How can I use regular cards as tarot cards?
What do the cards mean and what are some spreads I can use?
Suggestion by auntb93
You can’t. There are fortune-telling schemes that involve regular poker decks, but they are not Tarot. It would be missing the Major Arcana, and would have three court cards (King, Queen, Jack) instead of four (King, Queen, Knight, Page or Princess).
So buy yourself a real Tarot deck if you want to learn Tarot.
Suggestion by thecityoftownsville_2000
Tarot cards are playing cards. One may play card games with Tarot cards as well as the conventional 52 card deck and one may also tell fortunes with both conventional playing cards and the Tarot.
Divination is possible with any deck of cards. Cartomancy is the name for a wide variety of card based divination which includes the use of conventional playing cards, Tarot cards, or purpose built oracle decks such as Angel cards. It is also possible to practice divination with dice or any other item capable of producing randomness. However it would not be correct to call a reading with conventional playing cards a “Tarot reading” To do a Tarot reading, by definition, one needs a Tarot deck. It is also a gross over-simplification to always equate Tarot with divination as that is not the only use nor is it the original use of Tarot cards. People also play games with Tarot cards.
Properly understood, the Tarot is essentially a variant deck of playing cards. Playing cards appeared in China long before Tarot cards. Shortly after the introduction of playing cards to Europe, the Tarot began to appear in northern Italy to be used for a card game similar to Bridge or Spades. The Tarot was not originally designed for divination. Not only was the Tarot originally designed for card playing, there are people today mostly in continental Europe playing card games with Tarot cards. The European Tarot cards for these games often differ in appearance from the type of Tarot cards used for divination. In recent years, the internet has made it possible for those outside Europe to discover actual card games played with Tarot cards.
Prior the use of Tarot for divination, people used the conventional playing card deck for cartomancy. The popular meanings often given to certain Tarot cards originated with the meanings often given to conventional playing cards. Whether one uses Tarot for game playing or for divination, the Tarot is still a variant deck of playing cards. Prior to the 1960′s it was actually much more common to use the conventional playing card deck for divination than it was to use the Tarot for this purpose.
Suggestion by Kel
There’s a method called the Gypsy method that uses regular cards as fortune-telling cards. (You’ll have to look it up, though)
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Are there any places to take Tarot card courses in Las Vegas?
I wanted to see if anyone (locals) knew of any place I can learn the Tarot in Las Vegas. I’m not looking for the outrageously priced places on the Strip. Just a local place where I can take a course. I have my Tarot deck and have been trying to learn with books, but it’s not the same as one-on-one teaching.
Suggestion by SadharaSatguru
I have a home study course http://www.tarotcourse.webs.com , there is also a forum with lots of tarot folk & 5 tarot rooms.
Suggestion by vid
You don’t need a class. There are many people that have taken classes for Tarot, but the classes didn’t really help them. You are best learning from your own intuition and from books. There are some terrible books out there, but there are some great ones as well.
I often suggest to people to get “Power Tarot” as it’s a book that really helps those that are just starting out. For instance, it gives many different areas for definitions (i.e. work, finances, romance, etc.). You’ll find over time that your meanings for the cards are expanded or are completely changed and that’s fine.
Most Tarot classes will have an instructor that comes in and tells you that the little white book that came with the deck is worthless. They’ll basically teach you how to “see” things from the cards, and this is something you can learn completely on your own for free! There are some classes that are different, but most are like this. Hope that helps…
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