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Tarot Cards and Playing Cards

March 28th, 2013 | Posted by horoscopesign in Tarot - (Comments Off on Tarot Cards and Playing Cards)

The Queen of Hearts was once the Queen of Cups

Tarot Cards and Playing Cards

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Most people who play cards don’t realize that our modern deck of 52 cards is derived from Tarot cards. In fact, the four suits correspond directly with the suits in a Tarot deck. Here is how they match up:

Tarot cards — Playing cards
Wands — Clubs
Cups — Hearts
Swords — Spades
Coins — Diamonds

Traditional Tarot decks have 22 “trump” cards, called the Major Arcana, along with 56 “suit” cards called the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana Tarot cards include powerful archetypes like The Sun, The Moon, The World, The Lovers, The Magician, etc. The suit cards correspond closely to the 52 cards in a playing card deck, except in Tarot we have not only Queen and King face cards, we have Page and Knight cards for each suit, which were combined into the single Jack card as playing cards developed over time.

Playing cards were once used for fortune-telling

Tarot shows up first in Italy and France in the 14th and 15th centuries, possibly having traveled there from the Middle East. In the early days, both types of cards — Tarot cards and playing cards — were used openly to play games and for general entertainment, but both were also adapted and used for divination or fortune-telling purposes, mostly in secret. Go ahead and give Tarot a try with a Celtic Cross Tarot reading now!

Some historians suggest that all card “games” were originally developed in part as a way to hide (from the medieval Church) the more serious application of the cards and symbols. The Church condemned divination and gambling both (in spite of the fact that divination is depicted favorably more often than not in the bible).

Tarot has been interpreted creatively by artists and sages through the ages, whereas the playing card deck has stayed pretty much the same. Tarot art is a rich and beautiful reflection of history, and it traces the evolution of these universal symbols in different periods and cultures, right up to modern times.

Consulting the Tarot cards is entertaining, even as we use it for advice or to decipher the deeper meaning of circumstances and events in our lives. In fact, you can approach Tarot like a game of spiritual solitaire!

Tarot.com offers authentic self-service Tarot experiences for you to try online. Shuffle and pick your cards, just as you would with a physical Tarot deck.  Give it a try … you’ll be amazed at the insights and advice you’ll receive!

What Is Tarot

March 28th, 2013 | Posted by horoscopesign in Tarot - (Comments Off on What Is Tarot)

Answers to your Tarot questions

Tarot FAQs

Whether you’re a Tarot beginner, an expert looking to to brush up on Tarot basics or have a question about a Tarot reading from Tarot.com, you’ll find your answers here. Click on any of the links below for more information about Tarot, free Tarot readings, Tarot cards and more:

What is Tarot?

Tarot is a divination system that uses a set of cards to gain insight and achieve greater control over issues involving relationships, opportunities, and life changes.

The Tarot deck is over 500 years old. With archetypal roots that go back almost 2,000 years, Tarot has become a repository of ancient wisdom. Interestingly, our modern playing cards are a subset of the Tarot.

The history of Tarot symbolism is shrouded in mystery. Some of the Tarot symbols are thought to have originated in China, India or Egypt. Tarot cards date back to 15th century Spain, Italy and France.

Can Tarot tell the future?

A large enough Tarot spread can give you a very keen sense of the probabilities inherent in a situation, but the specific way that things turn out are, in the final analysis, up to you — how well you adapt to the ever-changing conditions that your Tarot reading reflects. A Tarot reading gives a snapshot of what is going on in the Present, the time you are picking the cards. It can help you see aspects of a situation that have been invisible to your ego. In contrast to popular opinion, Tarot is a valuable form of meditation on the Present moment that returns insight and advice. Although it does reflect probabilities, it is NOT a form of fortune-telling.

Consult the Tarot as if you were asking the advice of a wise friend or teacher.

How does Tarot work?

A tarot deck consists of 78 cards that you lay out in any one of a number of spreads. Each card is symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth, its relevance depending upon its position in the spread. There are so many possible outcomes that tarot readers spend decades mastering the meanings of all the cards in all the different combinations. Books are one resource, but can only help so much.

Using the power of Synchronicity, Tarot taps both the subconscious and the superconscious Mind, the center of our psychic abilities. Anyone can become a good tarot reader. But a gifted reader of Tarot is far more than someone exercising innate psychic abilities. An appreciation of the power of the archetypes contained in the images on the cards demands a classical understanding. By bringing you this element, Tarot.com lets you give yourself good readings right off the bat and will lead to more accurate intuitive abilities over time.

