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Introduction to Tarot Readings

      Tarot readings are arrangements of cards drawn from a shuffled deck. The layout of the cards is known as a spread, and determines what each card refers to. For example, the Two Paths spread is used to understand an upcoming decision, and hence it uses cards to represent the different options and their outcomes.

Decks: Tarot decks consist of 78 cards. 22 of the cards are major arcana (trumps), such as The Lovers, The Fool, The Pope, and The World. The remaining 56 cards are minor arcana divided into 4 suites of 14 cards each. The suites are Swords, Cups, Wands (sometimes called Rods or Staves), and Pentacles (sometimes called Coins or Discs). Although the traditional meanings of the cards are the same regardless of the specific deck used, the imagery and language associated with each deck tends to make it particularly useful for some types of readings. For example, many of our visitors find the Renaissance Tarot particularly good at questions of passion, mastery, and reason.

Reversals: About half of the cards in a reading are drawn reversed (upside down), which either negates or inverts their meaning. For example, Death upright means "change", but Death reversed means "stagnation".

Cat People Tarot

This deck paints a picture of faraway lands trod by mystical archetypes and their feline companions. This deck is a perfect tool for cat-lovers, dreamers, and idealists, and is a great choice for divining the nature of creativity and the human imagination.

Power Tarot: More Than 100 Spreads That Give Specific Answers to Your Most Important Questions

Featuring more insightful spreads than you will know what to do with in a lifetime, this book offers a very handy approach to demystifying Tarot readings.

Osho Zen Tarot

One of the most popular new decks, focused on gaining an understanding not of the future, but of the here and now through the ancient wisdom of Zen. This is the deck of choice for achieving clarity in your innermost wishes.

Complete Illustrated Guide to Tarot

A great introduction to the art, history, and divinatory properties of the Tarot, supported by gorgeous full color photos.