Why do tarot cards have contradictory meanings?
I bought a deck of tarot cards, but it’s confusing. It seems like each card can mean twenty different things, and some of them are at opposites. What’s the deal? Is it just a scam?
Suggestion by Beatrix
The ability to read come from the reader, not the cards.
See, a lot of people think tarot cards hold some kind of energy, are some kind of magic, yadda, yadda, yadda. They’ll think they have to “cleanse” their cards or that the cards “aren’t working” or are “mad at them” or a bunch of other stuff.
That’s not the case, though. The cards aren’t magic, and don’t hold any more energy than plastic-coated cardstock holds (which is probably none).
It’s not a scam, but the contradictory meanings ARE deliberate.
Basically, the intuition comes from the reader – the cards are just a tool to help the reader get into the right frame of mind. Any tool would work – playing cards, dice, crystal balls – but some people are just more comfortable with tarot than with other tools. When the reader is in the right frame of mind, he or she knows what the card means because the reader basically matches the right meaning with whatever he or she already subconsciously knows to be true.
Now, that said, I HAVE seen some pretty freaky card results that leave almost no room for interpretation. So I have to think that a person’s own energy can, at certain times, be an influence on how the cards end up when they are shuffled and laid out. But the cards aren’t magic.
I’m a firm believer that what we often call paranormal is only what we cannot explain YET, and that science and spirituality are not in conflict.
Suggestion by seerlights
They are open to interpretation by the reader.
Suggestion by L. E. Gant
Usually, each card has two meanings, one when right way up and one when upside down.
However, because these meanings are only symbolic, they can seem to mean many more things, depending on the scenario of the meanings, but there are still only two given meanings.
Also, the other cards in a reading can set the scenario, and hence affect the “strength” of a card with those two meanings. That’s why similar cards can mean very different things. That’s why I usually prefer a layout that has multiple cards – single card and three-card systems are too simple to convey a complete sense of what the quester wants to know.
If you are learning how to read, then the first thing to do is build up your own meaning for each card. Give yourself a picture to work from, using the basic meaning of each card. It takes a while to figure out what your own symbolism is for each card, but once you have it, and can apply it without looking up the individual cards, then you start to get a feel for how to state the “answers”.
BTW, the cards have NO magical content. They are simply pieces of cardboard with pretty pictures and numbers on them. the magic, such as it is, comes from the reader and the quester. They set up a relationship which allows the reader to apply a meaningful scenario to the reading, and it can appear to give totally different readings, despite the cards.
Do regular tarot cards work for playing French tarot games?
I want to buy a pack of tarot cards to play “jeu de tarot” but I’m not sure which ones to buy. Can I play the game with one of those divinist kind of tarot cards or are the packs different? Where can I buy the French tarot cards anyway? (Does anyone have any specific brand that they like?)
Suggestion by Scarlet MacBlu
Looks like you use a traditional deck… 78 cards which include four suits, each with 10 “pip” cards and four “court” cards (pages, knights, queens, kings) and then 22 Major Arcana cards (the Empress, Death, The Sun etc)
The tarot suits go as follows:
Swords are Spades
Wands are Clubs
Cups are Hearts
Pentacles/Disks/Coins are Diamonds
Almost any modernly produced tarot decks (the ones produced for diviners like myself) will probably do if it’s just games you want to play. A good deck if you arn’t overly concerned with divination, is the oldest known illustrations… a reproduction of the Visconti tarot available from Los Scarabeo. (these were commisioned by a renaissance italian family specifically for card games and featured gold leafing)… they have no real ‘pictures’ on the “pip” cards… just beautiful renderings of the suits in their numbers as pips. Be aware that most, if not all, modernly produced tarot decks will number the major arcana by roman numeral instead of the more familiar numbering system, so if you are worried that you won’t be able to understand the roman numeral system in reguards to the game, then you may need a specialty deck.
The most traditional deck for using for divination would be the Rider Waite tarot… but I find the artwork ugly and if you’re not a diviner, then they probably would hold little interest for you. Otherwise, just find a deck you find beautiful… if you’re going to play with cards, why not pick something where the images are appealing to you? Stick with things that claim to be based mostly on the Rider Wait system, however, otherwise you might find the names of the Major Aracana cards confusing when trying to learn the game (sometimes they change them… Death becomes “Transition” or the World becomes “The Aeon” and occasionally a card is added or dropped or the names of the court cards are shifted around etc…)
Best of luck and have fun!
How do I find my personal Major Arcana tarot cards?
I’m interested in tarot cards and have started to learn about them. I read that everyone has two personal tarot cards? One reflects their outside personality, and the other reflects their true self. I’m horrible with numbers and the directions for finding your personal Major Arcana cards in the book are confusing me. Can someone tell me how to do it? Thanks.
Suggestion by Chosen1
numerology, and since you are bad with numbers…
Suggestion by ninetymiles
I told you to look behind the toilet or under the mattress, you know, where you keep the “other” stash? Geez, why do I always have to keep track of all the things that you keep losing?
Suggestion by Ptah
I’ve been around a long time and I have never heard that anyone has two. I have heard there is always one that fits… Look through you cards and visualize whats going on in them… See what fits.. By the way the Major Arcana are pathways of the Sephira, and that card will change depending on where you are in your life.
Though, I would normally consider the High Preist as the card that best represents me, lately I have definitely been the Hermit.