Images from Motherpeace Tarot

Tarot is a set of seventy-eight cards, each featuring different symbolic pictures. The first known Tarot deck dates back to the early 1500’s. A standard Tarot deck is made up of 22 cards called the major arcana or trumps, and four suits of 14 cards - similar to playing cards - called the minor arcana or pip cards. Because Tarot relies on the universal language of symbolism, its influence has, over several centuries, spread throughout the world unrestricted by language barriers or semantics. And since symbolism is the language of the unconscious, the use of the Tarot tends to activate the intuitive mind, or right brain center. This makes the Tarot useful not only for divinatory purposes but also a dynamic tool for personal exploration and tapping into your own intuitive mind.

A reading consists of shuffling the deck, selecting the cards, arranging them in a particular pattern or layout and interpreting the meaning of the entire symbolic picture in relation to your question. The most common of these spreads is the Celtic cross but one of my favorites for personal use is a simple 3 card spread which can be adapted to many types of questions.

I would be happy to work with you on how to choose a Tarot deck for yourself and suggest different exercises and spreads for your personal use.