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I would encourage all who are interested in the study of Divination or tarot, to join our Bi-weekly tarot/divination meetinga at the store. This fun and informative meeting takes place every other Thursday (call the store at 845-458-8726) to confirm the dates. The cost is $5. Tea and light fare will be served. This forum is open to ALL LEVELS...from beginner to advanced!

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Tarot History and Lore!

Some time in the first half of the 15th century, somewhere in northern Italy, someone created the first set of tarot cards. Like the playing cards of the time, the tarot deck included number cards (1 through 10) in four suits, and court cards page, knight, and king. But the tarot deck had more: a queen was added to each of the courts, and 22 special cards, not belonging to any suit, were added. These special cards bore symbolic pictures, with such subjects as the Emperor, the Pope, The Wheel of Fortune, Death, the Devil, and the Moon.

The tarot cards were used to play a new type of card game, similar to bridge, but with 21 of the special cards serving as permanent trumps, which could be played regardless of what suit was led, and outranked all the ordinary cards. This Game of Triumphs, as it was called, became extraordinarily popular, particularly among the upper classes, and spread through northern Italy and eastern France. As the game spread to new locales, changes were often made in the pictures, and also in the ranking of the trumps, which usually bore no numbers. In time, tarot spread south to Sicily and north to Austria, Germany, and the low countries.

Centuries later, devotees of the occult arts in France and England encountered the tarot and saw mystical and magical meaning in the enigmatic symbolism of the cards. Their fascination with the cards led to the reputation tarot presently has as a divination tool and occult artifact.


Tarot spreads

These are some of the tarot spreads that I use. Please feel free to use these, or try to make one up yourself! Use your intuition!


This is the easiest means of divining for an answer; you have only to look at a single card. Shuffle the cards while thinking of your question, then intuitively pick out one card and turn it over.


Start by thinking of your question while you shuffle the deck, then with your left hand, cut the deck into three piles moving in a leftward direction. Still using your left hand, pick up the pile on your right and place it on the center pile. Pick up this combined pile, and place it on the last. Turn over the first card and place it to the far left. This card represents the past or the basis of the matter. It explains the events, circumstances or conditions that have led up to where you are now. Turn over the next card and place it to the right of the first. This card represents the present. It reveals a new direction or condition that is coming into your being. Repeat this step again with the third card. This card represents your future and shows the end result or the outcome of the second card.

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The 3 card spreadcan also be used in many different ways! 3 months advice, 3 weeks, a quick reading on 3 ppl, love-dreams-career, etc!

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  1. Shuffle the cards while thinking of your question.
  2. With your left hand, cut the deck into three piles moving in a leftward direction.
  3. Still using your left hand, pick up the pile on your right and place it on the center pile.
  4. Pick up this combined pile, and place it on the last.
  5. With your left hand, lay ten cards face up in the positions shown in the diagram.
  6. Each position has a particular significance as explained below.


  1. This is what covers you. It represents the general atmosphere and the client's main concern.
  2. This is what crosses you for the good or ill. A card is placed sideways over #1. This represents opposing forces. If it is a good card, it will help the present situation.
  3. This is what is beneath you. This card represents what brought the situation about, the foundation.
  4. This is what's behind you. This represents what has just happened, or the influences that are passing away. 
  5. This is what crowns you. The current situation and influences.
  6. This is what is before you. This card represents what will happen in the very near future if the querent continues on their current path.
  7. What the querent fears. Negative feelings about the question asked.
  8. The thoughts of those around you. Depicts the opinions and influences of friends and family about the matter in question.
  9. The querent's hopes. Reveals the client's own hopes and ideals on the matter involved.
  10. OUTCOME: This card tells what the overall final outcome will be if the querent continues on their current path. Please consider the influence of all previous cards, particularly the 6th (what is before you) card, which is a more short term representation of the final outcome.

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Is it bad luck to buy your own Tarot cards?

No. It's an old myth.. There is nothing wrong with obtaining your own set of Tarot cards -- and that way you can choose a deck that appeals to you!

