Many years ago, being curious about the origination of the Tarot, I did some research and here’s what I found...
The Tarot in History: Evolution of Ancient Wisdom
Myth and legend has it that these cards of divination originated thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt from the sacred book of the Egyptian god, Thoth. Thoth, the most powerful of the ancient immortals, was said to be the first fortuneteller.
Others believe that Tarot came from China or India and was later introduced to Europe, circa 900 AD by the gypsy tribes.
Throughout history, the Tarot's ever-changing design has evidenced influences from cultures and periods encompassing a rich tapestry of global cultures and historical periods. Symbolic representations include references to astrology, the Cabala, Christianity, the Crusades, Buddhism, medieval alchemy, Greek and Hebrew alphabets, and emblems of Egyptian deities.
In modern day, the most popular is the Rider-Waite deck (see photo), which is my favorite. It may not be the 'prettiest' of the thousands of decks on the market—its designs look clunky and primitive—but it holds the most nuance and meaning for me.
How it Works For Me
When I concentrate on a question, as I continue to shuffle the cards, I receive psychic messages about the issue at hand. Then once the cards are laid out, the messages I’ve received through psychic vision and the messages evidenced in the cards synch up together, resulting in an answer for the seeker. The cards, for me, amplify and expand on the psychic messages I received while shuffling.
Carl Jung and the Collective Unconscious
The Tarot is not just an effective tool for divination; it also enables the seeker (as facilitated by a psychic reader such as myself) to access those parts of his psyche generally unavailable through the intellectual process.
Through its use, we can tap into our ancestor's 'cultural/tribal memory' which is thought to be stored and imprinted in our collective unconscious since the origins of mankind.
To this end, the theories of psychiatrist and metaphysician Carl Jung (1875-1961) have greatly influenced the use and significance of Tarot as a psychic bridge to that unconscious as well as a catalyst for personal growth.
Jung theorized that our contemporary human minds were developed and influenced by cumulative experiences of past generations, extending back to our most primitive history of the human race. He felt that this information, in total, was genetically imprinted on each individual's cell memory going forward to the present day.
Through tarot readings, our ancient imprinted memory interfaces with our current real experiences. These components interact to formulate solutions and give clarity that’s not readily available through conventional means.
By Therese x7215
Therese has used these books, among others, when researching the Tarot and Carl Jung:
Tarot as a Way of Life: A Jungian Approach to the Tarot by Karen Hamaker-Zondag