what are tarot cards?

Tarot cards are a form of divination, or the practice of seeking knowledge through a certain set of tools. 


Palmistry, numerology, and astrology are all forms of divination. People divine for a multitude of reasons, such as meditation, self-exploration, and goal-setting. Tarot cards allow you to see things from a different point of view, which often helps with decision-making or problem-solving. They are also be used for healing.

How is a Tarot deck structured?

The cards were originally used as playing cards in the 15th century and began as a form of divination in the 18th century. There are a few different versions of the Tarot, including the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot (or RWS) and the Thoth Tarot. The RWS Tarot deck has two major components: the major arcana (22 cards) and the minor arcana (56 cards). The major arcana represent important milestones in life, while the minor arcana represent daily life and the situations we encounter. The minor arcana consists of 4 suits, each representing an element: cups (water), pentacles (earth), swords (air), and wands (fire). Within each suit, there are 10 number cards (ace through 10) and 4 court cards (page, knight, queen, king).

Do Tarot cards actually work?

Short answer-- yes! They are not magical in any type of way, rather they work through our intuition and inner wisdom. Think of Tarot as a storybook, and each card is an illustrated chapter. Let's say you are wanting to start a business. You turn to the Tarot for advice and pull the seven of pentacles. This card depicts an individual admiring his garden. He looks tired from working so hard, but now he can relax and enjoy the fruits of his labor. The payoff is large. This card may remind you that hard work pays off, and you won't see success immediately, but rather over time. How do you feel about starting a business now? Has your perspective changed? Sometimes Tarot cards can give you a new perspective. You begin to think deeper about something because it was brought to your attention. The cards are not sealing your fate; they are simply offering wisdom and bringing things to light.

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