Introduction to the Tarot
The tarot deck comprises of 78 cards including the 56 minor arcana cards (lesser secrets) and the 22 major arcana cards (greater secrets). Not many people know that the Tarot actually has influences from the bible including ‘The Lovers’ Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden and ‘The Tower’ Tower of Babel. The Tarot is used as a divination tool to help look into a person’s future, to give them a clear perspective on their life. There are many different types and styles of decks. Including Angel, healing cards. There are so many to choose from nowadays, it is whatever deck you feel drawn to, but he classic Rider Waite is always a favourite, as so clear to read and understand. There are various, different spreads such as a Celtic cross, past-present-future to represent different areas of a situation and or provide answers to a question you may have. The client will take the cards in their left hand, right on top, think of a question, begin to shuffle and then give to the reader. The reader will draw the spreads and interpret the reading. The reader will do all -of the above on behalf of the client if over the phone and just as effective as long, as the client is focused on the question.
Ancient Origins of Tarot
The origins of the Tarot still remain a mystery to this day. They are the oldest forms of divination dating back to ancient civilizations including the Egyptians. Some say it originated in China around the 11th Century. Others say gypsies brought the tarot back to Europe from Egypt or or it was brought by the Arabs from North Africa. This ancient knowledge was guarded by secret societies such as the knights templar or the Cathars dating back to ancient Babylon. It was released for general use in the medieval Renaissance period when it became increasingly popular. The cards were used in Italy in the fifteenth century as a popular card game. Wealthy patrons commissioned beautiful decks, some of which have survived. The first tarot deck during that period was the 1415 Visconti. The cards were discovered by a number of influential scholars of the occult later in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. These gentlemen were intrigued by its mystery and accuracy. They learned that it could be used for divination to help them look in to the future. More powerful than a simple card game. They connected the cards to ancient Egypt, hermetic philosophy, Kabbalah, alchemy and other mystical systems. The tarot was put in-to the practices of several secret societies!
Today new designs of Decks come out, people are becoming increasingly more open to receiving messages from god / spirit and the angels for guidance. Much like a prayer receiving answers to your deep-rooted questions and giving peace of mind and clarity. Whatever their origins we can say that people will always be fascinated by the history and practices of this ancient divination tool, the Tarot.