Tarot, the meaning of tarot readings.

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Enter the world of future desires, past secrets and present worries. For centuries people have sought to predict their futures, to know what lies before them. People have spent countless hours and thousands of dollars seeking their future. What people often do not realize is that their future is in their own hands. We control our destiny and how events in our lives, along with our reactions to these events, mold and shape our future.

Tarot readings are a common way of discovering our inner selves, and searching for meaning in our pasts, presents, or futures. We are an inpatient society, seeking instant gratification and answers. Tarot offers a look into the hidden realms of life. You only see and find what you already know but Tarot somehow makes it all become clearer to us.

Tarot cards are a means of predicting events or receiving guidance in both our inner (spiritual) and outer (manifest) world.

Every Tarot deck consists of seventy-eight cards. Not all decks are alike but all decks have three basic principles in common, even though the cards, symbols, and interpretations may vary.

1.Each deck is illustrated with symbols that depict experiences we've all had or could have at one time or another.

2.Each deck has two main sections: the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana (sometimes called the Lesser Arcana). The Minor Arcana is further divided in to numbered cards and what is commonly referred to as the Court Arcana.

3.Each deck contains four suits: Wands (or Batons), Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (or Coins).

Traditionally, the Major Arcana depicts the greater events in our lives while the Minor and Court Arcana depicts the more mundane, everyday aspects.

No one is exactly sure how Tarot cards originated, but it's widely believed that the ancient...