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Are Tarot Card Readers for Real?

Author: Samantha Srillian
The story of tarot cards started around the 15th century, one century after cards were introduced in Europe starting with the newly rising towns in Italy like Milan, Ferrera, and Bologna. The evolution of Tarot as we know it today has a variety of stories and legends. The mystical quality of tarot cards intrigues historians, scholars, spiritualists, and hobbyists. Tarot cards were first used as game pieces much like regular decks, far different from what we think of tarot cards today, although a reference to Tarot as a set of devil cards was made as early as 1450. The culture of tarot cards started in Egypt, which is the same civilization that championed astrology.

A typical tarot deck contains 78 cards consisting of the four suits seen in regular card games, which are hearts, diamonds, spades, and clubs. The Latin version of the tarot deck has a different set of suits. They are swords, batons, cups, and coins. Like a regular deck, tarot cards are numbered from one to ten plus the four court cards; jack, queen, king, and ace.

The difference between a tarot deck and the regular deck is the twenty-one divinity cards known as Major Arcana. A joker equivalent in the tarot deck is called the Fool, or the excuse. The Fool can take all four suits and acts as the strongest trump card.

Meaning is assigned to each card in a tarot deck; however, the specifics of interpretation are impacted by the layout of the cards, whether they are upright or reversed, and the interpreterís own reading. Many of the cards in the major arcana, the trump cards, are fairly logical. The Lovers represent love, in some capacity, while Strength is symbolic of courage and drive. Each of the cards in the minor arcana also carries meaning when used for divination, based on both the numeric value of the card and which suit it is. Meanings of each card can be found online, in books, or simply by interpreting the images on the card.

Along with the evolving interpretations to the meaning of tarot cards come new methods for card readers to express the message to the average Joe. Today, face-to-face card readings are being replaced by phone and online readings. However, for full impact and experience, face-to-face card readings still trump other methods. Face-to-face tarot readings allow the person to choose his face-down card, giving him a semblance of control to his fortunes. Face-to-face readings are common in community fairs, parties, and in the streets. The price of a tarot card reading varies depending on the popularity of the reader and how much detail the person wants to know about his future.

Alternative tarot card reading methods include phone and online readings. While there are free Internet sites to read your fortunes, they are only for show or offered as a gimmick. On the other hand, professional tarot card readers offering their services over the phone can cost about £5.00 per reading. Card reading over the phone offers a different approach to commercial tarot card reading, since the customer can have a hotline to know his fortunes on demand. Card reading allows people to have their fortunes checked every morning, which is both convenient and lifestyle altering.

Tarot card divination may not be a real science; it may not be as accurate as some people would like to believe, but the market for tarot is ever growing through the availability of readings online and in other similar mediums. While this is so, there is still a large demand for face-to-face tarot reading because of the mystique and interactivity. A fair judgment of the industry is that it is growing in its different aspects - whether it is face to face, on the phone, or by some other medium. While society drives itself into a more scientific future, the appeal of astrology, especially in tarot cards, is still growing fast.

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Samantha Srillian is a freelance writer, as well as a naturally gifted psychic medium and tarot card reader. She is interested in alternative therapies, angels and spiritual healing.

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