The use of tarot cards as a tool of divination started from the 18th century. They represent a way to gain insight into a certain situation or question by the use of occultic methods like cartomancy.
According to C.G.Jung a psychoanalyst, psychiatric and writer (1875-1961) tarot is just like dreams, it can be a valuable tool for personal growth and guidance.
Before starting to work with your cards it is important to know-how tarot cards work. The answers you get from the cards can come from different sources, it can be the subconscious mind of the reader, the spirit guides of the person who is asking for the reading or from a divine source.
As defined by C.G.Jung, the subconscious mind speaks through the language of symbolism. It holds the key to get a better understanding of your life's journey, your current situation as well as your emotions.
It is a gateway to your limitless self, offers a full understanding from within and knows the information about the events in the now, the events leading up to the present and can deduce the outcome of these events in the future.
Knowing that the messages of the subconscious mind are repressed by the conscious, when using a divination tool it can act as a distraction to the conscious mind so that the unconscious can be able to bring up the message through imagery and symbols.
Humankind have always been trying to connect with the spiritual realm to gain insight and knowledge. The use of cartomancy is a good and safe way to connect with your spirit guides, get their message through as a tool of guidance, reassurance, it can sometimes help in decision making and gives you a better understanding of your life and of yourself as a person.
Note that tarot cards are based on energy reading so they are not deterministic and sometimes the reading can't be 100% accurate.
Here is a basic guide on how to read tarot:
The Rider-Waite deck is the traditional tarot deck, it is known for being used for centuries that's how it represents the standard for every tarot deck published.
There are 78 cards in a Rider-Waite deck, with 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana.
The major arcanas are numbered from 0 to 21, they represent the major turning points in life.
The minor arcanas contain 4 suits with 14 cards each: The swords, the pentacles, the wands, and the cups. Each suite is numbered from 1 (Ace) to 10 and contains 4 additional cards that are called the faces: The page, the knight, the king, and the queen.
There is absolutely no one way to use tarot cards the decision is personal and it depends from reader to reader. But when you are starting with tarot it might seem complicated as you don't know from where to start.
Here are some tips on how to use tarot cards:
Before shuffling the cards it is always important to get in the right state of mind and that's by meditating for a few minutes to improve your focus.
Don't forget to ask your question and if you don't know what to ask you can always start by asking your guides "What do i need to know today?"
start by shuffling the cards face down or to the sides, as you shuffle the energy infuses into the cards and make the reading more accurate.
If you are reading for someone, lend them the cards and ask them to put their hand on the deck while concentrating on the question, and then shuffle the cards again focusing on the question. Focus is the key to an accurate reading.
For choosing the cards there are many methods, i will list some of them:
Tarot cards were initially used as a card game in the 15th century, originated in Italy and spread to Europe.
It wasn't until the 18th century that tarot became used as a tool for divination and for occult purposes after the essay that was published by Court de Geblin who interpreted the use of cards as a tool to access esoteric wisdom.
Nowadays fortune-tellers use developed tarot cards originated from Raider-Waite's model.
Tarot is like any form of art, it takes time, study and doings. In the beginning, it is okay if you don't get clear messages and remember to always use your intuition and to not use tarot as a form of therapy.