Using Tarot Cards in Divination
Tarot cards have long been
used by readers to divine the future for
individuals. The use of them is believed to be
part psychic and part magic. A tarot card deck
normally contains 78 cards and readers get
attached to one deck in particular from which
they find they can divine the future more easily
As with many areas in life, practice is important to become a good reader of tarot cards. The more a tarot card reader works with a deck the clearer the meanings that are divined. Reading tarot cards becomes a deeply personal experience as the use of magic, divination, and intuition come together.
Though tarot cards go back hundreds of years, the idea of using the cards to predict the future is relatively a new concept and was first implemented by the Order of the Golden Dawn and worked with the Tree of Life and magic.
The Order of the Golden Dawn
Though Gypsies and the
Egyptians used their own set of cards for
divination, tarot cards that we use today were
used for three purposes by The Order of the
Golden Dawn. They are
Spell work – which features especially designed decks
Tree of life – often used to bring about a great use of magic.
Divination and the Tarot Deck
Tarot decks for divination,
like all magical tools must be personalized
through keying. Keying forms a bond with you and
the universe, so each draw of a card or throwing
the deck also means you are changing the
To key the cards and thereby form the bond, it is important to study other magical tools such as the plate, Athame, and sun candles as these tools will be used to key your cards. Decks thrown that are not keyed will be less accurate as they have no bond to the cosmos.
History of Tarot Cards
Playing cards entered Europe
via Mamluk Egypt in the 14th century or
thereabouts. Their suits would have been similar
to those found in the tarot decks. The first
documented evidence originates from Bern,
Switzerland where a ban on their use was first
From a divination perspective, the earliest documented evidence goes back to 1540 from a book entitled The Oracles of Francesco Marcolino da Forli, which featured a method of divination. Manuscripts from 1735 such as The Square of Sevens and 1750 Pratesi Cartomancer both show rudimentary divine meanings taken from the symbols and pictures on tarot cards.
Tarot Cards and Psychoanalysis
Carl Jung firs attached
importance to tarot symbolism. It is possible he
may have seen tarot cards as representing
archetypes, or if you prefer, fundamental
persons or situation embedded in the collective
unconscious of all human beings. In the
psychoanalysis world, a picture of how a person
is can be gauged by asking them which tarot card
from the tarot deck they identify with
A far cry from divination but this still shows a link between the tarot card and a human being.