Monday, February 25, 2008

Predicting Your Future Using Tarot Readings

Tarot cards inspire both fascination and fear in people. Some people believe that tarot readings can foretell what's in a person's future but there's more to it than that. Like with the signs of the Zodiac, the information gathered from the cards can give a person insight into their nature. In this article, we'll find out how tarot cards work and how they can improve your life.

A tarot deck is a set of seventy-eight cards. Twenty-two of these cards are called the Major Arcana, 56 cards of Minor Arcana and there are four suits of 14 cards each. A tarot symbol is interpreted in differing ways depending on who is conducting the reading. Even the prospect of owning a deck of tarot cards is cloaked in mystery.

Many people believe that a person's first deck must be received as a gift because purchasing your own is bad luck. Unlike other fortune telling arts, you don't have to be psychic to read these cards.

However, interpreting them is a skill which takes time to develop, refine and gain proficiency. It's interpretation is a process that requires an investment of time and patience.

A typical reading begins. The person who is seeking answers shuffles the deck, lays them down on the table and picks out certain cards, all face down. As these cards are chosen, they hand them to the reader who places them face up on the table in a pattern that is called the spread.

The spread can be any one of a number of patterns, each of which has a certain name and used for various types of readings. One of the most popular spreads is the Celtic cross and is used to give a general reading. To ensure that you receive the best results, your reader will select the best spread for the question you are asking.

The one performing the tarot readings, lays down the cards, reads the pictures and receives subconscious ideas and impressions. This combination is what they use to interpret the meaning of the cards. Many people become very concerned when certain cards arise - especially the death card.

However, there is usually a deeper significance. For instance, the death card could mean the end or "death" of a phase of life that has nothing to do with an actual physical demise. The reading has to be examined to discover how it applies to your life.