Tarot Readings date back to the 1400's!
True Tarot decks have 78 cards. 22 Major Arcana symbolizing ones journey with such images as The Sun, The Star, The Moon, The World. The Major Arcanas’ messages represent the big issues of life while the Minor Arcana reveal day-to-day situations. The 56 cards of the Minor Arcana are similar to modern playing cards, with four suits and royalty cards. The suits are Pentacles, representing earthly matters, Cups reflect emotions, Swords rest in thoughts and Wands are spiritual messages.
The word Tarot came from an Italian card game called Tarocchi in the 1400’s. Their first written mention was in a letter from the Duke of Milan who requested several decks of "triumph" cards to be used at a special event. The letter differentiated triumph cards from regular "playing" cards. The game spread quickly throughout Europe.
In the early 1500’s the Italian game of Tarocchi translated to the French word Tarot. By the late 1700’s Mystics in England and France saw the symbolic pictures of the cards as having more meaning than the simple trump cards they were used for at the time. Mystics have been using Tarot cards as divination tools for over 230 years.
Some believe that Tarot cards originated in Egypt and considered to be the hieroglyphical keys to life. However, the linguists of Italian to French translations point to the true history of Tarot as being European.
Other divination cards such as Angel Cards, Spiritual Cards and Animal Totem Cards are new inventions of the last 40 years. Having anywhere from 20 to 100 cards, these are not true Tarot however they do serve as lovely mystical tools.
The Tarot is the original divination card deck lasting over two centuries. Their beauty and wisdom will continue to guide Mystics for centuries more.
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by Sandra x8688
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