Using tarot cards is the most common method of divination, as it provides guidance for any type of question or issue. It is the most flexible, and therefore the most powerful, form of divination..
A tarot deck is composed of 78 cards. The first 22 make up the Major Arcana, which are divided into three general areas: the material world, the intuitive mind, and the realm of change. These are the dominant cards, holding the strongest influence over the reading. Drawing multiple Major Arcana cards is note-worthy and should be carefully considered.
The remaining cards of the tarot deck are split into four suits, which are loosely associated with various aspects.
- Pentacles - Earth
Nature, health, security, finances, stability, reliability
- Swords - Air
Ideas, communication, conflict, logic, awareness, perception
- Wands - Fire
Energy, inspiration, action, passion, ambition, willpower
- Cups - Water
Relationships, feelings, love, intuition, serenity
The cards are dealt into a spread that determines how each position relates to the overall question. The way that the cards are shuffled and dealt, and whether it is done by the reader or querent, is based on intuition or personal preference.
While defined meanings for each card may be studied and learned, it is not entirely necessary. To have a successful reading, the cards can be interpreted based on their individual pictorial representations, their orientation (upright or inverted), and their proximity to other cards in the spread. In this manner, a story will unfold that reveals the information or answer being sought.