Friend Or Foe Tarot

In tarot card reading, the Fool is usually considered part of the Major Arcana. This is not true in tarot card games; the Fool’s role in most games is independent of both the plain suit cards and the trump cards, and the card does not belong to either category. As such, most tarot decks originally made for game playing do not assign a number to the Fool indicating its rank in the suit of trumps; it has none. Waite gives the Fool the number 0, but in his book discusses the Fool between Judgment, no. 20, and The World, no. 21. The only traditional game deck that numbers the Fool 0 is the Tarocco Piemontese. Since the 1930s, Tarot Nouveau decks often use a black inverted mullet as the corner index for the Fool. In almost all tarot games, the Fool is one of the most valuable cards.

In the earliest tarot decks, the Fool is usually depicted as a beggar or a vagabond. In the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck, the Fool wears ragged clothes and stockings without shoes, and carries a stick on his back. He has what appear to be feathers in his hair. His unruly beard and feathers may relate to the tradition of the woodwose or wild man. Another early Italian image that relates to the tradition is the first (and lowest) of the series of the so-called Tarocchi of Mantegna. This series of prints containing images of social roles, allegorical figures, and classical deities begins with Misero, a depiction of a beggar leaning on a staff. A similar image is contained in the German Hofämterspiel; there the fool (German: Narr) is depicted as a barefoot man in robes, apparently with bells on his hood, playing a bagpipe.
The Tarot of Marseilles and related decks similarly depict a bearded person wearing what may be a jester’s hat; he always carries a bundle of his belongings on a stick (called a bindle) slung over his back. He appears to be getting chased away by an animal, either a dog or a cat. The animal has torn his pants.

In many esoteric systems of tarot card interpretation, the Fool is interpreted as the protagonist of a story, and the Major Arcana are the path the Fool takes through the great mysteries of life. This path is known traditionally in cartomancy as the “Fool’s Journey”, and is frequently used to introduce the meaning of Major Arcana cards to beginners.In most Central European Tarock games, the Fool, or Sküs, is simply played as the 22nd trump, making it the highest trump in such games. In Königrufen, the Fool can be captured but only if it is played in the same trick with trumps 21 and 1 in which case trump 1 wins; this is called the Emperor’s trick or Fairytale trick. In Hungarian Tarock, the player that loses trump 21 to the Fool traditionally has to wear a silly hat.

This article incorporates text from the public domain 1910 book Pictorial Key to the Tarot by Arthur Edward Waite. Please feel free to update the text.In French suited tarot decks that do not use the traditional emblematic images of Italian suited decks for the suit of trumps, the Fool is typically made up as a jester or bard, reminiscent of the Joker often included with the standard 52-card deck.

The Fool is titled Le Mat in the Tarot of Marseilles, and Il Matto in most Italian language tarot decks. These archaic words mean “the madman” or “the beggar”, and may be related to the word for ‘checkmate’ in relation to the original use of tarot cards for gaming purposes.
In the Rider–Waite deck and other esoteric decks made for cartomancy, the Fool is shown as a young man, walking unknowingly toward the brink of a precipice. In the Rider–Waite Tarot deck, he is also portrayed as having with him a small dog. The Fool holds a white rose (a symbol of freedom from baser desires) in one hand, and in the other a small bundle of possessions, representing untapped collective knowledge. Folly, mania, extravagance, intoxication, delirium, frenzy, bewrayment. [If the card is] Reversed: Negligence, absence, distribution, carelessness, apathy, nullity, vanity. The 18th-century Piedmontese game of Sedici and its variants treated the Fool as the lowest trump. Unlike most games, the Fool is worth only one point. This is similar to the role of the Miseria trump in Sicilian tarocchi.

In a minor variant option of French tarot, a player dealt trump 1 but with no other trumps or the Fool can make trump 1 behave the same as the Fool (petit imprenable). However, in official tournament rules, a player in this situation must declare their hand and force a redeal (petit sec).
In French tarot and Droggn, the Fool is an excuse but in a rare circumstance it will be the highest trump. If the player who holds the Fool has won all the previous tricks, in the last trick the Fool becomes the highest trump.In the decks before Waite–Smith, the Fool is almost always unnumbered. There are a few exceptions: some old decks (including the 15th-century Sola Busca) labelled the card with a 0, and the 18th-century Belgian decks labelled the Fool as XXII. The Fool is almost always completely apart from the sequence of trumps in the historic decks. Still, there is historic precedent for regarding it as the lowest trump and as the highest trump. In most tarot games originating from Italy and France, the Fool has a unique role. In these games, the Fool is sometimes called “the Excuse”. Tarot games are typically trick taking games; playing the Fool card excuses the player from either following suit or playing a trump. At the end of the trick, the player then takes back the Fool and adds it to their own trick pile and (in most games) gives the trick’s winner the least valuable card from that same pile. If there are no cards to give in exchange, the Fool is worth one point less and an extra point is given to the trick-taker. Or, at the end of the hand, it can be awarded to a player or team that has won all the tricks. Usually the Fool can’t be captured but in some games it can be won in the last trick which may yield a scoring bonus. In Troggu, the Fool is the highest trump but if it is the last trump in the player’s possession, the player can elect to throw in another card instead of following suit. Once this occurs, the Fool is no longer a trump but an excuse that must be reserved for the last trick.

