Reading the tarot with playing cards?
I’m interested in learning how to. The biggest difference I’m aware of from classical Tarot is the omission of the major arcana entirely, except for the fool, and there being three court cards instead of four. Because there are fewer cards, each one seems to have their own unique subtleties and a blend of traits from some of the absent cards wrapped inside of them.
I’ve got to start somewhere. Could you give me the general meaning of each playing card when they’re used in fortunetelling? Or can you give me a link that has a description of each one.
Answer by Eystavros Levine
I use www.facade.com to do card readings. I taught myself how to read I-ching, Runes, Tarot, Tea Leaves and some other mediums
Answer by philebus
You can find a brief description of reading with playing cards here:
Of course, different readers attribute different meanings to the cards, so you might want to look around for those that suit you best. For example, in France it was more popular to use a pack reduced to just 32 cards!
I would like to address some points regarding your question. First of all, the lack of tarot’s trumps is not an omission – 52 card packs predate tarot, which was not created until the mid 15th century and was not used for divination for a further 350 years after that (and even then, the practice was limited to France for an additional 100 years). Up until then, they were only used for playing card games – games which are still played throughout continental Europe today. When you say “except for the fool” I am assuming that you are referring to the Joker – however, this card is not related to Tarot’s Fool in any way but was a 20th century invention by US card makers for the game of Euchre.
does it matter what tarot cards you buy?
i bought some today because i just saw them and i was just impatient and wanted them. so, is that bad? or should i have taken the time to look at other places?
its just that i have to kind of do this in secret and today i was with mu mum and i bought them when she wasnt looking. so i cant exactly have asked to go somewhere else without her making it difficult.
Answer by Calvin K
No since they are all useless..
Answer by J
In the same way it matters which Ouija board you buy, yes.
Answer by Billy M
Does it matter to which God you’re praying? No. Same thing with tarot cards.
Answer by duke_of_urls
It’s a game. It doesn’t matter where you buy them.
Do you have to be 18 years or older to buy tarot cards?
Okay, I’m 16 years old. So, let’s say I went to Barnes and Noble or Hastings, will they request an ID? And no, I don’t wanna buy them online. By the way, I live in south Texas.
Answer by Aonghas
No. Why on earth would you have to be eighteen? They’re just cards.
Answer by Guru Hank
But you can use an ordinary pack of cards for doing Tarot divinations, like it shows here:
And you can buy a smutty pack of playing cards which you should be 18 to possess, from a dirty bookshop.
You will then have an adult tarot fortune telling kit, and will be a hit at parties.
Answer by Ghoast Kitteh [hooman vurshun]
What? No, of course you don’t. Why would you have to be 18 to buy a deck of tarot cards?
Answer by Doug O
No. (But you should)