What is Tarot?
The tarot is a deck of cards, there are 78 cards in a deck, consisting of the major and minor arcana. The major arcana are the cards that depict archetypes and phases of a person’s journey. Starting with the Fool and ending with the World. The minor arcana is made up of roughly the same as a playing card deck. 4 suits Wands (Fire), Swords (Air), Cups (Water) and Pentacles (Earth), Ace through King. They represent minor influences in your life.
The Page, Knight, Queen, and King cards are called the court cards and can represent people in your life. They can represent yourself or show how those around you are influencing your journey. There are a few different styles of tarot decks, I lean towards the Rider Waite style.
Each card has a different meaning and drawing a reverse (upside down) card also has a different meaning.
When a question is asked the cards are placed in a spread. A spread is the layout or positioning of the cards, where they are placed and why. An example of a 3 card spread would be pulling 3 cards and placing them from left to right in a single row. Each card placement signifies something. In this example it could be a past, present, future spread. Where the first card represents the past, the second card the present and the third would be the future card.
Now while there are many interpretations of these cards, there are no “good or bad” cards. No need to gasp at the death card, it usually means change. All cards are there to help you.