~ Tarot Readings ~
Online Tarot readings
Tarot phone readings
clairvoyant psychic medium Kyri Spencer
|Helping you become all that you can be|
The Tarot deck consists of seventy-eight cards which combine to form the Arcana, the
symbolic representations of ancient wisdom. The Major Arcana is made up of twenty-two of these cards and the remaining fifty-six of the Minor Arcana are divided into the four elemental suits of Earth, Water,
Fire and Air. Their symbols reside in the collective unconscious: archetypes, some obvious, some subtle, some sources of nearly endless interpretation. Their individual symbolisms and their combined symbolisms
along with their order and positioning within a spread create a composite image that is interpreted holistically to obtain wisdom.
A reader chooses one or more Tarot decks that "speak" to them, decks that engage their mind fully, cards that draw their complete attention. Readers may have a favored Tarot deck or may alternate between several decks, choosing the one that speaks to them the most at a given time.
I perform tarot reading sessions in person, by telephone, or by internet using web-camera
video links with software such as Skype, Yahoo Messenger, or AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). For people who are unable to travel for a face to face session but still prefer a more personal reading, the web-video
viewing option is the perfect alternative because it allows me to perform a Tarot reading that can be observed from the comfort of one's own home.
The fee for a 15 minute session is $35, for 30 minutes is $65, and for a full hour is $120.
~ History of the Tarot ~
Playing cards first appeared in Europe around the end of the 14th century, with suits quite similar to the tarot suits of Swords, Cups, Staves, and Pentacles. The first known tarot cards were created between 1430 and 1450 in Milan, Ferrara and Bologna in northern Italy, when additional allegorical illustrations were added to the typical four-suit pack. These new decks were initially called triumph cards, and the additional cards known simply as trionfi, "trumps" in English.
Though originally intended for the playing of games, divination using playing cards is in evidence as early as 1540 in a book entitled The Oracles of Francesco Marcolino da Forli which allows a simple method of divination, though the cards are used only to select a random oracle and have no meaning in themselves. Writings from 1735 and 1750 document rudimentary divinatory meanings for the cards of the tarot as well as a system for laying out the cards.
Tarot cards would eventually become associated with mysticism and magic but they were not widely adopted by seers, mystics,
and occultists until the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1781 a Swiss clergyman Antoine Court de Gébelin published a study that included the topic of the survival of religious symbolisms in the modern world. Gébelin
asserted that the name "tarot" came from the Egyptian words tar, "royal", and ro, "road", and that the Tarot represented a "royal road" to knowledge. He proposed that symbolism of the Tarot de Marseille
represented the mysteries of Isis and Thoth. De Gébelin also asserted that the Romanies, who were among the first to use cards for divination, were descendants of the ancient Egyptians and had introduced the
cards to Europe, though no Egyptian writings discovered so far validate this assertion. Regardless, the identification of the tarot cards with the Egyptian Book of Thoth was firmly established in occult practice
and continues to the present.
French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette, in the 1780's, was the first to issue a tarot deck specifically designed for divination rather than game playing. In keeping with the belief that tarot cards are derived from the Book of Thoth, his tarot contained themes related to ancient Egypt. In the nineteenth century occultist Eliphas Levi attributed the origins of the Tarot to Israel, when he asserted the existence of a correlation between the Kabbalah and the Tarot. In 1910 Arthur Waite and artist Pamela Coleman Smith produced a Tarot deck that was a culmination of the wisdom of many societies and became an unofficial standard, the influence of which can be seen in very many modern decks.