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The Art of Tarot

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Reading The Tarot

It is not difficult to acquire Tarot cards, any esoteric shop will stock them. They are available through mail order, from adverts in the more popular occult style magazines and failing that there is always the internet. It is more difficult however, to acquire the ability and skill to use the Tarot. Each card has it’s own essential meaning , its basic area of symbolic reference that is explained later in this publication. Knowing those basics is like knowing how to move pieces of the chess set; you can participate but there is much more to know before you become accomplished. Many different styles of Tarot are available. Choose a deck that you respond to intuitively. Each one of the Tarot cards has a long, dark, train of symbolism, of subtle hints and echoes, references and connections, which resonate far into the depths of the occult tradition and should resonate into the intuition of the skilled Tarot reader. You are advised to take the Tarot seriously, to go into reading beyond the basics and to become familiar with those resonances. Handle and observe your cards as much as possible, study the pack, think about them, attune them to your own intuitive awareness and treat them with respect. In numerous manuscripts and books through the ages there is the warning ‘The Tarot will not be mocked’, which suggests that the Tarot should not be used frivolously. Whether you want to be a ‘fortune-teller’ or take the more sophisticated, complicated but fulfilling route to Tarot Master it is necessary to understand the individual meaning of the cards. If you intend to devote your life to mastering the Tarot or merely wish to amuse yourself and add it to other techniques for occasional divination you must start with an overall view of the cards themselves. There are 78 cards in a pack. 56 divide into sequential cards of the four suits of 14 cards each, these are named the Minor Arcana, and a further 22, the Major Arcana, using a positive labyrinth of rich and resonant symbolism that becomes more apparent as experience increases. The four suits of the Minor Arcana are wands, cups, pentacles and swords representing the elements respectively of fire, air, earth and air. Each suit contains fourteen cards, 1-10 and the four court cards of page, knight, Queen and King. The word Arcana derives from the Latin arca, a chest in which secret things could be stored. Meanings for all the cards are listed later in this article.



Ace of Wands

The Ace of Wands generally shows the start of some new venture.

Two of Wands

The Two Of Wands shows the intellectual nature of work; work with the head rather than the hands.

Three of Wands

The Three of Wands shows the inclusion of a partner.

Four of Wands

The gain from the consolidation of the matter, also a possible wins, or near the death card, an inheritance.

Five of Wands

The Five of Wands shows good fortune with business and career matters. Help from fate.

Six of Wands

The Six of Wands is the sign of talents, or their growth. Suggests harmony in one’s affairs.


Seven of Wands

The Seven of Wands indicates movement, change in matters of work or profession. It is also the sign for dissemination of knowledge such as teaching, writing or publishing.

Eight of Wands

The eight of Wands is the card for diplomacy, speech, talk, persuasion negative or positive depending what it is near. It can recommend greater diplomacy in the handling of some person.

Nine of Wands

The Nine of Wands is the sign for advice, by the cards around it one must feel if it is given, taken or rejected by the querant and on what matter. There is always something expansive about nines, son its influence is likely to expand any context in which it appears.

Ten of Wands

There is usually something administrative, large and consolidated about tens. With Wands it would indicate big business deals, being strong enough to launch out in a new line. Contracts and similar settlements.

Page of Wands

The Page of Wands is usually a boy, young and bright. A messenger.

Knight of Wands

The Knight of Wands is a young man of bright ideas, usually of an active business-like nature.

Queen of Wands

The Queen of Wands is a woman with a somewhat masculine way of being effective.

King of Wands

The King of Wands indicates an active type of man orientated towards efficiency. With all court cards the true nature of the person they represent must be deducted from the context in which they appear in a spread.