What is a Tarot Reading?

What is a Tarot Reading?

By Alex Moody of The Moody Medium

So you want to learn more about Tarot?  What exactly is it? Where does it come from?  And what exactly is a reading?

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The Tarot deck, originally used as playing cards, is made up of 78 cards. The symbolism present in each card and the cards’ relationships to one another are used during a reading to assist in supporting a reflection or perspective shift for the client.  This ancient practice (it’s debated on the origins of the deck being in Italy or Egypt) relies on the symbolism of 22 major arcana (secrets or mysteries) which represent the overall themes in our lives and have a stronger message for the client and the minor arcana (the suit cards) which are more connected to our everyday lives.  

So…uhm…what are suits?!

Tarot Reading in Asheville

There are four suits and court cards (think: king, queen, page, knight) just like playing cards. The suits are:

  • Pentacles (our physical world or what we create as a tangible reflection in our lives),

  • Swords (our mental reflection or mentality about a situation),

  • Cups (our emotional realm or energy in motion, can be in the subtle world or hidden from the surface)

  • Wands (the higher self or spiritual realm, can be what is existing in the unseen or subtle world, or what is outside of ourselves).

    Cards can be read in a spread (the Celtic Cross is a popular one) and are read in relationship to each other.  No two readings are ever the same!!

What Information Will I Receive?

Typically, a client will have a specific question in mind for the reading and it’s up to them if they want to share it with the reader!  In fact, group readings with friends who know each other well can set the stage for deeper bonding and encourage open conversations about things after the reading.  While a reading is often lighthearted and fun, it can also summon deep emotion and often leads to cathartic tears. It’s rare that no one cries in a group reading where guests get to witness each individual reading in its uniqueness. 

Will I like the experience?

Most people are blown away when they first get a Tarot reading (especially with an intuitive!) and what’s great about the cards is that they are like an onion--so many layers to learn.  Many of my clients end up buying a deck for themselves to learn more about the cards.

Tarot cards are meant to feel like a living, breathing conversation that supports you in your highest self.  They are meant to be uplifting and wise, much like we are when we are in that vibration on our own.

Intrigued? Check out all of Asheville Wellness Tours Tarot offerings. Relax, we will come to you for a Group Tarot Reading or make it a Tea & Tarot experience!


About the Author: Alex Moody

As an intuitive psychic medium, Alex Moody is passionate about supporting people in living their most authentic life.  A medium since birth, Alex grew up in a haunted house outside of the Washington, D.C. area and was fearful of her gifts for many years.  Psychic Medium and Tarot readings with Alex can promise to be, at the very least, entertaining!  Alex’s sense of humor and grounded nature allows her to connect to only the highest good for her clients.