Tarot, at its core, is a storytelling device. The cards are a way to receive a story or answer to a question. They help us look inside and to see how the card is reflected in our own life.
The first record of tarot cards came from Europe in the 15th century as a card game similar to Italian tarocchini, French tarot, and Austrian Königrufen, many of which are still played today. Tarot follows a specific system, so it does not matter what tarot deck you use, there is a level of familiarity as they are all structured the same. Tarot always has 78 cards comprised of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards. The Minor cards are divided into 4 elemental suits: Pentacles (Earth), Swords (Air), Wands (Fire), and Cups (Water). It's the reader's choice to interpret the cards and to unfold the story around a single card and other outlying cards. Learning how to use the tarot requires a strong mix of intuition and familiarity with the symbols of the tarot.