Is Tarot something to fear?

Most people find the insight we can get from Tarot cards thrilling, but there are some who find the process intimidating or frightening. People may be scared they’ll hear something terrible, or that they won’t be able to change what they hear. But that’s not true. If you fear Tarot, it’s time to move past it and learn why Tarot is nothing to fear. It’s simply a tool to give you the insight and advice you need to change your life for the better.

What is the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana?

Most classic Tarot decks are comprised of 78 cards, divided into a Major Arcana (22 cards) and a Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Major Arcana cards, also called trump cards, are important because they represent significant life events on a large scale and they impart messages of greater weight than the Minor Arcana cards. Beginning Tarot readers should learn the meaning of the Major Arcana first, then go on to learn the cards in the Minor Arcana, which represent day-to-day life and all of its ups and downs.

What are the four Tarot card suits?

Tarot’s Minor Arcana is comprised of four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each suit is made up of 14 cards, beginning with the Ace, progressing through numbers two through 10, and concluding with four Court cards: Page, Knight, Queen and King.

Each suit represents an overall theme: Cups rule emotions, Pentacles rule the physical world, Swords symbolize challenges and Wands indicate action.

Interpreting a Tarot reading is much easier once you are familiar with the Major Arcana, Minor Arcana and all four Tarot suits, and learn how they work together to tell the story of your life.

What kinds of questions is Tarot well-suited for?

Tarot is excellent for receiving clarity on problems or issues that logic by itself simply can’t handle (most of the important ones in life!). Relationships, negotiations, work dynamics, office politics, family matters, spiritual well-being.

How important is choosing the right Tarot deck?

Thanks to modern production and distribution technologies, there are hundreds of Tarot decks available to anyone today for a modest price. Tarot.com will soon offer over 50 choices of decks, which you will be able to flip between at will. Most people will come to choose a favorite deck. All the decks on Tarot.com are good, with a reasonable connection to classical tarot tradition, so you really can’t go wrong.

How do you choose a Tarot deck?

It’s largely a matter of taste. Try looking through different ones until you find the one or two you like best. Even after that, it’s fun to see what a special card might look like in other decks. This is hard to do in physical reality, no matter how many decks you own. Tarot.com lets you do this with ease. Browse our Tarot decks

How do you choose a Tarot spread?

There are hundreds of spreads too, with tarot experts creating new ones all the time. A spread is the layout of the cards, with a category of meaning assigned to each position. The creation of useful and powerful spreads is an art. Tarot.com offers two free spreads — a three-card spread consisting of the first 3 positions of the Celtic Cross — Self, Situation and Opportunities; and a 1-card spread wherein you can choose anyone of twelve positions to view the card in, including Advice which is the default.

What is Tarot.com’s look-up feature for?

The “look up any card in any position” feature lets you do exactly that. This ability to dial up any of the classical positions for any card is a powerful learning tool for anyone sincerely interested in Tarot. Tarot.com incorporates the world’s only comprehensive encyclopedia of Tarot card meanings in any form that we know of. Nothing with the scope or depth of Tarot Magic exists in book form. It would be 1500 pages long and weigh a ton!

How are Tarot.com’s interpretations derived?

Because Tarot.com incorporates the world’s only encyclopedia of Tarot meanings, it can deliver the specific meaning of any card in any position. In essence, Tarot.com delivers a classical Tarot reading by Tarot scholar Christine Payne-Towler, Tarot scholar and a bishop of the Gnostic Church. This clarity and depth of this Tarot knowledge is simply not available anywhere else — and thanks to the skillful use of technology, it couldn’t be easier to access in a self-service way!

Are Your Moon Signs Compatible?

March 28th, 2013 | Posted by horoscopesign in Moon Sign - (Comments Off on Are Your Moon Signs Compatible?)

Are Your Moon Signs Compatible?

When it comes to love, look to your Moon sign to find out who may be your perfect match! After all, the Moon represents your true emotional side and the way you react to others in your relationships.

