The most fascinating collection of ancient secret lore, compressed into codes and symbols that are embedded into beautiful imagery, is what makes up the tarot. The true origins of the tarot, shrouded in mystery, are yet to be discovered. Occulists have tried to trace its origins back to anicent Egypt, others to Tibet, Babylon and some have even gone as far as claiming that it originated in Atlantis! The first recorded appearance of the tarot, however, was in medieval france in about 1930.
Feared and misuderstood by many who have failed to interpret its shadowy symbolism, the tarot earned the false reputation of being the "devil's picture book". Nevertheless, the cards have survived through the centuries spawning today's playing cards along the way and becoming an indespensible divinatory and meditative tool occultists, esoterists, magicians and witches.
Many variations to the original tarot of Europe exist today, and there are many decks to choose from. It is recommended to start with the Rider-Waite deck as the illustrations carry the least complex symbolism, but you can ofcourse look at all the decks available on the market and choose the one that appeals to you the most, if it 'calls out' to you, than that's the one.
After you've purchased your deck, spend time with it. Examine the cards, try to put time aside for that, you can even perform a simple or elaborate ritual to break in your new deck. You can use props such as inscense, candles and crystals, you can request the presence and aid of your guides/dieties/angels, whatever you prefer to work with, or you can simply go through the cards, examine and meditate on their meanings. Either way, try to spare time everyday to 'connect to' or create a 'bond' with your deck and charge it with your energy.
As for storage, I personally recommend that you keep your cards in their original cardboard box, as I feel it holds and protects them from damage and helps prevent the cards' edges from becoming tattered. You can then place them in a wooden box or make or purchase a pouch to put your deck in if you carry it around with you.
Start doing readings for your friends, family and yourself. Some tarot readers prefer not read for themselves, but its a great way to practise, and will give you plenty of insight into many areas of your life and will aid in the develpoment fo your intuitive skills. There are plenty of spreads you can use, you can even make up your own when you have enough experience with the tarot. I draw a card every morning to meditate on for a short while, and I use the 'Celtic Spread' for readings.
I personally don't use any props during a reading, except maybe a candle sometimes and a silk purple cloth to lay the cards out on. I silently ask my guides to help me during the reading and I hold the deck against my third eye or my heart for a few seconds and visualize energy flowing into the deck, I then shuffle and lay the cards out. Ofcourse this is my way, you should use whatever method of preparation you feel is right for you prior to a reading.
Suggested Pdf Resources
- THE GNOSTIC TAROT
- nine in the panoply of Higher Powers. Suffice it to say that this essay only touches a corner of the extensive mosaic that is Gnosticism.
- THE SYMBOLISM OF THE TAROT by P. D. Ouspensky
- synthetic, and one of the most interesting of these methods, is the Tarot.
- Book T - The Tarot - Magical Athenaeum
- Book T - The Tarot. Comprising Manuscripts N, O, P, Q, R, and an Unlettered Theoricus. Adeptus Minor Instruction.
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- Shroff first learnt to read tarot cards seven years ago. Tea leaf reading was a natural progression from there. According to social science professor Aneeta Ahuja, “The beverage tea is linked with alternative healing.
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- Huang, better known by his pseudonym Huang Chi (黃琪), gained notoriety in 2008 after he posed as a tarot card reader and an online consultant psychiatrist.
Suggested Web Resources
- Learning the Tarot - An On-Line Course
- Online courses and lessons. Browse different decks and learn the history of the cards.
- Tarot, Astrology, I-Ching, Numerology, Feng Shui and Psychics
- Tarot.com provides personalized online Tarot readings, daily horoscopes, I Ching, Numerology, Feng Shui and Psychic readings.
- FREE Tarot Readings
- The first and most popular Tarot site, offering FREE readings since 1993!
- The Tarot Index
- The Tarot by S. L. MacGregor Mathers, at sacred-texts.