When you sit for a tarot card reading are there energy fields at work? Have you chosen the cards or have the cards chosen you?
Tarot card reading is a form of divination. Simply stated, the cards are used to interpret the past, present and future or to answer specific questions related to the person being read (also known as a sitter or querent). The deck is comprised of 78 cards and divided into two sections: the Major Arcana (22 cards) and the Minor Arcana (56 cards). The Major Arcana cards depict life path, and the Minor Arcana cards explain life situations and personal encounters.
During a reading, the cards are shuffled and laid out on the table as spreads. Note that there are many different types of spreads. The cards and their positions within the spread have their own unique meanings, which are interpreted by the reader. Check out your free Personal Tarot Cards, Tarot Readings and Minchiate Tarot in our Oracle Room.
In this monthly feature, we will not attempt to explain the synchronicity that is at work; however, we will offer a description of the various cards found within the classic and ever-popular Rider-Waite deck. This month’s selection is the Fool card.
MAJOR ARCANA, NUMBER ZERO
The Fool is a popular tarot card in the deck. This fool refers to a jester, not to someone who is foolish. It represents a dreamer, an
idealist. The Fool desires to do great things, but is often unaware of just how difficult the process is. He must always be very careful of the choices he makes, remembering that knowledge is his ally. This card often symbolizes a new beginning, unrestrained optimism, spontaneity and curiosity.
Although the Fool may well indicate a lack of experience or a grasp of life’s pitfalls, it is equally true that his lack of experience
leads him to believe that all things are possible, which can bring even impossible goals within his reach.
From exploring new horizons in life to experiencing a new phase, the Fool card also symbolizes letting life take its course, as well as
the negative implications of having to come to terms with the current condition one’s own life is in.
In the reversed position, the card can signify risk taking, bad choices or decision making, hesitation and apathetic behavior.