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About Tarot

A few frequently asked questions about tarot cards briefly answered...

What is tarot?

Tarot is a type of card deck (or card pack, outside the USA) that consists of 78 cards. In a set of tarot cards there are 22 "trump" cards (numbered 0 to 21) and 56 "pip" cards separated into 4 suits (like a standard deck of playing cards). There is a huge variety of tarot cards available, from classic decks like the Rider-Waite Tarot and the Tarot de Marseilles, to playful versions like the Steampunk Tarot and the Halloween Tarot. There are even tarot decks based on popular culture, like the Dark Shadows Tarot, the Penny Dreadful Tarot, and the Lord of the Rings Tarot.

Where did tarot come from?

Tarot started as a card game that is still popular in many countries today, particularly in France. People use tarot for many things  playing the game of tarot, meditation, deep spiritual growth, connecting with the divine, as well as divination. Most people associate tarot cards with fortunetelling, but that only a small part of the world of tarot.

Can anyone read tarot cards?

The first thing is that you don't need to be planning a career as a fortune teller or psychic to benefit from tarot cards. They are a wonderful tool for developing a better understanding of yourself. Career counselors and psychologists use them in their daily practices to help people get in touch with their true feelings. They can also help you gain insights and make better decisions by allowing you to tune in to your own natural intuition.

Are tarot cards evil?

You might have heard some silly statement like, "Tarot cards are evil!" Egads! There is absolutely nothing "evil" about Tarot cards. They are simply a deck of illustrated cardboard or plastic cards. Almost every bookstore carries them these days. Many people collect them for their stunning art alone. Some of the best illustrators alive today have provided art for tarot decks. Tarot cards are simply a tool. The intent behind their use belongs to the individual alone.

How prevalent is tarot in pop culture?

Tarot card decks are appearing on TV and in the movies more and more everyday. Perhaps you've seen them on television series like BonesCarnivale, Penny Dreadful, or The Simpsons. Visit our Tarot in Film section to find a list of movies and television programs where tarot cards and tarot card readers have been depicted.

After viewing some of those films/videos, you might like to try a tarot reading for yourself. Anyone capable of reading a 6 to 16 page instructional booklet can learn to read tarot cards. If you decide you want to own a deck, please consider buying your first deck of tarot cards from us. We carry a wide variety of the most popular decks available.





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