The aim of this article is to try to clarify outdated and unnecessary superstitions connected with reading Tarot cards.Ask any experienced and ethical Tarot card reader if they believe that Tarot cards are evil, the work of the Devil, and only psychics and clairvoyants can read them, they may burst out laughing.  I would do the same, honest.  The more I use and work with these cards the greater my understanding of their true meaning and capability.When using the cards with a group of people, who claim to have no knowledge of the Tarot cards, it is always fascinating to hear the response when the Death card is turned over.  Sharp intake of breath is putting it mildly, mutterings of, 'Oh, a death!'.  Everyone sat at that table haven't mislead us, they truly don't have an understanding of the Death card, they have been lead to believe the wrong meaning for that card and a few others.  What then happens is that I end up explaining the correct meaning and convincing them of this fact, with the impression that they'd rather have the drama of the initial meaning.Most of the cards are made of wood pulp and printer's ink, fashioned into card shapes with an image on one side and a pattern on the reverse, all 78 cards.  Which is exactly what they are and all they ever will be.  Even the digital images are just a depiction of a picture of symbols and art work.  It is the meanings that are the most interesting part.Tarot have evolved over the centuries, with their history possibly starting as a playing cards from the 15th  century, maybe even earlier.  Their development as a tool for divination isn't very clear, but   Man has used many items as a tool for 'seeing into the future', including;  throwing animal bones, chicken entrails,  throwing dice, runes, consuming drugs from plants, staring into bowls of water plus the elegant art of drinking a cup of tea and upending the dregs into the saucer to 'see' what the tea leaves have to say. If you are interested, take a look at  Tarot del amor.  I've used the foam off a cappuccino at times, and I know of beer being used too.Hollywood are also  responsible for many of today's myths, the Devil card's meaning has been changed so that it has incorrectly be used to depict actual Death in a movie.  It is a cheap extra to add atmosphere and fear. Tarot reader's are portrayed to be mysterious fellows, wearing flowing garments, with turbans, an excess of jewellery and bad taste; actors are invariable portrayed as gypsy fortune tellers in a tent or caravan with a crystal ball on the table.  It is all window dressing and hamming it up.The superstition around Tarot is a work of fiction, possibly built up by persons who desire to add mystery and control; they may  fabricate an idea that they have special mastery, secret knowledge and gifts.   All an allure to hide their insecurities.  If a Tarot reader is any good, they will have nothing to prove - word of mouth will be enough.  A wardrobe of unusual clothing is the last thing a decent Tarot card needs to enhance their reputation.Most of the superstition is fairly recent, it has gathered pace in the last century with the arrival of film, television and a considerable rise in the number of people interested in Tarot.  These myths have also increased in volume and been heavily embroidered along the way.Let's dispel the most popular:1. You should never buy your own Tarot Cards
=If this was the case then I'd still be waiting for my first deck of cards.  I have no idea why or where this began, it doesn't make sense.  It is very much the right thing to do, who else is going to know exactly which style of cards appeal or 'speak' to you?  Enjoy looking at the various styles in book shops and online, ask to see friends' cards, do some valuable research and have a collection of varying Tarot decks.  You may end up designing your own.2. Never Let Other People Touch Your Tarot Cards
I can understand if someone is very particular and doesn't like to let every Tom, Dick or Harry handle their cards; but nothing untoward will happen if others touch your deck.  For more info, visit this link

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