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So, what IS the Tarot?
I get asked that question nearly every single day and it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer because the Tarot is many things wrapped up in a nice little neat deck of cards.
The Tarot is like a multi-faceted gem that has many different bright and shiny spectrums that all work together to create a beautiful diamond.
And it’s different for every single person who uses it.
If you asked 100 professional Tarot readers what Tarot is to them I can assure you, you’ll get a hundred different answers.
To help bring some perspective to the question, I’m going to share with you what the Tarot is to me from my experience and how I use the cards in my business.
I hope this inspires YOU to begin thinking about what the Tarot is to you and how you plan to use the cards in your business.
A Rocky Start
When I first began with the cards, I had a helluva time just trying to understand what the Tarot cards were and how they worked. I couldn’t understand why something that appeared so simple could turn out to be so difficult.
I think on some level it’d almost be easier to teach you what the Tarot DOES versus trying to tell you what it is.
And that’s been an issue with the cards from day one, there’s always been a cloud of mystery and mayhem surrounding them.
I Think It’s Because Of a Few Reasons
For one, because of the limited amount of accurate Tarot history available, it’s very difficult to give a straight-forward and 100% factual answer about anything Tarot-related.
That’s why I began this blog with the “myth” post because I wanted to give a foundation for what the Tarot was NOT and begin to negate some of the ridiculousness that still surrounds it.
Back in the day, history was handed down by word-of-mouth and when it began to be officially recorded, it was usually done by someone considered to be “important” in the community and/or village.
Well, unfortunately in this case, most of those people were usually male. And to make matters worse, history can be written slanted through the eyes of the individual recording it, often to fit a particular agenda.
So because intuitive practices were mostly done by women, and men at the time already had a skewed view of the Tarot because of the whole “witchcraft/devil worship” saga, any history written about the Tarot was negative as well.
All of this led to the people who were using the cards at the time to take them and the information underground.
After that, anyone who did know how to read the Tarot sure as hell wasn’t sharing it with anyone else unless it was inside their group. Everybody else had to learn how to figure out the Tarot for themselves.
Secondly, I personally see the Tarot as being both Spiritual and Intuitive meaning each Tarot reader will have their own interpretation of what the Tarot is to them based on their personal experience with the cards.
When I read the cards it’s a Spiritual experience for me, I really get all into it.
I first connect to Spirit and my Spiritual team, and I have an “order of operations” I go through which is a specific set of steps I use single time I sit down do a reading.
That consistency in action brings me consistency in my results. I use a combination of that Spiritual connection with my own intuitive energy and senses to obtain information from the cards.
I share more about that and how I made the mind-blowing discovery that the Tarot was designed to be read with our intuition and not through memorization, here:
Understanding the Structure
of a Tarot Deck
Part of understanding what the Tarot is, is understanding the structure of the Tarot deck.
Just like with a traditional playing card deck, there are certain components of the deck that have specific meanings that we have to know before we can begin using them in agame.
For instance, we have to know the face cards, the number cards, the four suits, the two main colors of the decks and more.
And before you can play a card game like Go-Fish or Pinochle you have to know whether you’re using a standard Poker deck or a Pinochle deck.
Otherwise you have no idea what you’re doing, right? The same things hold true for the Tarot, especially with intuitive Tarot reading.
There are three main types of “intuitive cards”: Angel cards, Oracle cards, and of course Tarot cards.
Angel and Oracle cards come in a wide variety of styles, themes, number of cards per deck, illustrations, and structure that works together to bring more of a generalized or inspirational message in a reading.
A Tarot Deck is different.
A Tarot deck contains 78 cards and contains a stylized structure with specific components that represent specific types of information in a reading; Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, Court Card, Pip Cards, Four Suits, and the Four Elements.
Even though we read the cards with our intuition, there’s still an “upper generalization” to each of these components one can use to begin activating their intuition to discern what the individual card meanings are in a reading. It’s kind of like a kick-off point.
It’s very difficult to read the Tarot with our intuition and achieve accurate results if you have no idea what you’re looking at. Though many have tried.
Real quick I want to say that this is the biggest problem (I know I say that a lot but there are a LOT of BIG problems) I see with intuitive Tarot reading as a whole.
