A Tarot Card Is Just a Piece of Cardboard After All

Today I am thinking about a two-day psychic development workshop I attended this past weekend.  Admittedly, on the first day I was puzzled as to why I had been led to take this particular course; there didn’t seem to be any new stuff, or new insights about old stuff, presented.  Our group of eight participants had a fine time giving each other readings, but I already knew how to do that.  Then I learned that the second day would be devoted to TAROT CARDS.

Well, I was totally freaked because so far I have avoided anything to do with tarot card reading, either as the questioner or the diviner (new terms learned this weekend).  I actually considered not returning for the second day, but then I told myself not to be so silly, it was time to get over it.  So I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a twenty-two dollar set of  TAROT CARDS.  Included in the bright yellow box were 78 cards, a pretty poster showing the proper layout of the cards, and a really miniature instruction booklet explaining the meanings of the cards and how they are organized.

There are the Greater Arcana and the Lesser Arcana.  The Greater Arcana consist of 22 cards with these names accompanied by bright-colored fantastical pictures:  The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Heirophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The star, The Moon, The Sun, The Last Judgment, The World, The Fool.  The Lesser Arcana are arranged in four suits with these names:  Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles.

We spent the day laying out the cards, studying the booklet for the possible meanings of what we turned up, and doing readings for each other.

I learned a couple of things, maybe three.  Tarot cards befuddle me, they do not bring me clarity because my mind can’t grasp and retain all that symbolism.  So I cheated!  I found I could lay out the cards and give an excellent reading without actually looking at them.

The most important thing I did was face the fact that I used to be just plain scared of tarot cards.  I guess I thought they were evil in some way, had some spooky power.  Not so.  They are just tools that some people use to trigger their own intuition.  I respect the people who use them and maybe I’ll get a tarot reading some day.  I don’t think that I’ll be using them in my work, though, or even renting myself out for parties.

Anybody want to buy a practically brand-new tarot card deck with full instructions, cheap?

Think about that.


There are times I think I am not sure of something which I absolutely know.                          Mongkut, King of Siam

As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.              Albert Schweitzer

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One Response to “A Tarot Card Is Just a Piece of Cardboard After All”

  1. Renee on October 29th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I use tarot cards for myself, have four different decks and use several layouts. I have not done a reading for anyone but myself. I have found that the symbols and placement of the cards help me narrow down what it is I am questioning and aid me in focusing in on what my inner self is feeling and saying.

    They are only as useful as you allow them to be. I do well with symbolism, I need the structure to harness the feelings.