Tarot Tuesday: April Deck Introduction
For the April’s Tarot Tuesday Series I will be using The Light Seers Tarot by Chris-Anne.
This is a traditional tarot deck that follows the major and minor arcana (I’ll go into this in further detail later). This was the second tarot deck that I ever purchased and one that I use the most often. I absolutely love the illustrations of the cards because they are vibrant, colorful, and whimsical; right up my ally!
I am typically a very positive person; even in tough situations, I find the good in the lessons that I can take away from them. For me, I always associate positivity with light and that association is something that carries through in the readings I get from this deck. Conveniently, this deck is available on Amazon (and will soon be available here as well).
I want again to take a moment to say that I am not sponsored by the creators of any of these decks. I bought them based on personal preference and use them to do my own personal readings. While I do provide the information for you to purchase the decks that I use for these posts, I am not telling you to go out and buy them.
Now for those of you who are new to tarot, I want to explain a bit about the cards found in a traditional tarot deck and the basics of how they may influence a reading. A traditional tarot deck is made up of 78 cards that are divided into two major groups: the major arcana, and the minor arcana with the minor arcana following four different suits.
The Major Arcana are 22 cards that reflect recurring themes throughout the journey of life. Beginning the journey with optimism and exuberance as the Fool and ending in wisdom and harmony with the World, each card is significant for its meaning, as well as its position within the overall “journey”.
The Minor Arcana are 56 cards, made up of four suits: coins, cups, swords, and wands. Each suit consists of 14 cards; Ace thru nine and four court cards - similar to a set of playing cards. While each suit features the similar cards, the suits themselves represent various aspects of your life helping you to interpret the meaning behind the cards present in your spread. We’ll keep it basic for now and go into more detail as these cards appear: The suit of Coins usually relates to finances, home life, and career (fitting); The suit of Cups usually relates to emotions and relationships; The suit of Swords typically relates to intellectual pursuits and communication; Finally, the suit of Wands usually relates to creation and will power.
In addition to knowing the traditional meaning of the cards, it is also important to know how to read the cards as they are presented in a spread. The orientation of the card is equally as important to the meaning, because in traditional tarot, when a card appears upside down it is known as a reverse (or shadow) and carries a different interpretation. Like the oracles decks I have used in the previous months, each card features an illustration that helps the reader to interpret meaning. In addition to offering more in depth explanations of the traditional meanings of the cards, I will be using the gorgeous imagery on these cards to inform my weekly reading. I hope you all continue to enjoy these posts and the shared wisdom they bring!