One item that many witches have on hand is a deck of Tarot cards. Many Wiccans use Tarot cards for divination and spell work. A deck of Tarot cards has 78 cards that you can choose from. What does 78 cards mean? Well, if you use reversals in your Tarot readings, that translates to 156 symbols that are just waiting to be unleashed.
You select a Tarot card that represents your goal, and from there you can do simple spell work that is no way less effective than one that comes with a ritual.
At first, you may be at a loss as to which card to use. That is why having background knowledge or general knowledge of Tarot cards and what they mean is very useful. Here are a few things to help you get started:
- Love, Family, Emotions, Relationships
For these matters, you may want to choose the Cup cards. The Ace Cup Cards can stand in for the element of Water.
Ace of Cups card: Represents new beginnings and starting over.
Three of Cups: Is a symbol of occasions and events like births, weddings, and deaths.
Queen of Cups: To represent a woman.
The Lovers card: For matters of love: to make a decision between is two romantic partners; to overcome temptation.
- Money, Education, Economic Stability or Business
For these matters, you may want to choose the Coin/Pentacle cards. The Coin/Pentacle cards can stand in the element of Earth.
Ace of Coins: for prosperity and abundance and money magick
Eight of Coins: for success at work; to get a promotion or
Page of Coins: for money guidance or to put an end to financial problems
- Communication, Creativity
Use the Wand cards for these matters. They also stand in for the element of Fire.
Three of Wands: for the success you have always desired
Four of Wands: to celebrate your gifts and blessings.
- Self-Awareness, Intuition, Spiritual Growth
For these matters, use the Major Arcana cards.
Magician card: to give you the courage to take action and work actively towards your own destiny.
Strength card: for a spiritual boost and some inner strength; for changes and rebirth.
Death card: to curse someone.
The Rider-Waite-Smith deck of cards is very well known in the world of Wicca. Arthur Waite, an occultist, and a part of the Order of the Golden Dawn, worked with Pamela Colman Smith, also a fellow Golden Dawn member on the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. It was first published in 1909. The cards feature highly symbolic images, and is used as the default deck in nearly all instructional manuals on Tarot card reading. And from Rider-Waite, it’s now called Rider-Waite-Smith to recognize Smith’s creative work.
Now, a hundred years after the first release of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, there are many different designs on the Tarot cards. There is a deck for every many interests. There are even Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings tarot cards! But it’s important to know that many of these new designs still follow the format and style of Rider-Waite. And the Rider-Waite-Smith cards are still the best selling and most recognizable Tarot deck of cards.
Tarot cards are readily available and can be very useful to any Wiccan. Just a bit of familiarization with the meanings can help you craft spells. Plus, having Tarot cards on hand encourages you to think outside the box and be creative!
What kind of Tarot Cards do you use? We’d love to hear from you! Please share it in the comments section below. J