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What is Tarot?

Tarot is all about confident and conscious decision making. If you are clear where you are going you will make better choices in your life. Tarot is not a glimpse into the crystal ball of your future, but a look into the mirror of your soul.

Within each tarot reading we can explore the different options you have available to you. This will help you to make the best decisions for yourself, your relationships and your career. 

If you want to explore what path you should be taking to achieve your soul purpose and highest good, you will find that using tarot as part of Life Purpose Coaching will enable you to achieve your life goals.

Remember, the cards tell a story, but you write the ending.

I work with you to decide the which tarot deck to use and the spread that’s most appropriate for your question. If you’re unsure how to frame your question, my guide ‘Powerful questions to ask the tarot’ will help you.

You can find a list of the decks I use with links to images here

Most tarot decks are comprised of two different types of cards. The Major Arcana has 22 cards, they represent the life lessons, karmic influences and the big themes that influence our lives. The 56 Minor Arcana cards reflect the trials and tribulations that we experience on a daily basis. The Minor Arcana cards are divided up into 4 suits, whose traditional names are:

  • Cups, representing your feelings, emotions, intuition and creativity
  • Pentacles, representing your finances, work and material possessions
  • Swords, representing your thoughts, words and actions
  • Wands, represents your energy, motivation and passion

I don’t believe that some cards in the tarot deck are inherently bad and that drawing a particular card, such as ‘death’ might be a bad omen. Cards need to be read in context and sometimes relationships or jobs need to end to free us, giving the opportunity to transform our lives. 

A brief history of tarot

Tarot decks first appeared in the late medieval period, in Europe. Cards were decorated by archetypes of the times, a procession of attitudes and characters very much influenced by folk beliefs and practices, many of which have ancient roots.  They were used for divination and also for a game called Tarocchi.

Modern Tarot owes a lot to the Order of the Golden Dawn, a London based esoteric group active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Arthur Edward Waite commissioned the drawings for the cards, to his specifications, from fellow Golden Dawn member Pamela Colman Smith, a gifted artist. In a superb piece of injustice, Pamela Smith was not celebrated and the deck was known for many years as the Rider-Waite (after Rider, the publisher, and A. E. Waite). These days most of us want to acknowledge Smith’s instrumental role in the creation of the deck, and call it the Rider Waite Smith or RWS.

The Smith Waite deck has become a classic of our time and the majority of modern decks are based in some way on these richly symbolic illustrations. Other classic decks include the Tarot of Marseille and Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot.

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