The Tarot is a deck of seventy-eight cards that has stirred great historical and intellectual debate. We do not know its exact origin, the complete code, nor the mystery that ties its symbolic image together. We do know, however, that the Tarot deck is the ancestor to our modern playing cards and throughout history, this pictorial masterpiece has been described as a game, a fortune telling device, a work of art, a secret doctrine, and ultimately, a mirror of human unconsciousness.
The seventy-eight card deck serves as one of humanity's sacred texts, as it is an anthology of alchemy, kabala, number magic, astrology, art, religion and mysticism. At
its best, it stands as a school, a secret doctrine, or an open field of study, void of dogma and hypocrisy.
The Tarot is a panoramic view of the landscape of the soul. It can be studied as an intellectual pursuit, void of the hype and superstitions that cloud its integrity. A variety of tarot decks and designs exist and a number of typical regonal patterns have emerged as - Rider Wait, Circle of Tarot, Vampires Tarot, Tarot of Shadow, Decameron Tarot, Tarot de Marselle, Tarot Alister Crowley, Quest Tarot, Magic Tarot, etc.
Etteilla was the first to issue a revised tarot deck specifically designed for occult purposes rather than game playing. In keeping with the
belief that tarot cards are derived from the Book of Thoth, Etteilla's tarot contained themes related to ancient Egypt. The 78-card tarot deck has two distinct parts:
The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards without suits: The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, 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, Judgement, The World and The Fool.
The Minor Arcana (lesser secrets) consists of 56 cards, divided into four suits of 14 cards each; ten numbered cards and four court cards. The court cards are the King, Queen, Knight and Page/Jack, in each of the four tarot suits. The traditional Italian tarot suits are swords, batons/wands, coins and cups; in modern tarot decks, however, the batons suit is often called wands, rods or staves, while the coins suit is often called pentacles or disks. There is a general progression through the numbers within the meaning of the particular arena of the selected suit. Within the suits of Wands, Cups and Pentacles, this progression is quite logical. The fly in the ointment is the suit of swords.
Sixteen Court Cards
The sixteen court cards are represented by the four principal authorities governing our life. These authorities can be identified as: The Page (our inner muse); The Knight (our inner adventurer); The Queen (our inner wisdom); and The King (our true inner power). These four authorities represent the emotional, mental, spiritual and physical aspects living within the individual. In early decks, when the royal courts ruled the "common people," these cards were realistically depicted as the Page, Knight, Queen, and King.
Over the centuries, and through the changing paradigms within cultures, these roles have shifted. We no longer
have a royal court that presides over the "kingdom." One may choose to continue working with the royal courts and their traditional imagery. However, in our modern world,
these historical images are archetypal in nature, and serve as symbolic food for the soul.
Modern decks may portray a King as a Shaman, a Statesman or a Guardian. We may find the Queen transformed into a Wise Woman, a Guide, a Teacher or a Goddess. It is entirely up to the individual to discover within themselves the images most suitable to their own inner worlds.
Forty Numerical Cards
The forty numerical cards, numbered ace to ten are historically called the "Pip" cards or the Minor Arcana. These are related to the mystery of numerology and the magical power of numbers. Each number carries a force that is supported and anchored within the universal codes of nature, the galaxies, music, language and human experiences. The Minor Arcana cards support the body of the Major Arcana by offering us practical guidelines, mirrors and solutions in life.
A spread is the arrangement of cards dealt in a reading. Each position in a spread is associated with a different aspect of the question posed. The two most common are probably the Three Fates and the Celtic Cross, but there are many others. The Three Fates consists of three cards. The first represents the past, the second represents the present, and the third represents the future. The Celtic Cross consists of ten cards representing a variety of things including personal hopes, past, future and conflicting influences.
The Tarot is an ancient body of language and art that has preserved the wisdom of antiquity. It is likely to awaken an archetypal
picture language within. This rich body of creative resource serves as a mirror into the various stages of our life's unfolding and shapes the essence of our soul.
When summoning the power and integrity of Tarot as a tool for guidance, we utilize both poetic and literal inspiration to aid our life's inquiries. Healing through the power of visualization is nothing new. It is a process of empowerment, of manifestation and embodiment. We honor the Tarot for the vessel of potent, revelatory image it truly is.
You may be here because you have tried many ways of fixing your money issues, relationship problems and finding your life purpose, but you still find something is blocking you. Yet, you keep searching for the solution to whatever is blocking you because you know deep down inside there absolutely are answers and it is absolutely true!
The work I do involves using the Akashic Records to help clients to fully see their Soul's purpose for this lifetime as well as all of their Soul gifts and energies and assisting them to express their purpose out into the world. I also assist clients by energetically healing the negative energies that keep them feeling stuck or limited in any way in life.