History of Tarot Cards
Tarot or ‘Tarocchi’ originated somewhere around the 1400’s in Northern Italy. The decks were then called ‘triumph cards’. They were used as playing cards to play a game similar to bridge. It was only around the 18th century when they started being used as a divination tool and around 1960s – 70s Tarot cards started being used as a self-development tool.
I also believe that Tarot is more than just a future prediction or divination tool, the cards:
- helps us build self-confidence;
- helps us become more focused, grounded and centered;
- can be used as a life coaching tool;
- shows us direction and gives us strength in time of difficulty; and
- is a very valuable tool for self reflection.
Tarot cards deck consist of 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana Cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards.
The Major Arcana represents the Fool’s (your soul’s) journey to spiritual awareness. These cards are numbered 0 to 21.
The Minor Arcana are divided into 4 suits wands, courts, cups and coins. Each suit consists of 14 cards ace to ten and four court cards i.e. The King, The Queen, The Knight and The Page. The Minor Arcana in general represents our day-to-day experiences of life.
Types of Tarot Cards
There are various types of Tarot cards available in the market.
The most common deck used is the Tarot Rider Waite Card. I like the Radiant Tarot Rider Waite deck as the images in this deck are clear, with lot of details, symbols and vibrant colours.
There is a lot of information available on this deck, which makes it easier to read and interpret the tarot cards for beginners.
Some other Tarot cards available:
- The Mythic Tarot
- The Shadowscapes Tarot
- Deviant Moon
- Goddess Tarot cards
- Marseilles Tarot cards
- Angel Tarot cards
- Fairy Tarot Cards
- Osho Zen Cards
How will you choose your first Tarot deck?
- Choosing a deck is like choosing a crystal, you can look at the imagery, colours and symbols in all the decks and select whichever deck resonates or attracts you the most.
- The other way to choose a card is by comparing different decks and doing your research:
- Shortlist a few Tarot decks that you like the most.
- You will be able to get images of cards for these decks on the Internet.
- Choose a card for e.g. The Empress from all the different decks you shortlisted and look at them together, see which cards is easier for you to understand, which card attracts you the most.
- Now do some research and see what information or resources are available for these decks, e.g. The Rider Waite has lots of literature available both online as well as there are lots of books written on this deck.
- Repeat this exercise for a few cards and you should be able to identify your deck.
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