Tarot: Your Guide Through Life

Tarot is a deck of cards, which a spiritual reader uses to determine your problems, their solutions and to envision various prospects of your future. It is a primeval technique of fortune-telling, which allows us to uncover and understand some unknown aspects of our life. There are things that you know about your life, but can not comprehend. Tarot gives a new meaning to those aspects of your life and a new outlook to the questions that bewilder you. Besides its popular name, it is also known by names such as Taroky, Taroc, Tarok etc.

The Tarot Deck

A deck of tarot card consists of 78 large cards. Out of these, 56 are referred to as Minor Arcana and 22 as Major Arcana. The minor Arcana are similar to our regular deck of playing cards, with four suits, each containing 14 instead of 13 cards. There are 10 number cards (Ace through 10), signified by roman numerals; and 4 court cards having a page, a knight, a queen and a king in all the four suits. The four suits are also similar to those of our regular cards. The 'Wands' correspond to clubs; the 'Cups' correspond to hearts; the 'Swords' to spades and the 'Pentacles' to diamonds of a regular deck.

The Major Arcana are 22 picture cards: 21 trump cards and 1 wild card, called 'the fool'. These pictures include legendry images or patterns, which guide us towards our life journey. These cards signify the various phases of our life. These pictures are interpreted by the tarot reader as having different meanings at different times for different people seeking advice. Some of the Major Arcana cards are: the Sun, the magician, the lovers etc.

Significance Of Each Card

The Minor Arcana deal with day-to-day events in our life, while the Major Arcana is related to the major decisions and happenings in our life. There is an intriguing correlation between Tarot and astrology. The four suits are like the four life elements i.e., fire, water, air & earth. Each of these life energies have a message and relates to a few zodiac signs. Thus, each card indicates an astrological message, by throwing light on the past, present and future.

The 22 Major Arcana cards draw simile to the situation or question of the guidance seeker, through imagery. The message revealed through a card is passed on and applied to the person who asked the question.

Types Of Tarot Decks

Tarot decks are mainly of two types: Italian suited tarot and French suited tarot. The Italian suited Tarot is more popularly used for divination and has the traditional suit of wands, cups, swords and pentacles. The picture trump cards may vary a little from deck to deck. It is also still used for playing games in Italy, Switzerland and some other countries. The French suited tarot deck, on the other hand, is more recent and used for playing in France and Austria.

Thus Tarot is a device that relates us with the universe; familiarizes us with our inner self and helps us to weigh all the opportunities that life gives us so that we can choose the best direction in our pursuit for success and happiness.