Meeta invites you to the Wonderful World of Tarot Cards
Master of Science, Meeta Prakash has long been associated with Feng Shui. She has developed the art of Colour Feng Shui in which she uses colours & Pranic Healing techniques for different personal problems and residential defects. Since last ten years, she is also associated with healing and spiritualism. After accomplishing Reiki I and II, she is busy practicing Tarot reading as a means for spiritual development. She is a columnist of Dainik Bhaskar Group. Her articles, write-ups have been published in a number of news papers & magazines.
She is also an expert of Indiatimes Astrospeak.
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Tarot, pronounced, Teh-roh; is a divination tool comprising 78 cards, divided into the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The origin of the tarot cards, the region of the world, and the precise purpose of their origin, are wrapped in a haze of conjecture, doubt and superstition. Some authorities claim that the Tarot evolved from the Chinese divination system called I-Ching; others say that it was adapted from the legendary Book of Thoth. Still others place it's origin as recently as fourteenth or fifteenth century Europe, since the earliest known complete deck dates from that time.
The most eminent and profound occultist, several of whom, including Court de Gebelin, Papus, Charles Barlet, boldly affirm that tarot cards are nothing less than the leaves of the sacred Book of Thoth, which contained a summary of the profound occult lore of ancient Egypt. Moreover, these occultists agree that Tarot presents an epitome of the mysteries of the Jews Cabbala, which (Jews Cabbala) is largely Egyptian in its origin. In fact, even the name 'Tarot' hints on an Egyptian origin. Etteilla, a great exponent of the Tarot, explains that the name has been derived from Egyptian words' Tar'," a path" and 'ro or ros', "royal," meaning together "the royal path of life." J. F. Vaillent (in les romes, histoire vraie des vraise bohemiens, 1857), states" the great divinity Ashtaroth, As-Taroth, is no other than the Indo-Tarter Tan-Tara, the tarot, the zodiac." And still other authorities teach that both the Tarot and the Book of Thoth derive their names from the Egyptian word 'taru' meaning "to require answer" or "to consult"
Whatever the origin of the Tarot, it is clear that the symbolism on the cards is universal, speaking to many different cultures and philosophies.
The Tarot Deck: The Tarot deck consists of 78 cards, divided into: -
The word "Arcana" comes from the Latin word 'arcanus' meaning closed or secret.
The major arcana, or trump suit, consisting of 22 cards has different pictures on each card illustrating an action, behavior and or event. Each card also has a label, which is a name, a title, or the description of the picture on the card.
All the cards in the major arcana except one are numbered, from 1 to 21. The Fool, which is an unnumbered card, is generally considered to be number 0.
The remaining 56 cards, the minor arcana, are divided into 4 suits: Swords, Cups, Coins, and Wands. There are 14 cards in each suit: 10 numbered (or pip) cards, from Ace to Ten, and 4 face (or court) cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King.
In the divination, the major arcana represents states of being- i.e. ones mental, emotional, and/or spiritual condition at the time of tarot card reading.
On the other hand the minor arcana describes events or situation, and each suit focuses on a different area of life. In general, Swords describe mental or intellectual state of the questioner and Cups his emotional life. Coins represent his material status, and Wards his career, abilities, or potentials. The court cards sometimes symbolize actual people in questioner life or may have same interpretation as the pip cards.
Divining with Tarot
There is no absolute destiny: there is only Cause and Effect. Sometimes the process is simple like mixing blue and yellow will give green. However most of life's situations is not that simple. It is difficult if not impossible to discover a causal relationship. These are the situations for which one needs Tarot a means to see beyond the sensory perception.
The important thing to remember is "if you change the cause, you change the effect" i.e. if you change either blue or yellow (the cause), you change green (the effect).
The Tarot works, by helping the conscious mind focus, via meditation, on the clairvoyant powers of the unconscious mind. The underlying premise is 'solutions are inbuilt in the problem, one has only got to search for it.' Tarot is one of the tools, which help in this search .
Tarot Spreads : There are many spreads to choose from. Some spreads are suitable for answering in' yes or no' while others require a great deal of skill from the reader and fair deal of patience from the questioner, for these spreads are complicated; but they provide an indepth analysis to the questioner.
The spreads mentioned below have been chosen for their ease of use and the depth of answer that they impart.
Both the Celtic Cross Spread and the Astrological Spread together give a very detailed and in depth understanding of the questioner's situation and there by help in deciding a course of action.
There are some other popular spreads namely Etteilla's Great Figure of Destiny and Papus's Rapid methods of divination. However, an indepth analysis of all the Spreads and exact methodology employed for divination using Tarot cards is beyond the scope of this treatise.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TAROT
WHAT ARE THE TAROT CARDS?
The exact origin of tarot cards dates back to 15th century Italy, however their more familiar use for divination and intuitive knowledge became popular during the 18th century A deck of 78 cards that depict aspects of life and spiritual development, together they are intended to represent all the possible cycles of life and experiences that one might encounter. Tarot cards contain symbolism that is deeply imprinted on our subconscious and collective mind, and through these symbols may draw out what is buried in our own minds and souls and bring it to light, where we can examine them and learn to apply these universal concepts to our own life.
CAN THE TAROT TELL ME MY FUTURE?
Tarot cards, in the hands of an experienced Tarot reader, can tell you things about your past, about your present, and often, things that may happen in the future. But Tarot card reading is not fortune telling. Any possible outcomes the reader sees are possibilities only. Your future depends on your past and current actions, and you can change your outcome by changing your actions.
HOW DO THE CARDS WORK?
