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What is Tarot?

Updated: Oct 23, 2020

Tarot Reading is an ancient mystical artform dating back to the fifteenth century. “The visual storytelling power of the Tarot is descended from a time when only the privileged few could read,” (Farber). Reading Tarot is like reading a story about a person’s life. “Tarot cards are fundamentally a description of the human journey from birth to death,” (A.E. Waite). The reader pulls cards drawing attention to themes, motifs, tones, desires, hopes and fears along one’s journey. Thus, Tarot can be a useful tool to guide one’s focus through a difficult time or decision. “It expresses in picture form our personalities and the essence of our experiences so that the sequences and main themes of our lives become more visible,” (Genest).

The oldest survived Tarot deck appeared in Italy (Tarrochi; a painted deck) in the fifteenth century, but many scholars—who have studied Tarot— believe it originated in Egypt much earlier. Many believe that Gypsies (this word is derived from the word Egyptians) brought the first Tarot decks to Europe around the fifteenth century to tell fortunes.


The Tarot deck is made up of seventy-eight cards with only pictures and numbers upon them “designed to embody and convey a special message to both our conscious and subconscious, using only visual symbolism, the ‘official’ language of both the land of our dreams and the visual arts,” (Farber). There are 22 Major Arcana cards (The Sun, The moon, Death, Wheel of fortune, The Hermit, etc.,) signifying major events or specific keys to consciously look for as you begin to walk through new doors. There are 56 Minor Arcana cards; there are 4 suits (Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles) built just like a deck of cards (ace, one, two…queen, king). These Minor Arcana cards show you where you are along the process of growth and can show how to emotionally, spiritually or physically interact with your situation.


“Dr. Carl Jung, a psychologist (and a student of the tarot) used this concept [of Tarot] as the basis for his theory of the Collective Unconscious, a place where all the knowledge and emotions of everyone’s past present and future resides, eternally available to and connecting us all, with each other and all there is,” (Farber).


What a reading looks like with me. I do not claim to be a witch or follow any sort of occult practice. I do not refer to myself as a psychic; I do however enter into my psychic mind/subconscious/third eye knowledge to bring your energy forward, but I allow the cards to tell the rest of the story. I am honest about my knowledge of the cards and what they say as I read for you. Those being read for are welcome to take the information any way they would like and often the cards become like suggestive therapy drawing one’s attention to how they emotionally react to this information being presented.


For those curious about my beliefs: I pray to and thank my higher source every day. Many call this God, YHWY, Allah, Krshna, Brahman, Goddess, or the Universe. I do not care what you call your higher source, I will support you. I study spirit and healing and would love to support you along your spiritual journey using Tarot as my tool. I recently asked myself “how can I help the world right now?” and I realized my long-term study of tarot has helped me make decisions, align with my spirit and forced me to get to know myself better. I believe this can help anyone no matter who you or what you believe. I am not trying to con you or convert you. I just want to help you.

I am passionate about helping others find ways to strengthen their spirit and focus their life's journey on spiritual alignment. I am happy to answer any questions any time. Please reach out with questions or book a reading with me! Dm or email me at ammaspeakspeace@gmail.com

Or visit my site to book! ReadbyAmma.com

Works Cited

Farber, Monte & Zerner, Amy. “The Enchanted Tarot.” New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1990.

Genest, Claudia. “Self-Discovery through the Tarot.” Scotland: Findhorn Press, 2003.

Waite, A. E. “The Key to the Tarot.” London: Rider Books, 1993.


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