I thought it would be appropriate to discuss tarot cards, especially since the name of this site is based off two of them. There are plenty of misconceptions about them. Some people may think that they tell the future, but that is not what they are used for. I guess you could try to ask them for the winning lottery numbers, but I doubt it will help. Myths around powerful tarot cards probably stem from movies back in the day. Didn’t they always seem to have some eccentric fortune teller lady with a crystal ball using them? I want to be one of those weird old ladies one day; that is totally my vibe. Ha!
History of Tarot Cards
The tarot card deck originated in Italy back in the 1430s. They were an add-on to a traditional set of cards with four suits. There were 21 “triumph” cards a “fool” card. According to Brittanica.com, “The standard modern tarot deck is based on the Venetian or the Piedmontese tarot. It consists of 78 cards divided into two groups: the major arcana, which has 22 cards, also known as trumps, and the minor arcana, which has 56 cards.” Previously, tarot cards were just used like regular playing cards. But, in the late 1700s in France, they started being used by those associated with the occult and fortune telling because each card was assigned a meaning.
Tarot Cards today
Today, tarot cards are used for spiritual purposes and guidance. The cards of the major arcana refer to spiritual topics and important trends in the questioner’s life. In the minor arcana, wands deal mainly with business matters and careers, cups with love, swords with struggle, and coins with money and materialistic concerns. The tarot deck is shuffled, and then the tarot reader lays out a few of the cards (either randomly selected by the questioner or dealt off the top) in a special pattern called a spread. The meaning of the cards is modified by whether it is upside down, its position in the spread, and the meaning of the other cards around it.
No experience required
I got really interested in tarot cards and decided to finally buy a pack. Typically, I am the kind of person that must first spend countless hours researching and learning every single little thing about something before I try it. This time though, I said screw it and decided to just buy them and start pulling and learn as I go. Watch out; I’m livin’ on the edge people! It is a bit overwhelming because there are so many different spreads that you can do. You can pull different numbers of cards and arrange them in a variety of ways depending on what you are trying to accomplish or questions you are asking.
How to use tarot cards for yourself
I decided that I would just stick to a daily ritual where I would simply pull one card to see what my spirit guide wanted me to know that day. Some days I may have had a problem I wanted help working through. Or you could use it to gain clarity around a certain topic or question. From day one, I felt it was always spot on! I kept a journal of what tarot card I pulled every day, what I was thinking right before, and even my thoughts about it afterwards. I had to do it so I would have record of it. It not only helped me learn the cards’ meanings but also the accuracy of them was just too crazy! I felt like no one would believe me if I didn’t track it (like I’ve ever told anyone other than my husband).
You may not always like what you read
The tarot card I pulled would ALWAYS pertain to what I was thinking about, worrying about, or working on within about a 24 hour time frame. It was like magic. I remember two times where I finally pulled a card that didn’t match anything going on with me. Both tarot cards had more of a negative and ominous meaning too. But it didn’t take long for the meaning to reveal itself. Both times, I would find out bad news regarding loved ones later that day. It was wild and could have just been a coincidence! I actually stopped pulling tarot cards for a while for some reason. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t want the accuracy streak to stop or because I didn’t want to know if something bad was going to happen (or attract it by expecting it!).
The Hermit. It’s a vibe.
Eventually I got back to it, but not every day. Now, I mostly do it when I get that invisible “nudge” telling me I should. And the accuracy streak remains! That’s even how I got the name of this website. I pulled tarot cards for it. Jokingly, I would always say that I’m a hermit because I’m a homebody, almost to the extreme. I even pull The Hermit card a lot, so it was on the long list of website name ideas anyways. One day, I decided I really needed to pick a website name already. I figured I would “ask” the tarot cards for ideas. I told myself if I pulled The Hermit, I would use it. Shocker! The two cards pulled were The Hermit and the Page of Cups! After reading their descriptions, they fit so perfect with everything about me and what I’ve wanted to do.
If you’ve ever been curious and want to try tarot cards for yourself, I say do it. It’s a great way to gain clarity you may be seeking, get inspiration and motivation, or receive feedback about certain aspects of your life that may need to change! The great thing about tarot cards is they don’t necessarily tell the future; we all have free will. You don’t have to worry about anything being set it stone. You can take action and change the course you’re on, if you don’t like what you hear. If you love the path you’re on, tarot cards can help keep you on track!