Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot Card Meanings

Tarot Cards-King of Cups

No one really knows how the Tarot came into being. Tarot history is virtually unknown, although there are various theories about the beginning of the Tarot. The Tarot is different from playing cards, but similar in that there are four suits. The suits are the wands, cups, pentacles and swords. Much like playing cards, the Tarot moves up in each suit with a page, a knight, a queen and a king. There are also trump cards which are more powerful in scope to the four suits.

There are theories related to Tarot card origins which come in many varieties. One such theory claims that the trump cards, called the major arcana, were used in mystery schools for initiations into the priesthood. This theory came from Antoine Court de Gebelin, a French occultist and writer who was convinced that the cards initiated in ancient Egypt. Gebelin believed that the trump cards, or the major arcana, consisted of all of the mystery school knowledge in hieroglyphic form that was destroyed in temple fires. He also held that the cards, and the pictorial symbols on the cards were a thread to ancient occult knowledge.

Because the history of the Tarot is unknown, or speculated at best, the meaning assigned to the cards has no clear and consistent thread. This gives rise to charlatans and tricksters who have used the cards for sheer financial gain, and have created their own meaning to guide people along their way. What is true, is that the cards indeed hold a particular energy that may illicit a response to a question that abides in someone’s heart. A good practitioner or diviner can gift one with an answer to a question that quite often knits one’s spiritual concerns or heart concerns, with an answer that is aligned with a higher power or purpose.

Much like any divinatory tool, the cards gain their strength in the hands and words of the diviner who conveys the message. In this way, the cards are a pictorial story of the energy surrounding the question, and their effectiveness, therefore comes through the abilities of the diviner to convey the story in a way that mirrors the pathways available to the questioner and opens their minds and hearts to the possibilities at hand.