The Fool is one of the 78 cards in a tarot deck. In tarot card reading, it is one of the 22 Major Arcana, sometimes numbered as 0 (the first) or XXII (the last). However, in decks designed for playing traditional tarot card games, it is typically unnumbered, as it is not one of the 21 trump cards and instead serves a unique purpose by itself.
In Grosstarock games, of which Danish tarok is the last survivor, the Fool can take the place of a missing card during declarations before play. However, a meld completed using the Fool is worth only half the points compared to a natural meld. Also, when leading a trick the Fool can turn into the weakest card of any suit the player chooses but it will be sent to the player’s trick pile just like an excuse. If, however, the opponents lack the suit named, then they may get the right to set the trick’s suit.

Before and after trick-play of Tarocchini, the Matto (Fool) and the Bégato are called contatori (counters), a limited form of wild cards. They can be used separately or together to fill missing gaps in combinations or extend them but they can’t fill in two consecutive gaps in sequential combinations. They can’t replace the highest trump or kings. Both cards can be used in every sequence but as the Fool can’t be captured while the Magician is vulnerable, the player holding the Magician would want to use it only judiciously.

A figure sits in a chariot, although he holds no rope, he is pulled by two sphinxes or horses. There is often a black and white motif, for example one of the steeds may be black and the other white. The figure may be crowned or helmeted, and is winged in some representations. The figure may hold a sword or wand. The Thoth Tarot deck has the figure controlling four animals.
In the manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure tarot cards are used to name the character’s powers, ‘Stands’ one of the Stardust Crusaders, Jean Pierre Polnareff, has a stand named named Silver Chariot, named after the tarot card. Will you be friends forever? Is your BFF really a backstabber? Friends come and go… if you want a fun reading that can show you if your friend is true blue or might disappoint you, consult your Friend or Foe Tarot! Take a few deep breaths in through your nose and exhale through your mouth. As you do this practice, think about your question or what you need guidance with while keeping your mind and heart open to whatever answers may come through the cards. Once you feel ready, open your eyes and shuffle the deck, again thinking about your desired query. Remember, there is no wrong way to shuffle. When they feel sufficiently mixed (I assure you, you will know!), begin dealing out the cards in front of you. The pattern laid out is referred to as a “spread,” and the ways cards are dealt out and how they land influences the meaning of each card in combinations building up to the overall answer to your query. It is beneficial to know which spread you will be working with before beginning to shuffle, but as the answers come through, understand that sometimes we need to draw additional cards for further clarity or begin again with a new question tacking a different perspective.Reversals highlight something to pay attention to and can point to the “opposite” of the card’s upright meaning. In some cases, a reversed card does not change the definition of the overall card significantly, rather it points to a deficit of that energy. In other cases, it can mean something completely different or nothing at all. Because of this potential confusion, I recommend that you focus on the upright meanings of each card and as you get more comfortable with this language, delve into the reversal meanings as you continue your Tarot journey. As you become more seasoned and in tune with your intuition, you will confidently know when a reversal is to be paid attention to or dismissed.

Which spread will you utilize? How deep do you want to go with your answer? The more cards are drawn, the more complex insight will be received. As a rule of thumb, I suggest a three or five-card spread to offer clarity without confusion. I recommend reading each card individually based on its placement in the spread and then seeing how all of the cards blend together to form an overall story imbued with layered meaning. There is a hot debate among the Tarot community as to whether or not to read card reversals. (A reversal is when a card is dealt upside down.)

If you have a more complex question which requires major insight, it’s time to get down to business and utilize the classic Celtic Cross spread which consists of ten cards to reach your final resolution. This well known and widely used spread is comprehensive and complex so I recommend working your way up to this one as you become more comfortable with your skills. Because this spread allows for gathering insight from all different angles, this is a framework that can be used even if you do not have a specific query in mind. Sit back and see what the cards have to say to you right now!

I find that the best approach when conjuring your question is to veer away from “yes/no” and keep it more open-ended. Instead of asking “Will I get the promotion at work?” use “What are the obstacles blocking me from advancing my career?” Phrasing your question like this invites greater insight and reflection through a richer answer while offering a perspective that would be missed with a simple “yes” or “no.”
A three-card spread often invokes the past, present, and future energy of your current situation. A five-card spread builds upon this information by pointing out possible obstacles as well as providing additional advice to assist in reaching your resolution.Tarot is definitely having a moment. What was once relegated to the occultic fringes is now raging in the mainstream. But how does Tarot even work? What do the cards mean? And can you do your own reading? We want answers to these questions, and we’re guessing our readers do too. So we’re bringing you a short series on Tarot that will teach you all about the ancient practice, the deck, and how to use the cards to usher in some magic to your life.

The more you do this practice, the easier and more intuitive reading the cards will become for you. Despite this, everyone gets stuck sometimes in a tricky situation or one we feel more personally attached to, and in that case, it will be an aligned time to call in a professional who can offer perspective without personal bias. Keep in mind that the cards provide insight and guidance, but what you do with this information determines your fate.

To receive general information about a year ahead, pull twelve cards with each one representing the energetic theme of the month. This spread can be utilized before the start of a calendar year or on your own “personal new year” around your birthday to invoke lessons to learn, obstacles to watch out for, or to point towards advice for your long term goals.
My favorite relationship spread involves pulling three cards for a quick energetic read on a situation. This one may be utilized for romantic relationships, friendships, work colleagues or any situation around partnership to gain better insight into the energy surrounding your connection. The first card pulled shows your energy in relation to this other person. The second card reflects the energy of the other person in relation to you. The final card represents the combined energy of the partnership. If someone has been acting distant or something feels different, the spread offers information as to what is going on here so you can gain insight before approaching the other person with honest and open communication. (Because nothing progresses if we do not talk to each other and share our feelings and perspectives.)

