Tarot cards can have an interesting influence on our perceptions of sex and relationships. Tarot cards might not be able to predict the future or answer those burning ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions like: should I take that new job? Or break up with Pat? Instead Tarot readings are a unique way to get some insight about your feelings and emotional conflicts. The cards can act as a gentle guide to making a decision or clarifying situations that are being faced. In other words, the cards are a catalyst for reflection and analysis.

I have my cards read at least once a year by a dear friend. He knows me quite well and helps me reflect on my relationship status. His long friendship helps me to recognize recurrent themes and patterns in my life that I tend to ignore. That second pair of eyes is often humbling and helpful.

According to The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, “The most powerful sources of information come from within; the Tarot aids in coming in contact with one’s Higher Self.”

The Hermetic Order was an organization devoted to the study and practice of the occult, metaphysics, and paranormal activities in Great Britain. The members, men and women, aspired towards perfection and were influenced by many esoteric studies including: Alchemy, Astrology, the Kabbalah, Numerology and Tarot. They performed elaborate ceremonies that were to invoke the gods’ embrace and unite them with the divine. This practice of theurgy and spiritual development was relatively short lived from the late 19th and 20th centuries. However, their elaborate rituals and organizational structure greatly influenced the Wicca traditions of today.

About the Cards
Tarot cards symbolize different aspects of our relationship to money, work, travel, love and place in society. Readings are meant for adults and the integration of sex and relationships throughout the cards is significant.

Many trace the history of the Tarot cards back to ancient Egypt. Some believe that these hieroglyphic symbols of life are from the sole surviving “book” from the great fire that burned the libraries of ancient Egypt. The oldest known European cards are from 1392 made for the French King Charles VI. During this era Tarot were the basis for recreational card games as well as a means of forecasting.

The Tarot cards are made of 22 picture cards and 56 cards broken up into suits. They are referred to as the Major and Minor Arcana. Arcana is defined as secrets or mysteries. The Major Arcana represent the trump archetypes and the suits are Cups, Pentacles, Swords and Wands. These 4 categories evolved into the suits of today’s playing cards. The card reading may use all or part of the deck. However, many consider the Minor Arcada to reveal the finer details of the reading message.

The Suit of Cups deals directly with relationships and sex. The patterns and placement of the other suits will reveal details about an existing relationship or one that you seek. For example Pentacles represent a desire for security, while Wands indicate that your desires are more playful.

The numbers can be helpful in determining the timing of relationships beginning or ending. The numbers also provide nuanced analysis of different emotions and attitudes.

The symbolism of sexual energy is contained throughout the cards. Though there are many different Tarot cards, a deck created by A.E. Waite and drawn by Pamela Colman Smith in 1909 is particularly popular in the United States. Waite was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Card interpretations can be strictly traditional or reflect contemporary meaning in a modern world. For instance the card of the two lovers, represented as Adam and Eve, can be interpreted to represent traditional marital relationships and sex for procreation or the more fluid expressions of love and sex in varied relationships experienced today. There are beautifully rendered decks of cards designed for gays and lesbian.

The symbolism is dense and requires significant study and attention. Many websites describe the specific sexual interpretations of each card: here is one for example: http://www.muggsylauer.com/tarot/developer_script_major.php

About the Card Reading Itself
A reading of the cards can provide a glimpse into your feelings and attitudes about your love life and it’s potential. You can request a general reading or ask the cards a specific question. Of course, if you have a specific question to the cards, it should be well crafted. Either way, the experienced is enriched when the reader knows you. The cards tell a story within the context of your life and history. When the reader knows about your life, analysis of those symbols in connection to your personal experience can be made more easily. And sometimes those connections are more obvious to the reader than to the person themselves.

The experience of a Tarot reading can provide that much-needed pause and reflection instigated by an outside source. It is a thought-provoking experience that can help form a slightly different perspective about who you are and what you want from a sexual relationship. Remember that a card reading does not predict the future; it is a reflection and interpretation of present feelings and inclinations.

Enjoy the experience and continue to rely on the SmartSexapp to celebrate the pleasures of sex, being well informed and making healthy choices.

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