For those interested in playing cards, Tarot brings a whole new definition to the world of playing cards. On January 28, 2020, the Interfaith Center held an event from 12 to 2 p.m. called Tarot Tuesday that was led by Psychic Melina Reyes.
This event was only two hours, which seems like a lot, but the first hour was an informational session on tarot cards and the history of them. The second hour was Reyes offering tarot readings, which thirty students signed up for. Due to the limited amount of time remaining, Reyes performed eleven readings.
Reyes created a Powerpoint for her lecture that was titled “Tarot: History & Practice.” During her lecture, we learned that there are many contradicting stories about tarot and its origin. Reyes explained that tarot started in Europe around the 1300s and that tarot’s original name was Tarrochi, but was later changed to tarot.
After Reyes went over the history of tarot, she then went over tarot cards and how they are practiced and studied. Reyes identified definitions as well as associations. Tarot cards have wands, staves, rods, and clubs. Each type of card can be tied to astrological signs and their elements. For example, the astrological signs Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces can be associated with the cups card. Their element is water, and Reyes mentioned that the cups card can be related to the heart, relationships, and sensitivity. These astrological signs represent fluidity or going with the flow of things. Reyes went into depth of what each card could mean, and in what situation or topic they could be pulled out from the deck.
After the informational session, Reyes offered Tarot readings to attendees. I was one of the eleven students who had received a reading. I requested to get a reading on my relationship with my significant other and after getting the results, I was mind blown due to the reading being spot on in most areas.
To start off, she asked what astrological sign my significant other and I were associated with. My significant other is a Cancer and I am a Virgo. She shuffled the deck, then had me cut it as she started to draw. This reading lasted about five minutes and Reyes said that she saw a lot of care and affection within the relationship, but there was also a lot of external stress. Another thing that I am still hung up on is that Reyes also read that this relationship would get real and fast, and when the timing happens, my significant other and I will need to collaborate and allow more room for headspace.
Aside from my reading, the best part of attending Tarot Tuesday was getting to experience it with a friend, Art Graduate Studies Student, Melissa Medina, who was also curious about this topic, also received a reading.
“It had always peaked my interest to attend,” said Medina.
Medina was skeptical because she had never had any exposure to Tarot cards, but nonetheless, she went with an open mind. She was glad to attend with a friend to experience something that was foreign to her.
“I enjoyed the experience and would have a tarot card reading again in the future,” said Medina.