The first six cards are laid out in a cross shape representing the current issue with the last four forming a vertical line reflecting additional influences beside it.
6. Unconscious – The feelings, beliefs, and values driving the current situation which have yet to be uncovered by the querent. (This card often reveals hidden surprises proving to be quite valuable.)A great place for a beginner to start practicing Tarot spreads is with an easy and direct three or five-card spread. Whatever the theme may be (most revolve around the notions of gaining clarity around work, love, or spiritual purpose), the amount of cards pulled determines the depth of insight to be provided.Pro tip: Refrain from asking the same question over and over again. This is not helpful and will only lead to confusion. If you do not like the answer you receive (and that happens to all of us!), resist the urge to start over and pull fresh cards until a different outcome appears in front of you. (And honestly, it won’t.) A far more beneficial approach is to try to accept the answers provided and understand that the information you are receiving is simply just that: greater insight into the energy of your current situation. It is up to you what you do with it. Nothing is set in stone, and you have the power to plan your next move based on this guided wisdom.9. Hopes and Fears – This card offers insight into how the querent’s outlook is influencing the outcome. This card can be tricky but remember that what we fear and what we hope for are often inextricably linked.Before we get down to it and begin our reading, prepare your space (physically and mentally). Cleanse the energy through the burning of herbs, ringing a bell or chimes, taking a bath, or using your favorite crystals. (My personal favorite is a Selenite wand, an excellent energy refresher that aids in clarity, which can easily and effectively be waved over the space, the cards, and your own body). Once the energy has been cleansed, sit somewhere comfortable where you will not be disturbed during your ritual. Close your eyes, clear out the mental cobwebs, and visualize protective energy surrounding you.

In 2018, Fiona told the Guardian: ‘There’s a real sense of community in using it, particularly among younger women. People think it’s about predicting the future, but it isn’t. It’s about the present, and it can be very empowering . . . tarot allows you to consider a problem, give a voice to it, work it through and see where the blocks might be. It can give voice to problems or fears.’
Of course, before giving readings you will need – and this is no small task – to have learnt the cards. Sorry, no shortcuts. Many find that a guidebook is the best place to start: it allows you to learn at your own pace, and is a bit less of a commitment than weeks and weeks of tuition. A good guide to the tarot will help you to become familiar with the overall shape of the deck, the symbols associated with each of the cards, and the commonly held meanings, as well as providing practical advice and tips on spreads, learning techniques, and reading etiquette. There are quite a few excellent books out there, but for the purposes of this article, may we humbly draw your attention to this one. One of the most common questions we get asked is “how do you become a tarot reader?” Over time, we’ve realised that many people ask us this because they’re worried that unless you have some sort of occult pedigree, you’re not going to get very far with it. So, as two entirely non-psychic tarot readers who came to the practice in our late twenties, allow us to be the first to tell you that this is nonsense. The Rider-Waite-Smith isn’t the only option, though. There’s no limit to how many decks of cards you can have – some people prefer just to own one, some people (hi) have a whole shelf full. The most important thing is to find something that speaks to you, whether that’s in terms of its design, its concept, or its creator: there are many decks by BIPOC and queer creators, for example, which reimagine the largely cis, heteronormative, and white imagery of the Rider-Waite-Smith.We made our first foray into tarot several years ago now. We had no idea what learning the tarot would be for us – a party trick? A new hobby? A fun story to tell our friends? Something more? All we knew was that we were fascinated by the idea of these beautifully illustrated cards and their symbolism. We wanted to know how they worked and if we could use them too.

Lastly, but by no means least, learning tarot means learning how to apply your own unique experiences and perspectives to each of the cards. You’ll learn that the Death card connotes change and endings – but what does that bring up for you personally? If you draw The Hermit, ask yourself how you’ve used and benefited from periods of solitude. Over time, you’ll begin to see the cards everywhere: in day-to-day moments, in fragments of poetry or song, in characters from Netflix series. You might find that some cards become imbued with a specific meaning that feels unique to you. That’s not wrong. In fact, it’s the lifeblood of this ancient practice.The earliest tarot decks date back to the fifteenth century, which means there has been plenty of time for innovation, and the card designs have passed through thousands of hands and paintbrushes. The closest thing that exists to a standard tarot deck is the Rider-Waite (or Rider-Waite-Smith, as we prefer to call it, to credit its illustrator Pamela Colman-Smith). The deck actually dates from the turn of the twentieth century so it’s by no means The Original, but it’s the one on which the vast majority of other deck designs and structures are now based. It’s also easy to get hold of and among the more affordable options, so it can be a good starter deck.At its heart, the tarot is a storytelling device, a deck of symbols and narratives that can spark conversations, inspire ideas, and reveal new perspectives. And you don’t need to be psychic to use it: it is a practice that is open to everyone. In this beautifully illustrated guide, tarot readers Jen Cownie and Fiona Lensvelt introduce each of the cards, drawing on literature, pop culture, and their own experiences, and encourage you to add your voice to this centuries-old tradition.Here, Fiona and Jen, now authors of their own guide to the cards, Wild Card: Let The Tarot Tell Your Story, share all there is to know about the art, from how to get started reading tarot cards to which deck to buy.

