Origin and importance of tarot cards
Nowadays there are 2 types of cards: ordinary playing cards, and fortune-telling cards – Tarot.
These two decks were popularized in medieval Europe, in the 14th century, where they were brought with Arab merchants and gypsies.
It should be noted that the Arabs were not the inventors of playing cards, as it was commonly believed. Tarot was also not created by the gypsies. And to both, the cards came from other sources. But which ones, remains a mystery. On this account, there are many opinions and assumptions. So, the ancestral home of the cards can be ancient Egypt, Babylon, or India.
However, these statements cannot be confirmed. From the ancient Egyptian and Babylonian civilizations, practically nothing remained. But in the surviving ancient Indian manuscripts, there is no mention of playing cards or fortune-telling cards.
Some occult researchers, such as Eliphas Levi and Papus, have come up with the legend that Tarot cards, in the form of gold or emerald tablets on which the wisdom of ancient, antediluvian civilizations was captured, originally came from Atlantis to Egypt. And in the last days of Egypt, the priests gave them the image of playing cards, and let them go to the people, to preserve the encoded ancient knowledge.
So, the Arabs brought to Europe playing cards, the familiar to us deck of 52 cards – apparently, the legacy of ancient Egypt.
Gypsies, in turn, came to Europe from India. According to one of the legends, this nomadic tribe was expelled in due time from the underground country of Agharti. Thus, their ability to divination and hypnosis can be explained.
So, the deck of gypsies’ cards supplemented the Egyptian one, and together they made up what we know today, code-named Tarot.
The Tarot Cards System
The tarot card system consists of the Minor Arcana, four suits: Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles. In each suit, there are: Ace, from deuce to 10, then: Page, Knight, Queen and King.
The second part is the Major Arcana. The latter are numbered from 0 to 21 and are the embodiment of a separate image.
The most common today is the Ryder Waite deck, published in the early 20th century. It is based mainly on the teachings of the French occultists of the 19th century.
Waite was considered an “esoteric encyclopaedist” and one of the best connoisseurs of the Rosicrucian heritage. The drawings to this deck are made by artist Pamela Smith, whose initials can be seen on each card.
Along with Waite’s “classic” deck, there are several other popular decks, for example: the Marseilles Tarot, and the Tarot of Allister Crowley.
Cards in them differ not only in appearance, but also in their interpretation, relying on the philosophy of this or that school of occultism.
However, regardless of the deck you choose, the cards will tune in to you, and provide everything you need.
What are tarot cards for, and how to use them?
More often, tarot cards are used for various fortune-telling, allowing to consider the past, the present, or the future of the person. In addition, they can be consulted for advice, in solving an important issue, or in finding a solution to a difficult situation. Still, with their help you can just meditate.
Each card combines a certain image that describes a specific life situation. Each image, in turn, consists of many symbols, or small details. Usually, when you purchase a card deck, an interpreter booklet is attached to it.
For starters, it is worth familiarizing yourself with each card separately, and remembering its meaning. And then, you can go to different tarot spreads and fortune-telling.
According to general rules, your deck of cards is tuned to your energy and vibration. Therefore, you cannot let others use your cards. Cards must be stored in a box, in a case, or in dark matter, in a dark place. This precautionary measure protects them from ethereal debris, and allows you to receive more accurate information.
The simplest divination
In the beginning, you could simply, mentally to tune in to the question, mix the deck and pick up one card at random. This is one of the surest ways to learn cards to move later to more complex spreads.
Do not ask more than three questions in one session.
If you have not yet purchased your first deck, we suggest that you use our virtual fortune-telling.