About Tarot Astrology

Tarot astrology is the system through which a reading of the cards in a tarot deck help you through troubled times by offering a reflection on your past, present and future.  Tarot is closely associated with astrology as each card relates to a planet, element, or astrological sign.

Tarot cards are used for divination, often known as fortune telling.   However, many psychologists have used them as well, feeling that the cards often make patients delve in to how they feel about themselves.  This is done through the subconscious. For example, let’s say work is not going well, but you do not allow yourself to think about it.  A tarot card reading that indicates you need to change occupations, is not really telling your future so much as it is making you face the reality of your life.

A tarot card deck consists of 78 cards that fall into two distinctive parts. The first part of a Tarot Deck is called the Major Arcana.  This part of the deck has 22 cards, 21 trump cards and one card called “The Fool”.  It is believed that these cards represent different stages of life that one might pass through.  Many Tarot Cards are recognizable such as the “Magician” which is associated with the planet Mercury; “The Lovers” which is associated with the astrological sign Gemini, and the “Death” card which is associated with Scorpio.

The other 56 cards are in the called the “Minor Arcana”.   The title “Arcana” is taken from the Latin word akanum; meaning secret.  The Minor Arcana is divided into four suits, just like regular playing cards.  The four suits are the “Cups”, “The Wands”, “The Swords”, and “The Pentacles”.  Each of these cards represents a certain element of the Earth and is associated with certain astrological signs.  In addition to the four suits, there are also Court cards including the King, Queen, Prince, and Princess for each suit.

The Cups represent water and are associated most closely with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces.  The Cups represent emotions, spirituality, and unconsciousness.

The Wands represent fire and are associated with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The Wands represent action, creativeness, and personal growth.

The Swords represent air and are associated with Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius.  The Swords represent the mind, intelligence, and knowledge.

The Pentacles represents earth itself and is associated with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn.  The Pentacles stand for the physique, bodily experiences, and practicality.  

The Minor Arcana cards give more details to the.  The Minor Arcana cards offer additional guidance in areas such as relationships, activities, failures, and successes.  The Minor Arcana cards are seen more as material.

The Major Arcana cards give an individual direction and information about their personal life, emotional and mental state.  The Major Arcana cards are seen as more spiritual.  

Over the years, the interpretation of the cards has evolved.  Modern decks of tarot cards are much more expressive then earlier versions, due in part to the pictures being more closely associated with their meaning.  Tarot readers covet their cards, and often will not let anyone touch them, as they are considered as sacred tools of their trade.  Tarot card sets are often viewed as works of art because of the detailed pictures on each one.

Finding a psychic for a tarot reading is easy.  If you are looking to visit a psychic in person, check in your local Yellow Pages under Psychic.  If you live in a remote area or are leery of visiting a psychic in person, you can also receive a tarot card reading online.  If you are leery that free readings might not be as accurate as paid reading, you can also find online psychics who will charge to do a reading.  Some psychics will base their charges on how many questions you wish to ask about the reading while some will just charge a flat fee for so many minutes.

Whether you receive a tarot card reading online or in person, there are several things you should keep in mind.  The tarot card reading should not scare you, but rather give you a better understanding of yourself.  At the completion of a reading you should feel enlightened.