A lot of people think that reading and understanding tarot cards is a confusing task. The truth is that the cards are a lot less complicated than people think. All it really takes is some practice to learn what each card stands for and how to read them best.
There are a total of 78 cards in every tarot deck. 22 of these cards are comprised of unsuited trumps and are known as the Major Arcana. These cards generally cover aspects of the human condition and they fall under three main themes - the intuitive mind, the material world and the realm of change. The cards are the Fool, Magician, World, Judgment, Sun, Star, Moon, Tower, Devil, The Hanged Man, Temperance, Death, Hermit, Justice, Wheel of Fortune, Chariot, Lovers, Strength, Heirophant, High Priestess, Emperor and Empress.
The remaining 56 cards are known as the Minor Arcana. They have four suits which have fourteen cards in each group. The four suits are called Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each group also holds a parallel to the suits in ordinary playing cards. Each suit is also associated with a particular element, class of society and faculty of human emotion.
It's no secret that the cards are the central and most important aspect of Tarot. They are the tools with which the reader can unlock their own psyche and do a good reading. This is why it's not only important to know what the cards mean, but also how to take care of them. Choosing the right cards is something that can take a little time, as you need to use your intuition and buy a deck that you feel a connection with. Once you've found the right cards for you, you need to learn how to keep them safely. This doesn't just mean keeping them in physical good shape - you also need to make sure that the cards aren't exposed to negative energies.
There are a number of ways to protect your cards - one is to ritually consecrate your cards with certain Pagan or Wiccan spells. You can also keep your cards wrapped in silk scarves, stored in a box. You can also store your cards in a simple cloth bag with a drawstring. Don't leave your cards scattered around and don't treat them with disrespect - in fact, a lot of people don't allow others to handle their tarot cards. Remember that these are not ordinary playing cards!
When you buy a brand new deck of tarot cards, it's better to wait a while before you use them. Take some time to get used to your cards - keep them under your pillow and handle them, sensing what they are trying to tell you. If you are about to give a reading after a long gap, it's a good idea to re-consecrate your cards or get back in tune with the vibe of your cards. The more in tune you are with your cards, the sharper your psychic abilities and intuition will be. This in turn will allow you to give a clearer tarot reading.