There are many myths about Tarot, most of them untrue. Tarot is a wonderful tool of guidance, prediction and insight in to challenging situations and used correctly can be a great friend. Kim Arnold founder of the UK Tarot Conference and author of Tarot Masters and Tarot Basics by Hay House is here to set the record straight.
Tarot began as a game called Tarocchi in the 14th Century and was not used for fortune telling until the 1600’s.
In Victorian times, fortune tellers would often lay the cards in the pattern of a Christian cross, as they were deeply superstitious and they believe this would protect them from outside influences.
Everyone is born under the energy of a Major Arcana Tarot card which influences their life path. To find out yours, add up your birthday i.e. someone born on the 23/11/1989 (2+3+1+1+1+9+8+9) = 34 (3+4) = 7 The Chariot. The final number must always be reduced below 21.
Tarot is a great tool for meditation, choose a card and spend some time looking at every detail, when you feel relaxed imagine yourself stepping in to the card and take yourself on a journey working with the cards energy and images.
Four Major Arcana Tarot cards connect with the Angelic realms. Judgement is Gabriel, The Lovers Raphael, Temperance Michael and The Devil Uriel.
When dealing with a difficult period in your life, the Death card is a welcome relief as it signifies a situation coming to an end. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
It has been said it is unlucky to purchase your own tarot cards, no one knows where this myth started, but it is important when purchasing your own cards, you are drawn to their energy, theme and colours so that they resonate with you.
Shuffling the cards is a ritual in Tarot, it is important that both the reader and the seeker shuffle the cards to connect their energies.
Flying cards which pop out of the pack when shuffling are often symbolic and should always be taken notice of.
Tarot tells a story of your life, when you have a reading it focuses on the period of your life at the time of the reading, however, Tarot can also connect with past lives as well as future events.