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Tarot meanings and secret tarot readings

Updated on October 19, 2015

Tarot and its hidden meaning.

The art of Tarot reading is old. The hidden meanings of the tarot deck have been explained a thousandfold and still there are secrets hidden inside the tarot cards. The explanation of the tarot cards is as profound as the person who is doing the card reading.

Finding the hidden tarot meanings needs insight in life itself. Wisdom and relaxation.

Often reading the tarot cards is done in a state of meditation and tranquility. In such a state your mind is open and perceptive for the hidden meanings of the Tarot cards.

Understanding the images printed on the card is more then reading books about them. It is about making connections and translating one language into another. The language of the images into the language of words. This is a profound process full of possibilities.

The road of reading Tarot is long and adventurous. The same tarot card can give away one secret but keeping a thousand at the same time.

To read the tarot deck can give you insight in your life but it can also be a dangerous water well without a bottom.

The four elements of the tarot cards.

The meaning of the tarot cards is connected with symbolism and numerology. Besides the symbolism there is also a part connected with the four elements. Water, Fire, Air and Earth. These elements show on itself together with the represented number a rich arsenal of emotions.

Like a deck of playing cards wich consists of diamonds,hearts, spades and clubs. Tarot cards too have four different colors. Sticks, coins, swords and cups. Each of these colors represents an element.

Swords are connected with air

Coins are connected with Earth

Sticks are connected with fire

and cups are related to water

The numbers of the cards are related to the lore of numbers and how they relate to the universe.

All the cards can be positive or negative. Often when the cards are upside down the reading of the tarot cards are negative.

It also depends on the combination with the other cards.

In the end the meaning of tarot cards are based upon self reflection. The cards can help you to search for an answer to a specific question.

The cards will reflect your thoughts and open up new possibilities and new ways to explore.

Ridder Tarot - How to read tarot cards
Ridder Tarot - How to read tarot cards

Tarot cards readings - How to ?

The art of tarot card reading.

To really learn to read tarot cards is and art on itself. But the advantage of learning the meanings and secrets of tarot cards is that everybody can do it and it will encourage you to use your imagination.

Lets say you've got in front of you the card of the magician. The card can tell us many things, depending on the question. The first thing to understand with tarot cards is that you should not ask a question that can only be answered with yes or no. Ask questions that have an open answer. Like, how can I improve my chance of getting a job ? or How can I make peace with the neighbors ?

Questions that are not easy to answer with yes or no, but need a bit of time to ponder about.

And that's exactly where the tarot cards come into play... The art of tarot cards lay in the fact that they lead you to an answer. When you look at the card the Magician for example you see a man with one hand pointing to the heavens and the other to the ground. So above, so below. The big universe is a mirror of the micro world of plants and animals.

The magician has an lemniscate above his head. A symbol for a never ending situation. a loop in time and space. Or like a Uroboros, the snake that bites it's own tail. It can be seen as a trap, mistake made over and over again.

The Magician is the master of the tarot cards, it has the for elements laying on his table as tools he alone can use at his binding. The sword, the coin, The cup and the stick. - Air,earth,water and fire. Like and Alchemist, master of the universe.

It all depends of the question you ask, what his role will be in the answer. The art of reading tarot cards is in the interpretation of the symbols you'll find on the images of the tarot cards.

The card abovei s from the famous The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack

The history of the Tarot cards - The origin of Tarot and it's meaning

The original Tarot de Mantegna
The original Tarot de Mantegna

The history of the Tarot cards is an interesting one. The playing cards first started to appear in Europe in the late 14th century. Probably it came from Mamluk in Egypt. The deck had great resemblance with the tarot cards of Staves,Cups,Swords and Coins. These Symbols are still used in Spanish and Portuguese decks.

The oldes document known mentioning tarot cards is as early as 1227. It's an Italian document talking about cards which are used to instruct children in the knowledge of virtues. There is a beautiful set of cards known as Tarot de Mantegna or Tarot de Baldini that are created by Fracesco de Costa, an early renaissance painter.

This set of cards was composed of 50 pictures devided into 5 categories (The Muses, Art&Science, Planets & Spheres, Social Classes and Virtues & Cosmic Principles.)

The cards where also called Naibbe or Naipes in Spanish, originating from the arabic word naib which means deputy.

In 1310 the game of naibbe reached Germany and the King advised his knights to learnd the game of cards.