So many people think they can just get a deck of Tarot cards, shuffle them, lay them out, and BOOM, they can do an accurate intuitive reading.
And when that doesn’t work they either think they’re dumb and they don’t have what it takes to become a professional Tarot reader or they think the Tarot is dumb and they don’t want to be bothered with it.
Mind you, all of this occurs in about one week. The Tarot is the only career I’ve ever known where students think if they don’t have it mastered in a week it’s a total failure.
The only failure here is the failure of understanding what the Tarot is and how the cards work. That’s it.
Reading intuitively is not random.
Reading intuitively means systematically and strategically and connecting to the card, the imagery, the suits, colors, numbers, the landscape, and the feeling of the card and using your intuition, or senses, to glean information from the card in relation to the client’s question.
We just don’t gaze at the damn card, ffs, you have to examine the card and actively use your senses to obtain the information from the card in the manner your particular intuitive sense works.
That’s why I say reading the Tarot is based on your Spirituality and personal experience with the cards.
Reading intuitively isn’t taking a “light-hearted approach” to the cards it’s a using a systematic and strategic approach to help you home on your senses while working on the cards.
You’re not just sitting there guessing at the answer, there’s real work involved. Alright let’s get down to it!
The Main Components
of a Tarot Deck
The Major Arcana begins with (0) The Fool Card and goes all the way to number (21) The World Card.
The words “Arcane” or “Arcana” means sacred, esoteric, hidden, mystical, mysterious, or as a whole, “ancient wisdom”.
When we’re using the Tarot, we’re essentially seeking deeper understanding or hidden knowledge about ourselves or our client regarding a situation or experience that’s currently affecting us.
We’re looking for information and/or or inspiration that isn’t necessarily obvious, easily recognized, or has been long-forgotten.
Whether we’re facing a traumatic situation or looking how to make the most out of an incredible opportunity, a Tarot reading can provide powerful clues that can help us move forward in the very best possible direction. .
The Tarot helps to bring all of that information to the forefront of the mind. The cards help us to see what we can’t see on our own.
The Tarot is very much like hypnotherapy.
When I went to college to become a clinical hypnotherapist, I made the realization that hypnotherapy is very much like the way I see the Tarot.
When I began my hypno classes and began learning about symbolism and metaphor, I immediately took the principles of hypnotherapy and relayed them to the Tarot.
Much like we use stories and metaphor to access latent information in someone’s subconscious to bring it to the forefront of their mind, I utilize the imagery and metaphor of the Tarot card to access latent information in my client’s subconscious and bring it forward. .
I have a very different and distinct style of Intuitive Tarot reading.
Deck type matters.
Another problem I often see with people having a difficult time learning the Tarot is that they’re using the wrong deck. Using a deck because it’s popular or immediately looks exciting or interesting doesn’t mean it’s the right deck for you.
I have over FIFTY different Tarot decks and I only use a handful.
You personally have to be able to understand and make sense of what the symbolism and imagery represents to you, in order to activate your intuition and self-confidence.
I primarily use the Rider Waite Radiant deck and decks similar to that traditional imagery for teaching purposes. This form of Tarot is probably the most recognizable and easiest to work with, especially for beginners
The Tarot is complicated enough, we don’t want to add to the confusion.
I’ve found it easier to learn on a simpler deck, like the Rider Waite, and then take that information and transfer that to a different deck of your choice when you’re ready.
Occasionally, I do like to kick it up a bit and share cards and imagery from modern and contemporary decks.
On that same que, if you’re new to the Tarot or have always struggled to learn, it can help considerably to use a deck that makes sense to YOU and is easy to learn.
As you get more comfortable with your intuition and the imagery, you can move up to a more advanced deck.
The Major Arcana
The Major Arcana is the first half of the Tarot Deck and contains 22 cards.
This will always be this way, it’ll never change, unless there’s some dramatic vote in the Tarot community, I suppose but as a whole, the Major Arcana will always contain 22 cards.
If your deck does not have a Major and Minor Arcana then you do not have an authentic Tarot deck.
It’s also referred to as the Majors, Trumps, Doors, or Keys. As a whole the Major Arcana represents the “outer realm” of the world or the Spiritual plane.
