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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".

Marseilles Tarot

A reproduction of the centuries-old Marseilles deck, one of the oldest decks still in popular circulation. A "must have" for historians and collectors alike.

Renaissance Tarot

A modern deck with symbolism drawn from the heroic age and rendered in renaissance style. This deck is an excellent choice when exploring questions of passion, mastery, and the inner workings of human reason.

Numerology and the Divine Triangle

A comprehensive text on numerology and how it relates to Tarot, including detailed descriptions of the numbers 1 through 78, and their astrological and Tarot correspondences.

Thoth Tarot

The masterpiece creation of legendary occultist Aleister Crowley, featuring exquisite artwork and drawn from the mystical traditions of his Ordo Templi Orientis.