The Tarot is one of the most wonderful of human inventions.
This pack of pictures, in which destiny is reflected as in a mirror with multiple facets, is a vital and irresistible attraction for imaginative minds. There is a romantic irresistibility to the notion of shuffling the cards and casting one’s fate, to pulling one’s cards on the table for all to see, to drawing into the unknown, to having one’s life laid out and explained by strangers who have the gift of clairvoyance.
The traditional tarot deck consists of two sets of cards. The Major Arcana consists of twenty- two cards without suits: the Fool, the Magician, the High Priestess, the Empress , the Emperor, the Hierophant (spiritual authority), the Lovers, the Chariot, Strength, the Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, the Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, the Devil, the Tower, the Star, the Moon, the Sun, Judgment and the World. The Major Arcana represents situations and inner states of profound personal, spiritual and archetypal significance.
The other set, the Minor Arcana, consists of 56 cards divided into four suits of fourteen cards each; ten numbered cards and four court cards. The court cards are the King, Queen, Knight and Page in each of the four tarot suits. The court cards represent our web of relationships, often representing actual people in our lives. In addition, they signify aspects of ourselves, our traits, our talents, our faults and how we relate to others. Kings and Queens suggest people of stature and authority – our elders, our parents, et cetera. Knights suggest activity, courage, energy and the drive to take action. Pages represent children and young people, often bearing news and information.
The traditional tarot suits are wands, pentacles (or coins), cups, swords. Aces are the beginning of the sequence of the ten cards of a Tarot suit of the Minor Arcana. In the symbolism of the Tarot, these suits of cards represent typical situations and emotional states, all the stuff of daily life – our everyday events and struggles, our attitudes, our beliefs and our typical behaviors.
The meanings of the four suits are derived from numerology and the ancient concept of the four elements. Each suit represents one of the classical elements.
The Wand Tarot cards (fire) represent passion. As such, in a reading, a wand card usually stands for the querist’s ambition, career, creative endeavors, religion and /or philosophy; anything a person might put their energy and soul into, such as teaching and leadership. This is something you have to do, whether you are compensated for it or not. It is something that “burns” inside of you and you need to act on it.
Cups (water) signify the emotions. Best known for representing the inquirer’s love life, a cup card also stands for emotional extremes such as elation, depression or bliss and the negatives that come with such emotions, like over-indulgence in food, drink, drugs as well as the positives such as poetry or music and also, psychic powers, visions, illusions. These are feelings that you surrender to, that you flow or sink into.
Swords (air) symbolize pure mind, thinking, speaking. Sword cards are best known for denoting problems and troubles especially those relating to communications or bad press, but really about anything to do with either words and/or thoughts – brilliant thoughts as well as nightmares, sharp ideas or a sharp tongue. This is the card of scientists and analysts, of thinking things through or thinking/saying too much.
Pentacles (earth) characterize the body and the physical. Best known for representing health and money, pentacles also stand for anything to do with work, a job, a task, a craft, and also luck – that which is solid or real.
Those who believe in tarot and have their cards read regularly say that the readings help them prepare for the future by not only revealing truths about their lives, but also by divulging secrets about people all around them. In order to get the best reading from the cards, the one who desires the reading must concentrate on the cards with the reader, and the psychic reader helps that person make contact with the cards and put their own “special vibration” on the deck so the cards will reveal all their mysteries.
Readers of tarot cards lay the cards out in special combinations called spreads. In these spreads, it becomes possible for the reader to see a detailed, pictorial representation of the situation for which their client has come to them. In a traditional 10-card spread called the Celtic Cross, a reader can look at the positions of the cards and determine what past actions have contributed to or caused the situation, and based on current events in the client’s life, and the “energy” of the cards, what will most likely occur in the future.
There are actually two different types of Tarot readings: question readings and open readings.
In question readings, you are addressing a specific question. Tarot is not intended to answer specific yes or no questions. Most say it also shouldn’t be used to make decisions; rather, Tarot should be used as a guide to help you make the decision yourself. For this reason, the way a question is stated is very important:
*Keep your options open. If you have the answer before the reading, then you’re not allowing the cards to guide your overall decision.
*Find the best level of detail. Your question should be focused, but not overly detailed. Rather than looking at one particular aspect of a problem, find a way to look more broadly at it.
*Focus on yourself. If the reading is for yourself, make sure your question focuses on you rather than on someone else who you think may be the root of your problem.
* Stay neutral. In order to stay open to other points of view, your question has to be neutral and not convey a preconceived notion that your view is necessarily the right one. The cards can give you guidance if you ask for it.
*Be positive. Make sure your question is stated in a positive rather than negative way. Instead of asking why a specific event hasn’t happened, ask what you can do to help make that event happen.
Open Readings address the larger aspects of your life rather than a specific problem area or question. They’re usually done when you’re entering a new phase of life, such as getting married, graduating from college or starting a family. You can somewhat direct the reading if you have a general area you want to cover such as your career or health, but that’s as specific as the direction gets.
While Tarot gives suggested actions to take and a likely outcome if you take them, it does not necessarily predict the future. The future is not a static or unchangeable thing. With the insight gained through a Tarot reading, one can be better equipped to make decisions and take action that is in line with one’sr best interest, growth and development. Using intuition and an understanding of the Tarot cards, the Tarot reader can tell a client what the cards mean based on their positions in the spread and the meaning of each individual Tarot card. An individual card’s messages can come from the name of the Tarot card, from the picture on it and from the number on the Tarot card itself.
As with so many things, there’s a right time and place for a reading. The best time to get a Tarot reading is when you have a decision to make and you want a different opinion or some insights to help you make the best choices with regard to a new relationship, your finances, career or business choices. Tarot can help you choose the best route if you only want to know what is going on, or what it all means, or when you want to look a little more deeply in to your present or future circumstances.
This mystical pursuit has been used for the past 500 years or more by individuals to find meaning and guidance for their lives. It has enabled seekers to reach beyond the limitations of conventional thought and avail themselves of guidance for life from their own inner minds. How terrific is that!
About the Center for the New Age
Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.
Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111