The tarot survives because it stays relevant for each new generation. The images on the cards are symbols, not signposts: they can never be pinned down, or fixed, or owned. They are big enough to carry every life, every experience, and every story within them. So, more than anything, when you learn and read the cards, don’t be afraid to make them your own – and share what you find there.
Within the Minors, you find four suits, just as you would in a regular pack of playing cards, but with the difference that each suit is associated with a different element and aspect of the self. The suits are:Almost needless to say, tarot readings are very intimate and very personal. The most important thing to remember is that a reading is always about the querent, not the tarot reader. This is not the time for showboating! If you’re reading for someone else, you’re in a position of trust. They might share things with you that they’ve not told other people, or that they’ve not even realised about themselves before. Sometimes, it can be a cathartic experience. Sometimes, it can be absolutely hilarious. And sometimes: baffling. If you’re curious to learn tarot, we’d always recommend starting out by reading for yourself or for someone who you know well, and only graduating to readings for strangers once you’re steady on your cartomancy feet.

When should you not do tarot?
If your entire line of questioning is about another person and their thoughts and behaviors (like what your ex is up to), then a tarot reading is not the answer. Tarot is supposed to give you insight about *yourself*, not other people.
If you are looking to take that leap into tarot, you might be wondering what to do first. We would highly recommend you start by buying a tarot deck – yes, you can buy your own, and also it can definitely be second hand. There are a lot of decks out there so choosing yours can be more easily said than done.Jen Cownie and Fiona Lensvelt discovered a shared love of tarot in their twenties. Allured by its rich visual symbolism, they quickly became immersed in the stories the tarot contains and the ways in which those stories can help people make sense of the full range of human experience. And they’re not alone.

Whether you are learning to read for yourself and others, refreshing your knowledge, or just curious, Wild Card will show you how the tarot can add a little bit of magic to your life.
For us, the magic of the tarot is less about fortune-telling and more about stories. Our practice is entirely secular: we don’t offer readings that have any kind of psychic element to them. We don’t believe that the tarot can tell you exactly what to do – and more importantly, we think this is a good thing. What we’ve come to love about the tarot is the narrative power of the cards, the way that their symbolism invites questions and self-reflection, and so empowers you to make your own decisions about the direction you want your future to take. Fast forward four years, and our collective interest in tarot has only grown. While some tarot card readers might be looking for certainty in uncertain times, and others looking for new ways to self-reflect, either way, tarot cards have become a tool for our time. Meanwhile, the journey of the Major cards contains seismic shifts in life, telling a dramatic story of beginnings and endings, discoveries and losses, stillness and growth. It is often the Major Arcana cards that newcomers to tarot recognise – The Hanged Man, for example, or The Lovers. And when you combine all of these different cards you’ve got all of the ingredients for a thousand unique narratives.When you lay out all of the cards in a tarot deck, you find all of life hidden within them. The tarot is made up of two sections called the Arcanas (the word means “secrets”) – there’s the Major Arcana, which contains 22 cards, and the Minor Arcana, which contains 56.From how to get started to which tarot deck to buy, Jen Cownie and Fiona Lensvelt – tarot readers and authors of Wild Card: Let The Tarot Tell Your Story – share everything you need to know about the tarot.

What is the weakest card in tarot?
The Fool (tarot card)
The interplay between different cards can offer up new perspectives, challenge old and unhelpful ways of thinking, or even just force you to acknowledge things that you’ve been hiding from yourself (thanks, tarot). That doesn’t mean the cards aren’t helpful when it comes to making decisions or thinking about the path ahead. But it does mean that the way they help isn’t quite what popular culture has led us to expect.Readings can be performed for oneself or for others, and they all follow a similar format: the reader shuffles and fans out the deck face down, and then invites the querent (that’s the person being read for, it means “the one who seeks”) to pull a series of cards. The cards are laid out on a flat surface in a specific pattern, known as a spread. Each position in the pattern has a different significance, and the meaning of the card has to be read through that lens: for example, you might pull a card to signify your past, or something that’s holding you back, or a hidden strength. The reader should take the lead in interpreting the cards, building a narrative from the symbols in front of them – but many also invite the querent to participate, asking questions and inviting them to share their reactions to the images in front of them.

What tarot cards mean battle?
THE CHARIOT. —Succour, providence; also war, triumph, presumption, vengeance, trouble.
If you’re getting started, though, it’s definitely worth seeking out a deck which follows the most common structure: i.e. 78 fully illustrated cards. If something is listed as an oracle deck… that’s a no, because that’s not tarot, no matter how pretty it is. Similarly, if you see the words “pip deck,” save it for later. That is a tarot deck, but it’s one where 56 of the 78 cards aren’t illustrated, and therefore really, really hard to learn from.