Your Moon sign is determined by the presence of the Moon in a particular sign at the time of your birth. And the elements (Earth, Fire, Water, Air) greatly help to determine your Moon sign compatibility, as the qualities within each element help define the person you are today and what you may be looking for in a partner.
Moon in Aries

For you, it’s all about “cut to the chase.” Quick-thinking and straight-to-the-point, you exude confidence while taking an active stance in almost any situation — Aries is a pure Fire sign through-and-through! According to Moon Astrology, you are your closest match! Yes, a fellow Aries would suit you well, as the two of you could find romance while playfully competing with one another. Bold and strong-minded Fire sign Leo also makes a match, while more sensitive Moon signs Cancer or Scorpio, do not.
Moon in Taurus

Taurus is known for its stubborn nature, making it difficult to cut through your strong-will … especially in romance. But beyond that, there’s a lover of luxury and comfort (love goddess Venus rules over you, after all). If you can find another Taurus who shares in your indulgences, that would be great (and fun, too!) — but you could also butt heads where it really counts. Those with precise Virgo and Capricorn Moons would be a match — but a Libra Moon would find it most difficult to carry on its diplomacy through your more bullish tendencies.
Moon in Gemini

Chatty Gemini Moons are always moving from place to place, love interest to love interest! Your ruling planet — communicative Mercury — would find much fulfillment in Air signs Aquarius or Libra, feeding into your desire to talk up a storm about high-minded topics at almost any given moment. The more serious Capricorn or Scorpio Moon signs may pose a challenge, and while dating a Pisces could be nice, both your flirty and flighty similarities may equal just a fling.
Moon in Cancer

The Moon rules over Cancer, making you one of (if not the most) emotionally-charged signs. Tapping into your feelings and the feelings of those around you is second nature, and so dating a fellow Cancer Moon would create a lifetime of a very nurturing, caring partnership. Dreamy Pisces and more inward Scorpio also makes a match, while brazen Leo – even with its brazen approach to self-expression — may prove too much to emotionally bear.
Moon in Leo

Your Fire sign is also ruled by the Sun — the perfect recipe for one self-assured Moon sign! You want to be a leader, you want to make the most out of any given opportunity and you want your partner to take note and appreciate your strengths. An action-oriented Aries and optimistic Sagittarius make ideal partners who have enough confidence themselves to keep up with you, while stubborn Taurus or protective Scorpio do not make the best match.
Moon in Virgo

With communication planet Mercury ruling over your Moon sign, you are constantly critiquing and analyzing almost every situation and conversation, and you love perfection — this desire for clean and clear-cut may carry over in your relationships especially. A fellow Virgo or down-to-business Capricorn make good matches for you, while you may struggle with an Aquarius or Sagittarius Moon’s more light-hearted and free-flowing approach to life and love.
Moon in Libra

A fair and balanced is your biggest relationship rule, as you are always the diplomatic lover, ruled by love goddess Venus. Aquarius and Gemini Moons would appreciate your harmonious requirements, still keeping with your airy and creative mentality. Aries, on the other hand, would not be compatible with you, as the strong survival instincts of the Aries Moon may find either of your running away in the face difficult times.
Moon in Scorpio

Deep and private by nature, the Scorpio Moon is a motivated Moon with a knack for cussing out information and details taking place under the surface. Your partner should think twice before pulling one over on you! An intimate Taurus or intelligent Virgo Moon would make a good match, appreciating and reciprocating your drive and desire, while an independent Aquarius Moon may not appreciate your often suspicious ways.
Moon in Sagittarius

You love to find joy, pleasure and enthusiasm in all of your endeavors, and you truly put your faith into matters of the heart. An open-minded Gemini or Aquarius Moon would suit your optimistic outlook in relationships, but an overly sensitive Cancer or stubborn Taurus Moon could simply bring you down.
Moon in Capricorn

Always climbing, always reaching and always striving for the best … as strict Saturn rules over your Capricorn Moon, a more serious Taurus or Virgo Moon could understand and entertain your need to master your endeavors. At the same time, you may also appreciate a Cancer Moon’s more nurturing take on a disciplined home life. However, a Libra Moon may pressure you to too much to come down from your mountain and meet in the middle.
Moon in Aquarius

You are calm, cool and collected — and you know how to handle situations both independently and by working together for a common cause. A more spontaneous and courageous Leo Moon could serve you well by boosting your strengths and supporting your individuality, while a stubborn Taurus or impatient Aries may not make the best match as you continue on your own personal search for revolution.
Moon in Pisces

Since you’re a big dreamer and gentle by nature, the Pisces Moon will not fare well with another Moon sign as submissive and docile as you — that rules out a Sagittarius or Libra Moon. However, an intense Scorpio or efficient Virgo could be just the sign to snap you out of your dreams and visions and bring you back to reality.