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Tarot is an ancient practice, built on even more ancient spiritual work. The first Tarot cards were printed in Italy in the 14th century, and quickly spread through Europe. They incorporated archetypal concepts, symbols from the natural world religions, like Wicca, and many from Christianity, like the Hierophant and Judgment.

There are 56 Minor Arcana cards, which are the ‘tying your shoes, brushing your teeth’ day to day issues, and 22 Major Arcana, which deal with more important issues in your life, your life lessons and themes.

A full reading is a picture of what The Universe thinks you need to know right now, and tells you what is going on in your life, and how it’s going to come out if you keep going that way. So the wonderful practical point about Tarot is that if you don’t like the way your next steps are going to turn out, you can figure out where you need to change, and what that change needs to be, to give you a different outcome. We are always in free will.

The layouts also come from many places, ideas and times. The one I use most often, which I loved the moment I saw it, before I knew what is was called, is the Celtic Cross. It is the layout the Druids used to divine / figure out situations, and was done over the centuries with sticks, stones, bones and runes.

Many books today give techniques for designing your own layouts for particular needs and situations. The easiest layout is to draw a card every day, asking The Universe / Spirit, what you need to keep in mind that day, or what is going to happen that day. Two other easy layouts are to ask about a particular situation, and then layout three cards. You can ask either about the past, present and future of the situation, or the current situation, what’s affecting it, and what the outcome will be.


Interested in viewing some of the cards? Click on any of the Tarot cards on this page to view some of Patricia's favorite cards and decks.