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Studying the Tarot

Looking for a divination tool? Consider the ancient Tarot, used for centuries by Pharaohs and Kings as well as modern seekers to connect the conscious self with the higher Self in order to obtain guidance and clarity. Let’s explore a little more about the history and use of the Tarot deck.

The Tarot deck is made up of 78 cards—56 Minor Arcana card (mundane realm) and 22 Major Arcana images (depicting the archetypical realms). The Minor Arcana is divided into four suits, providing guidance in the worldly realms, as well as being an aid for meditation.

The four Minor Arcana suits represent the following energies:

Wands – Fire and creative spirit
Cups – Water, emotions and love
Swords – Air, the mind and clarity
Pentacles – Earth and physical manifestation

If this sounds familiar to you, it’s because this grouping of four suits evolved into the standard deck of playing cards with its clovers, hearts, spades and diamonds.

Within the four suits are the Court Cards— King, Queen, Knight and Page or Princess. The standard playing cards do not have the Page cards. In the Tarot deck, the Page cards represent youth or elemental forces and serve as messengers bearing important information in combination with the four suits.

As you begin your journey with the Tarot, take some time to get to know the meaning of the Minor Arcana cards. I encourage you to use the Tarot to access the deep, ancient wisdom in these cards to help you navigate today’s world of change. Remember to utilize the Tarot, or any type of divination, with great respect and integrity. May it guide your way on!

Paula Greenstein
Intuitive, Integrative Divination Master Teacher
Author, The Book of Healing Tarot Layouts

Recommended: Tarot and the Tree of Life – Finding Everyday Wisdom in the Minor Arcana by Isabel Radow Kliegman


Sean Arthur commented on 08-Jun-2012 01:00 AM5 out of 5 stars

That was very helpful, thank you. I love getting the YogaMints! I was wondering what types of things one can divine from a deck of Tarot cards? Is it something one could or even should do alone? Does one ask a question or simply ask for advice?

Paula G. commented on 14-Jun-2012 04:37 PM3 out of 5 stars

You can ask anything and absolutely read for yourself! It takes practice to get the ego out of the way but there are some things to help with that. Check out my book: The Book of Healing Tarot Layouts- there are lots of suggestions there. Truly, the question
is the key.-Paula

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