I have been studying Tarot cards most of my life, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my experience with you.
The Tarot cards of today originate from mid-15th century Italy, from a game called Tarocchini, but they weren't used for divination until the late 1700s.
The Rider-Waite tarot deck is one of the common decks of today, and it dates back to 1909. It was the first tarot deck to have images on the pip cards - also known as the Minor Arcana.
There are 22 cards in the Major Arcana, and they are very powerful cards to see in your spread. They reveal core themes in your life:
The rest of 56 cards are part of the Minor Arcana, and they are the children of the Tarocchini game, and ancestors of modern day playing cards. Court cards often represent people in the querent (the person asking the question)'s life, and they are broken into four suits.
Cards in the suit of Swords are often associated with intellectual activity:
Cards in the suit of Cups are often associated with emotions:
Cards in the suit of Pentacles (coins) are associated with the material aspects of the querent's life, and finances:
Cards in the suit of Wands (or baton's) are often associated with careers: