from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a set of usually 78 playing cards including 22 cards depicting vices, virtues, and elemental forces, used in fortunetelling.
- n. Any of these 22 pictoral cards used as trump in tarok.
- n. Tarok.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A card game played in various different variations.
- n. Any of the set of 78 playing cards (divided into five suits, including one of permanent trumps), often used for mystical divination.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A game of cards; -- called also taroc.
- n. any of a set of 22 playing cards which bear allegorical images representing various objects or influences affecting human life, and widely used in fortunetelling; they are also used as trumps in the game of taroc. Various images are used by different artists to represent the themes of each card.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a pack of playing-cards first used in Italy in the fourteenth century, and so named from the design of plain or dotted lines crossing diagonally on the back of the cards.
- n. A game played with the above cards: often used in the plural.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of a set of (usually 72) cards that include 22 cards representing virtues and vices and death and fortune etc.; used by fortunetellers
Although the tarot is most often used as a tool for divination, tarot cards are also great, practical tools for writing and creative thinking.
Oh hell, I guess if you want a random technique absolutely disconnected from the real world, tarot is a great idea.
His second book, The Magician and the Fool has a slippery subtly that rewards repeat visits, and his historical theory about the origin of the tarot is going to keep the New Agers buzzing for some time.
EC12: Who was Urbino's "Prince of Astrology," and why was he interested in tarot cards?
As the tarot is but a model, you can discover in your environment objects, actions, and activities that will evoke the same effects as contemplation of a Trump.
Replying, the junior minister Phil Hope scoffed at courses in tarot reading and stand-up comedy.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Psychic killers stalk the landscape of Earth after a nuclear apocalypse in which hoodoo and the tarot are the dominant belief system.
She adds that Italian novelist Italo Calvino went so far as to call the tarot “a machine for writing stories.”
If the idea of tarot is not too weird for you, I recommend trying this.
I totally agree with you that the tarot is a tool.