How do I choose a Tarot deck for myself?

It's best to look at a bunch of decks before you decide which on suits you. Usually it's the symbolism or the artwork that will appeal to you.

If you're a beginner to the Tarot, you may also prefer a "beginner" deck like the Universal Waite, Hanson-Roberts, The Universal waite , as the more standard Rider-Waite-based meanings and symbolism can be easier to learn.

What's the difference between a Tarot and an oracle deck?

A Tarot deck is based on the 78 card structure of 56 minor cards and 22 major cards. An oracle deck is any other deck of cards used for similar purposes to a deck of Tarot cards, and may also be called a divination deck or cartomantic deck.

Basic Tarot Card Meanings

IThis is just a brief description of the tarot and by no means complete! I included reversals here. I view any card that is reversed as a lack of confidence in dealing with a situation, a hesitancy or a lack of clear insight. My study of the tarot deals with a lot of Carl Jung's great works.

The Major Arcana

The Fool Upright: New beginnings, new adventures, new opportunities, unlimited possibilities, pleasure, passion, thoughtlessness, rashness

Reverse: A bad decision, indecision, apathy, hesitation, a faulty choice

The Magician Upright: Originality, creativity, skill, will-power, self confidence, dexterity, sleight of hand

Reverse: Weakness in will, insecurity, delay, no imagination

The High Priestess Upright: Wisdom, knowledge, learning, intuition, purity, virtue, a lack of patience, a teacher

Reverse: Ignorance, lack of understanding, selfishness, shallowness

The Empress Upright: Action, development, accomplishment, mother/sister/wife, evolution

Reverse: Vacillation, inaction, lack on concentration, indecision, anxiety, infidelity

The Emperor Upright: Accomplishment, confidence, wealth, stability, leadership, father/brother/husband, achievement, a capable person

Reverse: Immaturity, indecision, feebleness, petty emotions, lack of strength

The Hierophant Upright: A need to conform, social approval, bonded to the conventions of society

Reverse: Unconventionality, unorthodoxy, an inventor

or-Upright: Mercy, kindness, forgiveness, compassion, conformity, a sense of historical importance, inspiration

Reverse: Foolish generosity, errors are repeated, impotence, vulnerability, frailty, unorthodoxy

The Lovers Upright: Love, harmony, trust, honor, the beginning of a romance, optimism, a meaningful relationship/affair

Reverse: Unreliability, separation, frustration in love, fickleness, untrustworthy

The Chariot Upright: Perseverance, a journey, a rushed decision, adversity, turmoil, vengeance

Reverse: Unsuccessful, defeat, failure, last minute loss, vanquishment

Strength Upright: Strength, courage, conviction, energy, determination, action, heroism, virility

Reverse: Weakness, pettiness, sickness, tyranny, lack of faith, abuse of power

The Hermit Upright: Counsel, inner strength, prudence, caution, vigilance, patience, withdrawal, annulment, a loner

Reverse: Imprudence, hastiness, rashness, foolish acts, immaturity

The Wheel of Fortune Upright: Destiny, fortune, a special gain, an unusual loss, end of a problem, unexpected events, advancement, progress

Reverse: Failure, bad luck, interruption, outside influences, bad fate, unexpected events

Justice Upright: Harmony, balance, equality, righteousness, virtue, honor, advice, a considerate person

Reverse: Bias, false accusations, intolerance, unfairness, abuse

The Hanged Man Upright: Suspension, change, reversal, boredom, abandonment, sacrifice, readjustment, improvement, rebirth

Reverse: Unwillingness to make an effort, false prophecy, useless sacrifice

Death Upright: Transformation, making way for the new, unexpected change, loss, failure, illness or death, bad luck

Reverse: Stagnation, immobility, slow changes, a narrow escape, cheating death

Temperance Upright: Moderation, temperance, patience, harmony, fusion, good influence, confidence

Reverse: Discord, conflict, disunion, hostility, frustration, impatience

The Devil Upright: Ravage, weird or strange experience, downfall, unexpected failure, controversy, violence, disaster, an ill-tempered person

