In high school, I remember watching a horror show that centered around the Tarot. While I don’t remember the name of the show, I do remember the underlying (intended or not) message: the Tarot only foresees evil. However, this is far from the truth. The Tarot is a wonderful guide into your psyche, as well as being a useful tool to gain insights into everyday problems.
The Tarot has a total of 78 cards and is divided into two arcana, or groupings. The Minor Arcana has 56 cards and is divided into four suits: wands, pentacles, cups, and swords. They symbolize action and creativity, the material, emotions, and logic and reason respectively. The Major Arcana has 22 cards and represents archetypes. A spread is the way in which you lay out the cards. A spread can use only one card or even all 78 cards.
The way reading Tarot works is through a process called synchronicity. Synchronicity simply means a series of meaningful coincidences. By drawing one or more random cards, our brains automatically search for the meaning behind each one. This process is further helped along by the individual card interpretations themselves.
- You and a significant other are having relationship issues. You draw The Tower and Two of Cups. The Tower symbolizes upheavals and is telling you to break down old forms and habits. This suddenly brings to mind your obsessive nature. You decide, though it may be hard for you, to stop demanding to always know where your partner is, and to trust they are doing nothing to hurt you. Two of Cups represents a loving bond that is being repaired and strengthened. It is a sign of togetherness and love flowing freely from one soul to another. Seeing this encourages you to try your best at repairing the bonds with your significant other.
- You are having trouble financially. You draw the Wheel of Fortune and Three of Wands. Now, the Wheel of Fortune indicates that an opportunity is coming your way, while the Three of Wands ensures you that you will be ready and well prepared to jump at this opportunity.