Brief History of The Tarot

Tarot Cards started to make their appearance in the 1400’s AD. However, the mystery behind the history of Tarot cards is in their origin. There are a number of theories on how the basis of the concept of Tarot came about.

The evolution of the Tarot deck can be traced after the fifteenth century.  By the 1700’s, Tarot Cards became more standardised and took on some of the appearances to what we see in today’s Tarot Decks.  It has been suggested that Allegory played a role in the history of Tarot Cards. During Medieval and Renaissance eras, Allegory was used in Art, Literature, Religion and Entertainment. At this time, an event took place called the “Triumphs”, this was a Parade that featured people in costumes representing Allegorical personalities like Strength, Love, Justice, etc. In time, the “Triumphs” became a frequent subject of paintings by well-known Artists during of the day.  The “Triumphs” are of interest when contemplating the history of Tarot Cards because we can infer that the Tarot may have derived from the characters displayed in the “Triumph Celebrations”. This connection is substantiated further when we discover that the earliest Tarot Cards were named “Trionfi”, Italian for “Triumph.”  We can make the connection that Allegorical Parades and Entertainment evolved into Art and these forms of expression evolved into more intricate Tarot Cards. The origin of the Tarot makes their history more intriguing allowing users of the Tarot all manner of possibilites - to provide answers to our questions with intuition and knowledge and to establish our own belief about what the Tarot represents to us, based on our own perceptions. 

Did the Tarot originate in Europe, Egypt, China or Persia? - or was the Tarot born of the Gypsy, Gnostic, or Kabbalistic Cultures?  I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions…

The Tarot is much more than a Deck of Cards. Combining elements of Numerology, Astrology, Kabbalah and other forms of Archetypes and Symbolism. The Tarot can connect with you on a subconscious level to release your intuition and reveal the path that your life may follow. The Tarot is a very powerful tool, and used correctly can give insight on where you are on your current life path and possible directions to advance your life to the next level. Your destiny is not set in stone, however, you can use the information revealed to make informed decisions to steer your future path through the power of your FREE WILL.

COMMON TAROT MISCONCEPTIONS

Each Tarot Card has a Specific, Predetermined Meaning - Each Card reflects some Core Truths.  What you see in the Card is generally a Reflection of your Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual state at that time. When these states change, your interpretations change with them. Because you are a constantly transforming being, you may read a card one way today and then see the picture quite differently next month or next year.  You should also consider the surrounding cards in each Layout / Spread.

You must be Psychic to work with the Tarot - Yes, Psychics do work with the Tarot. If you have the desire and willingness to see yourself and life in new ways, you too can work with the Tarot!

A Tarot Reader has the Ability to ‘Fix’ things – The Tarot encourages you to take Responsibility for what happens in your life. The Tarot can help you look at your options and offer Hope,  any ‘Repair’ work should be done yourself. The Tarot aims to create Self-Dependent (Dependent on your Higher Soul, Spirit, Self) and Interdependent (not co-Dependent) Relationships. 

The Purpose of a Tarot Reading is to find out about your Future - The purpose of a Tarot Reading is to help you see your past and present thoughts, words, and behaviours more objectively. This understanding can make you more aware of the potential of your present thoughts, words, and behaviours.

My Life’s this way because… - Believing that certain Tarot Cards may be to blame for negativity in your life comes back to taking responsibility for your actions.  “My day went badly because I drew the ‘Tower Card’ this morning.” If you started the day with a “perceived” negative card, then try to turn it around. The Tarot aims to assist you in taking responsibility for yourself, as opposed to laying the blame elsewhere.

Curses and Love Spells - An objective of the Tarot is to do no harm. Curses and Spells may work against you. Trying to force someone into a Relationship against his or her will may backfire. Remember the law of Karma… what goes around comes around!

The Tarot is Dangerous - The Tarot’s Archetypes depict all possible states of consciousness and all facets of the human personality. When individuals look at the Tarot Cards and recognise (unconsciously) an unacceptable facet of their personality, this may worry them. Fear comes from thinking that the image is predicting negative circumstances, this may not be the case.

The Tarot is a Religion - If you define religion as the Spiritual or Emotional attitude of someone who recognises the existence of the bond between Humanity and Divinity, then The Tarot could be perceived as a Religion.