Reverse: Divorce, release, handicaps are overcome, enlightenment

The Tower Upright: A sudden change, abandonment of past, ending a friendship, unexpected events, disruption, bankruptcy, downfall, loss of money or security

Reverse: Following old ways, a rut, entrapment, caught in a bad situation, imprisonment

The Star Upright: Hope, faith, inspiration, optimism, insight, spiritual love, pleasure, balance

Reverse: Unfulfilled hopes, disappointment, dreams are crushed, bad luck, imbalance

The Moon Upright: Deception, trickery, disillusionment, error, danger, disgrace, double-dealing

Reverse: Deception is discovered before damage can be done, trifling mistakes, taking advantage of someone

The Sun Upright: Satisfaction, accomplishment, success, love, joy, engagement or a happy marriage

Reverse: Unhappiness, loneliness, canceled plans, broken engagement or marriage, a clouded future, a lack of friends




Upright: Awakening, renewal, a well lived life, better health, a quickened mind

Reverse: Fear of death, failure, possible loss, ill health

or-Upright: Atonement, judgment, the need to forgive, rejuvenation, rebirth, improvement, development, promotion, efforts are rewarded

Reverse: Delay, disappointment, indecision, procrastination, theft, worry

The World Upright: Completion, perfection, recognition, honors, the end result, success, fulfillment, triumph, eternal life

Reverse: Imperfection, lack of vision, disappointment


The Minor Arcana


Usually predict energy, growth, enterprise, animation, and glory.
Ace of wands Upright: A creative beginning, a new business venture, a profitable journey, an inheritance, a new career, a birth in the family

Reversed: Selfishness may spoil the venture, setbacks for a new enterprise, a journey may be put off, a lack of determination

Two of Wands Upright: A kind and generous person, an interest in science, patience, creative ability, courage, good things to come

Reversed: Caution is advised against impatience, a possible domination by others

Three of Wands Upright: A cooperation in business affairs, trade and commerce, success brought by a good partnership, practical help may come from a successful person

Reversed: A tendency to scatter energies, mistakes are made through carelessness, disappointment, caution against pride and arrogance

Four of Wands Upright: The beauty of the harvest home, perfected work, prosperity, peace, celebration after labor, end of romance in marriage, happy holidays to come

Reversed: Learning to appreciate the little things in life, beauty of nature, peace, harmony

Five of Wands Upright: Competition, possibility of a lawsuit or quarrel, obstacles, courage

Reversed: Harmony, new opportunities, generosity

Six of Wands Upright: Good news, victory, success after labor, helpful friends, leadership during journey

Reversed: Rewards are delayed, postponed trip, bad news, an insolent winner, pride in riches/success

Seven of Wands Upright: The ability to "hold one's own" against adversaries, stiff competition in business, a fight won, a fight one may have to face soon, victory, energy, courage

Reversed: The threat will pass by, don't let others take advantage, caution against indecision, patience

Eight of Wands Upright: A Goal is approaching, new ideas, a journey by air, love will find its mark, love of open air, gardens, meadows

Reversed: Jealousy, violence, quarrels, domestic disputes, a force of courage or boldness is applied to suddenly

Nine of Wands Upright: Preparedness, eventual victory, good health, strength in reserve, tendency to obstinacy

Reversed: Unpreparedness, refusal to fight, weakness in character, ill health, bending over adversity

Ten of Wands Upright: An oppressive load, pain, all plans or projects ruined, complete failure

Reversed: Strength, energy, a desire to ruin the happiness of others, a clever person

Page of Wands Upright: Brilliance, courage, beauty, sudden anger or love, great enthusiasm, a messenger

Reversed: Superficial, theatrical, unstable, a broken heart, bad news to come

Knight of Wands Upright: An impetuous nature, generous friend, a lover, haste, a journey, the coming or going of a matter is of much concern

Reversed: Discord, work interrupted, jealousy, narrow-mindedness, suspicion, the journey is delayed

Queen of Wands Upright: A woman, fondness of nature or of the home, attraction, command, someone who is well liked or honorable

