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What do you think are Tarot Cards all about?

A method fo rpredicting the future or a method of ‘contacting’ our subconscious mind?

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  1. I think that sometimes they can work because you use them. Like, if you read in the cards that you’re going to be in a car accident, you keep thinking and thinking that you’re going to be in a car accident, thus, you eventually are.

  2. they were originally for a card game (i think it was poker like) which then got adapted into a deck for reading peoples future

  3. People will have different views, but for me, the Tarot guides me when I have a question or a situation that needs to be addressed.

  4. People used to play them as a game similar to bridge. But when the English and French got a hold of them they created more meaning for what the cards symbolized and started using them as an occult practice.
    So… i don’t think that they mean much. But others may find meaning in them and be happy with it.

  5. Tarot cards were invented in mid 15th century Italy for the Milanese court. They were created by taking the existing standard pack of Latin suited playing cards and adding a fifth suit of picture cards. These extra cards took as their theme a Christian triumph procession, hence their early name of trionfi, meaning triumphs and from which we get our word trump. It was the invention of tarot that marked the introduction of trumps into card games.
    While some of the images look strange to us now, it is because we are looking with modern eyes, with a vision already coloured by popular stories in the media. However, when the images are looked at in the context of when and where they were created, we get a different picture. Let’s take two examples:
    The Female Pope seems like an odd card, even heretical, yet in 15th century Italian art this was a common figure, being used by Christian artists to symbolize such things as The New Covenant and The Virtue of Faith. Another is The Hanged Man, as named by the French card makers who would have found the idea of a man suspended by one foot as mysterious as we might. Certainly occultists have given some imaginative accounts, yet we know from written sources that the Italians knew this card as The Traitor – and little wonder as this is how they executed traitors, suspending them by one foot and leaving them to die slowly and publicly. No mystery at all.
    The games spread without opposition from the church to at one time become the most popular form of card game in Continental Europe, where they are still played to this day.
    It was not until the end of the 18th century that a Parisian occultist, Antoine Court de Gebelin, discovered the cards and, ignorant of their true origin, published a fair story about their being from Ancient Egypt and of their use for divination. It was all made up, of course, and for nearly 100 years this notion was limited to France but at the end of the 19th century some British occultists imported the fairy story and the cards to the English speaking world.
    Tarot continue to be about card games in more than a dozen countries but English speakers know them better for their occult associations. These occult notions have led to the cards being used and redesigned for both divination and for meditation. Whether these are good uses is up to you – but I have an idea about which is the most fun.

  6. I don’t think their either.
    The meanings are so vague and our lives are so complicated that for any card in any position of any spread, I believe it could apply to anyone.
    They just help people focus on what they want to hear and give them a reason for things going wrong.

  7. Tarot is neither demonology nor sinful, unless you are told to not use them by your own church/spiritual leader. Then it is a matter of obedience.
    The Tarot will give a window into the problem at hand, which means you can use it to get an idea clarified, then look into what is likely to happen as a result. It is like any other creative stimulus to seeing a new perspective.
    They work both from the personal unconscious and the group consciousness. As archetypal concepts, they make the symbolic language of the unconscious more accessible to us.
    The problems with tarot come from two sources:
    1. People who used them as a con-game and gave readings that said, “you need to give me money/more moment, etc to remove the curse/karma/bad juju that is on you”
    2. People who insist that anything that is not part of their own beliefs has to be evil, no matter how reasonable its use is.

  8. For me, tarot is whatever you want it to be. Mostly I just read a “card of the day” before I go to class. This gives me subject that I can kind of think about and develop. For instance, I drew a two of cups one morning. This inspired me later when I was shopping with my dad to try to be more talkative with him. (cups = relationships/emotions and as we are both men these things get put by the wayside at times.)
    You know the famous ink-blot test, right (Rorschach?)? Tarot is like that on a certain level. Your individuality makes you see the world unlike any other person. When I read tarot for myself, it is a dive into my subconscious.
    For predicting the future, well, I think we create our future no matter what. If you look at a spread and think to yourself that the outlook is grim, odds are that you are not happy with your present situation and thus are concluding that things will turn bad.
    And the cards are not satanic or demonic or evil in any way. Some of the people that use them are, but not all. I pray to God and the merciful Christ when I read.

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