Using intuition and an understanding of the 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 card. Individual card's messages can come from the name of the card, from the picture and from the number of on card.
WHEN SHOULD I GET A TAROT READING?
At the end of the day, you must follow your heart... the best that the cards can do is provide you with an alternate view.
CAN I CHANGE THE OUTCOME OF MY READING?
Always. Your future is not predetermined, and you have free will, along with the right and responsibility to exercise it. A tarot reading should never be accepted as an absolute prediction of things to come, but rather an encouragement if you are on the right path, or a warning of what may come if you continue down a destructive path. Tarot readings should be considered tools for making positive changes in your own life and for understanding the influences at work in any situation. Clients have the ultimate responsibility for using this information and making their own decisions.
How will I know if I have a good reading?
Trust your feelings. A good reading 'feels' complete and right. You have insights on what's going on around you, as well as information about what you can do about it and somewhere deep within you, it resonates.
1. Have a purpose for the reading.
Questions like 'tell me my future' are vague and time and energy is wasted trying to reach the areas that require insights. Prepare your questions and if you are clear and direct with the reader about what's going on in your life and what you need to know right now, you'll have a much better chance of getting an accurate reading that provides you with some good guidance and direction.
2. Know the Tarot is only another view.
Tarot Cards can provide good insights and information - guidance - second opinions - but they cannot run your life. Use a reading as an additional source of information, then take your power and use your own instincts and intuition to know how best and when to apply what you learned from the reading.
HOW TO GET A GOOD TAROT READING
One important principle of the Tarot is that the answer depends very much on the question - you will always get a true response, but the more you take responsibility for your question, the more direct and useful the answer will be.
Here are some time tested tips which have been culled from the experts and handed down generations that will help you get the most of your money's worth from the Tarot cards.
1. THINK YOUR QUESTION THROUGH. NOTE IT DOWN.
Take time out and carefully think through your issue before you go in for a Tarot reading. Not only will it save you and the reader's time, but if you're paying for a session, it will save you money as well. Carry along a notepad with your questions and jot down the insights.
2. BE CLEAR AND DIRECT.
Questions should be straightforward and clearly defined. A brief background to your concern will help the reader focus better and offer you insights on your specific situation. Vague questions lead to vague answers. If you want a general overview, state it. Remember the Tarot Reader will give you the most honest insights to your situation so the more honest you are with yourself and your reader, the more beneficial the insights will be.
3. AVOID ROLLING TOO MANY QUESTIONS IN ONE.
I've had countless people coming in and ask me to tell them about why their relationship is going through a bad patch, why they are not getting a promotion and if so, how much can they expect? Not only do such questions exhaust the reader, they confuse the issue and the clarity disappears. Slow down, relax, one issue at a time.
4. ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR LIFE.
The Tarot believes we can shape our future and provides helpful insights into your present moment and what direction your life can go if you follow a particular advice etc. Ultimately we as human beings are responsible for our own lives, and the Tarot is simply a tool that gives us empowering knowledge. The more informed we are about our present moment, the better decisions we can make about our tomorrow.
Avoid asking questions that deflect responsibility like "Will I get promoted?" Instead you can turn it around to "What do I need to know if I want to be promoted in 6 months?" In that way you are gaining from the wisdom of the Tarot and enabling yourself to work towards a more positive direction.
The Tarot can lay forth your options, challenges, strengths, weaknesses, hidden influences and possible outcomes. Ultimately the decision lies in your hands, and no reading is ever carved in stone.
5. AVOID YES/NO QUESTIONS.
Frame a question in such a way that you get more out of a reading. Instead of asking "Will I be happy in marriage?" ask "How can I work towards a happy marriage with my spouse?" In that way, you not only receive guidance, an honest assessment of your situation, you become an active and not passive participant in your own Life. Remember happiness resides in all of us, sometimes it helps to have a little information to help us find it within.
6. OPEN MIND.
As Tarot readers have been saying for centuries, a good tarot reading occurs when you believe and come with an open mind. Without belief, the whole operation is an exercise in futility. You should also be willing to at least consider the advice given to you by the reader, and not dismiss it off hand. Tarot only works for those who are willing to listen.
To quote a famous reader "They do not always tell you what you want to know, but they do always tell what you need to know. They do not always answer the question that you ask, but they will always answer the question that needs answering the most."
7. TREAT THE TAROT AS IF IT WERE A FRIEND.
A Tarot reading can sometimes be like a visit to a friend who can look at your situation objectively and empathically. Remember a Tarot reader is simply interpreting your cards in context of your question and trying to help you find clarity and focus in your life at that point in time.
8. DON'T EXPECT FORTUNE TELLING.
Tarot cards, in the hands of an experienced Tarot reader, can tell you things about your past, about your present, and often, things that may happen in the future. But Tarot card reading is not fortune-telling. Any possible outcomes the reader sees are possibilities only. Your future depends on your past and current actions, and you can change your outcome by changing your actions.
To quote Marion Weinstein "What is the future, anyway? It is a state of being that exists in the present - as potential. It is an accumulation of trends, based firmly on the past and present. The future is a choice, or more specifically, a series of choices, just as all of life can be viewed as a large group of choices."
EXAMPLES OF GOOD QUESTIONS TO ASK THE TAROT:
Remember, the more focused your question, the more focused will be your insights. Rely on your better judgment and spend a few minutes carefully thinking your situation through. The Tarot reader will help rephrase your question but first you will need to be clear about what exactly you want him/her to reveal to you with the Tarot cards.
Engineer Rameshwar Prasad
(B.Tech., M.Tech., P.G.D.C.A., P.G.D.M.)