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 Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot

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PostSubject: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot   Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:16 pm

What is Tarot?

Tarot is a set of seventy-eight cards, each featuring different symbolic pictures. A standard Tarot deck is made up of 22 cards called the major arcana or trumps, and four suits of 14 cards - similar to playing cards - called the minor arcana or pip cards.

What are Tarot cards used for?

Tarot cards can be used for practical problem-solving, creative visualisation, meditation, self-improvement, as a tool of understanding, for divination and fortune-telling, even for card games. Some collect Tarot cards simply for the joy of the artwork, while other delve further into research and study of the history of Tarot cards.

Where did Tarot originate?

There are many theories on the origins of Tarot in existence - Ancient Egyptians, gypsies, Atlantis - but historical evidence points to a beginning in the courts of Northern Italy, in the mid fifteenth century.

Why are there so many types of Tarot decks?

Different artists interpret the Tarot symbols in differing ways, each adding their own perspective. There are also so many themes that can correspond with the tarot system - there are thousands of decks available, catering to many diverse interests, from baseball to voodoo. There's a Tarot deck to match just about every interest or belief.

Is it bad luck to buy your own Tarot cards?

No. It's an old myth among Tarot novices that your first deck must be given as a gift, or that it's somehow bad luck to buy your own deck. There is nothing wrong with obtaining your own set of Tarot cards -- and that way you can choose a style and art that is compatible with your tastes.

How do I choose a Tarot deck for myself?

It's best to look at a few different types of Tarot decks before you choose one and to find one with symbolism and artwork that suits you. Browse through the hundreds of decks that have been rated and reviewed on Aeclectic Tarot.

If you're a newcomer to the Tarot, you may also prefer a "beginner" deck like the Universal Waite, Hanson-Roberts, Sharman-Caselli, or Tarot of Prague as the more standard Rider-Waite-based meanings and symbolism can be easier to learn.

Where can I buy a Tarot deck?

Amazon.com has a good range of new and popular Tarot decks and books. The Tarot Garden and Alidastore have excellent ranges of new, rare and foreign Tarot decks. And when you order from these retailers, a percentage of your purchase goes to support Aeclectic Tarot.

What's the difference between a Tarot and an oracle deck?

A Tarot deck is at least loosely based on the 78 card structure of 56 minor cards and 22 major cards. An oracle deck is any other deck of cards used for similar purposes to a deck of Tarot cards, and may also be called a divination deck or cartomantic deck.

How can I find a deck that is out of print?

Check out eBay (but be careful, check your prices before buying), local second hand book stores or New Age stores. Ask around, especially at the Tarot Garden. Leave a message in the Trading section of the Aeclectic Tarot Forum - someone else may have a copy.

Where can I learn the meanings of the cards?

For an explanation of the meanings of all seventy-eight cards in a Rider-Waite style Tarot deck, read Thirteen's Tarot Card Meanings.

How do I learn to read Tarot?

The It's All in the Cards: Tarot Reading Made Easy or Tarot for Dummies are good books for absolute beginners. Read through Aeclectic Tarot's section on How to Read Tarot Cards.

Once you have a set of Tarot cards, read through Thirteen's Tarot Card Meanings and Joan Bunning's book, Learning the Tarot, which has general meanings and keywords for each card, singly and in combination, plus a wide range of tarot information. Practice using your cards. Mary Greer's Tarot for Your Self is a useful resource for becoming more comfortable with your cards, and Rachel Pollack's 78 Degrees of Wisdom is excellent for a deeper look at the symbolism.

Where can I get a Tarot reading?

You can receive an automated three card Tarot reading online for free from Tarot.com, or a free reading from Lotus Tarot.

I have another question about Tarot!

Read through the thousands of threads and topics or ask your question in the Aeclectic Tarot Forum... there are many knowledgeable Tarot enthusiasts there who are happy to help.
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