Welcome to Tarot Tuesdays, where I will create, post, or discuss all things relating to Tarot. Today to kick things off I wanted to share a brief history of the tarot and a little more information on the cards.
Tarot reading has been an ancient art, which many people are already familiar with. In fact, tarot readers have been around for centuries. The original tarot deck was a simple everyday pack of playing cards. Families would sit around a table pulling cards for each other as a kind of game they played. It is believed this form of use goes back to around the 14th century. By the 1500's, the Italian aristocracy was enjoying a game known as "tarocchi appropriati," in which players were dealt random cards and used thematic associations with these cards to write poetic verses about one another.
The artistry and design on the cards evolved over time and become more mystical and relevant to everyday life, and around 1909 we saw the birth of the most common used Tarot deck available - the Rider-Waite. This deck helped bring about the rise of 20th century occult tarot used by mystical readers.
A tarot reader will usually only have one dedicated pack of cards they become "linked" to. It is an extension of them and only the reader can connect with their pack of cards, which enables them to make a reading. The tarot deck consists of 78 cards - 22 major arcana cards and 56 minor arcana cards. The major arcana deal with larger life cycles, big events, major milestones that affect life path choices, stages and experiences. The minor cards deal with the more mundane aspects of our lives - the people and events along our journey and every day matters.
Anyone can buy a pack of tarot cards and many people throughout history have attempted to conduct tarot readings themselves. However, it is not just about the pack of cards, but the gift that the tarot reader possesses, they must have extra sensory abilities and unique powers to connect with the past, present and future of the person having the reading. But with all things, keeping an open mind as well as practice can support your journey with the cards. You must be tuned into your intuition so that you can clearly decipher the messages coming though in the cards.
I hope that has been most helpful, there is so much more out there on the cards and I encourage you to explore. I look forward to sharing more in the coming weeks. Each Tuesday we will cover new topics, conduct interactive card readings, do some LIVE events on Facebook and so much more. If you have ideas or topics you would like to share please feel free. I would love to hear about your experiences and journey.
Much love, xo