1) What is The Tarot?
The Tarot is a deck made up of 78 colorful cards. The Tarot deck is divided into a) Major Arcana and b) Minor Arcana and it contains 22 symbolic cards and 56 suit cards – wands, swords, cups, and pentacles.

The Major Arcana consists of: the Magician, the High Priestess, the Empress, the Emperor, the Hierophant, the Lovers, the Chariot, Strength, the Hermit, the Wheel of Fortune, Justice, the Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, the Devil, the Tower, the Star, the Moon, the Sun, Judgment and the World.

The Minor Arcana (the suits) consists of the aces, twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights, nines, tens, pages, knights, queens, and kings of Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles.

The word “Tarot” comes from the Italian word “Tarocchi,” a card game originally termed “carte datrionfi” – “cards with trumps.” It has been theorized that the name was shortened from “Tarocchi” to “Taro” and evolved over time into the French “Tarot”.  From a purely historical perspective, there is evidence to suggest that the cards came into being in the Northern Italian Courts, during the mid -15th century. People with more esoteric leanings maintain that the cards have their roots in the ancient mysteries of Egypt and the mythical city of Atlantis.  Here is an interesting Tarot History Site.

2) What Is a Tarot Reading?
Basically speaking; a Tarot Reading is given by a Tarot Reader to a Querent (a person asking for a reading). The cards are laid out by the Reader in a variety of different layouts (or spreads). Meanings are asigned to the cards themselves and their placement within the spread influences the interpretation of the individual cards and the meaning of the cards taken as a whole. A Tarot Reading can be used as a form of divination and is often given with the assumption that the cards can give insight into current and possible future situations. The Tarot can also be used to give direction and guidance.

3) What Isn’t A Tarot Reading?
A Tarot Reading is not evil nor a scam, it is not magic and you do not have to be a witch or a psychic to give a reading!

4) Are The Tarot Cards Magic?
Virtually no one who has any knowledge or experience with Tarot Cards believes that the cards themselves are magic. This is a superstition. Tarot cards aren’t magic. They are cardboard!

5) How Do Tarot Readings Work?
The Tarot is part of the living sea of energy in which everything and everyone is connected. When you ask the Tarot a question you link up to all that is. The pictures on the cards are expressions of the life forces that are moving through you, at any given point in time. The Tarot Cards are symbolic pictures of the influences within your life. The Tarot can also be seen as a living picture book that changes every time we read it. It can help us to decide on the most suitable course of action; when to move and when to wait, or when to look in another direction entirely. Also it can show hidden agendas and solutions we may have previously overlooked. The Tarot does not take away our free will or our ability to make the best choices for ourselves and it certainly doesn’t predict a fixed unchanging future. We have free will and are always able to change the path we are on. A Tarot Reading gives us information – it does not live our lives for us.

6) Do You Have to be Psychic to read Tarot?
Anyone can read the Tarot cards, it’s just a matter of memorizing some basic meanings and getting used to the different cards in the deck. I personally, believe that everyone has psychic abilities that are latent and are for the most part left uncultivated. Reading the Tarot can help wake up dormant intuitive and psychic powers.

7) What Is the Tarot Best Used For?
The Tarot can be used for divination and prediction, it can also be used to also offer insight, direction and guidance. The future is not fixed or fated, it changes with experience, with knowledge and through choice. A Tarot reading can assist you in making these choices, it cannot make them for you.

8) How Accurate Are Tarot Readings?
Very talented and experienced readers have high accuracy, others will have accuracy rates that vary. Tarot cards in themselves are accurate, but if the person reading them does not interpret them to fit the querent, then the reading will not be accurate, even if the cards are. There are certain conditions that need to be met when giving and receiving a Tarot Reading. When all the conditions are met properly, the accuracy/outcome of a tarot reading can be very good.

9) What Conditions Determine A Good Tarot Reading?
The Reader
Your Question
Your preparation/attitude
The Tarot Reader’s Preparation/attitude

10) How To Find A Good Tarot Reader?
Seek someone with knowledge and a good reputation. You can ask friends and relatives to
recommend a good tarot reader, if you know they have sought this kind of advice in the past.
Alternatively, if looking online, seek out someone you feel comfortable with and resonate with and read the testimonials that have been given about their readings. Ask Spirit / God / Higher Self (whatever name you feel comfortable with) to guide you to the right reader.

11) How To Prepare For A Reading?
The tarot is indeed a powerful tool to use for guidance. You must always remember however, that its effectiveness is determined by several components: So, before you ask for your reading sit peacefully for a little while adopting an attitude of trust, openness and love. When you feel completely settled within yourself ask the Tarot your question…

12) How To Ask The Tarot A Question?
This is a very important component of receiving a good and satisfying reading and its not something to rush into. How you ask the question and how you word it affects the answer that the cards are able to give to you. You should put a lot of consideration into this.. You will want to ask the cards something that will give you insight into your problem or situation. The Tarot can provide guidance about relationships and projects. So ask how best to accomplish what you want rather than if you will accomplish it.

Consult the Tarot as if you were asking the advice of a good friend
Try to ask a specific question or ask about a particular area of your life
 
13) How Can I Trust What A Tarot Reading Tells Me?
Once you have received your answers from the Tarot, sit with them for a little while. Watch how the answers affect you both physically, mentally and emotionall. Have an open mind as you mull over the messages from the cards and see how they relate to your own life. You may need to think about the answers you receive for a few days before you can really understand what the reading is saying to you. I personally, will always urge you to follow your own intuition. So if the reading seems to counteract what you feel at a deep level, then I would urge you to listen to what your intuition is telling you, over and above the messages that you have received from the cards.

14) How To Use The Guidance Received From A Tarot Reading?
Look at the pictures on the cards that have been drawn for you, as well as working with the
interpretation that has been given to you in words. The pictoral messages have the ability to bypass the logical mind and can work in a very direct way upon your understanding. Put the reading somewhere where you can refer to it frequently. Let the ideas seep into your mind. Look at the reading last thing at night and let the messages from the cards speak to you as you sleep. Ask for further clarification on the reading from your dreams. As a result you may well wake up feeling inspired, with fresh insight, new ideas and with a deep knowing of the direction you need to take in your life.