FAQ on Divinatory Tarot: Everything you need to know for a successful reading


Welcome to my FAQ on Divinatory Tarot! Do you have questions about the meaning of the cards, the best practices for a successful reading, or how to integrate tarot into your personal development? You're in the right place! In this article, I answer the most frequently asked questions by our community. Whether you are a beginner or experienced, this FAQ aims to enlighten and guide you in your quest for Tarot knowledge.

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General Questions on Tarot

What is divinatory tarot?

Divinatory Tarot: A mystical journey through time and spirit

What is divinatory tarot?

Have you ever wondered what lies behind these mysterious cards called "divinatory tarot"? You're in the right place! In this article, we will dive into the fascinating world of tarot, an ancient practice that has captured the imagination of millions of people around the world.

The Mystery of its Origin (which is not a mystery!)

Divinatory tarot is not a novelty. But contrary to what is said, it was not created in Ancient Egypt, nor even by the Bohemians or Gypsies! Its roots are anchored in the time of the Egyptian dynasty of the Mamluks from the 11th to the 13th century. I do a review of a very reconstitution of this deck of a lost tradition. Then these card games crossed the Mediterranean Sea to land in Italian or Spanish ports, where this new game of entertainment and auctions quickly became popular. In just a few years, the Mamluk cards are adapted to European cultures, and in Italy they add to the series of 22 Triumphs (or Major Arcana). The structure of the Tarot is born. Then, as it arrives in France, card masters completely rethink the images of the Triumphs. The French tradition Tarot then knows a wide success, it is even exported by thousands abroad. It is only much later that the occultists of the 19th century will call this tradition the "Tarot de Marseille" (because at that time this game was no longer printed than in Marseille).

More than a Card Game

For many, tarot may seem like just a simple card game. But think again! Each card is a window open to a universe of possibilities, emotions, and life lessons. But what makes it so captivating? In fact, its medieval iconography and symbolic richness have stood the test of time because they refer to universal archetypes of the human psyche.

Psychological Tarot vs Divinatory Tarot: Two sides of the same Coin

You may have heard of psychological tarot and divinatory tarot, but do you really know what distinguishes them? Psychological tarot uses tarot cards as a tool for self-exploration. It focuses on self-reflection, awareness, and personal development. Instead of predicting the future, it helps you better understand your present. Divinatory tarot, as its name suggests, is used for divination, which is defined as "Art of discovering what is hidden" or "Ability, action of guessing, of foreseeing.". Even "foreseeing" is not quite "predicting". Because if we foresee tomorrow's weather as a probability, we predict the future as a prognosis. So, we should rather oppose Psychological Tarot to Predictive Tarot. Because in fact, Psychological Tarot is a branch of Divinatory Tarot. Yes, even in the case of Psychological Tarot, we seek to guess, to reveal to our understanding what escapes us, what is occulted to us. But regardless of the dictionary definitions, you can use tarot both as a tool for personal development and as a means to understand and anticipate the forces at work in your life.


Why does divinatory tarot stand out in the mystical universe?

Why does divinatory tarot stand out in the mystical universe?

Have you ever wondered why divinatory tarot is so fascinating, especially when there are other forms of divination like astrology, numerology or even palmistry? Well, you're not alone! Tarot has something special that makes it irresistible, and here's why.

Astrology vs Tarot: The Duel of Stars

Astrology is based on the movements of planets and stars, but tarot gives you the power to shape your own destiny. With tarot, each draw is a new opportunity to change, grow, and flourish.

Numerology: A Matter of Numbers

Numerology uses your birth date and your name to predict your future. Tarot, on the other hand, allows you to explore future scenarios based on the choices you make now. It's like having an interactive crystal ball!

Palmistry: Reading in the palm of your hand

Palmistry can tell you a lot about your personality, but it can't tell you how to navigate the upcoming challenges. Tarot offers practical advice and solutions to help you overcome obstacles.

Tarot: A Versatile Tool

What really sets tarot apart is its versatility. Whether you are looking for answers about love, career or existential questions, tarot has a card (or several!) for that.

