Hidden Meanings in Tarot cards

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By means of symbols there are so many things hidden in the tarot cards that it takes deep knowledge, understanding and experience to actually interpret what these cards are actually trying to convey things to the people? The universal language of symbols helps the diviner to interpret the answers for the questions asked by the seeker. There are different decks of cards with different types of images present on them. The idea behind using symbols in tarot cards is that we want to extract what our subconscious mind is trying to say because it recognizes symbols more efficiently rather than numeric or alphanumeric characters. Divination using tarot cards is only symbols and images based. In fact some numbers and colors present on the cards have also got some hidden meanings. The symbols or the images present on the cards have got hidden meanings and they solve lot of problems of basic life by guiding through the situations. For instance, the minor arcana cards are having four suits and they all deal with day to day life problems of a person. These four suits are swords, wands, pentacles and cups. Wands take care of the desires of a person, pentacles are having symbols for finances any other money problems, wands symbolizes desires and other desire related problems of a person and lastly cups take care of the emotional aspect of a person.

Not only the symbols present on the cards are of significance but the colors also play an important role in the interpretation of a situation. Each color or the combination of colors present on the cards is having their own story like the pink color symbolizes love and affection, white color depicts purity, color blue depicts open sky while purple reflects what is actually hidden in the soul. These colors not only the diviner to get to the final conclusion of the problem but it also helps him to know the reason why the seeker is asking the question. Coming to the numbers present on the cards. In tarot language these numbers present are not just numbers they are actually considered as symbols and they also reveal hidden meanings to the tarot readers. Each number present has its own meaning like the number 0 depicts potential of person, 1 symbolizes our isolation so loneliness from others, 2 reveals things regarding our relationships, love and affection for others and like this every number present on the cards has its own meaning and interpretation.

The positions and appearance of tarot cards have also got equal importance like symbols , numbers and colors in interpretation of the situation like if a tarot card is placed in a upside down position its meaning will be totally changed if it is placed in upright position. Reading the tarot cards is classified as a scientific phenomenon because there are so many rules, procedures applied to understand the phenomenon which if repeated and duplicated produce the same results making them reliable to predict the situation. It is also generally recommended that the tarot card reader should use particular deck of cards and try to develop affinity for them. It has been generally observed that by doing so a link gets established between reader and deck of tarot cards and always provide with accurate results.

In addition to the different tools like symbols, colors and numbers present on these cards and experience the thing which comes to play is the deep feeling for these cards which if acquired is quite beneficial and after that the tarot reading gets amplified by the sixth sense and intuition. But there are many individuals who are only interested in making money rather than going for actual prediction and understanding the real meaning of tarot cards. These cards if understood properly what they are trying to reveal are capable of rearranging reality which is perceived in our physical world. This can happen only if we really want to know what these cards are trying to say.

About the Author

Boris is a writer; he has 20 years experience with the Tarot and as a professional clairvoyant. For everything you need to know about Tarot reading, the meaning of each Tarot card, Tarot spreads, Tarot layouts – all free resources to be a better Tarot reader, go to… http://www.livepsyche.com

Learning to Read Tarot Cards

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Learning to read Tarot cards can often seem quite difficult, especially when one is learning how to read Tarot cards one one’s own. However, if one follows some simple methods, the process of learning how to read Tarot cards can be a really interesting journey.

The things you need before you begin to learn are a deck of Tarot cards and a notebook and a pen/pencil. Another thing one should consider investing in is a book of Tarot card meanings.

The confusion arises at both these junctures. A beginner student always has these questions: “Which deck to buy?” and “Which book to buy?” Let me help you with those decisions first.

Ideally buy a deck whose imagery resonates with your belief system and your knowledge base. There are several thousands of Tarot decks available in the market today that are based on a number of different themes. Go for a deck which you will find easy to understand. See the images of the cards before you buy. If the deck’s images don’t stir anything within you, keep looking for more. For example, don’t buy a deck based on Celtic Mythology if you don’t know what Celtic myth is all about. Because you will then have to spend time learning about the basics and then be able to pick up the deck and study it.

The next thing is the book. Buy a book which covers the basics – there should be meanings of the cards explained in a simple and straightforward manner. Often, themed decks come with their own books. But if you are interested in the finer aspects of the cards (like mythology or symbolism) then you need to look for specialized books on the subject. Search for something that suits you.

Now that we have the deck and the book figured out, let’s begin the process of learning to read Tarot cards. Here are a few steps which will guide you along the way:

  1. Take the card in your hand and see the images. Don’t read the book just yet. Just see the images and write down what comes to you when you see the picture. What you write down can be as descriptive or as short-and-sweet as you like.
  2. Once you have done this, open the book and go through what the book says about each card and compare that text with what you have written down. Mark the common passages / ideas by underlining or highlighting them.
  3. Think about the meaning of each card – and write down the name of a song which reminds you of this meaning. This will help you really get into the mood of the card and understand the meaning of the card effectively.
  4. A card will often have several meanings. So which one is right for you? Choose any 3 interpretations from the ones which are common between your own interpretations and what is given in the book, and shorten them into one word or one short phrase. This makes it easier to recall the meanings when you are doing a reading.

Once you have gained a mastery over the meanings of the Tarot cards, doing a reading can often become a comparatively simple procedure.

Enjoy Your Future!

About the Author
John Defoe — If you want to learn to read Tarot cards, go ahead and visit and download your copy of the e-Book today!