Tarot facts, mystery and history

Tarot facts, mystery and history

tarot facts mystery and historyThe tarot was first mentioned in 1440 in northern Italy, the tarot was not used at first for divination but rather as a card game of trumps.

The tarot was brought to Europe by the wandering Romany people “Gypsies”

Tarot Facts, mystery and history

Some believe that the tarot to be as old as the pyramids themselves: However there is no proof of this. This belief originated in 1781 in a book calledLe Monde Primitif published by Antoine Court de Gebelin, who was a French occultist, the book linked the tarot to ancient Egypt.

That said however, there is evidence that tarot cards were used for divination in 1540 in a book called The Oracles of Francesco Marcolino da Forli. It is thought the first deck of the tarot is traceable to Italy in the 15th century. This first deck appeared when an artist added trump cards, featuring faces of the Visconti and Sforza families as a wedding gift these were named the “Visconti trumps”

It was French occultist Jean-Baptiste Alliette who in 1785 first publicly used such cards for divination purposes before an audience.

The mystery of the Tarot

The symbols and images portrayed on tarot cards are NOT magical rather they are symbols used to identify the card and help tarot reader interpret the card during a reading

Tarot and history

It was the images of “Death, The Devil and The Tower” which led religious leaders to attempt to have the cards banned. A Franciscan friar in Italy somewhere between 1440 and 1470 was reported as claiming the cards had been made by the Devil; stating that those who play with the cards were to lose their souls to the Devil.

Tarot facts, mystery and history

The Tarot is the most practised art of divination in the world. The cards are sometimes called “The Book of Divination of the Gypsies”.

Some religious groups oppose the use of the deck of the tarot because of its association with fortune telling.  As with many similar debates regarding lifestyles or religious practices, plenty of people can be found on both sides of the debate, supporting or condemning the use of the deck of the tarot cards.

The deck of the Tarot

There are 78 cards in the tarot deck 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards in 4 suits: wands, cups, pentacles and swords. Some people count 21 cards in the major arcana as the fool is not always numbered.

The Rider Waite Deck is now considered the most popular deck of the century – I myself use the Radiant Rider Waite deck most often in my readings preferring the vibrant colours and imagery on the faces of the cards.

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