The original playing cards we know. With the diamonds, hearts, spades and clover originated from these cards... Also the Tarot deck evolved out of these first set of playing cards and became more symbolic. Pictures like The Moon, The Sun, Justice, The Emperor, Strength and the Pope (The Hierophant) started to appear.

The tarot cards and it meaning evolved and got a lot of influences by the tradiotions of one's country. The Kabbalah and numerology had there influence in the card reading as well.

The cards became more philosophical, social and astronomical. The Magician came into play, a figure that started of as a juggler and slowly the Tarot Deck as we know it started to take form.

The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack - The most famous tarot deck

If you want to start with reading Tarot, the original Rider Waite Tarot deck is probably the best to start with. The cards are clear and gives you plenty of space to contemplate your questions.

The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack
The Original Rider Waite Tarot Pack

The original Rider Wait Tarot Deck are the classic tarot cards. Almost everybody who is interested will come across these tarot cards. The card deck lent itself perfectly of crisp readings. The symbolism is easy to understand without being superficial.


Tarot cards and it's meaning - Can you read your own tarot cards ?

Tarot card the sun meaning
Tarot card the sun meaning

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The fool the Major Arcana secret tarot
The fool the Major Arcana secret tarot

The Arcana of the Tarot

The major arcana

The tarot deck contains 78 cards divided into two groups. 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards.

The 22 cards of the Major Arcana are nummerberd from 1 to 21 plus un unnumbered card. (the Fool) which stands for 0 or 22

The Major Arcana or trumps depicts a person or a scene surrounded by several symbolic elements.

The Major Arcana is in many ways more abstract in it's message then the minor arcane which deals with daily matters.

0 or 22 - The Fool

1 - The Magician

2 - The High Priestess

3 - The Empress

4 - The Emperor

5 - The Hierophant

6 - The Lovers

7 - The Chariot

8 - Strength / Fortitude

9 - The Hermit

10 - Wheel of Fortune

11 - Justice (can also be card nr. 8)

12 - The Hanged Man

13 - Death

14 - Temperance

15 - The Devil

16 - The Tower

17 - The Star

18 - The Moon

19 - The Sun

20 - Judgement

21 - The World

The history of the Tarot Cards.

Predicting the Election

Predicting the Election
Predicting the Election

Golden Tarot - Tarot artwork of the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance

Golden Tarot is a compilatioin of collages from artwork of the late Middle Ages to the early Renaissance.

The middle ages and early Renaissance was a time full of innovation, art and spirituality. IT was not a boring time, but and age where oil painting was invented and machinery for agriculture started to take form.

The images on the Tarot cards express these amazing times. The pictures are wonderful. Perhaps the deck is not for the purists but it is a great set of cards.

Golden Tarot Deck
Golden Tarot Deck

The cards of the Golden Tarot Deck is a collage from artworks made in the Middle Ages and Early Renaissance. With it's 78 cards, the deck follows the traditional Tarot deck. The deck is perfectly suitable for reading and with 4.5 STARS of 129 customer reviews you can't go wrong.


The secret art of tarot cards - Special tarot decks

Gustav Klimt tarot cards
Gustav Klimt tarot cards

The art of the TaRoT Deck

Throughout history The Art of Tarot Cards changed. The pictures in some cases became more complicated and others more stylized. The art of the tarot cards lay in the reading as well as in the making. Artists like Gustav Klimt for instance made a whole new set of tarot cards in his own famous style.

The art of making tarot cards is special and because the artists are so dedicated to there work you can find some beautiful tarot cards if you know where to look. Or you can even make tarot cards yourself. But if you're not so crafty then you can buy tarot cards sets on amazon for example. Or on ebay. You can find amazing tarot decks in a Gothic style or Medieval even some Steampunk tarot card decks can be found!!!

And although the way how tarot cards are made and the style of the tarot card decks give you a certain ambiance, in the end it's you who read the card. You will find a way to read the tarot deck and discover the art of the tarot cards

Secret Tarot Cards by Gustav Klimt

Secret Tarot Cards by Gustav Klimt
Secret Tarot Cards by Gustav Klimt

Tarot Plain and Simple - A easy way to start learning the secrets of the Tarot.

Learning to use the Tarot Cards.

Learning the Tarotcards is learning about life. It is observing and making connections between elements.

The numbers do play a role in the Tarot deck. And often you can find the meaning of the Tarot cards yourself. The best way to experience Tarot cards is by reading the cards yourself. You do not always need a book, but sometimes it can help you getting started.

In the Tarot deck you've got 4 different themes. The Cups, The Coins, Sticks and Swords.

