Reading the tarot with playing cards?

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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 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.

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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.

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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)

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  1. Zargon says

    Yes, the cheap ones are just as useless as the expensive ones, so if you have to buy some, buy the cheap ones.

  2. alioop326 says

    You should buy whichever ones are easiest for you to read. I have a few decks that I bought because I loved the artwork, but they are distracting. I always got all of my best readings from a good old Rider Waite deck.

  3. Thank God I'm Atheist says

    Of course, you don’t want to pay more than a dollar for a bunch of “Bullsheeting” Cards, do you?

  4. Someone else for fundies to hate says

    Yes, it matters. The more you spend on them, the more money you’re throwing away.

    Take your money and buy something useful.

  5. bobby.story says

    I would,nt think so because tarot cards are like rolling dice unless the deck is stacked it is only luck not forecast.

  6. Against DOGMA says

    no… but a good set has good instructions. For a first deck, use whatever, once you get good at it… go find a nice artsy deck… mine are from an artist in Hawaii….. he travelled Europe and used many works of art to symobolize many tarot figures… they are almost too nice to use. Its just for fun, a game… you wont go to hell like some of these fundies might tell you and as for god being against it… how do they know, did he tell them? Gosh I cant stand those idiots…. they should clean up their own backyards before they go beaking off in here….

  7. Bobby The Wolf -P3D- says

    If the cards call to you then they are fine.

    do you feel any kind of connection to them? It may take some time for a bond to grow… Usually it doesn’t matter what deck you buy as long as you like them.

  8. Teawitch says

    nope. but usually it would help if you are drawn to a particular deck. If you consecrate or cleanse/bless them, you should be ok. Just remember they are just a tool and only your decisions determine if the outcome is the same as the cards.

  9. Doc Watson says

    Because this is a sincere question I’ll give you a non-preaching, non-judgmental reply:

    The most common and popular deck is the traditional Rider Waite deck of tarot cards. That doesn’t mean they are the best or even the right ones to use. It just means they are the most popular. It’s usually best to pick up several different styles and respond to the deck that ‘feels’ right in your hands.

    However, any deck you use will work just fine if you believe it will. It’s always up to you. If you believe the deck you have will work then it will.

    As to the fundies giving you a hard time here, just ignore them. I always find it amazing (and sad) how many stone casters there are in R&S. The truth is there are many intuitive, even psychic, people in the world, including practicing Christians, who can use tarot cards (or any other divine tools) to help channel their gift. God gives us many ways to help ourselves and others. If you have a gift that you can use to help others there is no evil in using that gift, psychic or otherwise, tarot cards or palms or whatever. It’s a gift you have.

    The deck you’ve bought will work just fine as long as you have faith in it.

  10. kymm r says

    They should be passed down from generations or given to you by a family member. however if you felt them call out to you trust in that
    don’t ever give them away, burn them or lend them out to anyone else. The original deck was the Rider Waite deck however today there are many different kinds that have emerged. The easiest spread is a three card one until you learn others like the celtic cross, the fan, past present and future etc.

  11. philebus says

    I guess that depends on how you want to use them. There are broadly three uses.

    The first use is unfamiliar to English speakers but it is their original use. Tarot cards were invented in mid 15th century Italy for a family of card games – games that continue to be played throughout continental Europe today! For these games, you really want the pip cards to be what we call non-scenic, that is, they simply show the number of items of the suit, so the 4 of coins will just have four coins on it.

    The second and third uses are more familiar to use in the English speaking world. Fortune telling and the idea of meditation upon the symbols has it’s origin only in the very late 18th century after a Parisian occultist, ignorant of the cards’ real origins, invented his own story about their being from Egypt and having a use in divination. For this purpose it probably doesn’t matter which pack you use, so long as you like the pictures. Most fortune tellers prefer to use a pack which has scenic pip cards, which means that the 4 of coins will show four coins in a picture that represents whatever it is fortune tellers think the card represents.

  12. SadharaSatguru says


    Yes it matters – you have to gel with them to build a relationship with them.

    All things happen for a reason, so your purchase may have been a perfect one!


  13. Rhapsody says

    No you do not have to be 18 to buy tarot cards, but I think that a spiritual book store or shop would have a much better selection than barnes and noble

  14. PaulCyp says

    They are just a stack of cardboard. Why would they be restricted … oh wait, I bet you think they have POWERS!!!!!!!!!!!! How can you be so naive?

  15. ppp says

    Being different in Texas is highly illegal.

    You can fix that by voting against the right wing sucessionist nuts under your capitol dome and that wild and whacky re-write history state school board you have.

    But face it, you are from Texas, that has to hurt. You can immigrate to Georgia though, but leave your azzh0le Texan friends at home. I hope they leave the union like they keep threatening. Southern man don’t need them around anyhow.

  16. believer_in_jesus37421 says

    Let me ask you a question: Do you think the devil would like for you to get involved in these practices? The answer is yes—and that should be a solemn warning to you.

    The Bible is very clear: If we want to please God, we will avoid everything that has anything to do with the occult (even if it seems innocent or harmless on the surface). The reason is because occult practices of any kind could involve you with spiritual forces that are opposed to God and are, in fact , in league with the devil.

    I know that is a strong statement—but I can’t emphasize strongly enough how spiritually dangerous it is to follow Satan’s way rather than God’s way. When the Ephesians who had practiced the occult became Christians, they “brought their (magic) scrolls together and burned them publicly” (Acts 19:19). They knew there could be no compromise between their old way of living and God’s way.

    Don’t try to resist the “pull” you feel toward the occult in your own strength. Instead, by faith turn to Christ and ask Him to come into your life and give you the strength of His Holy Spirit. Don’t be deceived, but come to Christ, who alone is “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

    For a FREE easy-to-understand study Bible e-mail me.


  17. Deo Vacuus says

    You don’t have to be 18. That’s silly. A Ouija Board is made by children’s toy maufacturerers too.

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