What is Tarot?

Tarot is a special deck of playing cards. They are also called Tarok or Thora Rota. It seems likely that these ancient mysterious cards have been brought to the southern Europe by warriors, possibly temple knights, from the Saracens or one of the mysterious sects flourished in Syria. The tradition goes on and suggests that they originally came from Egypt. Court de Gebelin believed that the word Tarot was derived from two Egyptian words, Tar, that meant way, and Ro, which meant royal, together "the royal road to wisdom". A French secret company spokesman gives an account of these cards, which, in elaborated form, formed the basis of the initiation of the Egyptian mysteries when each card was explored separately. Schuré suggests something similar in the hermetic mysteries.

The tarot decks used today contain

78 cards where 22 are trump cards and must be considered as the key cards. These trump cards correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The other 56 cards are divided into four suits (as regular playing cards), each of which is linked to one of the four elements:


Wands = fire (clubs in regular playing cards)

Cups = water (hearts)

Swords = air (spades)

Pentacles =earth (diamonds)


Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, worked with archetypes and symbols (which is the essence of the Tarot) and acknowledged Tarot as a powerful tool for insight and self-awareness.


Kilde: R. G. Torrens 'The Golden Dawn'

"The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure."


- Joseph Campbell


Tarot is not weird or strange! It's not magic as some people might think, but magical in its way to bring people to insight. Tarot is a tool, that lets you reflect on who you are, how to take advantage of your own abilities, and how you generally handle, what has been given to you or taken away from you. To me, tarot is wisdom in a visual form, which can be understood and used by everyone who is open to, and interested in, developing themselves as a human being.


I have always been interested in psychology and personal development as well as in the wisdom, that seems to be present in any human being. A wisdom you might also call intuition or expanded consciousness depending on who you ask. I do not really care, what we call it, as I'm more interested in all the resources we actually hold, without always being aware of it. In my work with the tarot cards and their symbolism, over the years I have gained more and more access to this so-called wisdom, which I use to the extent of my sessions, hence the name of 'intuitive tarot'. I have been doing readings for people both nationally and internationally for a number of years.


Despite the fact, that I don’t find tarot cards strange, my approach is still a bit skeptical, which means, I do not perceive the cards as expressions of a destiny or a settled truth. Life is based on the choices we make, which can be supported by this sentence: It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it, that matters. We make choices based on how we see ourselves and our life, and we can only make new choices, if we are able to see ourselves in a different way. The good tarot session opens up an in-depth conversation, that enables understanding and handling of an otherwise difficult or incomprehensible situation. The cards will either introduce new perspectives on life or confirm what we are already know, but obviously need to be reminded of.


60 min. session: 650 Dkr


© Pernille Bernitt Sommer 2019