Tarot Readers at Wilde Ones
Diana, who has been with us the longest, combines tarot, palmistry and astrology. She is available at the shop from Tuesday to Saturday, 11:00 to 17:30. Please click here for full info.
Readings are £40 cash per half hour. Please feel free to walk in or book an appointment by calling us on +44(0)20 7351 7851. Alternatively, telephone readings are £45 for a half hour.
So many types of Tarot cards are available today that it can be
confusing for the potential buyer. The first thing to do is relax.
The Tarot, like so many esoteric objects, should be bought primarily
because it appeals to you. If you are attracted to a more 'new
age' deck such as the 'Tarot of Love' then that is a good set
for you. Conversely, the more traditional types of cards such
as the Rider Waite deck are always good.
Many Tarot cards come with a booklet that gives some background
on the history of the Tarot and various possible meanings to each
card, also methods of laying them out. All this information can
be useful, but remember to take it with a grain of salt! Don‚t
be totally bound by anyone‚s system of using the Tarot.
Each person, including you, has a unique personality and way of
viewing life, and your own ideas and perception are just as valid
as anyone else‚s. Yes, you can learn from others, but it
should be combined with your own ideas. Perhaps you will come
up with a definition for a particular card, which is so useful
that it will pass into the general knowledge available to everyone.
To give you some of the background history of the Tarot, here
are a few interesting facts:
The Tarot is thought to have originated in Egypt. No absolute
proof exists of this, but it is the general modern consensus.
Previously it was thought to have come from India, perhaps because
Gypsies, who came themselves from India, were identified with
The earliest deck known to still exist is from C14th Italy. This
of course does not mean that the Tarot started from that date.
Decks are almost always made of rather fragile material such as
paper and would not ordinarily survive long.
The Tarot is based on the Wheel of Life. It both begins and ends
with 'the Fool' who is usually numbered 0, or in older decks has
no numerical designation at all. He is new life, a fool in the
sense of inexperience. He gradually becomes experienced, and ends
up child-like again with the innocence of one who has passed through
experience into a new youthfulness. Each card stands for a part
of life, and various possible states and experiences within it.
Even the so-called negative cards are necessary. We need a card
such as 'the Tower' to stand for when everything seems to be falling
apart, for example.
This Wheel of Life works at not only the ordinary level of existence,
such as our love life, our jobs or lack of them, our health, and
every aspect of a person‚s journey. The Wheel of Life also
stands for a higher, more philosophical level of existence, the
Cosmic plan. This Cosmic plan includes our gradual evolution towards
enlightenment, or wisdom.
If all this whets your appetite for more, buy yourself a deck
that appeals to you and try it out. You can also have a professional
reading if you wish. The Wilde Ones shop in London offers readings
every day. It is even possible to take lessons in the basics of
Tarot for those who would like personalised instruction. Just
call us for more details.
Meanwhile, browse to your hearts content among the various decks,
both old and new and see what appeals to your heart.
Linda Westbrook Anders
Shop for Tarot