December 3, 2020

Tarot cards are a form of divination used by witches, non-witches, and spiritual people in general. The designs of cards in the Major Arcana can be traced back as far as 1440, when the first known deck appeared in Italy. They were originally used as playing cards as a form of entertainment. 


The meaning of Tarot changed when multiple occultists and historians made connections between Egyptians and the Kabbalah: the Hebrew system of mysticism. It was recognized as a timeless body of knowledge that had significance in every original mystical path.


It is still used today, especially in Wicca, Paganism, and witchcraft. Witches may use Tarot in their daily lives to find hidden meanings in things such as: love, school, money, family, etc. There are separate sections within the deck. 


There are 78 cards in total, 22 major arcana and 56 minor arcana. The major arcana represents long-term big events in certain aspects of life. The minor arcana reflects trials and tribulations of everyday life. 


There are also 40 organised cards that have 4 Suits, each with 10 cards, representing various situations that we encounter day-to-day:



Emotional issues, love, relationships, connections, feelings. 



Health, finances, work, creativity, ego, self-image.



Thoughts, attitude, quality of mindset, intellect, power.



Energy, spirituality, inspiration, determination, strength, intuition.


Tarot also has multiple types of spreads and readings. A spread is how you lay out the Tarot cards, and can be used to further explore your love life, career, family, and more. A general rule of tarot is that they must be gifted to you when used in witchcraft, and nobody else should touch your cards after you’ve worked with them. Your cards should have a relationship with you, don’t let anyone else mess up that energy. 


Tarot is a very broad subject, and this is simply an intro or slight exploration of tarot cards/readings. There is so much more to know. 


Join me next week to learn about familiars, blessed be!

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Ceresa Morsaint is a writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the Director of Social Media for the SIREN. She studies American Sign Language, and her articles revolve around witchcraft and environmental tips/updates. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and reading Frank McCourt novels with her cat, Burt.

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