Hi! I’m Nerissa, and in this blog I hope to share with you my passion for Tarot and to pass on to you what I’ve learned in my 15 years as a professional Tarot card reader.
Tarot has enriched my life in so many ways and it seems to be growing in popularity with every year that passes. Dozens of books and hundreds of decks are now available for sale, and yet many, if not most of the people I come into contact with on a daily basis don’t have the faintest idea of what Tarot is or how it can benefit them.
So what is Tarot, exactly?
Simply put, Tarot consists of a deck of 78 cards that is similar to our modern playing cards in that it is divided into 4 suits, numbered Ace to Ten. Instead of a Jack, a Queen, and a King, Tarot includes a Page, a Knight, a Queen, and a King.
The suits of the Tarot are a little different than, but correspond to the suits of our modern playing decks. Swords correspond to Spades, Wands (or Batons) correspond to Clubs, Cups correspond to Hearts, and Pentacles (or Discs/Coins) correspond to Diamonds . We'll talk more about the significance of these suits in a future post!
In addition to these 56 cards, known as the Minor Arcana, there are 22 Major Arcana cards. These Major Arcana cards are actually numbered 0 to 21, and are titled with the names of the archetypes they depict, such as The Fool (0), The Hermit (IX), and The Star (XVII). Interesting fact- some people believe that the Joker cards of our modern playing decks originate with The Fool card of the Tarot.
Each card represents an aspect of the human condition- a range of potential experiences and outcomes both favourable and unfavourable that can be universally applied to all human beings.
For instance, everybody experiences or has the potential to experience love, pain, joy, loss, triumph, grief, hope. Everybody has the potential to grow, to overcome obstacles, and to make wise decisions. Everybody has talents, gifts, and weaknesses.
In this sense, tarot is both a mirror and a language in which to see and understand the subtle energies that influence and connect you to your world while defining your unique circumstances.
Tarot can help you to channel, heighten, and clarify your intuition. The information you receive can be interpreted for divining the future as well as the past, receiving spiritual guidance, and understanding how to bring balance and well-being into your life on multiple levels. Tarot can be used for spell work, rituals, meditation, and prayer. It is a versatile and richly complex tool that has proven to be as applicable today as it was centuries ago.
While this has been a very brief and rudimentary introduction to Tarot, I hope you will tune in once in awhile and bear with me while I learn about and navigate the intricacies of social media, blogging, and the like.
I would like this to ultimately become a place of discussion, feedback, and learning- so please don’t hesitate to contact me! Tell me what you would like to see here and I will do my best to provide Tarot tips and info that you can put to use in your own life.