What is Tarot Card Divination?

What is Tarot Card Divination?


If you’re a fan of tarot cards, you’ve probably already tried to perform a reading. If so, then you know how much fun it can be to try and decipher what your cards are telling you about your future. But if this is your first time trying to use the cards for divination purposes, then it may be helpful for you to understand exactly what happens during a tarot card reading session.

Tarot is a popular tool for divination.

Tarot is a popular tool for divination. Tarot cards are used to tell the future, to answer questions and to give guidance. The cards can be also used for a variety of other entertainment purposes or for guidance.

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The word "Tarot" actually comes from the French word tarot which means "a pack of playing cards", but it has nothing to do with games today since it's a system of divination using pictures on 78 cards divided into two groups: 22 major arcana (trumps) and 56 minor arcana divided into 4 suits: cups, swords, coins and batons/wands (some people call them rods).

There are many different types of Tarot decks available today including traditional Rider Waite Smith (RWS) decks which have been around since 1910 as well as modern versions like The Aquarian Tarot which was published in 1970s by artist David Palladini who based his work on RWS but added his own touches here and there so there will always be something new when using any one particular type of deck over another one."

It is believed that the cards are imbued with magical properties.

It is believed that the cards are imbued with magical properties. In fact, many people believe that they can be used to predict the future, help you make decisions and even understand your life better. The fundamentals of such a belief stem from the fact that the Universe is interconnected, meaning the cards you pull and interpret with your mind are a product of this Universal mind connection.

A divination session is done by asking questions and drawing cards.

There are many ways to ask questions, but the most common way is to simply pick a card and then interpret its meaning based on the image in front of you. For example, if you drew The Emperor card and it showed a man sitting on his throne with an orb in his hand, your interpretation might be "I have power over others." This could mean anything from being able to get people to do what they want or feeling powerful because of something else (like a promotion).

If you don't like the answer or think it might not be correct for some reason, there are other things that can help determine whether or not your reading was accurate:

  • Did all of my cards have positive meanings? If so (and this doesn't happen often), then odds are good that everything went well!

  • Did any two cards form an inverted cross shape under them when laid out on their. backs? Inverted crosses indicate negative energy coming into play during the reading--but note that inverted crosses do not always mean bad news! Sometimes they will simply show up as warning signs before something good happens. Just keep this in mind if one appears during one of your sessions; try not overanalyze each individual symbol too much until we cover them later on down below!

Reading the cards can be fun, but make sure that you do it only with light-hearted intentions.

  • Don't use tarot to predict the future of others.

  • Don't use tarot to predict the future of yourself.

  • Don't use tarot to predict the future of a relationship, or any other aspect of your life that you want to be in control of and able to change if it doesn't work out how you want it too (like your career).


With this guide, you should now be able to understand the basics of Tarot Divination and how it works. If you want to learn more about this fascinating art form then check out our other articles on the subject!

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