A Very Interesting Article on tarot can be found here
I have to giggle when I think of peoples misconceptions of tarot most think they are toys used by fortune tellers at carnivals. I personally believe tarot to be a healthy tool to put you in touch with your inner consciousness, mostly those things you don’t want to deal with but baggage we all have.
A common misconception of tarot is about the death card, which by the way doesn’t represent death in the rider-waite deck. It actually represents birth and renewal, so if your getting a reading done don’t freak if you draw the card it’s actually a good card.