Tarot is a system of divination that employs a special deck of cards, often used as a tool for introspective thought, self-understanding, and decision-making guidance.
Originating in the 15th century for playing games, it later gained prominence in the 18th century as a method for divination. A standard tarot deck consists of 78 cards, divided into two main groups: the 22 Major Arcana cards, which represent significant life events or stages on a spiritual or psychological level, and the 56 Minor Arcana cards, which reflect more everyday matters, feelings, and behaviors, and are further divided into four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles).
The complexity of tarot reading lies in the myriad meanings each card holds, as well as the added depth of meaning derived from the position of the card in a spread, its relation to the surrounding cards, and its orientation (upright or reversed).
It’s important to remember that tarot isn’t used to predict a fixed future but rather to explore potential outcomes and influences surrounding a person or situation. The best use cases of tarot often involve situations where guidance or reflection is needed, such as making difficult decisions, understanding complex emotions or situations, or seeking spiritual or personal growth.
It’s used as a tool for self-reflection, to spark introspection, facilitate personal development, and gain insights that can help in navigating life’s challenges. However, as with all tools of introspection, the effectiveness of tarot largely depends on the user’s willingness to engage with the process sincerely and thoughtfully.