Tarot history

The 78 cards of the Tarot deck are made up of Major Arcana and Minor Arcana which mean big secrets. Nobody really knows where the Tarot come from; historians, writers and practising occultists have all invented various historical roots over time. But it is known that decks of mystical numbered cards existed in India and the Far East in ancient times, and were probably brought to Europe by the Knights of Templar during and after the crusades to the Holy Land. There have been suggestions that travelling gypsies from the far east brought the Tarot to Europe during the Middle Ages. The first Tarot deck as we know it appeared in Europe in the early 14th century. The first decks seem to have arisen from a combination of early Italian 4-suited playing cards and the set of 22 Major Arcana whose origin remains shrouded in myth and mystery.

What is the tarot?

The tarot is a deck of 78 cards. There are 22 cards for fortune telling, divination, and self-development. Each card features an image, a name and a number – each of these is a symbol that carries a specific meaning. Getting the Major Arcana and 56 cards are call the minor arcana. For hundreds of years the Tarot has been one of the most important methods of knowing the meaning behind these symbols, allowing us to identify them in our own lives and work with them in a positive way. The Tarot never lie; you can ask the cards a question and they will guide you in the right direction whenever you need guidance. The Tarot is not evil or spooky, unless the person who uses it chooses it to be so. The Tarot is beyond our projection of good and bad and only reflects the energy of the moment and of the reader. The Tarot is a way to open yourself up to inner wisdom and inner knowledge.

Why use the tarot?

The tarot is a tool of self analysis, allowing the the person to benefit from this divination in that the cards never lie. Of course the fortune-telling image of the Tarot still exists, and some of us really do want to know what the future hold. As long as we don’t deny responsibility for our future choices, we are exactly what the Tarot says we are. Why not practice and take a card for the day – you will see how the card resonates with the energy, experiences, and events of that day. The Tarot reflects the person’s state of being and only mirrors what you already are. The Tarot is one of the most powerful tools for developing self-awareness. The Tarot inspire, create pathways, give guidance and make a huge difference to the the way you view your life and deal with its challenges. The Tarot bring insight into making choices and allow you to trust your instincts and your intuition, whilst also opening up new horizons in your relationships, career and personal fulfillment. Tarot can also bring you closer to the spiritual and psychic side of your nature.

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