How true is tarot card reading?
Tarot card readings are not an exact science, nor are they meant for simple yes or no answers. The right way to look at a Tarot card reading is to think of the cards in the spread as landmarks and weather conditions regarding whatever life situation you’re asking about.
The tarot is for everyone, and anyone can learn to read it. It’s for you, too, if you want it to be. As we’ve discovered in our own journey with tarot, there is no one type of person who reads the cards or comes for readings. People of all ages, from all walks of life and with all professional backgrounds have been known to dabble with the deck. For some, reading tarot intersects with other practices: spellcraft, astrology, crystal work, divination. But for many others, it doesn’t. In fact, the way that people use the deck is entirely personal. You are allowed – no, encouraged! – to find your own relationship with the cards, on your own terms.With this Friend or Foe tarot spread, we can find our way through. The cards are a key to our own subconscious and can lead the way for us, helping us to understand these kinds of situations more easily. Kasamba feels like a sigh of relief when you land on their website. Far from the murky and dodgy old style of psychics, they are friendly and fun. You will get 3 Free Minutes with a Psychic when you sign up. What’s more, when you get a detailed reading, you can enjoy 50% off for the rest of your session. At Psychic Guild, we have selected the top friend or foe tarot readers that we recommend for 2021. The following readers have been rigorously scrutinized and tested, and we can confirm that they are REAL readers who will offer accurate predictions and detailed answers about your future. Select one of them below and enjoy a special discount.Keen has a website that feels light and accessible. A far cry from where Psychics used to be and how they used to be viewed. Now, you have a website that fits young and old and has a variety of topics to choose from, including Relationships. New clients to Keen can get a special of $1.99 for 10 minutes!

It’s hard to know these days whether someone may be a friend or a foe to use. Also, much of the time, we are so deeply desiring of connection and closeness that we may neglect to listen to that little nudge of intuition, warning us off or telling us to watch our boundaries. At the same time, we may have been hurt so many times that we shut down any possibility of a positive and uplifting connection.
This six card Layout has a few things in common with the Celtic Cross, although it is a few cards less. You begin with the Relationship Foundation card in the middle. Then, lay the Past Influences card beneath that. After that, the Current Influences card on top of the Relationship Foundation card, sideways. Workshop of Bonifacio Bembo (Italian, Cremonese, active ca. 1442–died before 1482). Queen of Swords, from The Visconti-Sforza Tarot, ca. 1450. Made in Milan, Italy. Paper (pasteboard) with opaque paint on tooled gold ground; 6 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (17.3 x 8.7 cm). The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (MS M.630.23) Trump cards are thought to have been invented in Europe, but perhaps not in Italy. The first trump-card game appears to have originated in Germany in the 1420s with a game known as Karnöffel, in which a suit of trump cards could beat only cards of a lower rank. Tarot and Karnöffel developed independently, and all subsequent trump games appear to have derived solely from tarot.Left: Workshop of Bonifacio Bembo (Italian, Cremonese, active ca. 1442–died before 1482). Knave of Cups, from The Visconti Tarot, ca. 1450. Paper (pasteboard) with opaque paint on tooled gold ground; 7 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. (18.9 x 9 cm). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (ITA 109). Right: Workshop of Bonifacio Bembo (Italian, Cremonese, active ca. 1442–died before 1482). Knight (female) of Swords, from The Visconti Tarot, ca. 1450. Paper (pasteboard) with opaque paint on tooled gold ground; 7 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. (18.9 x 9 cm). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (ITA 109)

The earliest references to tarot all date to the 1440s and 1450s and fall within the quadrilateral defined by the northern cities of Venice, Milan, Florence, and Urbino. Because of the complicated nature of the game by that point, it is likely that it had begun evolving earlier in the century. Tarot cards employed the standard Italian suits, with values from 10 to 1 and with four face cards—king, queen, knight, and knave—for a total of 56 cards. Alongside them were a fool (matto), which was a wild card, and the 21 trump cards.
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Can tarot do yes or no?
One of the quickest and easiest uses for tarot is to answer yes or no questions. There are multiple methods to do this, and interpreting them can help you gain important insights.
In The Visconti-Sforza Tarot, the highest trump is the world, followed by the angels. The remaining trump cards, in descending order, are the sun, moon, star, temperance, death, traitor, old man, wheel of fortune, fortitude, chariot, justice, love, pope, emperor, popess, empress, and mountebank, followed by the fool. The Visconti Tarot, the older pack, diverges from the standard: it has as many as six court cards per suit, including a male and female of all ranks. In addition to the more usual trumps, it also includes three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity. It is uncertain if this pack was uniquely structured or if it represents an earlier stage before the tarots were standardized.

Workshop of Bonifacio Bembo (Italian, Cremonese, active ca. 1442–died before 1482). Love, from The Visconti Tarot, ca. 1450. Made in Milan, Italy. Paper (pasteboard) with opaque paint on tooled gold ground; 7 3/8 x 3 1/2 in. (18.9 x 9 cm). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (ITA 109) The other deck was more than likely made for Francesco Sforza, a mercenary commander who served in both Milan and Venice and married the only child of Filippo Maria Visconti. Known as The Visconti-Sforza Tarot, the deck was made sometime shortly after 1450. It is now divided: 26 of the surviving cards are at the Accademia Carrara, Bergamo and 35 are at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. A third luxury deck, known as The Brambilla Deck (after a former owner), was almost certainly painted for Visconti before his death in 1447 and can be found at the Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan. All three decks are attributed to the workshop of the Milan court painter Bonifacio Bembo. By the middle of the 15th century, the suit symbols of Italian cards were Cups, Swords, Batons, and Coins, and they remain so to this day. The pip cards were conventionally organized, with the repetition of the symbol indicating the value. In tarot cards, however, 21 trump cards, or tarocchi, were added, and these were figural, as in The Courtly Household Cards, with the fool at the bottom leading up to the emperor and pope at the top.