The Major Arcana begins with (0) The Fool Card and goes all the way to number (21) The World Card.
There are SO many different types of Tarot decks on the market today. You may see different names or different styles of cards used for the Major Arcana in but essentially they’ll still represent what the original Majors do.
The Fool doesn’t have a number because it’s central to the Tarot (it represents the client) and moves through the Major and Minor Arcana, theoretically.
The Fool (0) represents a new beginning, a new journey, or the inception of an idea and The World Card (21) represents endings, the completion of the journey, the end of a cycle, or the culmination of the experience.
The cards in-between can represent the opportunities or challenges the individual is facing, the lessons they’re learning, the energies influencing the, the wisdom achieved from the situation, etc.
The Major Arcana in a reading represents a major situation or the “upper story” of the client’s life.
When doing a reading you want to first look to see how many Major Arcana cards are in the reading and where they’re located in reference to the client’s question.
The amount of Major Arcana cards in a reading can indicate the extent or severity of the situation.
If there’s little to no Major Arcana in a reading, it can depict that perhaps the client is having trouble with more of the day-to-day struggles in life, or that they’re actually at a good point in life and are wondering what is next for them.
The Minor Arcana
The Minor Arcana is the second half of the Tarot deck.
As with the Major Arcana, the Minor will also always be this way, this structure is what makes the Minor Arcana what it is.
Again, you may seem different variations, names, or styles of Court Cards in the many different types of Tarot decks that exist, but they will still have the same over-all representation of the original Court Cards.
The Major Arcana is made up of 56 cards and is also divided into two separate sections: The 16 Court Cards and 40 PiP cards.
The Minor Arcana are also further divided again into the Four Suits and the Four Elements, which I’ll show you in a minute.
The Minor Arcana look very much like traditional Poker playing cards with the addition of one extra face-card. Instead of just a Jack, Queen King, you’ll see a Page, Knight, Queen, and King.
Just because the cards are called the Minor Arcana doesn’t mean the cards are any less important than the Major Arcana. They just aren’t necessarily the main focus of the reading.
As a whole, the Minor Arcana helps to create the “lesser story” or the supportive story of the client’s life.
They represent the people, places, things and the day-to-day happenings that support the upper story of the reading.
Overall, the Minors can lend us supportive information, insight, clarity, and suggestions as to what’s going on in the client’s life and/or in relation to the Major Arcana.
The Court Cards
The Court Cards are the first half of the Minor Arcana and contain 16 cards.
With traditional Tarot cards such as the Rider Waite deck the 16 Court Cards are broken down into FOUR Suits consisting of FOUR cards each, the Page, Knight, Queen, and King, in that order.
Historically, the Court Cards DO NOT contain numbers like regular face-cards in playing cards do, as well as the Major Arcana and Pip Cards.
However, in my advanced classes, I teach a little alternative to that.
Other styles of Tarot decks, the more modern or contemporary versions, may have different representations of the Court Cards other than the type we see in the Rider Waite deck.
The Courts can be some of the most misunderstood components of the Tarot because they can represent so many different things in a reading.
Generally speaking, they represent the people, places, and things surrounding the client’s life, including the client.
They can represent the literal and figurative aspects of an individual, people both living and deceased, people from the past or from the future, and the client or someone in the client’s life.
The Court Cards can also be a personality or characteristic of an individual. In my I teach a method of quickly helping you determine who or what the Courts represent in a reading.
But essentially, because we read intuitively, you want to look for clues throughout the reading for exactly what the Court Cards portray in that particular reading.
The Pip Cards
The Pip Cards are the second half of the Minor Arcana and contain 40 cards.
The 40 Pip Cards are broken down into FOUR Suits consisting of TEN cards each, ranging from the Ace to the Ten, in that order.
The Ace (1) represents the beginning or birth of a smaller cycle. The Ten (10) represents the end of the cycle and the highest awareness / attainment gained from that cycle.
The numbers in between, 2-9, represent the different stages of growth we’re experiencing or the action we’re taking in relation to the reading.
The Pip Cards represent the smaller cycles in our life, day-to-day happenings, or supportive information to the Court Cards and the Major Arcana in the reading.
They can give us insight into the clients, worries, concerns, as well as their level of current happiness and joy.