Reversed: Strict, domineering, a jealous and revengeful nature, deceit, infidelity

King of Wands Upright: A gentlemen, father, passionate, generous, noble, a good leader

Reversed: Severe, unyielding, strict, intolerance, prejudice, quarrels


Usually predict love, happiness, fertility, and beauty.
Ace of Cups Upright: The beginning of love, joy, beauty, or good health

Reverse: Hesitancy to accept the things that come from the heart, love under a selfish grasp, egotism

Two of Cups Upright: A new romance, a well balanced friendship is beginning, harmony, cooperation

Reverse: A loss of balance in a relationship, a violent passion, love turning bad, a misunderstanding

Three of Cups Upright: A good fortune in love, a happy conclusion, unknown talents are discovered, a sensitive and sympathetic person, hospitality

Reverse: Pain, gossip, unknown talents remain hidden, overindulgence

Four of Cups Upright: Reevaluation, a dissatisfaction with success, kindness may come from others

Reverse: New relationships possible, new goals, new ambitions, action

Five of Cups Upright: Sorrow, loss of a loved one, a broken marriage, disillusionment, vain regret

Reversed: Return of hope, new relationships are beginning, return of a loved one, courage is summoned from within

Six of Cups Upright: A gift from a childhood acquaintance, happiness and pleasure brought from the past, good memories, a new friendship, a gift from an admirer, new opportunities

Reverse: Living in the past, outworn friendships, disappointment

Seven of Cups Upright: A long-worked imagination, unable to choose one's direction in life, illusory success

Reverse: A good use of determination, will-power, a definite path will be chosen

Eight of Cups Upright: An abandonment of one's current path in life, disappointment in love, misery and repining without cause, desire to leave on'e success for something higher

Reverse: Search for pleasure, seeking joy or success, a new love interest

Nine of Cups Upright: An assured future, physical well-being, a wish may come true

Reverse: A lack in money, overindulgence, illness, a wish may not come true

Ten of Cups Upright: A happy family life, true friendships, lasting happiness

Reverse: A family quarrel, loss of a friendship, children may turn against their parents, waste

Page of Cups Upright: Gentleness, sweetness, kindness, an interest in poetry or art, news

Reverse: Selfishness, little desire to create, a poor imagination

Knight of Cups Upright: Intelligence, romantic dreamer, the coming or going of an emotional matter

Reverse: Trickery, fraud, sensuality, idleness, an untruthful person

Queen of Cups Upright: Imagination out-ways one's common sense, a good wife or loving mother, happiness, gentle, a good natured person

Reverse: An over-active imagination, perverse, pleasure and happiness may turn bitter

King of Cups Upright: A business man, a man of law, kindness, a considerate person, a willingness to take on responsibility, and enjoyment of the arts or sciences

Reverse: A powerful man but a double-dealer, crafty, violent, scandal


Usually predict aggression, force, ambition, courage, strife, misfortune
Ace of Swords Upright: Beginning of a victory, ability to love and hate with ardor, a valiant leader may be born

Reverse: Caution when trying to use power to gain an ending, obstacles, tyranny

Two of Swords Upright: Well balanced emotions are needed, indecision, trouble ahead, in need of direction

Reverse: Release, beware when dealing with the unscrupulous

Three of Swords Upright: Affections may experience "stormy weather", lovers separated, possible civil war

Reverse: Disorder, confusion, loss, sorrow due to loss

Four of Swords Upright: Rest after strife, retreat, temporary exile, a change back to the "active life"

Reverse: Renewed activity, social unrest, labor strikes

Five of Swords Upright: Failure, defeat, cowardliness, cruelty, an empty victory

Reverse: A lesser chance of loss or defeat, an empty victory, unfairness in dealings

Six of Swords Upright: A journey, passage away from sorrow, harmony will prevail

Reverse: Journey will be postponed, no way out of present obstacles or difficulties

Seven of Swords Upright: An unwise attempt, unreliability, betrayal, insolence, spying, possible failure

