The online tarot readings on this site are entirely free to use, and include numerous different classical and historical tarot decks such as the Rider Waite Colman Smith tarot deck, two variations of the Soprafino tarot deck, a classic Marseille tarot deck, the Sola Busca tarot deck, and two of the Visconti-Sforza tarot decks. Some of the decks are beautiful black and white line drawings such as the Vacchetta tarot and the Book of Trades tarot, whilst others are full colour facsimiles, such as the Rider Waite, the Sola Busca, and the Visconti-Sforza decks, which cannot be reproduced in their full glory as they were heavily decorated in gold and silver leaf.
The free tarot readings include several different classic tarot spreads such as the Diamond spread, Mirror spread, Mandala spread, and Medicine Wheel spread. Also included is the traditional Celtic Cross, the archetypal spread used to tell fortunes through tarot cards.
Fortune telling through tarot card divination is an old tradition. Tarot cards were originally created in Medieval times to play tarot card games. The divinatory meanings of the cards commonly used today are largely derived from the works of cartomancer Jean-Baptiste Alliette, also known as Etteilla. The modern occult tarot emerged with the publication of a book, Le Monde Primitif, by the Freemason Antoine Court de Gébelin in 1781, who claimed that the tarot was derived from a book of ancient Egyptian arcane wisdom. This was followed shortly by Etteilla's divinatory book, Manière de se récréer avec le jeu de cartes nommées Tarots ("How to Entertain Yourself With the Deck of Cards Called Tarot") in 1785.
Tarot card divination is an interesting and unique way to take a step back from a situation and interpret it from a new angle. Interpreting a tarot spread forces a fresh perspective on the questioner, and may help them gain new insights into their question. Enjoy your free tarot reading!