Tarot Card Reading/Introduction

What is Tarot?Edit

Not only is tarot reading a popular form of fortune telling, it is a powerful way to get in touch with intuition. In The Encyclopedia of Tarot, Volume 1, Stuart R. Kaplan writes, "What we see in the symbology of tarot derives in large measure from our own intuition and, once revealed, reflects back upon each of us to further enrich our lives."[1]

About Tarot cardsEdit

Each card has its own symbolism based on its orientation (upright or reversed) or the particular spread chosen. The table on the next page uses The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite, and the associated deck, illustrated by Pamela Coleman Smith, and commonly known as the Rider-Waite tarot deck.[2] A noticeable difference between the Rider-Waite deck and the Oscar Wirth (incorrect name) deck is that Strength and Justice are swapped around.


  1. Kaplan, Stuart R. The Encyclopedia of Tarot: Volume 1. Vol. 1, U.S. Games Systems, 1980.
  2. Waite, Arthur Edward. The Pictorial Key to the Tarot. U.S. Games Systems, Inca., 1971.