Esoteric symbolism represents the core content and functionality of the tarot deck. The cards use visual art composed of esoteric symbolism to convey stories to the reader. That would be YOU. You read the cards by connecting their esoteric symbolism, highlighting the symbols that jump out to you as the most relevant regarding your question or concern. It’s all about recognizing synchronicity.
The more you get to know your cards, the more fluent you are in speaking the esoteric language of occult symbolism. Like riding a bike, once you know how tarot reading works through regular practice, you will never forget how. The most intimate understanding of the cards can come through the act of studying various decks, and especially through the deep study of a few choice decks. The ultimate way to truly understand the depth of esoteric tarot symbolism would be to plunge into the long term rite of creating your own deck. Of course that’s not for every tarot fan, but it has been part of the mandatory curriculum for certain mystery schools.
Tarotsmith stands out from the competition when it comes to free tarot sites in that our artists are each mystics who have paid their dues studying the mystical language of esoteric symbolism for many years. We believe that tarot is a sacred art. Although we take this very seriously, humor is not lost when it comes to our creations. Beyond reading, tarot can be powerful in ceremonial rituals. In fact, the deck’s higher purpose and reason for being has more to do with alchemy and the soul journey of the occultist who practices this mysterious art. In other words, tarot is a massive life-changer: first for the alchemist who forges the cards, then for the conjurers who study and read with them.
The most famous occultists regarding tarot would arguably have to be A. E. Waite and Aleister Crowley. These masters of esoteric symbolism have inspired generations of tarot deck creators, including the modern day alchemists here on Tarotsmith. We hope that our tarot deck creations can be an inspiration for fellow seekers of the unknown. You are free to use our creations here on tarotsmith.com for free tarot reading, and you may study our decks card by card on each deck’s individual website. Card descriptions are available there in the same way that the little white book traditionally accompanies a “real” hard copy tarot deck.
The decks on this site have all been released in limited editions which have each sold out. We understand how disappointing it can be to not be able to physically hold the cards in your hands. Thankfully, the cards will always be here for you virtually, to be used online.
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