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How do the more popular forms of fortune telling differ?Astrology requires an accurate time, place and date of birth of the concerned person, their name is also of help. From these details, the horoscope chart prevalent at that exact point in time, at that particular location is cast. Applying the laws of astrology, allows an astrologer to make predictions about the future depending on the position of different planets, their characteristics and the transits that will pass.
- Advantages of Astrology: In the right hands astrology can be very accurate, particularly with relation to the timing of events. Also, providing a definitive answers in astrology is usually possible. That is, you should always be able to get a definite 'Yes' or 'No' to a question and even if the answer cannot be determined, there will be a specific reason as to why this is so. Astrology is not only a means of predicting the future, but can also provide effective remedies to adverse situations.
- Shortcomings of Astrology: Astrology may not always be suitable for ascertaining minute details, particularly if this relates to someone who is concerned with the person who is having their horoscope analysed. For example, if someone wants to know the finer details of their future spouse or if they relocate what the exact nature of the new location will be, astrology may not always be able to provide such details. Astrology is good at predicting events, but may not be able to describe the details of that event. Finding the details to an event depends on the astrologer's ability to analyse the meanings of the positions of the planets in a chart and a good astrologer will often employ other predictive methods such as numerology or psychic ability as a guide.
- Astrology is suitable for: Life's more serious matters. Analysing the compatibility of two people can be also quite accrately done through astrology, of course the exact birth details of both person is necessary for this.
- Advantages of Tarot Cards: Tarot cards are a well rounded form of fortune telling, it can provide accurate details for almost any future event. Unlike astrology, the exact time and place of birth of a person for a reading, but their zodiac sign is required.
- Shortcomings of Tarot Cards: Again, unlike astrology it is not necessary that the answer to a question will appear in a Tarot reading. There will be be details of future events, but jumbled thoughts can throw up jumbled readings. Making a correct reading depends entirely on how well the Tarot reader interprets the layout, in relation to the question, hence experience is very important. Also, predicting the correct timings of events requires sufficient practice.
- Tarot Cards are suitable for: Tarot card are suitable for providing accurate details about all major areas of life, even if these may be somewhat trivial.
- Advantages of Psychic Readings: You find out exactly what you want to know. Psychic readings are the quintessential form of fortune telling, where the psychic actually sees or perceives the future.
- Shortcomings of Psychic Readings: It is obvious that you are entirely reliant upon the psychics ability and honesty and as only very few people possess this rare gift, finding a reliable psychic is very difficult. Also, the details of a reading are very much open to interpretation.
- Psychic Readings are suitable for: As a psychic perceives the future, in theory almost anything can be predicted.
- Finding a suitable Psychic: Choose from our list of expert psychics and chat online about your future.
Fortune Telling from the CardsIt is impossible to trace the prehistoric beginnings of cardlore, as divination by the cards is of great antiquity. One theory holds that Europe obtained playing cards from the East, notably India and China after the invention of paper. Indian cards have many distinctive elements, such as being round, being generally hand painted with intricate designs and comprising more than four suits (often as many as twelve). Ancient Chinese "money cards" have four "suits": coins (or cash), strings of coins (which may have been misinterpreted as sticks from crude drawings), myriads of strings, and tens of myriads. These were represented by ideograms, with numerals of 2-9 in the first three suits and numerals 1-9 in the "tens of myriads". The first cards may have been actual paper currency which were both the tools of gaming and the stakes being played for. The designs on modern Mahjong tiles and dominoes likely evolved from those earliest playing cards. The Chinese word p'ai is used to describe both paper cards and gaming tiles. Another theory separates the cards of the West entirely from those of the East and holds that Western cards originated in northern Italy early in the 15th century (1420-1440). While in medieval Holland, the Dutch invented a game called "ik ben de meester van het heelal" which means "I am the master of the Universe". This was followed by the introduction of a similar Italian made a game called "Soro il padorone dell "Universo", which means "Master of the Universe".
Tarot Cards & DivinationThe earliest cards found in Europe were theTarot. These symbolical numerical cards forming a Pack of 78 are the immediate predecessors of our own modern day playing cards. The first tarot cards were lavish hand-painted decks from the courts of the nobility. Originally the cards were called carte da trionfi (cards of the triumphs). Around 1530 (about 100 years after the origin of the cards), the word tarocchi (singular tarocco) begins to be used to distinguish them from a new game of triumphs or trumps then being played with ordinary playing cards. The word Tarot is believed to have been derived from tarotee, meaning cross, in reference to the diagonally crossed lines on the rear of the early cards. Since the 1700s tarot cards have been widely used for fortune telling and divination of the future, and it is also linked by many occult and hermetic authors to a mystical system of Hebrew Cabbala, (also Kaballah and Qabala) even ancient Egyptian spiritual beliefs. Divination of the future from the tarot deck is in fact, credited mainly to the Jewish astrologer and cabbalist, Jacque Gringonneur. Just like contemporary playing cards, the tarot deck also consists of four suits, namely Cups, Wands, Swords and Pentacles.
The oldest surviving tarot cards are three mid-15th century sets all made for members of the Visconti family, rulers of Milan. The oldest existing tarot deck was painted to celebrate a mid-15th century wedding joining the ruling Visconti and Sforza families of Milan, probably painted by Bonifacio Bembo and other miniaturists of the Ferrara school. 35 of the cards are now in the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. Of the original cards, 35 are in the Pierpont-Morgan Library, 26 cards are at the Accademia Carrara, 13 are at the Casa Colleoni, 4 cards being lost (the Devil, the Tower, the Three of Swords, and the Knight of Coins). This "Visconti-Sforza" deck, which has been widely reproduced in varying quality, combines the Minor Arcana (the original suits of (Swords, Wands, Pentacles & Cups, and face cards King, Queen, Knave and Page) with Major Arcana that apparently combine already traditional iconography with considerable artistic license, a sign that the original significance of the designs was already lost. More simply-drawn decks survive from Marseilles, France, from the early 16th century.