If a reading has more Pip Cards then Major Arcana cards than the client may be dealing with the problems of day to day life.
They can give us insight into their overwhelm, worries, and fears or the perception of those emotions as well as their current level of happiness and joy.
It will definitely benefit you to get to know the Minor Arcana and deeply study the wealth of information they have the potential to bring you.
The Four Suits
The Four Suits were created based on the original Four Suits of traditional poker playing cards and adapted for the Tarot.
Just like with the other components of the deck, you might see other Tarot decks offer different representations of the Suits however, they essentially represent the same “upper” characteristics.
The Four Suits:
+ The Wands
+ The Cups
+ The Swords
+ The Pentacles
The Suits are the heart of the Tarot, they’re what give the card dimension, depth, and proportion.
They give us critical underlying clues that help us to hone in on our client and the details of their question.
What The Suits Can Represent In a Reading:
+ The Wands: Action, career, health and wellness.
+ The Cups: Relationships, family, and Spirituality.
+ The Swords: Communication intuition, intellect, and conflict.
+ The Pentacles: Money, business, finances, and stability.
The most important part of the Suits is that they can give us an indication as to where in the client’s life their situation is happening.
They can also tell us specific characteristics about the client and their lifestyle.
The Suits can help us to break down the finer points of the reading and give us the supportive details that are happening.
When we learn to read intuitively, we have to also learn the Suits and their contribution to the deck and all the amazing insight and information they provide.
The Four Elements
Last, but certainly not least we have the Four Elements.
The Elements are in line right after the Suits because for one, they are directly connected to them and are number three in line of being both misunderstood and misread.
But they’re certainly not number three in line in level of importance or performance. The Four Energetic Elements play a powerful role in the Tarot, perhaps the most powerful..
The Four Elements were not an original part of the Tarot until around the late 1800’s to early 1900’s when the Golden Dawn became credited with being the FIRST organization to assign the Four Energetic Elements to the Minor Arcana.
The reason being is that they wanted to add more dimension and meaning to the existing Four Suits. They wanted to expand the reading ability to allow for deeper and perhaps engaging quality to the reading.
The Four Elements
The Four Elements + The Four Suits
The Golden Dawn took the Four Elements and systematically aligned them with the coordinating Fours Suits so the two types of energies would work together and not against another.
I adopted the same matching of Elements to the Four Suits as did the Golden Dawn and recognize this alignment in both my teachings and readings:
+ The Fire Element has been applied to the Wands
+ The Water Element has been applied to the Cups
+ The Air Element ha been applied to the Swords
+ The Earth Element has been applied to the Pentacles
Please know that in true Tarot fashion, you will see different alignments and hear different theories about how they should be aligned.
There is a lot of information and debate about the Elements in relation to the Tarot, but for the purpose of this post I’m going to keep it very simple
The Four Elements Represent the Following:
+ Fire: leadership, creativity, passion, strength
+ Water: sensitivity, Spirituality, empathy, feelings
+ Air: intelligence, quick, knowledge, clarity
+ Earth: stability, fertility, abundance, tenacity.
The Energetic Elements are the life force of the Minor Arcana.
They’re what gives the Suit they’re energy. They add a multi-dimensional, 3-D quality to the cards. Up to 50% of the reading and the information obtained from the cards comes from the Elemental aspect of the card.
The Four Elements can strengthen or weaken the intensity of the card interpretations.
The Elements can increase or temper the personalities, characteristics, behaviors, actions, thoughts, feelings of individuals represented in the Minor Arcana.
When reading intuitively you certainly want to consider the Element factor of the card and the information you receive from them sduring a reading.
You’ll want to do this separately from the Suits.
The Four Elements are definitely worth learning because they’re such a very powerful force with-in the Minor Arcana!
What The Tarot IS To Me!
To help bring some perspective to the Tarot, I’m going to share my thoughts on what the Tarot is and how I personally use the cards.
Please keep in mind, this is jut a partial list because quite literally, I find new things every single day that represent the Tarot to me!
The Tarot IS A...
Spiritual Coaching Tool
Hands down, the Tarot is the very best Spiritual coaching tool I’ve ever used and is at the heart of my business, classes, and women’s coaching programs.
