For centuries, many of us have looked to tarot cards to look into the past, the future, or even to assess our lives in the present. As a result, there have been many tarot decks created over the years. Some have been custom-made for self-use, never leaving possession of their creator. Then, there are decks that have withstood the test of time and have become staples. Out of all of the tarot card decks, these three are the most common.
Tarot of Marseilles
Nobody’s quite sure where the Tarot of Marseilles was first created, despite the name suggesting that it was in France. This pack of 78 cards really became popular in France during the 1600s, hence the name. Many speculate that the deck was created in Milan, Italy, and is credited with being the original tarot deck of occult use.
There are four suits with the Tarot of Marseilles: Swords, Cups, Coins, and Clubs. The trump cards are given French names in this deck, including Le Diable (The Devil), Le Soleil (The Sun), and Le Monde (The World). These stylistic cards were originally woodcuts but were eventually stenciled and drawn by hand.
There have been many variations of the Tarot of Marseilles deck, and are still being made today due to its influence. Author Armando Amaya has said that the deck caused him to stop “lying and started being true to my loved ones…no more laziness, inactivity or boredom, no drugs and alcohol.”
The Tarot of Marseilles does have a strong occult following, but more modern uses have frequently been about self-help and straight-up entertainment. Writer Beth Daley said that “The cards have never been a misguided attempt to predict the future,” but rather a “creative means of re-interpreting and coming to terms with an uncertain present.”
The Rider-Waite Tarot can be found just about anywhere, with more than 100 million deck copies currently in existence. The deck gets its name from the publishing company, Rider, as well as A.E. Waite. Waite was a poet that never judged those that practiced the occult, but rather became entranced with the practice himself and became a mystic.
With that, Waite enlisted the help of Pamela Colman Smith, a British artist, to illustrate the Rider-Waite deck. Smith was very successful in her own right despite not having her name included in the deck’s title. She would illustrate dozens of books and was a successful writer. It took Smith just six months to illustrate the famous deck, which was heavily inspired by magician Eliphas Levi.
Perhaps the most famous card is XV – The Devil of the Major Arcana, which has been used in pop culture frequently. The Minor Arcana features the suits Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. The Rider-Waite Tarot is now public domain, allowing people to create their own without punishment in most cases.
Thoth Tarot Deck
The final deck was the brainchild of perhaps the most famous occultist of the 20th century, Aleister Crowley. Crowley formed his own religion, Thelema, with this deck sort of serving as the religion’s version of the Bible. The Thoth deck was painted by Lady Frieda Harris, who was introduced to Crowley after she had an established career in art.
The original concept for the deck was going to be much tamer. However, it was Harris that convinced Crowley to really tap into the occult side of things. Crowley loved the end result and praised Harris repeatedly for her work and the two became very close after collaborating until Crowley’s death in 1947.
The zodiac is a big component of the Thoth deck and does make some changes from the traditional card names. For instance, the page was switched to the princess, while the knight took over the place of the king and the prince took the traditional’s knight spot. The only one that remained constant was the queen.
It happens to a lot of people: you meet someone that you hit it off with and you start to think about going on a date and maybe even daydream about your future together. That is, until you realize that you might not be compatible based on their zodiac sign. While it might seem bad at first, just because you and your partner aren’t astrologically compatible doesn’t mean that it can’t work.
In short, just because someone falls under a certain sign doesn’t mean that their personality completely matches the stereotype of that sign. You could be incompatible with a gemini, but not every gemini is going to be an extrovert that acts on impulse or turns their back on you. It may take more work to have a successful relationship, but it’s definitely doable no matter the sign.
You can even use astrology to help better understand your partner. Based on their sign, you’ll have more knowledge of their intracices and know how to handle them. Sometimes it can be stubbornness or a need for perfection and you can work through these traits. You’ll also get an understanding of the types of things that they like and you’ll be able to participate in these hobbies with them; such as arts, sports, music or anything in between.
Having incompatible signs opens up the lines for communication. After all, you wouldn’t want to just date a carbon copy of yourself, would you? Instead, the challenge makes things more fun as you learn more about each other and what makes you tick. Of course, there will be astrologists and writers that tell you that you should only date those that are deemed completely compatible or even someone in your own zodiac sign. Variety is the spice of life, though, so it’s important to understand and love the views of those that might not be on the exact same page and exact same line of dialogue as you.
In fact, a major study by the University of Manchester has debunked the thought that zodiac sign incompatibility can ruin a marriage. Dr David Voas of the school said that “the numbers are just what we’d predict on the basis of chance…If (zodiac signs) had any influence at all, however small, the giant magnifying glass of this huge sample would detect it. There’s nothing there.”
Sure, it’s something that you’ll likely think about at some point when there’s an inevitable disagreement. Thoughts like “That is such an Aries thing to say” will pop in your head, but these aren’t always indicators of permanent behavior. If you’re able to communicate and work through any issues, it won’t matter what sign you or your partner fall under.
So if you are an Aries that has started to develop feelings for a Cancer, that doesn’t mean that you should throw away a potential relationship. This is especially true for someone that has started a relationship with someone before even knowing their zodiac sign. If the seeds of a good relationship were already planted and you’re genuinely happy, it’s best not to second guess things.
