tradition, structure.
VI – The Lovers: Choices, affairs of the heart, pairings.
VII – The Chariot: Movement, progress, consistency.
VIII – Strength: Compromise, perseverance, earning trust.
IX – The Hermit: Purposeful isolation, seeking within, solitude.
X – The Wheel Of Fortune: Fate, fluctuation, tangible fortune.
XI – Justice: Truth, fairness, acknowledgement.
XII – The Hanged Man: Stagnation, purposeful sacrifice, victimism.
XIII – Death: Transition, death, rebirth.
XIV – Temperance: Balance, going with the flow, patience.
XV – The Devil: Attachments, vice, ties.
XVI – The Tower: Rupture, breakdown, necessary destruction.
XVII – The Star: Hope, Illusion, Upper-Hand.
XVIII – The Moon: Not counting on all the facts, hidden information, confusion.
XIX – The Sun: Joy, innocence, positivity.
XX – Judgement: Reckoning, a clean slate, facing the facts.
XIX – The World: Closure, fulfillment.
Now that you have a bit of an idea of what the Major Arcana are about, let’s get a bit of understanding about each one of the four suits.
The Suit of Cups has a correspondence with the element of Water and so it deals with feelings, emotions, intuition, creativity, spirituality and all those things that relate to our heart.
The Suit of Wands has a correspondence with the element of Fire and so it relates to passion, willpower, energy, instincts and the matters related to action.
The Suit of Pentacles has a correspondence with the element of Earth and so it is linked to the material realm. Finances, possessions, our feeling of safety and security, career and stability.
The Suit of Swords has a correspondence with the element of Air and so it corresponds to communication, ideas, intellect, reason, thought and all things related to our mind.
How do you feel about it? Too much for a first idea? I would love to know if you want to keep reading about a basic understanding of Tarot! As always, let me know your thoughts!
Psychic Sibyl is a Tarot and Lenormand reader and mentor with vast experience in the Occult. Her calling is to guide others through the most turbulent times in life as well as provide answers and most importantly, raise questions. For a psychic reading from Sibyl visit her profile page.