Left: Workshop of Bonifacio Bembo (Italian, Cremonese, active ca. 1442–died before 1482). Pope, from The Visconti-Sforza Tarot, ca. 1450. Made in Milan, Italy. Paper (pasteboard) with opaque paint on tooled gold ground; 6 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (17.3 x 8.7 cm). The Morgan Library & Museum, New York (MS M.630.4). Right: Death, from The Visconti-Sforza Tarot, ca. 1450. Made in Milan, Italy. Paper (pasteboard) with opaque paint on tooled gold ground; 6 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. (17.3 x 8.7 cm). Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut (ITA 109)
Three luxury tarot decks have survived from the mid-15th century. One of the decks is thought to have been made for Filippo Maria Visconti, the last duke of Milan of that name, prior to his death in 1447. Known as The Visconti Tarot, the deck’s 69 surviving cards are preserved in Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Can anybody read tarot cards?
The tarot is for everyone, and anyone can learn to read it. It’s for you, too, if you want it to be. As we’ve discovered in our own journey with tarot, there is no one type of person who reads the cards or comes for readings.
Tarot is a game of trick taking, as the many trump cards clearly indicate, and even though there are many variations (mostly minor), the rules of the game likely have not changed significantly since the 15th century. The present-day association of tarot with fortune-telling and the occult gained currency only in the 19th century and has nothing to do with the medieval tarot cards.If you want a professional to analyse your card and give you accurate readings, then InstaAstro tarot readers should be your top choice. Just visit our website, book a consultation with a tarot reader, and get talking!

A ‘Know Your Friend’ tarot card reading is a unique branch of tarot reading where your friendship is analysed through tarot cards. While this branch comes under the one-card tarot reading practice, you can elaborate on this reading to receive in-depth analyses by choosing more cards. However, it would be best to remember that sometimes a single card can tell you much more than many cards. In addition, it may need to be clarified to refer to many cards, as each card will have different meanings and purposes.
Since InstaAstro aims to provide quality service and accurate details, you can visit our website to check our services. The process of getting in touch with a professional is quite simple. All you have to do is visit the InstaAstro website, choose a tarot reader, or whoever, of your choice based on their credentials and details, and let our team connect you with them. Our team will contact you when it’s convenient for you and will fix an appointment with your choice of tarot reader as per your schedule. In addition, we often come up with exciting offers and giveaways through our website and social media platforms. So, who knows, you may win a friendship tarot free session soon! To keep up with us, follow us on Instagram at @instaastrosocial!The questions mentioned above are only some among many others. In addition, if there are specific areas of your friendship that you wish to address, you can customise your queries according to your situation. An expert tarot reader will tell you what your angel guides are saying to you and help you analyse questions as per your problems. Suppose, for example, and you may have been experiencing a massive communication gap between you and your friend. In this case, a tarot reader will help formulate questions addressing this problem.

A ‘Friend or Foe’ tarot reading or ‘Know Your Friend’ tarot card reading will tell you some essential details about your friendship. For example, this reading will tell you if your friend is content with you or if your friendship can stand the test of time.In any tarot reading, it is essential for the reader to keep an open mind, avoid negativity, and think happy thoughts, which will make it easier for them to attract positive vibes from the Universe.

Is tarot a trick?
Tarot is a game of trick taking, as the many trump cards clearly indicate, and even though there are many variations (mostly minor), the rules of the game likely have not changed significantly since the 15th century.
If you have been wondering, “Can I trust my friend with my secrets?”, “Is my friend loyal?”, “How can I build a stronger friendship?”, “Is this a life long or temporary friendship?” Then a friendship tarot reading can help you know which aspects of your friendship are perfect and which need improvement. In any tarot reading, the cards can give you answers to all your questions, make you feel safe, and build an environment where you can express your feelings, work on heavy emotions, and chalk out plans for a better future. However, it would be best to remember that tarot cards are not a way to achieve perfect or direct answers. By this, we mean that you should not expect tarot cards to tell you what to do and how to do it directly. Instead, it would be best to focus on perceiving the messages as a guiding light.

Desires: A one-card tarot reading affair is a great way to gain knowledge regarding your desires, needs, and wants. Our inclination towards things builds our life. So, your card will be able to tell you what you need to do to achieve your dreams, attain your desires, and get what you want. Also, you’ll get to know what you can do to let go of negative desires and harmful wants.
As we already have a fair idea, tarot reading is all about energies and vibrations. Therefore, regulating and maintaining a positive attitude, vibration, frequency, or energy while engaging in a tarot card reading session is essential. If you are scratching your head and wondering how to regulate your energy or how to perform a perfect tarot reading from the beginning to the end, then we’re here to help!Tarot reading sessions require the reader to follow certain mandatory conditions. In other words, these rules and regulations are essential, and one should not avoid them at any cost. However, as we will know further about the types of questions one can ask in a friendship tarot reading affair, let’s first learn how to perform a tarot card reading.

A friendship tarot reading is vital to tell you whether your significant friendships are good for you. Most often than not, many of us stay friends with people who are not suitable for us, who make us feel small and unimportant, and who are rude or mean to us. We stay with such people because we may think that we may not get better friends or that we’re lonely. A friendship tarot reading will help you know several things about your friendship and what you can do to either improve your friendship or let go of this toxic friend.
Positive Aspects: A single card holds many powers, including the one which makes you aware of the good things in your life. If you constantly worry about everything in life, then your card will highlight the good parts of your life. Furthermore, you’ll also know how to maintain these positive aspects, not lose sight of them, and maintain a healthy environment in your life.

