No… You don’t have to be an ancient witch from a distant land to read tarot. If the hipsters at Urban Outfitters can do it, then so can you!
Tarot cards were originally used for playing a game called triumph and did not become a divination tool until the late 1700s. An average tarot deck has 78 cards divided into two categories, the Major and Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana are the picture cards that represent influences, themes, and deep life lessons, and the Minor Arcana offers insight on present conflicts affecting you on a day to day basis. The Minor Arcana consists of four suits: Pentacles, Cups, Swords, and Rods.
Tarot cards can be read and interpreted any way the reader wants. Some spreads are more complicated than others and the same card can be interpreted differently depending on the question asked and the guidebook or online database being referenced.
There is very little scientific support for tarot, but the goal is to unlock the reader’s inner wisdom and intuition to help solve problems, answer questions, and achieve goals.
Tarot is really simple since there are no strict rules, so pretty much anyone can read tarot. Tarot decks can be found at bookstores or online, and make sure to choose a deck that most appeals to you. Once you have a deck you like, then start reading!