When one hears the word “Tarot” they instantly associate it with divination, fortune-telling, or cartomancy. In today’s occult scene, the most popular divination tool for sure is the Tarot, and it is proven to be a great device to look into one’s past, current situation, one’s future, and possible outcomes, to reveal the unseen forces governing one’s life and for insights Into one’s own magical path. But what most people seem to overlook or are not aware of, is the fact that Tarot can be used and applied for different magick rituals, rites, and spells, spirit evocations, astral traveling, lucid dreaming, etc. as well.
Regularly working with the Tarot also helps exalt and upgrade the physic abilities of the Magician, Sorcerer, Shaman, etc. and the deck becomes a sacred tool for transformation and awakening.
Tarot Origin & History
Tarot is an ancient art of divination and fortune-telling. When we look back on history, nobody really knows exactly where tarot cards originated. Tarot as we know it today was first introduced in Italy and French as a card game. In northern Italy, in the first half of the century, they were called “carte da trionfi” (cards of the triumph) and used to play a game similar to modern bridge. Later in the 1540s, the cards became known as Tarocchi (the plural form from Tarocco, meaning “Tarot”). It wasn’t utilized as a tool of prophecy until the late 1700s, though the cards are traced by some occultists even to ancient Egypt and divine hermetic wisdom.
Possibly the first occultist and “tarotologist” who claimed that tarot held the secrets of the Egyptians, was a french Freemason Antoine Court de Gébelin. He wrote in 1781 that Tarot was not merely a game of cards but was in fact of ancient Egyptian origin, of mystical cabbalistic import, and of deep divine significance. de Gébelin asserted the name “Tarot” came from the Egyptian words Tar, “path” or “road”, and the word Ro, Ros or Rog, meaning “King” or “royal”, and that the Tarot literally translated to “the Royal Road of Life”.
The popularization of esoteric tarot started with Antoine Court and Jean-Baptiste Alliette (Etteilla) in Paris during the 1780s, using the Tarot of Marseilles. The Marseilles pattern is one of the standard patterns for the design of tarot cards today and is mostly used by cartomancers, fortune tellers, etc.
In traditional tarot decks, we can see that the first twenty-two cards are usually numbered with roman numerals 0-XXI and are called the Major Arcana. Each Major Arcanum depicts a scene, mostly featuring a person or several people, with many symbolic elements. The remaining fifty-six cards are called the Minor Arcana (or Lesser Arcana) and are divided into four suits. Although there are variations, the suits are usually ordered Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles (or Disks, or Coins).
In alternative decks, e.g. In the Wildwood Tarot by Mark Ryan, the suits are Bows, Stones, Vessels, and Arrows, and in the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot by Louis Martinie, the suits are Petro, Santeria, Congo, and Rada. The Minor Arcana represents the four elements (elemental forces). Although variations do exist, usually Wand is Fire, Cups is Water, Swords is Air, and Pentacles (or Disks, or Coins) represent the Earth element. Each concentrating on different aspects of the querent’s life…
Tarot Suites & Elements
? Wands/Fire – The Sphere of the Body. Fire is energy and action, it is passion, inspiration, drive, and ambition, the spiritual level of consciousness.
? Cups/Water – Sphere of the Spirit. It is your soulful, emotional self, the emotional level of consciousness, your feelings, and your intuition. Also linked to creativity, fantasy, and imagination.
? Swords/Air – Sphere of the Intellect. It is your mental and intellectual self. The mental level of consciousness that is centered around the mind and the intellect.
? Pentacles/Earth – Sphere of Matter. It is your physical self or external level of consciousness. Also, on a more esoteric level, associated with the self-image, ego, and self-esteem.
Tarot Consecration Rite
The Hidden Tarot Secrets You Need To Know – © Photo by Ráven Myrkwoód
What most people seem to overlook is the importance of proper consecration of the cards. Personally, I have found that when you consecrate your cards the proper way, they will become amazingly accurate, really strong and powerful magickal tool, spiritual ally, and friend. Each card holds a special meaning and significance. After consecrating the cards properly, they will become a living entity, a magickal being, and a friend who will speak to you. The following consecration rites will help you to start forming a deep powerful relationship with your cards.
First, if your cards are not in order, go ahead and put them in order, separating the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The first step to consecrate your new tarot deck is to get to know your cards one by one, Intellectually, and consciously. You will have to get to know each card’s special meaning and significance. You will have to get to know details about them, the same way you get to know the details of your close friend. Getting to know your cards, you can reference anything you want to reference, any materials you want to have on hand, anything that helps you to learn, and better know that card.
The next step is to go through the deck, engaging your intuitive/artistic sense on the card’s art, colors, symbols, energy, feelings, etc. and let the card speak to you. The card becoming alive, a living magickal being. Let that become a gateway to what the card means. Link the emotions that arise with that card. With what you see, with what you feel from it until you know that card like your best friend.
On the third and final step, go through and consecrate the cards, one by one. Personally, I hold my right hand over the card, pushing the energy with my Prāṇa “breath of God” so that the cards will become a gateway into the spirit world. Sanskrit word “Prāṇa” means “life energy, life force”, and it is the cosmic force of all creation and all destruction. In Old Norse tradition it is called “Önd”, The Chinese call it “Chi”, Egyptians named it “Ka”, Lakota Sioux call it “Ni” or “Wakan”, Navajo call it “Nilch’i”, and to yogis, it is known as “Prāna”.