The cards greatly assist me in helping my client discover specific information about themselves, their situation, and their experiences that isn’t in their immediate awareness or otherwise necessarily available.
This may be information they’ve long forgotten, haven’t yet realized, or are too afraid to face, it all depends on the woman and the situation.
But what is unifying, is that the Tarot can help to trigger that information hidden deep within the client, bringing that information to the forefront of the reading for the client’s discovery.
As a Tarot reader, my job is to discern that information in the cards and accurately relay that to my client. Or I use the cards as a guide to ask my clients specific questions that inspire them to come to those awarenesses on their own.
This type of combined “coaching” approach has helped my clients find success in many different areas of their lives in ways they never imagined.
My clients learned how to reconnect to their authentic-self, discover their gifts and graces, move forward from the past, find their ideal romantic relationship, start their dream business, and live the life they always dreamed of.
The Tarot has proven to be the most valuable tool I’ve ever used, period.
My clients tell me they’ve received more help through this process than YEARS of using traditional therapy alone.
In fact, many of my clients who do see a therapist ALONGSIDE my coaching sessions have had their therapists remark how beneficial the work is that they’ve been doing!
A Warrior's Guide
As human-beings we never stop moving, we’re continually in motion, Mind, Body, & Spirit.
Our life-moments exist in larger cycles as represented by Major Arcana and are substantiated with smaller cycles as experienced through the Minor Arcana.
They come in all different forms and in varying degrees of intensity and duration.
In my experience our life-moments come in spans; we’ll have moments of happiness and joy then suddenly we find ourselves in sorrow and confusion, especially during this time of Covid-19.
As we finish one life-cycle, we may have a moment of respite, but then we go right into another, over and over again throughout our entire life.
Some of these cycles can be downright painful and scary, but each one brings with it an important lesson and the Tarot plays a powerful role by helping us identify what’s currently going on in our life, what those lessons are, and the meaning behind them.
For example, we can find ourselves in a place where we suddenly lose our job or our partner can come out of nowhere and demand a divroce.
But through a Tarot reading, we might discover that in all seriousness, we had a real ass-hat for a boss but we didn’t think we could find another job so we just sucked it up.
Or a reading can help us realize that marriage we were so concerned about is really a FUCKING NIGHTMARE and we would have left YEARS ago but we didn’t know if we would survive.
The Tarot can help activate us into WARRIOR MODE and act as our guide!
A reading can provide a platform to help us understand what’s happening in our life and give us sound insight into a solution.
It can break-down where we are, what’s currently happening, the purpose of this lesson, and what we can hope to learn or positively walk away with from this experience.
We can define our objective, pull together our very best strengths and resources and go forward with a real strategy!
The Tarot as a coaching tool can give you the guidance to see, the tools to cope, and the ability to develop the courage and confidence necessary to bravely meet and exceed any challenge we face.
A Window To Your Soul
Ever have a day where you wake up and you feel like you’ve lost your sense of self?
Like, “Who am I and what am I doing here?
Where you’re not so much looking for direction as you’re looking for your identity?
Depending on the type of life you’ve lived and the different experiences and cycles you’ve en- massed, each of those situations can add up and over time begin to silently chip away and diminish your awareness, beliefs, your character, and your dreams and goals.
We can begin to lose our perspective of who we are as a woman and what our purpose in life is.
How many of you have felt overwhelmed and hopeless?
I know I sure have! Life is hard and at times difficult to manage on our own.
Sometimes we need assistance through outside inspiration, motivation and gentle-reminders of who we are and what we’re about.
The Tarot can help! A reading can act like a window to your soul allowing you to reconnect with all the important aspects of your “self”.
A reading can highlight and illuminate all of the hidden gems and personal qualities we possess. It can help us reconnect to our faith and rebuild our belief in ourselves.
And as we see those qualities in the cards, we can literally begin to feel it. You can feel your mind clear, your heart beat, and your soul flutter.
You can feel any type of self-doubt, confusion, or disappointment leave your body. You’ll stand taller and feel stronger as you move forward in the next chapter of your life!
The Tarot can help us get back in-line with who we are and what was important to us before everything went sideways.
Intuition (Psychic) Development Tool
As a professional Tarot reader, two of the biggest questions I get as a professional Tarot reader is my clients wanting to know if they’re “psychic” and if yes, what type of “ability” do they have?