Conclusion: Tarot is Your Story

Divinatory tarot is more than just a divination tool; it's a mirror to your soul and a guide for your personal journey. So why settle for less when you can have the best of both worlds?


The Tarot de Marseille, the Rider-Waite and beyond: A world of possibilities

The Tarot de Marseille, the Rider-Waite and beyond: A world of possibilities

Think all tarot cards look alike? Think again! The world of tarot is as diverse as the people who use it. In this section, we will explore the different types of tarots that exist and what makes them unique.

The Tarot de Marseille: The Original

Considered the "grandfather" of tarots, the Tarot de Marseille is the oldest and most traditional. Its archetypal images have inspired countless modern versions. If you are a purist, this is the deck for you. If you are looking for the true source of knowledge, take the version of Jean Noblet (complete review) in 1650, it is the oldest Tarot de Marseille.

Rider-Waite: The modern tarot

The Rider-Waite is perhaps the most popular tarot deck today. With its detailed illustrations and rich symbols, it is ideal for beginners and tarot experts alike. The original 1910 version is esoteric and "too much" (as is this era rightly called the "Roaring Twenties"). But contemporary versions are current and more accessible.

Thematic Tarots: A universe to explore

From feminist tarots to pop culture-based tarots, there is a deck for every passion and personality. Are you a Harry Potter fan? There's a tarot for that!

Why the choice of Tarot is important

The type of tarot you choose can greatly influence your reading experience. Some tarots are more suited to specific questions, while others are more versatile.


Major and Minor Arcana: The keys to your future

Major and Minor Arcana: The keys to your future

You may have already heard of the Major and Minor Arcana, but do you really know what they mean? In this section, we will unveil the mystery behind these fascinating cards that make up a tarot deck.

Major Arcana: The masters of destiny

The Major Arcana are the 22 cards that represent the major life lessons and significant stages of our existence. From "The Fool" to "The World", each card is a step on the path of self-discovery. Read my article on the 22 major arcana of the Tarot.

Minor Arcana: The details of daily life

Unlike the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana focus on the more everyday aspects of our life. Divided into four suits (Cups, Swords, Wands, and Pentacles), these cards offer practical advice for navigating the world.

The combined power

During a tarot draw, the Major and Minor Arcana work together to give you a complete picture of your current situation and your potential future. It's like having a spiritual GPS!

Why is it important?

Understanding the meaning and symbology of each type of card can enrich your tarot experience and help you get more accurate readings. Read my article on the meaning of the 78 cards of the Tarot.

A free PDF to print, cut out, and fold!

Key words for the 78 cards for the Tarot of Marseille, to slip into your favorite deck. Your leaflet always with you, at hand, to guide you in your readings. Thanks to it, your interpretations gain in richness and subtlety.


Card drawing and the Art of divination

Card drawing and the Art of divination

You're intrigued by tarot, but wondering how a simple card draw can give you insights into your life? You're in the right place! In this section, we will break down the process step by step.

The drawing ritual

Even before drawing a card, there's a ritual to follow. Whether you shuffle the cards while thinking about a specific question or let your intuition guide your hands, following each step is welcome to perform an inspired and accurate reading. In a future article, I will give you tips to ritualize your draw.

Drawing with "positions": More than a simple draw

There are several drawing methods, called "Position" draws, each suited to different types of questions. From the cross draw to the astrological wheel draw, we will guide you through the most popular ones.

Interpretation: A mirror to the soul

Once the cards are drawn, comes the interpretation step. Each card has several meanings, and it's the art of combining them that creates a truly insightful tarot reading. Read my article on the keywords of the 78 cards of the Tarot to read Tarot step by step.

Mistakes to avoid

Like any form of art, tarot has its pitfalls. In a future article, I will give you tips to avoid common mistakes and maximize the accuracy of your readings.


From Love to Career: How Tarot can light your path

From Love to Career: How Tarot can light your path

You think tarot is only good for predicting your love future ? Think again ! Tarot is a versatile tool that can help you in many areas of life. Discover how below.