Friend or Not: Sometimes, we build friendships and companionship with people who might have our best interests for us. To discover the actual reality of your friend, a friendship tarot can be beneficial.
Negative Aspects: Through a one-card tarot reading session, you can determine the things that are bad for you and their impact on your life. Your card will help you discover the harmful factors present in your life, how you can alleviate them, and what you can do to improve your life.In a tarot cards reading session specifically meant for relationships or friendships, it would be best to stick to simple, mutual questions. For example, instead of asking, “Does my friend hate me?” you can ask, “How can I improve my relationship with my friend?”. The significance of using straightforward yet optimistic questions is that tarot card reading is heavily dependent on energy. If you choose to go with negative questions, which can welcome negative energies, your relationship with your friend may sour. So, keep your face toward the sun, and always focus on the positive aspects. Fears: Your fears and worries make you grow weaker each day. Through the messages put forward by your one-card reading, you can know about the things that make you miserable, anxious, and unhappy. In addition, you’ll also realise how you can overcome these fears, maintain good vibes, and keep yourself happy. Keeper of Secrets: Is your friend loyal enough to be trusted with your secrets? Know about it through tarot card readings. A friendship tarot spread will give messages to you regarding the loyalty factor of your friend and whether you should trust them with your secrets.Are you someone who constantly worries about their relationship with their friends? Do you find yourself stressing about your compatibility with your peers? Then tarot can provide you with the answers you seek! In a tarot reading, there are various conditions to be followed, as we know now. Moreover, besides just following the rules set for performing a tarot card reading session, much more must be kept in mind. Therefore, before starting your tarot cards reading affair, you should instil clarity by understanding which types of questions are acceptable and which are not.If you have been anxious about your friendship, and don’t know what to ask in your friendship tarot reading, then here are some questions relating to your friend or foe tarot spread:Meant to be: If you’ve been wondering whether you and your friend are meant to be friends, then you should refer to a tarot reading session for detailed and accurate answers.

When not to read tarot cards?
Reading for yourself is difficult because it is hard to be objective about yourself and often the cards mirror your emotions rather than the truth. Avoid reading when you are in a disturbed state and unable to keep yourself neutral.
A ‘Pick a Tarot Card’, or One-card Reading, is an impactful way of determining the things in store for you. In this unique type of tarot reading, a single card is chosen from the pile of tarot cards and further analysed to receive details and messages. While most people may believe that many cards may give you many solutions or many messages, that’s not the case. Instead, many cards may bring confusion, problems, and issues. So, it would be best to refer to one-card tarot readings for intricate and essential aspects of your life. Although, two cards or more are best for analysing all the factors in some tarot readings, such as love compatibility tarot readings or past, present, and future tarot readings.Tarot reading is a special form of spiritual practice that enables people to understand various factors of their lives and the things they should change or work on to receive maximum benefits. In a tarot reading, a card, or several cards, are chosen on the basis of intuition or pull. Your cards will tell you about your life, predict your future, and help you to change your life accordingly.

Forever or Not: Every new friendship can seem all sunshine and rainbows, but have you ever stopped to think if this new friendship is worth it? Through a new friendship tarot spread, you can know if this friendship is temporary or permanent.

The last card of the three cards in this section is the Six of Swords. The card depicts a family traveling on a boat, their backs to the viewer. They seem to be moving away from a situation and are ready to move on from their past baggage. If this card appears in your friendship reading, it’s evident that it’s time for you to walk away from the connection. Staying in this friendship will be detrimental to your peace of mind.
When the Six of Swords comes up in any Tarot card reading, it indicates a need to leave, and it’s necessary for your growth and progression. If this friendship isn’t something you want to let go of, look for other cards in the reading to indicate the reason why you must walk away. Then, decide if this is an issue you and this person can resolve together. Or if it’s something that’s set in stone.Both parties enjoy spending time together and are having the time of their lives in each other’s company. This card can also indicate that the connection may revolve around unhealthy habits like partying and substance use.In a tarot reading, the three cups are depicted with three friends all clinking their goblets together. All friends seem to be having a wonderful time and are happy to be in each other’s company. In a friendship reading, this card indicates that there is a harmonious, fun, playful energy within the connection.If you’re questioning the future of this relationship, the Ace of Cups’s advice is that this friendship is one you’ll want to nourish and allow to grow with you as you progress forward. Focus on the positive aspects of your relationship. In any Tarot card reading, the Ace of Cup’s points to the beginning of something wonderful. These types of friendships are felt on a soul level; you understand each other and brighten up each other’s lives in powerful ways. The overall message is usually very positive and beneficial whenever this card appears in tarot readings. The cups symbolize emotions and the inner world of the people in the picture. You and your friend are connected far beneath the surface. Communication is the driving factor within this connection, and you both feel comfortable and able to open yourselves up to each other. You’ll know which of these definitions is true for you, and it’s important to reflect on other cards within the reading to help you understand the overall truth. The three cups are a powerful card that indicates you and your friend are lighting up each other’s lives.For our final card of this section, the Ace of Cups is one of the most sought-out tarot cards. The Ace of Cups is very fulfilling, as it describes a time in your life when your wishes are fulfilled. The card depicts a giant goblet and a hand holding it above the ground. Water is spilling over the goblet’s rim, implying that the goblet is full of abundance. At this present moment, your friendship is one of the more rewarding relationships in your life.

How do you read tarot cards for someone?
But what message they convey when viewed as a whole Major Arcana cards carry more weight than Minor Arcana which are meant to clarify the bigger. Picture. Step seven keep a record of your readings.
In a friend or foe Tarot reading, this card may indicate that you or your friend feel trapped within the connection. It may have been comfortable and healthy in the past, but the current state of the friendship is unhealthy. If these are feelings you’re currently having, you must know that you have the ability to walk away from the friendship. Once you put yourself first and remove what no longer serves you, you’ll be free.