Just an FYI, we really don’t use the word “psychic” anymore. It’s kind of dated so I prefer to use the word “intuitive” instead.
I have a lot of clients who come to me with all kinds of supernatural and paranormal situations going on.
Many of them think maybe they’re empathic or sensitive to others feelings and emotions, they may see things out of the corner of their eyes and suddenly move around their home, they may hear voices or dream very descriptive or lucid dreams.
Clients like this often come to a Tarot reader because they don’t understand what’s happening and they’re afraid to talk about it to their friends and family.
I know women who have struggled with their intuitive and medium ability for years mainly because they don’t know if it’s “real” or it and/or how to use it in their everyday life.
The client wants to know how to quantify the TYPE of intuitive sense they have, how to further develop that gift, how can they refer to themselves, and how can they use that gift in their business and livelihood.
The Tarot can help us get to the heart of their biggest questions very quickly.
First of all, everyone is intuitive.
Every single human being has an “internal guiding system” or internal instinct that when activated gives us specific information we need at that time.
There’s no one who’s more intuitive than the next. What differentiates us is the type of intuition you have and the level of experience you have with it.
Think of your initial feelings when you first meet someone that you don’t like, or when something tells you not to open the door when someone knocks, or an unseen force stops you from getting into a car with someone, etc.
We’ve all had at least one of those types of feelings before.
We want to take that feeling, that intuitive sense, and develop it beyond our fight-or-flight response.
Identifying your intuitive senses and learning how to develop them to a higher level is a very personal and detailed process. Everyone has a different type of gift that will mature into a specific process for that individual.
The Tarot can assist by helping my clients understand what their intuition is, where it’s located in their body, and how it works for them.
A reading can help us determine their “exclusive intuitive path” and identify exactly HOW they receive their information, and how to further develop that feeling into an actual practice.
The Tarot can help them discover the best ways to institute that gift, who their ideal client may be, the types of services they can offer, and so much more!
A reading can also suggest exercises, courses of study, and things they can do to help you further honor and sharpen their intuition.
We may not be able to get ALL the answers in one reading but the Tarot can certainly become the springboard for the client to get key information in every session to further amplify and build their intuitive sense.
Your clients can walk away knowing they aren’t crazy, that they do have a special gift and they have a strategy and plan to further develop that gift.
They can begin to build their confidence and taste those vital first steps into living a whole www lifestyle.
The Tarot is an amazing tool that can just about help everyone ou identify and develop your intuitive senses.
This is just a small glimpse into all of the things that the Tarot is to me and how I personally use the cards.
Throughout my business and blog I’ll continue to share all the new and exciting ways the Tarot can enrich and improve our lives.
I’m pretty passionate about the cards and I don’t want to overwhelm you. Even as I was writing this post I started to get a little emotional.
I just had to sit back for a moment and express a little gratitude to Spirit and to the Tarot for calling me to this career and for being willing to stay with me even after so many failed attempts as a professional Tarot reader.
As I get ready to officially launch this site and my business, I want to leave you with a few inspiring thoughts…
Let go of what you think you have to know and be willing to be open to experience just being with the Tarot. Resist hard-core memorization techniques and allow yourself to be intuitively guided by the cards.
Remember, no one person has all the answers, no one book has all the lessons, and there are no master set of Tarot definitions hidden away that you need to find and memorize.
Everything you need to know is already inside if YOU and all you really need is to invest in a good teacher to help you learn the basics and how to connect to your intuition
Find an educator that speaks to you and invest in classes that teach you how to find those answers for yourself.
Look for everyday ways you can use the Tarot to improve your life and do it.
The cards are crafted in such a way that everyone will find their special connection to them in a way that makes sense to them.
I sincerely invite every single person who reads this blog post to take a few moments and think about what the Tarot is to you? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
How do you see the Tarot?
What do they help you do that nothing else can? How have you helped your clients? What type of difference has the Tarot helped you make in another person’s life?
I bet you’ll find several different ways to express what the Tarot is to you!
Thank you so much for coming by and reading this, I hope you learned something that made your visit valuable!
BRIGHTEST Blessings + Namaste’!