Tarot is a pack of 78 playing cards and has been around in Europe since mid-15th century. From the 18th century, Tarot cards become very popular and have been used for both predicting the future and guided meditation.
Tarot reading is a practice of divine insight and guidance, which can be read through the specific placement of tarot cards. Popularly it is believed that Tarot cards are used to predict fortune; however, the truth is that Tarot reading provides insight into ones innermost truths of their higher self.
The history says that in 1971, an astrologer named Jean Baptiste Alliette first used the Tarot decks to perform occult practices and predicting future. Before this, these cards had been used as playing cards throughout regions of Italy and France.
Jean-Baptiste Alliette combined these Tarot cards with astrology, and recognised four elements and four humors. He divided the 78 card occult deck into two distinct categories – Major Arcana and Minor Arcana. He believed that Tarot was divinely inspired with the Book of Thoth, and thus his deck was heavily inspired by ancient Egyptian texts.
A Tarot reading consists of a reader and the inquirer. The person, who is supposed to ask the question, shuffles the cards. Then the reader takes a given number of cards from pack and places them out in a random pattern on the table. Each position of cards represents a shade of meaning that alters the reading of the cards. Then the reader examines the card layout and gives meaning to the cards in the order they are placed. This is how; they are able to answer questions of the inquirer.
It is a matter of interest that there are many readers and scholars that disagree on the specific meanings of the Tarot cards. Today, a huge number of decks exist, many with their own meaning that vary slightly or largely from the traditional meaning of Tarot cards. Despite the disagreements and beliefs, there is no doubt that Tarot reading is an intrinsically occult science, which is alluring, magical and can trigger intuitive insights in the reader.