Many of us have tried doing our own tarot readings. Either as kids or as adults, the allure of these cards is too much to ignore. Card illustrations range from classical, to Japanese magna inspired, to IKEA instructional manual inspired. Every deck holds the same cards, though, and all decks function the same way. Tarot cards are an alternative form of fortune telling, using the power of taromancy for divination. Taromancy is a subsection of cartomancy, which concerns the use of cards of any kind to tell the future.

How did tarot begin?

Tarot cards were originally used as playing cards for everyday games. Some of these games are Italian tarrocchini and Austrian Königrufen. Many of these games are still played today using the same tarot decks used for divination. The 18th protestant pastor Antoine Court claimed that tarot came from Ancient Egyptian holy text. He believed that the cards were rooted in the Ancient Egyptian religion, but this belief has since been debunked. 
It wasn’t until the mid-16th century that Jean Baptiste Alliette began using them for divination. Alliette, known by his pseudonym Etteilla, used these playing cards in an attempt to determine the future of another. Those seeking their fortunes are known as the Querent, a term referring to anyone who consults an “oracle” for guidance.

Major Arcana vs Minor Arcana

A full deck of tarot cards contains 78 cards. The deck consists of 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards. These two classes of cards relate to the severity of their influence on the life of the Querent.

Major Arcana

Major arcana cards are some of the most well known, and relate to the overall state of the Querent’s life. This can include a wide range of topics, including relationships or ideologies. Overall, the major arcana cards signify the coming of a new chapter in life. Some well known cards are The Fool, The Wheel of Fortune, and Death. They are also some of the most misunderstood cards, due to anxieties about major changes. For example, the Death card simply means the ending of something, rather than the assumed loss of life.

Minor Arcana

Minor arcana cards are much more reminiscent of normal playing cards. They follow four suits and feature the ace through king cards. Each suit also has a ‘Page’, or Joker as the 14th card. The suits are;


which relates to emotional subjects in daily life. This could concern new friendships or how your emotions affect your focus on daily tasks.


– also known as coins, which relates to monetary subjects. This could relate to changes in, or a call for attention towards, financial investments. It may also signal money coming in, or that something is going to cost money in the near future.


which relates to the thoughts, words, and actions of daily life. This could relate to things such as leadership roles and decision making, or conflict stemming from confusion and misunderstanding.



which relates to the career and ambitions of an individual. This often concerns things like how busy work is, or the possibility of professional partnerships. It may also highlight how the Querent is working too hard and should relax.

Orientation of tarot cards

A tarot reading is much more than simply selecting cards from a deck. Different layouts can provide a more in depth reading. A popular layout is the simple “Three Fates” format in which three cards are drawn. Each of these cards relate to the past, present, and future, respectively. One of the most detailed layouts is the “Celtic Cross”, which involves ten cards being drawn. This builds on the “Three Fates”, adding insight into current challenges, aspirations, and unconscious feelings. It also provides advice for the Querent on how to approach the near future. 
In addition to layout is the orientation of each card when drawn. This distinction is applied in a range of ways, depending on the tarot reader. Some may completely avoid this distinction, thinking it just complicates things. If a reader does consider this distinction, it could influence the reading in a few different ways such as;

Energy entering of leaving

The most common view of upside-down cards is the idea of energy entering or leaving a Querent’s life. A card that is commonly viewed as negative when upside down could signal a positive change. A negative force could be leaving, signalling the end of hardship. 

Strength of an energy’s influence

Another view of inverted cards is how strong the card’s force is. An upside down card, regardless of meaning, may only have a weak influence on the Querent. This could dictate the severity of events the card is forecasting.

Areas of improvement

Some readers see orientation as an indicator of notable areas in a Querent’s life that need improvement. The ending of something signaled by the Death card could be a warning to improve on accepting changes.

Are there risks to tarot cards?

Similar to astrological and psychic readings, tarot cards cannot affect your life unless you allow them to. Readings provide a general forecast of the near future of your life. The way a Querent reacts to this forecast is where things may go wrong. Tarot cards do not provide specific insight into events. Rather, they bring attention to certain fields in life that could be experience change. 
Additionally, tarot cards are unforgivingly truthful during readings. A reading will provide the Querent with an answer, whether the answer is good or bad. Before consulting someone for a reading, it is important to question if you are prepared for a truthful answer. 

Consulting a tarot professional is key to proper readings

Though anyone is able to do a tarot reading, consulting a professional is key for proper insight into events. Home tarot card readers usually use books with vague or general meanings for each card. These books then rely on the reader to make proper connections depending on situations. Professionals maintain an in depth knowledge of card meanings, and can help individuals apply different cards to different situations. 
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