card meanings & reading
By Stefan Stenudd
I'm a Swedish author. In addition to fiction, I've written books about the Tarot, Taoism, astrology and other metaphysical traditions. I'm also an historian of ideas, researching ancient thought and mythology. My personal website: stenudd.com
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Divination Reading with the Tarot Deck of Cards
Tarot is the extended deck of cards, usually 78, used for divination reading. It's an old tradition, dating back to the Renaissance. Here's how to do it, and the meaning of each card. You can also get your own online reading for free.
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Divination by ImagesIt must be understood that the Tarot cards work by images, especially the Rider-Waite card deck, which has descriptive and meaningful images for all the 78 cards. And that's the thing.
Since the Renaissance, Tarot cards were decorated with allegorical images, carrying lots of symbolic meanings familiar to people at the time. When they saw these images, their minds went spinning on how to interpret them in relation to the question at hand. That's still the best way of working with the Tarot cards.
Any card deck with a number of images that are meaningful and suggestive to the viewer will inspire an enlighting reading. Watch the pictures and let your mind spin. The card meanings are in the images.
That's why, ulitmately, you need to make your own Tarot card deck with the images to which you relate the most, the ones that make you react and get your imagination going. The card images with the most meaning to you. Maybe you can use your photo album, or search the internet for pictures you find significant - somewhat like the old tradition of collecting material for a scrapbook.
Until then, I recommend that you work with the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, which has wonderfully suggestive images, rich with meaning, on all the 78 cards - although these pictures are very evidently from an era other than ours. These cards were originally published in 1909. Click the link to read more about them.
This website focuses on the Tarot card use for divination, how it's done and what divinatory meanings the cards contain.
I use the Rider-Waite Tarot card deck, which is by far the most popular one, although there are lots of others (see the links on the left menu). It's my favorite deck, too - until I find the time to make my own version, which is what I really recommend for everyone who finds delight in divination with Tarot cards. That's how to perfect it, filling each card with personal meaning.
See the most famous variations of the Tarot card deck from the 15th century until today, by clicking the header.