The Devil tarot card is often associated with negativity, pain, and suffering. The card depicts a devilish figure positioned in the background. Before him, two people are chained in shackles, but the shackles are large enough for them to lift off of themselves. But, because of the intensity of the situation, they are unaware that they can free themselves.
They may be holding on to secrets, going behind your back, and telling your own; they are really a backstabber. This person isn’t your friend when you’re not around but will act and pretend to be to your face. It’s possible that the person in question isn’t necessarily a worthwhile companion, and you should look towards other cards in the reading to indicate which area of your friendship they are acting in this way.Mostly, friendships are positive connections that give our life meaning, worth, and joy. But, there may come a time in a friendship that makes you question the authenticity, love, or intentions of a person in your life. If you’re unsure about what your friends may be thinking or feeling about your friendship, tarot is a great way to get the answers you seek. A friend or foe tarot reading can help outline the overall energy within your connection, and you can take a deep dive into how your friend truly feels about you as a friend in their life.

Friendships are one of the most important relationships in our lives. It’s a joy to find someone you can connect to on a soul level that doesn’t involve romantic feelings or have societal expectations attached to them. Friendships are a gift because both people involved have chosen to form this special bond out of their appreciation for each other. These types of relationships are often some of the most important ones in our lives, whether they’re positive or negative.
Use your intuition during your tarot card reading to help you guide you through discovering the answer to your question. If you’re questioning whether or not a friendship is healthy for you, find a deck, shuffle the cards, and see what the tarot has to say. These cards can help you better understand the overall energy within a friendship, its future, and if it’s a connection worth holding on to. Next time you’re curious about someone you meet, try a Friend or Foe Tarot reading! These types of friendships often have a very bright future ahead for them because you’ve managed to build such a strong foundation that the possibility of a falling out is uncommon. You and your friend may feel more like family than anything. The Seven of Swords depicts a man carrying five swords in the distance. As he escapes with his swords, he looks back over his shoulder, making sure no one sees him fleeing. While this card has many interpretations, for a friendship reading, it may indicate that your friend isn’t being honest with how they feel about you or the connection.

The two cups are a beautiful card when it appears within a tarot spread. If this card appears for you, it may be indicated that you and your specific person will be friends forever. This card depicts two people holding their glasses together, looking into each other’s eyes.We use cookies and other tracking technologies to provide services in line with the preferences you reveal while browsing the Website to show personalize content and targeted ads, analyze site traffic…, and understand where our audience is coming from in order to improve your browsing experience on our Website. By continuing to browse this Website, you consent to the use of these cookies. If you wish to object such processing, please read the instructions described in our’; Q+=’ Cookie Policy ‘;Q+=” /”;Q+=’ Privacy Policy’;Q+=’Read more’;Q+=”

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He’s been waiting, waiting for days. Hands tied, captured by enemy forces. He’s confident you will save him. You wouldn’t leave him to languish at the hands of his captors. Would you? Will he be rescued first? Or will his enemies destroy your clan to rescue their own captive?You must make the treacherous journey across the Karrowlands. The Karrowlands are perilous; a vast and unending land stretching from the desolate desert to the arctic ice, from the rolling grasslands to the fields of lava. Recover the summit. It’s the only way. But who will be there waiting for you? Gwythral, the tameable dragon? Maneeri, the mountain giant known for taking captives of his own? Ragnash, The Wolf of the Underworld, who devours everything in his wake? Or perhaps your enemies have set up an ambush of their own? You must fight.He sits and prays for you, his compatriot, to come to rescue him; to save the day. He knows the journey will not be easy. Will you recover the summit and rescue the captive? Or abandon him to your foes. Only time will tell.GET A TASTE: The video below describes the first turn phases: the Generation Phase, and the Deploy Phase. It teaches players how to begin their first turn and how to deploy cards to the board.

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A game that kept surprising me. It continued to demonstrate more depth of play, and required a lot of critical strategic thinking. The final result was a game that entertained and challenged.

Control locations to gather resources. Deploy extra recruits. Battle the unsuspecting foes. Advance towards the enemy base. Will you team up with local kinsmen, or will you venture out alone? Choose your clansmen wisely.
One of the quickest and easiest uses for tarot is to answer yes or no questions. There are multiple methods to do this, and interpreting them can help you gain important insights.One of the most common ways to use tarot to obtain yes or no answers is to use a simple three-card draw. This uses simple reversals for yes or no answers and also allows you to gain some insight into why the answer was yes or no.

If you don’t have a tarot deck, you can use playing cards to do the same thing. Just decide which cards (reds or blacks, for instance) will indicate yes or no. Question, shuffle, cut, and choose as above, and you’ll have your answer.

Should you read your own tarot cards?
Yes! It absolutely is. Tarot is a modality that helps us gain greater insight into our current situations, honor our intuition and forecast potential outcomes. It might seem a bit daunting, but it’s really a simple process.
You can also use a single card draw with your yes or no question. Before you do this, hold the deck in your hand and create the intention for which cards will indicate yes or no. For example: Once you have programmed this intention into the cards by holding it and stating that as your intention, write down what you decided so you do not forget or try to massage the results to be the answer you want instead of the one you receive. Now, do the following: In The Ultimate Guide to Tarot, author Liz Dean suggests asking the same yes or no question three times and drawing a card for each time you ask, placing them face down. To do this: