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Tarot is a mystery for many people who would like to gain some knowledge about it. The following are some of the FAQs on Tarot.

Q1. What is Tarot?

A. Tarot is a set of seventy-eight cards made up of 22 cards called the Major Arcana, and 56 cards of Minor Arcana - four suits of 14 cards each.

Q2. Where did it originate?

A. Various theories exist to their Chinese, Indian, or Egyptian origins, and many feel that Gypsies probably had a hand in their invention. Nothing seems to be clear. What is clear and has historical evidence is that the origin of Tarot cards date back to the late 1300s or the early 1400s in the courts of Northern Italy.

Q3. What are the uses of Tarot cards?

A. There are a number of uses of tarot cards, such as for practical problem solving, meditation, self-improvement, creative visualization, for divination and fortune telling, among others.

Q4. What is the need for so many types of Tarot decks?

A. Tarot symbols are interpreted in differing ways, each artist adding his/her own perspective. Tarot decks available cater to many diverse interests, from baseball to voodoo. Different Tarot decks are available to match just about every interest or belief.

Q5. How Does One Choose a Tarot deck?

A. The best way is to browse through the various decks available and choose the one whose artwork and symbolism suits you. For a newcomer, decks, such as the Universal Waite, or the Tarot of Prague may be preferable.

Q6. Is there any difference between Tarot and an Oracle deck?

A. A Tarot deck is based on the 78-card structure of 56 Minor Arcana cards and 22 Major Arcana cards. An Oracle deck is any other deck of cards used for similar purposes and is also called a divination deck or cartomantic deck.

Q7. How do I learn to read Tarot?

A. There are some good books for beginners, such as It's All in the Cards: Tarot Reading Made Easy; and Tarot for Dummies. Once you have purchased a set of Tarot cards, you can learn about the general meanings of, and keywords for each of the 78 cards of Tarot from Joan Bunning’s book - Learning the Tarot. This book also offers a wide range of information on tarot. Mary Greer’s Tarot for Your Self is another useful book to read, and for a deeper understanding of Tarot symbolisms, Rachel Pollack’s 78 Degrees of Wisdom is a good book to have.

Q8. How can I find an out of print Tarot deck?

A. Your local second hand bookstore is a good place to start with. Auction sites, such as eBay is another good place to look – only you have to be sure of the genuine article, and the price you are paying.

Q9. Is it bad luck to buy your own Tarot cards?

A. Definitely not. That Tarot novices must be given their first deck as a gift, or that it is bad luck to buy your own Tarot deck is pure hogwash. Go ahead and purchase your own set of Tarot cards. That is one way you can choose a style and art that goes with your taste.

Q10. Do I have to be a psychic to read Tarot cards?

A. Again No. Interpreting Tarot cards is a skill, and it does take time to develop the skill, refine the techniques, and then become proficient. It takes time to gain the Tarot skills. Tarot learning is a process, and it requires a lot of investment of time and patience.

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