Tarot and Love

Whether you are in a relationship or single, tarot can offer you valuable advice to navigate the complex labyrinth of love relationships.

Tarot and Career

Wondering whether you should change jobs or ask for a promotion ? Tarot can give you insights on the best steps to follow for your professional development.

Personal Development

Tarot is not just a divination tool ; it's also an excellent means for self-reflection and personal development.

Spiritual Guidance

For those seeking answers to deeper questions, tarot can serve as a spiritual guide, helping you understand your place in the universe.

And much more!

Tarot can even be used for daily decisions, like choosing a travel route or deciding which book to read next.


The Rise of Divinatory Tarot in Modern Culture

The Rise of Divinatory Tarot in Modern Culture

You've undoubtedly noticed that divinatory tarot is everywhere these days, from social networks to TV shows. But why is this ancient mystic art experiencing such a craze? Let's dive into the reasons behind this growing popularity.

The Quest for Meaning

In an increasingly complex world, many are looking for ways to give meaning to their lives. Tarot offers a space for reflection and spiritual guidance.

The Power of Self-Exploration

Tarot is not just a prediction tool; it's also a mirror that reflects our desires, fears, and aspirations, helping us to understand ourselves better.

Media Influence

With the appearance of influential personalities and celebrities indulging in tarot, this ancestral art has become more accessible and less stigmatized.

The Tarot Community

The rise of online platforms and social networks has allowed the creation of a global community of tarot enthusiasts, making the experience even more enriching.


Divinatory Tarot: Between Mysticism and Rationality

Divinatory Tarot: Between Mysticism and Rationality

Divinatory tarot is often shrouded in mystery and fascination, but it is not without sparking heated debates. In this section, I address the criticisms and ethical questions surrounding this ancient practice.

Scientific Skepticism

Although tarot has many followers, there is also a share of skepticism, especially in the scientific community. What about the evidence? I will examine the arguments from both sides in an upcoming article.

Ethical Questions

Can tarot be manipulated for financial gains? Is it ethical to predict serious events such as illness or death? I address these delicate questions with nuance and reflection in the presentation of my own Tarot practice.

Responsible Tarot

How to practice tarot ethically and responsibly? I will give you advice to ensure that your readings are both accurate and respectful in an upcoming article.

Why does this matter?

Understanding criticisms and ethical questions can enrich your tarot practice and help you approach it in a more conscious and thoughtful manner.


I hope this FAQ has helped you better understand the many facets of Divinatory Tarot. Whether you are looking to learn more about the meaning of the cards, the best drawing methods, or how to use tarot for your personal development, my goal is to provide you with clear and informative answers. Thank you for reading, and may your journey into the fascinating world of Tarot be enriching!

✨ Share your voice in the world of Tarot ✨

You've gone through my FAQ and discovered answers to many questions about divinatory tarot. But the journey doesn't end here. Do you have unique experiences with tarot to share? A perspective that could enlighten an unknown aspect or a personal story that has changed your view of the cards?

I invite you to enrich our community with your stories and questions. Leave a comment below and share your wisdom of the Tarot. Your contribution is valuable and could illuminate the path for another truth seeker.

👉 Add your comment now and let's weave together the rich tapestry of divinatory tarot.


profilSophie, 09/12/2023
Hi, I'm new to tarot reading. This FAQ is incredibly thorough and has such a unique take on the content. It's given me a lot to think about. Is there an aspect of tarot that's not covered here but you think is essential for beginners ? Thanks for this wealth of information !
profilDavid from TAROTQuest, 09/13/2023
Hi Sophie, thank you for your kind words! I'm glad you found the FAQ helpful. One aspect that's crucial for beginners is developing intuition when interpreting the cards, which comes with time and practice. I have written an article on this topic. Check my blog !
profilElizabeth, 11/08/2023
I've been reading tarot cards like the Rider-Waite-Smith since my youth. This FAQ is comprehensive, Thanks for your work.
profilDavid from TAROTQuest, 11/09/2023
Thank you Elizabeth for your kind words!
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