Card readings or â€˜cartomancy's€™ are basically a means of revealing a deeper insight into a situation and determining an outcome based on current circumstances and actions'€”a tarot deck is normally used for such purposes. According to Bill Wolf, a graphic designer and artist specializing on the subject, "The tarot can often speak in broad, timeless, universal statements about our place in the world."€ Some people claim the cards and their symbolism originated, in some form, from ancient Egypt, and this explains their use by gypsies (also thought by some to have similar roots). But the cards can, with more certainty, be traced to medieval Italy where they were used in a game that involves trumps like bridge or whist (the word trump is a corruption of the word triumph). Over the years the cards became associated with divination (fortune-telling) and different packs evolved specifically with this application in mind. One of the most famous and recognizable tarot decks is the Rider-Waite deck and has become a popular standard. There are quite a few others with various styles of illustrations, but they all tend to be comprised of 78 cards and divided into what is known as the Major Arcana'€”the trump cards'€”and the Minor arcana'€”the suit cards. The Major Arcana comprises 22 cards such as The Knight, The Lovers, The Fool, The Hanged Man, Death and so on, and the Minor Arcana, 56 cards split into four numbered suits: Wands, Coins, Cups and Swords. The Minor Arcana is quite closely related to a standard pack of cards and also includes pages, knights, queens and kings of each suit.
The tarot has become synonymous with fortune-tellers, gypsies, mystics and psychics who use various different spreads like the Celtic Cross, for example, from the chosen cards, depending on their favored method or the nature of the clients€™s request. They will then proceed to use their knowledge and skills to interpret the meaning. More recently, psychologists such as Carl Jung have treated the tarot as a serious aid to gaining deeper psychological insights into the human psyche. We often see its rather exotic use in literature and movies involving voodoo, for example. However, reading cards is a practice still performed seriously by psychics today, some of whom are very skilled at what they do. Because of the nature of tarot card readings it is a fairly simple task to create an interactive computer generated program that will automatically shuffle the cards and present a spread according to an askers€™s requirements from cards selected on the screen with a mouse. The computer will then offer a very generic interpretation; this is fine but it doesn't€™t compare with a real-life expert's interpretation. If you want to find out how reading cards can help you with a difficult decision or what might lie on store, contact one of our carefully vetted experts live for deeper insight into a dilemma or at the very least, an interesting experience.