Swords stand for the element Air

The Cups for the element Water

Sticks for the element fire

And Coins for the element earth

The numbers do have different meanings depending on the element they are connected with.

Seven of swords for instance can mean : a wish, an attempt or hope.

A seven of Cups though means imagination, reflective moments or desire when the tarot card is upside down.

The numbers do have an inner meaning as well - it's all very comprehensive if you think of it.

1 stands for alone, egocentric, egoistic. But also for the wholeness and a strong will. A personality that stands out. It is the individual and the inner self. 1 is the core of the human being, the root of the cause and often suggest a narrow and steadfast path.

2 stands for communication and balance. It can also stand for something unmovable and conservative. 2 is a strong bond between lovers or friends. It is yin and yang as well, the opposite and complementary. It depends if the card is laying right or upside down.

3 means movement and change, 3 things together are always in a flexible relationship with each other. 3 is a creative number. Where number 2 can be passive and conservative, 3 is active and changing.

4 is even more conservative then 2. It is a rock steady number, a square gives us the form. 4 is aggressive and not very cooparative. It wants to stay as it is. It does not want to change.

5 again is a number of life. We have 5 fingers on each hand. It is the pentacle. The number of life and movement. 5 is like 3 and 7 the numbers that are constantly shifting there shapes.

6 Is the number visualized by the David star. 2 triangles interwoven. It gives security. It is a number in motion but with a great balance as well. 6 is a number that repeats itself. The David star becomes a smaller and smaller triangle. It is a reflection of itself and can look inwards. It is a number that is reflective and has great depths.

7 is a number full of surprises. It is called a magic number. This because it is flexible and highly creative. It rotates and moves around. There is a lot of action and change attached to this number

8 is just like 4 a steadfast number. But unlike 4 it is more powerful because it has the power to renew itself. Visualize the number 8 as two squares through each other. Like the Islamic 8 pointed star. It is a number which gives security and a strong foundation. But also a beginning of new ideas.

9 is a complicated and tricky number. It can cause chaos and surprises. It can be an immense creative number, but also a cause of not finishing a job. 9 can cause chaos and confusion but a stroke of genius and inspiration as well

10 gives a complete number. it is our 10 fingers, and our 10 toes. It is a number for groups. Actions are often in connection with groups or families.

The Magician Tarot meaning
The Magician Tarot meaning

The Magician Card number 1 of the Tarot

The great Arcana - The Magician. - The meaning of the card

The Magician is the key persone. He stands for intellect and skill. Diplomacy and craft. But also sicknes, pain and loss.

The Magician has one hand pointing upwards and one downwards. So above so below is what he is trying to say. Every positive has a negative side and vise verse. Above his head floats a lemniscate , the symbol for infinity. His image show self confidence and a strong will. He is master over all the elements. A cup, a sword a pentacle and a stick is laying on the table. These are his tools. He can use them rightly or misuse them. If he is not able to use them correctly the result will be sickness and pain.

The Cups of the tarot deck means : desire, spirit and inner experience. It symbolizes water and it's fluid emotions.

The Pentacles of the tarot deck means : The realization of an idea a course of action or a goal. Coins are also represent responsibility or being accountable for one's own actions. The positive characteristics of the pentacles are self-confidence, ambition, and persistence.

The Staffs of the tarot deck means : fire and inspiration. The early beginning of a concept or idea. It gives the cosmic flame of creation. Wands are creative cards full of ideas.

The Sword of the tarot deck means : Intellect and movement. It shows an action and a deed is done or will be done. The swords represent Air and focuses on communication, wisdom, and the powers of the mind.

Tarot for Writers - Tarot a source of creativity.

Besides the fact that Tarot can help you to gain more insight of your own life and being, it also can be used as a source of great inspiration.

Inspiration can come in many forms. But it does not always come easily. If you are in the middle of a writers block or a period where inspiration has left you. This tarot deck can help you boosting your creativity and shifting your imagination into high gear.

You're not the only one, famous writers like Stephen King and John Steinbeck used Tarot to get to that level where inspiration flows.

Thanks for visiting - I would love to hear your opinion about tarot decks

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    • MelaniePaige13 profile image

      Melanie Paige 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I love Tarot Cards. I have a couple different decks. When I'm at my Grandma's, we get her deck out and pick 7 cards for the week, or maybe 6 cards for the next 6 months, or whichever reading we want to give ourselves. I would love to learn more about them though!

      Thanks for sharing this great lens :)