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Infrequently Asked Questions About Tarot
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What is tarot?


Tarot is the use of tarot cards to predict the future, examine the present, see into the past, or obtain information. Tarot can provide insight into your life, another person's life, an event, or a problem. Tarot decks are widely available, as well as Oracle cards, or regular playing cards. All of these different types of cards can be used to a similar effect. The major difference between tarot cards and Oracle cards are that Oracle cards are not divided into suits, and generally do not focus on the negative side of events or ideas. They are often themed and frequently depict faeries, angels, etc. 

How do I know which deck to buy?


There are many different kinds of tarot decks to be purchased. The most commonly available decks are the Rider-Waite-Smith deck (RWS), the Llewellyn deck, and the Thoth deck. For the beginner to tarot I highly recommend the use or purchase of the RWS deck. Cards and their names vary by deck. For example, a traditional guide book will most likely display Strength depicting a woman and a lion. If you purchase the Thoth deck, which uses the title Lust instead of Strength, it can be confusing when consulting a how-to. Since the RWS is classic and really the standard of other decks, it is the most easily used and readily available among new practitioners of tarot. However, any deck will do and won't affect your success rate. 

Decks generally run around 30 USD, but a regular deck of poker cards can be used if there is no substitute. Oracle cards have a slightly higher price range, averaging around 40 USD. Tarot books and guides are in the range of 8-10 USD for a paperback. 

Do I have to practice psi or magick to read tarot?


You do not have to be a practitioner of magick or psionics to be able to successfully perform tarot readings. There are ways to incorporate tarot into both of the above fields, but it isn't necessary to have any knowledge of them in order to begin tarot. They will merely complement your existing abilities and make you a well-rounded practitioner. For example, knowing how to establish a psionic link and/or scan a person can come in handy when using tarot cards. Information obtained through psi or magick can confirm and clarify what has already been found in the cards. However, it is absolutely possible to become an adept reader without studying or honing skills in other areas.

What is the best kind of information to seek using tarot cards?


Tarot cards provide in depth and complex answers to many questions and problems people have. The cards will not provide a simple yes-or-no answer. They probe into the motives and causes of events as well as personal details of a subject. The cards do not respect privacy and are not limited to the person in possession of the cards. Questions about other people can be answered by tarot readings as well.

What is in a tarot deck?

A tarot deck consists of a major arcana (22 cards) and a minor arcana (56 cards). The minor arcane is divided classically into Wands, Cups, Pentacles, and Swords. (Hearts are sometimes substituted for Cups). Each class has cards labeled 1-10, a page, a knight, a Queen, and a King. (In many decks a prince and princess are used in place of a page or a knight). The major arcana has the trump cards. Examples of these cards are the Devil, The Magician, The Wheel of Fortune, Strength, The Hierophant, etc. 

If you are using a regular deck of playing cards, you will not have a major arcana. While this will affect the outcome of the reading, it will not drastically hinder you in your practices. 

How does a poker deck stack up against a tarot deck?

When using a poker deck the suits are obviously clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds. The transition from a tarot deck to a poker deck is as follows.

Clubs = Wands

Hearts = Cups

Spades = Swords

Diamonds = Pentacles

If you have purchased a tarot guidebook it is important to know the relationship between the tarot and poker suits. A book will only list the Pentacles, Swords, Cups, and Wands used in a classic tarot deck.

What do the different suits in tarot mean?

Many spreads call for the use of a significator or a persona card. Sometimes this card is chosen from the deck beforehand and used to stand for the person having the reading. The significator is always chosen based on these suits and by appearance or personality.

Clubs The clubs represent creativity and ingenuity. A person who is the King or Queen of Clubs is generally brown-haired and brown-eyed, quick and witty, and very social.

Hearts Hearts represent love, emotion, compassion and kindness. A person is the King or Queen of Hearts if they are dark-haired, noble, and shy. 

Spades The spades stand for the thinker and the unfeeling. A King or Queen of Spades is typically defined as someone who is dark-haired and dark-eyed, somewhat malicious, cold, and apathetic about social events.

Diamonds Diamonds stand for the scholar and materialism. Physically a person is the King or Queen of Clubs if they have blonde or fair hair, are temperamental, and judgmental.
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October 24, 2007, 12:58:56 AM
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Nice little article, but Frozen, is this part of the Tarot based lessons you will assist?

October 24, 2007, 06:16:11 PM
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Right now Solstice and I are attempting to collaborate on a class effort. In the mean time I intend to write a small series of tarot-related articles while we try to throw our ideas together. Both of us are a little stretched for time and writing an article little by little is more convenient than trying to sit down and regularly teach a class. It seems that it is a common problem among Veritas classes. Perhaps, depending on when our schedules open up, we might just run the class in the same style as the Public Dynamic Psi course. Aside from that, I have a lot of time toward the end of November so we might be able to pick it up then.

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October 25, 2007, 01:06:35 AM
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Just take your time :). Though, I'm looking forward to the next article's.

October 25, 2007, 05:00:35 PM
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What about the frequently asked question like, "How does it work?" Or are we not quite ready to go there yet?

October 25, 2007, 05:53:08 PM
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These things take time. Therefore give me some and then hopefully I'll have more comprehensive articles on varying aspects of Tarot. This article alone took me nearly two weeks because I am only able to write a little at a time. This is more or less just a collection of all of the odd questions asked by my mentees over the years. I promise there are more to come.

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<ShoresofPluto> how often do u ignite fires with ur mind?
<kobok> On occasion.

[20:06] <kobok> XIII:  You wear your girlfriend's pants??
[20:06] <XIII> kobok: On occasion.