Reverse: Excessive help is given, good advice, counsel, stolen items are returned

Eight of Swords Upright: Restricted action, indecision, censure, temporary illness, weakness, a prisoner

Reverse: Relaxation, new beginnings possible, freedom

Nine of Swords Upright: Suffering, doubt, desolation, illness, injury, death of a loved one, suspicion, cruelty, misery, loss, dishonesty, pitilessness, slander

Reverse: Healing over time, unselfishness, patience, good news of a loved one

Ten of Swords Upright: Sudden misfortune, ruin of plans, defeat, failure, pain and tears

Reverse: Evil forces are overthrown, courage, some success, better health

Page of Swords Upright: Dexterity, grace, diplomacy, understanding, an upsetting message

Reverse: A cunning person, an imposture, ill health, unexpected events

Knight of Swords Upright: A headlong rush into life, a strong man, bravery, a skillful and clever person, an unexpected coming or going of a matter

Reverse: Tyranny, a troublemaker, a crafty and secretive person

Queen of Swords Upright: A quick and confident decision, a widow, one who can bear their sorrow

Reverse: Cruelty due to keen observations, a sly and deceitful person, narrowmindedness, a gossip

King of Swords Upright: A judge, a powerful commander, a firm friendship holder but often overcautious, a wise counselor

Reverse: Evil intentions, an obstinate person, decisions or judgments may seem unfair


Usually predict money, industry, and material gain
Ace of Pentacles Upright: A new business venture, the beginning of prosperity, beginning of happiness or pleasure

Reverse: Possible greed or misery, money may not be everything

Two of Pentacles Upright: The ability to handle multiple situations, harmony is maintained during change, new projects may be difficult, expect a helpful message

Reverse: Difficulty with handling problems, expect a discouraging message

Three of Pentacles Upright: Reward for skills or abilities, approval, success through effort

Reverse: Quality in workmanship is neglected, good work is expended due to a preoccupation with money, common place ideals or ambitions

Four of Pentacles Upright: Love of power or money, a lack of give-and-take, miserly or ungenerous nature

Reverse: Some earthly possessions may be lost, obstacles or delays in business affairs, a spendthrift.

Five of Pentacles Upright: Loneliness, destitution, loss of possessions, poor health, despair due to spiritual impoverishment

Reverse: New employment, revived courage, a new interest

Six of Pentacles Upright: Sharing of prosperity, one will soon receive what is rightfully theirs, charity, gifts, philanthropy, three-fold

Reverse: Bribes, unfairness, prosperity is threatened, jealousy, miserliness

Seven of Pentacles Upright: Effort and hard work will cause growth, a pause during development, reevaluations

Reverse: Little progress, impatience, anxiety, investments may be unprofitable

Eight of Pentacles Upright: Learning a trade or profession, employment is coming soon, skill, handiwork, small money gain

Reverse: Skills are not being used properly, a dislike of hard work, ambition is void

Nine of Pentacles Upright: Well-being, things in life are enjoyed alone, solitude, a green thumb

Reverse: Loss is possible, danger from thieves, caution

Ten of Pentacles Upright: Stable family, gain in wealth, property is acquired

Reverse: Family misfortune, caution, mind is dull, slothfulness

Page of Pentacles Upright: Scholar, generosity, kindness, a careful person, learning new ideas/opinions

Reverse: Wastefulness, luxury, rebellious, opposing ideas/opinions, bad news

Knight of Pentacles Upright: Trustworthy, a heavy and dull outlook, patience, accepting of responsibilities, an animal lover, a nature lover, the coming/going of a matter

Reverse: Irresponsible, impatience, timidness, carelessness, a standstill in affairs

Queen of Pentacles Upright: Intelligence, thoughtfulness, a creative person, talents are used well, melancholy

Reverse: Too much dependence, neglected duties, mistrust, suspicion, not a very creative person

King of Pentacles Upright: A chief of industry or a banker, a reliable person, a married man, solid, steadiness

Reverse: Materialistic, slow to anger, 'head is on the ground", bribes