Many people turn to the availability of psychic readings in a wide variety of forms as a helpful source for insight into the direction of their life up to that point and advice as to the changes they should expect to take place or future developments they should be dealing with. Though many people may feel that a psychic reading is unnecessary and even ill-advised due to the lack of scientific support for the various uses imputed to psychic readings by their supporters, they should be aware of the array of forms in which a psychic reading can be accessed and of the history that lies behind the use of psychic readings. They should also be aware of the necessity for showing respect to what has been demonstrated by statistical surveys to be a wide segment of the population, largely cutting across differences in regional distribution and in level of education received, which states that it holds the concept of a psychic reading to be a valid method for accessing information about a person’s life. People who do belong to that segment of the population which believes in and at times calls on the services of psychic abilities should also go about their search for and application of this knowledge with an informed sense of the forms in which it exists. One particular way for getting a psychic reading through the history of belief has been the use of tarot cards, which have a fascinating history lying behind their enigmatic symbolism.

The existence of tarot cards in their basic form predates the development of their use as a means for performing a psychic reading. Historians have indicated the tarot card pack has been an element in culture since the middle of the fifteenth century. It existed from that point in time to the late eighteenth century as a card game that was popular among the nobility of certain countries of Europe but was not held to be of great informational, symbolic or spiritual significance. In some sources for psychic readings information can be found indicating that the use of the tarot card derives from the occult cultures of ancient Egypt or of the Jewish system of belief known as the Kabbalah, but historical enquiries have only verified the start of the use of tarots as a means for psychic reading to the end of the eighteenth history, in the era in which European culture was being convulsed by the French Revolution. The first widespread publicizing of the use of the tarot for psychic readings came with the publication in 1781 of a text by a Swiss clergyman named Antoine Court de Gebelin, who drew on his place in the culture of Freemasonry to assert that the symbols used in the card game derived from ancient Egyptian traditions. This assertion was later disproved by scholarly work that uncovered the true meaning of the Egyptian hieroglyphics, which at that time were untranslated and not understood in regard to the meaning they conveyed.