Posts Tagged With: Tarot

The Best of Divination Methods for Samhain


The Best of Divination Methods for Samhain


Communication between worlds is at its best on Samhain, so any divination you perform on this night is rods, or a pendulum to find answers to yes-or-no questions.

Tea leaves. A traditional way of seeing the future by interpreting the leftover tea leaves in a cup.

Tarot. Reading the pattern of the cards and the symbols to discern past, present, and future. There are many forms of tarot cards available.

Reading palms. Following the lines on the hand to foretell life events.

Runes. Interpreting symbols painted or engraved on sets of stones or wood.

Automatic writing. Writing without thinking, usually done in a meditative state.

These are just a few divination methods you can try; this is by no means an exhaustive list. One technique may suit you better than the others. This is definitely the right time of year to have a go and pick up a new skill.



Hedgewitch Book of Days: Spells, Rituals, and Recipes for the Magical Year

Mandy Mitchell


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The Cups Tarot Cards

The Cups Tarot Cards

Learn about the emotional Cups Tarot cards

Tarotcom Staff


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Tarot 101: The Basics

Tarot 101: The Basics

A beginner’s guide to Tarot cards and how to use them

Tarotcom Staff is a Daily Insight Group Associate

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Celtic Dragon Tarot for Monday 3/30/2015


8 of Wands

Eight Dragons fly across the deep, mysterious void of cosmic sky, each one holding a crystal-topped wand. Starlight flashes off the crystal tips of the wands. The stars are spiritual beacons that guide those who journey through life. Oftentimes, those on a life journey feel as if they are in a bottomless void, with no direction, and use your willpower (wand) to find your way to your goal.

Divinatory Meaning

Barriers fall and events move quickly. Urgent messages of a positive nature come your way. You may take a journey, possibly by air.

Copyright 199 A guide to the Celtic Dragon Tarot D. J. Conway Copyright 1999 Illustrations Lisa Hunt

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Tarot “Lovers Card” Love Spell

Tarot “Lovers Card” Love Spell


To make the object of your desire consider you as a potential partner, and to encourage them to decide whether they would like to be with you (without actually forcing them to fall in love with you), do the following:

Whilst meditating on the Lovers tarot card, chant three times:

Oh Tarot spirit of the lovers, bring a lover to me.
Oh Tarot spirit of the lovers (name of person) is who I want it to be.
Send them thoughts of love and lust of them and I together,
By the red sting of destiny may I hold them on a tether.
Tonight may they dream of sweet romance and passion,
Let them think of them and I that before they could never imagine.
And when they awake, may I be in their mind, pulling at the strings of their heart,
Oh tarot spirit of the lovers, let me make my mark.
They will think of no one else, other than them and I,
And every time they think of me, they will feel a high.
When we meet their knees shall weaken, and their skin will blush,
When they look into my eyes, they will get a rush.
Full of confusion and bitter-sweet emotion they will not know what to do.
Acting on impulse and instinct so human, they’ll decide if they want me too.

Spells by Kitty

Website: Everything Under The Moon

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Choosing Your Tarot Deck

Choosing Your Tarot Deck

For a beginning Tarot reader, few tasks are as daunting as actually choosing that first deck. There are hundreds of different Tarot decks available. Some are based upon famous artwork, movies, books, legends, mythology, and even movies. Others proudly declare on their sparkly boxes that they are not just Tarot cards — they are oracle cards, wisdom cards, healing cards, and all kinds of other things. Really, it can be a little overwhelming.

So how does a new person choose a deck? Well, it sounds very simplistic, but the best thing to do is choose a deck that feels right for you. Handle the boxes. Look at them. Ask the shop owner if they have any samples you can examine — most Pagan and Metaphysical shops will have plenty of loose cards lying around, although your local Big Chain Bookstore will not. Ask friends who read Tarot what decks they prefer, and why.

While you’re looking at the decks, see if there’s a particular one that keeps getting your attention. Do you keep finding yourself picking up that Baseball Tarot package, because it reminds you of your late Nana who pitched a no-hitter in the All American Girls League seven decades ago? Do you think the artwork on the Cat People deck is mystical and seductive? Perhaps the Egyptian Tarot brings to mind some dreams you’ve been having lately. If there’s a certain deck that calls to you, that might be the one you need to get.

Do keep in mind that if you’re new to Tarot, and you plan to learn Tarot in a class, from a book, or from a website like this one, most follow the traditional 78 card format. If you choose a deck that bills itself as an “oracle deck” or “wisdom cards”, the cards may not correspond with the information provided in Tarot teachings. In other words, if you want to learn Tarot, be sure the deck you choose has the standard 78 cards.

Finally, if you’re really stuck, and you just aren’t sure which deck is the best one for you, it’s not a bad idea to pick up the Rider Waite deck. Aesthetically speaking, the Rider Waite deck may be lacking a bit, but it’s the one used most often as illustration in Tarot instruction books, and it’s a fairly easy system to learn. Later on, as you come to understand the cards and their meanings on an intuitive level, you can always add new decks to your collection.



