In most people’s minds, “Tarot card reading” means a candlelit room with a woman in flowing robes, leaning over a small table, foretelling impending doom. But that’s not really what Tarot cards are about.
Tarot cards are one of many forms of divination. They are commonly used to measure potential outcomes and evaluate influences surrounding a person, an event, or both. The technical term for tarot reading is taro Mancy (divination through the use of tarot cards), which is a subsection of carto Mancy (divination through cards in general).
The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards, each with its own imagery, symbolism and story. The 22 Major Arcana Cards represent life’s karmic and spiritual lessons, and the 56 Minor Arcana cards reflect the trials and tribulations that we experience on a daily basis.
Within the Minor Arcana cards, there are 16 Tarot Court Cards representing 16 different personality characteristics we may choose to express at any given time. The Minor Arcana also includes 40 numbered cards organized into 4 Suits, with 10 cards each, representing various situations that we encounter day-to-day.