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Reading Tarot Cards: Simple Steps For Performing One

Mankind has, for centuries, been engrossed with foretelling the future, predicting the unknown, as well as finding out what lurks deep in the human mind.  Psychics, fortune tellers, occultists, secret societies, seers and clairvoyants have used a number of methods, ranging from crystal balls, horoscopes, Ouija boards, tarot cards and more.  Here's a brief look at some simple steps for performing a tarot card reading.
Why People Want To Get A Tarot Reading
There are actually many reasons why people want to have a tarot card reading.  First, some wish to have a better understanding of their past, while some want to have a sharper focus for the present, and see what options are available.  Some individuals would also like to see what effect of doing a certain action will have on their lives. Tarot cards serve as an effective tool for spiritual growth, for mental and physical healing, as well as for understanding and healing of relationships, and for guiding us in our career choices.   
How To Understand The Tarot Deck
There are actually many tarot card deck variants, and there's usually no standard number of cards across all decks.  And while there may be different card types, the meanings of each cards though will generally be the same, however the illustrations may vary depending on the culture or tradition of the person performing the spread.  According to tarot experts, the most common deck today is the Rider-Waite deck, created in 1909 by A.E. Waite, a member of the Hermetic Order of The Golden Dawn, an occult group. This 78-card deck was initially available only in the United States, although today it's available all over the world.  The tarot card deck is made up of two groups, the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana.  The 22 Major Arcana cards are used for interpreting and defining major life events and situations, while the 56 Minor Arcana cards are used to define specific approaches, or daily life occurrences. The Minor arcana cards are also divided into four suits, and these are the Wands, Swords, Cups and Coins (Pentacles).   The 4 Minor Arcana groups generally represent or depict the rather minor, practical ups and downs of daily life.
How To Perform A Reading
In performing a spread, as well as interpreting a card,  the users must first sit down with the deck of his or her choice.  While you may be at a loss as to which spread to work with, remember that the hardest part actually comes with interpreting the spread once it's laid out.  However, the reader need not panic. What he or she needs to do is relax, take a deep breath, and exhale slowly.  The reader needs to be fully open, and allow information to come through to them.  The reader should also define the question at hand.  If you are reading for someone, ask them to relax and take some time, and think about what they want to ask.  If the question is an open-ended one, like “what do I need to know about?', then form the question in that manner.  Remember that the answers you, or the person you're doing the reading for,  are only as good as the questions you ask.  Always keep in mind to state the question in a concise manner, and that it should be brief and to the point.


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