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Ever Wonder Where the Tarot Came From? A Brief History of Tarot

A Brief History of Tarot

The Tarot is probably one of the most popularly used tools of divination in the world today. While not as simple as some other methods, like pendulums or tea leaves, the Tarot has drawn people into its magic for centuries. Today, cards are available to purchase in hundreds of different designs. There is a Tarot deck for just about any practitioner, no matter where his or her interests may lie. Whether you’re a fan of Lord of the Rings or baseball, whether you love zombies or are interested in the writings of Jane Austen, you name it, there’s probably a deck out there for you to choose.

Although methods of reading the Tarot have changed over the years, and many readers adopt their own unique style to the traditional meanings of a layout, in general, the cards themselves haven’t changed much. Lets look at some of the early decks of Tarot cards, and the history of how these came to be used as more than just a parlor game.

French & Italian Tarot

The ancestors of what we today know as Tarot cards can be traced back to around the late fourteenth century. Artists in Europe created the first playing cards, which were used for games, and featured four different suits. These suits were similar to what we still use today – staves or wands, discs or coins, cups, and swords. After a decade or two of using these, in the mid-1400s, Italian artists began painting additional cards, heavily illustrated, to add into the existing suits.

These trump, or triumph, cards were often painted for wealthy families. Members of the nobility would commission artists to create for them their own set of cards, featuring family members and friends as the triumph cards. A number of sets, some of which still exist today, were created for the Visconti family of Milan, which counted several dukes and barons among its numbers.

Because not everyone could afford to hire a painter to create a set of cards for them, for a few centuries, customized cards were something only a privileged few could own. It wasn’t until the printing press came along that playing card decks could be mass-produced for the average game-player.

Tarot as Divination

In both France and Italy, the original purpose of Tarot was as a parlor game, not as a divinatory tool. It appears that divination with playing cards started to become popular in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, although at that time, it was far more simple than the way we use Tarot today.

By the eighteenth century, however, people were beginning to assign specific meanings to each card, and even offer suggestions as to how they could be laid out for divinatory purposes.

Tarot and the Kabbalah

In 1781, a French Freemason (and former Protestant minister) named Antoine Court de Gebelin published a complex analysis of the Tarot, in which he revealed that the symbolism in the Tarot was in fact derived from the esoteric secrets of Egyptian priests. De Gebelin went on to explain that this ancient occult knowledge had been carried to Rome and revealed to the Catholic Church and the popes, who desperately wanted to keep this arcane knowledge secret. In his essay, the chapter on Tarot meanings explains the detailed symbolism of Tarot artwork and connects it to the legends of Isis, Osiris and other Egyptian gods.

The biggest problem with de Gebelin’s work is that there was really no historical evidence to support it. However, that didn’t stop wealthy Europeans from jumping onto the esoteric knowledge bandwagon, and by the early nineteenth century, playing card decks like the Marseille Tarot were being produced with artwork specifically based on deGebelin’s analysis.

In 1791, Jean-Baptiste Alliette, a French occultist, released the first Tarot deck designed specifically for divinatory purposes, rather than as a parlor game or entertainment. A few years earlier, he had responded to de Gebelin’s work with a treatise of his own, a book explaining how one could use the Tarot for divination.

As occult interest in the Tarot expanded, it became more associated with the Kabbalah and the secrets of hermetic mysticism. By the end of the Victorian era, occultism and spiritualism had become popular pastimes for bored upper class families. It wasn’t uncommon to attend a house party and find a séance taking place, or someone reading palms or tea leaves in the corner.

The Origins of Rider-Waite

British occultist Arthur Waite was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn – and apparently a longtime nemesis of Aleister Crowley, who was also involved in the group and its various offshoots. Waite got together with artist Pamela Colman Smith, also a Golden Dawn member, and created the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, which was first published in 1909. The imagery is heavy on Kabbalistic symbolism, and because of this, is typically used as the default deck in nearly all instructional books on Tarot. Today, many people refer to this deck as the Waite-Smith deck, in acknowledgement of Smith’s iconic and enduring artwork.

Now, over a hundred years since the release of the Rider-Waite deck, Tarot cards are available in a practically endless selection of designs. In general, many of these follow the format and style of Rider-Waite, although each adapts the cards to suit their own motif. No longer just the domain of the wealthy and upper class, Tarot is available for anyone who wishes to take the time to learn it.



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Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for September 9th is The Emperor

Your Crowley Thoth Tarot Card for Today

The Emperor

The Emperor is blessed with the skills to successfully lead others. He can turn chaos into order and provide structure to that which is unbound. He is quick of mind and confident in his power and right to rule, and does so in a just manner. Although stern by nature, he truly is the ultimate father figure. He will provide as needed, teach those with unanswered questions, protect the vulnerable, set and maintain boundaries. His perfect world runs on schedule and is free of any disturbances. What the Emperor must be wary of is setting boundaries and rules where none are needed. If he isn’t careful not to over use his powers he may well become a tyrant.

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