As magical tools like the wand, chalice, and plate, Tarot cards must be keyed. Keying is the means of personalizing divinatory tools for your own use. In this case, keying ties the cards to the Universe in general and your own personal energies in particular. When you arrange a tarot spread with a keyed deck, the cards represent people, elements, and concepts in the Universe. Keying allows tarot spells to work and develop free Tarot predictions.
Secrets of Tarot Cards
The cards are linked to physical things in the Universe, so when you change the tarot cards, you also change things in the physical Universe. You need the plate and sun candles to key your tarot cards. You need to study and practice with these tools before you key your cards. The results of unkeyed tarot cards will be less accurate than those of keyed cards.
By using keyed signifiers, we tie our Tarot readings to specific questions and issues. Most people use the Tarot today without signifiers. This leads to readings that are less accurate and less effective. Using a signifier makes sure the reading will focus on the person or thing you want to explore, and only about that.
People who created the modern tarot also designed the Thoth decks, Waite-Rider, and Morgan-Greer. They were members of the Order of the Golden Dawn. Arthur Edward Waite was the father of the Waite-Rider deck while Pamela Smith did the artwork for the cards. If you are a beginner or have no experience with the Tarot, you should start with the Waite-Rider deck, typically regarded as the easiest deck to work with for novice magicians.
Tarot Card Spreads
There are so many different types of tarot spreads that it is difficult to decide which to learn and which to practice. In general, there are two card spreads that most people have found to be effective and easy to use: the 12 Card and the Celtic Cross.
1. The Celtic Cross, also known as the Gnostic Cross, is a type of reading that gives you a character draft or personality profile of the person you are studying. The Celtic Cross seems like a photograph of a person or slice of their life. This kind of reading is useful for animals, people, or any animate beings. Remember that it is not suitable for situations. The Celtic Cross cannot answer specific questions about a situation but is a quick and easy way to get an overall profile on someone.
2. Unlike the Celtic Cross, the 12 Card layout can be used to read people, situations, business, relationship, financial issues, and other situations in one’s life. Whereas the Celtic Cross is a still snapshot of a person, the 12 Card is a moving picture that reveals the past, present and future. It allows you to track cause and consequence much more effectively. The 12 Card spread is so flexible that you can use multiple signifiers to handle complex situations and develop certain portions of the reading to get more details. In fact, the 12 Card layout is so flexible that you can track your history back through your past lives. This kind of spread can even predict the probable effect of situations, from personal life situations to global ones, making it useful for free Tarot predictions.