How Astrology and Tarot Connect
Like so many things in the world of spiritual tools, there are bonds that connect one system of divination to another.
Take, for example, Tarot and astrology. As I'm sure you are aware, Tarot is a system of divination that gives guidance to a person through reading the cards in a spread or even one at a time, which offers a reflection on your past, present and future. But did you know that the Tarot is closely related to astrology as each card in a tarot deck relates to a planet, element, or astrological sign?
Tarot cards are most often used for divination, and many people associate them with fortune-telling. But, many psychologists have used them as well, feeling that the cards often make patients delve into how they feel about themselves and situations in their past and present.
For example, let's say you know work is not going well, but you do not allow yourself to think about it. Getting a tarot card reading that shows you need to change occupations is not really telling your future so much as it is making you face what is really going on in your life. In fact, you will find that, more often than not, a good tarot reading will affirm what you already may know, thus empowering you with the confidence needed to follow through on your plans.
So my dear Mystic, let's talk a little bit about what Tarot is! A tarot card deck consists of 78 cards that fall into two distinctive parts. The first category of cards that most people are familiar with is called the Major Arcana. This part of the deck has 22 cards, 21 suitless cards referred to as trumps and one card called The Fool. These cards represent different stages of life that we go through. Many are recognizable such as the Magician (associated with the planet Mercury), the Lovers (associated with the astrological sign Gemini), and the Death card (associated with Scorpio).
The other 56 cards are referred to as the Minor Arcana. Arcana is taken from the Latin word arcanum, 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. The Cups represent water and are associated most closely with Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. The Cups stand for emotions, spirituality, and the unconscious. The Wands represent fire and are associated with Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. The Wands stand for action, creativeness, and personal growth. The Swords represent air and are associated with Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius. The Swords stand for the mind, intelligence, and knowledge. The final suit, the Pentacles, represents earth itself and is associated with Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. The Pentacles stand for physical resources, bodily experiences, and practicality. In addition to the four suits, there are also Court cards, including the King, Queen, Prince, and Princess, for each suit.
The Minor Arcana cards provide more details to the Major Arcana cards. The Major Arcana gives an individual direction and information about their personal life and emotional and mental state. The Minor Arcana cards offer additional guidance in areas such as relationships, activities, failures, and successes. The Major Arcana cards are seen as more spiritual, while the Minor Arcana cards are seen as material.
While you are likely familiar with the Rider Waite Smith Tarot deck, many regard it as the first tarot deck to become accessible to the general public. Though some people find it old-fashioned and maybe even a little boring, it remains my favourite deck to teach with. Some people feel that modern decks of tarot cards are much more expressive than the earlier version, due in part to the ever-widening variety of themed decks to choose from. You can find a tarot deck to suit nearly every taste! Many card sets are often viewed as works of art because of the detailed pictures on each one. Which is directly responsible for my somewhat compulsive need to collect more decks!
Whether you get a tarot card reading virtually 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. They will help you with not only what your future holds but also what is presently going on in your life. You should leave the reading with a positive attitude and feel enlightened.
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A little about me - My tarot practice started a little over 28 years ago when I picked up my first Tarot deck, which first belonged to my father. It was the Celtic Tarot, and I loved it. I worked with it incessantly for more than a few years before beginning at my husband refers to as an obscene collection of cards. Later my Tarot journey would take on a new dimension when I co-created The Sirian Starseed Tarot with Patricia Cori. This experience was what I would call a master class in Tarot, as I learned more about the symbols and subtleties woven into the images of these cards than I could have ever anticipated.
As of now, I read for clients all over the world, from the UK to Australia, Italy, The United States and of course, here on my home turf in Canada. I also teach Tarot from the beginner level all the way to the certification level. Tarot has given me soooo much, and I love to use it as a tool to give to others!