Have you experienced bad luck recently or even had unusual trouble with family and friends? Did you know that many people would say that these could be the effects of the planet Mercury and it’s solar orbit in relation to Earth? Here’s how astrologists think the phenomenon known as Mercury retrograde influences everyday life.
What is Mercury Retrograde?
Mercury retrograde is an astrological event where Mercury appears to be moving in the opposite direction from its usual path. This event has been linked to life and personality changes during its nearly month-long occurrence. Astrologists believe that communication and technology become disrupted during retrogrades. If you’re curious why life seems to be spiraling out of control during a Mercury retrograde period, it’s possible the retrograde could be affecting you in one or more of the following ways:
Issues in Communication
In astrology, Mercury is the planet related to communication. The fact that it appears to be moving backwards creates all sorts of disruptions when it comes to our expression. Mercury’s retrograde can cause us to experience issues such as:
- Difficulty making and keeping friends
- Fighting with loved ones
- Difficulties at work
- General miscommunication (forgetting to tell someone something, vice versa)
- General confusion
These are the most common problems people face in the retrograde time period. Events in your work life may be delayed, which could make them more difficult to push through. Miscommunications could happen on the daily — lost emails and unsent texts, people saying things they don’t mean, you saying things you don’t mean. It can seem a little messy. Just remember, with time, things will return to normal.
In these times of communication difficulty, you might find yourself struggling with anger, sadness, or even anxiety. If you have experienced loss, you may find it hard to cope due to the misunderstandings you’re dealing with. Even if it’s minuscule events, they can still mess with your vibration and energy, and make you feel lethargic. Confusion and irritability are totally understandable if you frequently notice miscommunication during the retrograde.
It can seem as if the world is out to get you when Mercury is in retrograde. Many of us experience misfortune during these times and may find ourselves anticipating the next moment of bad luck. Normally, though, the bad luck attributed to Mercury retrograde isn’t usually too significant, and it often relates back to miscommunication.
How To Prepare For The Next Retrograde
Going through this astrological event can take a lot out of you, considering the problems it causes with communication. Once life settles back into normalcy for you, you may want to develop a plan for coping with the next one. There are things you can do during the next retrograde to make life flow a bit more smoothly:
- Reread things carefully.
- Be open to different thoughts and opinions.
- Allow yourself room for error.
- Participate in anxiety-relieving activities.
- Remember the retrograde is temporary.
Whether or not you believe in Mercury retrograde, this is pretty useful advice either way! Whatever the source, tough times can be difficult to get through, but using effective strategies to combat the negative effects – and remembering that, like Mercury retrograde, it won’t last forever! – will help you stay on your feet until it passes.
Into astrology? If not, it’s possible you should be, especially when bridging connections to other people. In fact, just knowing someone’s zodiac sign can tell you a lot about that person—things you will probably want to know before fostering any kind of relationship. The Big 5 personality theory in astrology says that your sign influences five huge personality factors. Check them out below.
1. Openness to Experience
How curious are you to try new things? Or, would you consider yourself relatively satisfied to live a consistent life? Your astrological sign may have some influence over this particular personality trait. Some theories suggest that air signs are more open to new experiences or patterns of thought, which would be Pisces, Gemini, Aquarius, and Sagittarius.
The more conscientious you are as a person, the more in tune you can be with others. You will be more mindful of other people and how what you say, do, or feel can affect them. Conscientious people tend to be highly self-disciplined, are great with foresight, and are often perceived as mature for their age, possibly even referred to as an “old soul.” Certain zodiac signs tend to be more conscientious than others, including Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus, and Leo.
Extroverted people are more open with their inner dialogues and thoughts. This means you are outspoken, don’t hesitate to share your opinion, and potentially let some things slip out without a lot of forethought. You may have a larger social circle than most—it is not at all uncommon for extroverts to be deemed as social butterflies who can talk to just about anyone. A few zodiac signs top the list when it comes to this particular personality trait: Aries, Scorpio, Libra, and Aquarius.
Can you go with the flow fairly easily? Maybe you refrain from rocking the boat on most occasions or can fit in with just about any group of people. Agreeable people have no trouble being altruistic and warm. Most are honest and come off as courteous and highly authentic. If this happens to be the case, you may fall under one of the more agreeable zodiac signs, such as Aquarius, Pisces, and Cancer.
Neurotic people tend to be a little less emotionally stable. They can be happy with all things life in one moment and drawn into the depths of sorrow because of a sad thought the next. Neurotic people can also be quick to express their emotions openly, which often lands them with the frustrating “moody” title. Nevertheless, the more neurotic you are, the more likely you are to also be exceptionally creative in multiple areas. The most neurotic signs of the zodiac? Cancer, Capricorn, and Aries.
So, what’s your sign—does the theory fit?
No matter how you look at it, our zodiac sign could set the stage for what your life looks like. In reality, most people have different levels of all five personality traits, regardless of their zodiac sign. What do you think—does your sign match your personality?