What is Tarot?
Today marks the beginning of my new Tarot 101 series, here at tarot-dude.com. This series will be aimed at the brand new Tarot user but hopefully, even seasoned-readers might gain a tip or two.
Before we progress any further, it might be a good idea to discuss what Tarot is. If you ask 100 different tarot readers this question, you will no doubt receive 100 different answers. Thus it is fair to say that what tarot actually is, is somewhat subjective.
There are, however, some aspects of tarot upon which most readers agree. For starters, tarot is considered a language of symbols that describe the events in our lives. These symbols are communicated to use via the images on the cards. Through using these symbols, we can examine our life and arrange our experiences in various categories. Because the language of Tarot is symbolic, it can be understood by most cultures regardless of the language spoken.
Because symbolism is the language of our unconscious, we are able to activate our intuitive side as we begin learning this new language. For this reason, Tarot has gained the reputation of being a psychic tool used for telling the future. Many of the intuitive hits that we receive when working with the cards however, are not necessarily “fortune telling” but rather a combination of our intuition, common sense and past experiences.
Now not all readers us use tarot as a fortune telling tool; in fact, I believe that the majority of them do not. Many use tarot as a map to lead us, step by step toward our goals. There are many other uses for tarot which we will discover in future lessons.
For now, let’s just consider tarot as a tool for self-discovery which uses images and symbols to describe our experiences — and it is this symbolic language that we will be learning throughout this series.