Once your cards are consecrated, you should start reading from them right away, whether it is for yourself or for somebody else. This will take everything that you just learned about the cards, as individuals, and now they start working together on the tree of knowledge and make sense in the context. Another method for becoming familiar with your cards is to draw a card each morning and see what the day brings. See where the card takes you and where does it manifest. Look for synchronicities during your day and always keep a record and make notes. You can also ask the card what it knows, what its powers are, what it means.
Tarot Divination & Prophecy
Below I have listed some of the card spreads I personally use. When you start learning divination with the Tarot, I highly recommend you try to focus on one card spread. Learn it thoroughly and truly master it before moving on to the next spread. In this way, you will learn stuff much faster and at a much deeper level, without tiring yourself and getting overwhelmed by the possible overload of information.
The Three Card Spread
1. The Issue – This card represents the question or issue itself.
2. Action to Avoid – This card represents the Action to avoid in the current situation.
3. Action to Take – This card represents the Action to take in the current situation.
1. Present – This card represents the present moment. The path you, or the person you’re reading for, are currently on. It reflects all those influences in the present that relate directly to the question. This card frequently points to a choice that needs to be made.
2. Past – This card represents what has been all the past actions and events that affect the question and current situation. Reveals events in the past that have direct relevance to the present situation and form the foundations of the future.
3. Future – This card represents the Future. Signifying the future and that which is to become, the card points to the likely outcome to your question if you continue on your present path, or at least one of the possible end results. In some instances, may signify the fate of the questioner. This card relates to the veiled future.
The Celtic Cross Spread
Different versions from this spread do exist. This is the version I personally use:
1. The Significator/Querent – This card tells you where the querent is currently at in the situation, or what the situation is really all about. This card basically summarizes the question that is being asked.
2. The Crossing Card (Obstacle/Challenge) – This card tells you either what brought the situation into being, or what is keeping the situation from self-resolving.
3. The Crown Card (Influences/Conscious) – This card tells you what is apparent or obvious about the situation. Often, the crown card will tell you what the querent thinks is going on with the situation. The things that the querent already knows or feels about the issue in their conscious mind.
4. The Root Card (Subconsciousness) – This card tells you what is really going on, or what is beneath the situation but is being overlooked. Represents the things that the querent doesn’t know he or she knows about the issue.
5. The Recent Past Card – This card tells you what has already happened in the recent past to bring the situation to its current state.
6. The Near Future Card – This card tells you where things will progress to in the near future. 7. The Emotions Card (Attitude) – Shows where the querent is emotionally and psychologically with the situation. Shows the attitude of the querent about the issue, how they feel about or are responding to what is happening.
8. The Environment Card – This represents how outside factors; the querent’s friends, family, co-workers, etc. perceive and influence the situation.
9. The Hopes and Fears Card – This tells you what the querent either hopes or fears about the situation. Some readers will see the duality in the card and interpret both hopes and fears from the same. Often the two cards are mirroring each other.
10, 11, and 12. Cards (Final Outcome) – These cards together form the final outcome. These tell you how things will finally turn out – if things continue on the current path. Will often give advice about how to make things move in the desired direction.
Tarot Magick & Sorcery
The beauty of Tarot is the fact that you can also apply it for different magick rituals, rites, and spells, spirit evocations, astral traveling, lucid dreaming, etc.
Here are a few examples:
1. Tarot Healing Magick
Some of the characters of the Tarot cards, especially in Major Arcana are not just images in the card, but actual entities and archetypes that possess real power. This method utilizes the more healing-focused cards of the deck, e.g. “The Sun”, The Ace of Cups”, “The Happiness”, “Temperance” or “The Star” card. They can be used to relief anxiety, stress, and so forth. With meditation, you start visualizing the scene in the card and start interacting with the card’s energies and one of the characters in the card. You can do a meditation to meet all of the card characters and receive wisdom, guidance, and lessons from them.
2. Tarot Elements in Ritual Use
In ritual magick you can use the four Suites (Major Arcana) and their elements; Wands (Fire), Cups (Water), Swords (Air), Pentacles (Earth) and place the cards to represent particular elements in their cardinal points, and hence bringing forth their power and energy. Forex. when laying down your ritual space, you can place the Ace of Pentacles to North, Ace of Swords to East, Ace Of Wands to South, and lastly Ace Of Cups to West.
3. Tarot Baneful Magick
Like healing magick, you can incorporate different tarot cards for baneful purposes as well. It depends on the nature of the baneful rite you are going to perform, but you can use forex. cards like:
- The Ten of Swords – Ruin
- The Nine of Swords – Cruelty
- The XVI of Trumps – The Tower
- The XII of Trumps – The Hanged Man
- The XIII of Trumps – Death
- The Three of Swords – Sorrow
- The Five of Disks – Worry
- The Five of Swords – Defeat
- The Seven of Disks – Failure
4. Tarot Prosperity & Money Magick
Specific Tarot cards can be utilized for prosperity and money spells and bringing forth their money drawn power and energy. For prosperity and money spell casting you can use cards like:
- The Ten of Disks (Coins) – Wealth
- The Nine of Disks (Coins) – Gain
- The Ace of Disks (Coins)
- The Three of Cups – Abundance
- The X of Trumps – Fortune
- The Four of Cups – Luxury