Tarot is an ancient divination system that uses 78 cards divided into the Major and Minor Arcana. In readings, the Major Arcana show up for important issues; representative of the archetypal forces playing out within our lives, while the Minor Arcana point to everyday issues. The court cards of each suit represent people, or, more often, personality traits within ourselves that are being called out for development. Tarot readings are intended to provide the subject with additional information so that they may make more informed choices.
As a tool for divination, the Tarot draws upon the symbols to stimulate the subconscious mind of the reader. It tends to activate the right brain and call forth intuition.
Tarot readers commonly believe that the future is fluid and absolute predictions of future events are impossible. Thus, when they interpret tarot card layouts, they focus on identifying the possible outcomes for the person receiving the reading, as well as exploring influences related to the issue at hand.