Tarot Cards: 5 Interesting Things You Should Know About
Everyone knows what tarot cards are, but let’s face it, most of our knowledge about them derives from television, peers, or the church . . .
. . . Well, I’m here to give you five interesting things about tarot cards that you should know.
History is the first one because honestly, I didn’t even know the history of tarot cards until now.
1) Regular playing cards were originated in China and made its way from India to Egypt during the era of Mamluk control.
The Mamluk game cards came into Europe from Turkey in the 14th century.
Around 1440, tarot cards were created by the Duke of Milan’s family. They were called the Visconti-Sforzadeck.
The cards were hand-painted works of art that only the wealthy patrons could afford and were known as “carte da trionfi” or “cards of triumph.”
They were originally used as a storytelling game played by the Italian noble families, and then another game similar to bridge, known as tarochhi (an Italian version of the French word tarot).
What the players would do was lay out random cards and each person would use the symbols that came up, and then would write funny poetic verses about one another.
By the 18th century, tarot cards were used for divination purposes.
Etteilla was a French occultist who was the first person to use the tarot deck as a divination tool to a wide audience.
Around 1789 he had the tarot decks revised, specifically for occult purposes, which included themes from ancient Egypt.
2) The Rider-Waite tarot deck is the most recognizable and popular. It was the first one I received from a friend when I was nineteen.
The iconic deck was first issued in 1909. It was created by Pamela Colman Smith and mystic A.E. Waite, then published by the Rider Company.
3) There are superstitious rules to these esoteric cards. Here are some of them:
• The first deck must be given as a gift.
• Tarot cards need to be wrapped in silk when not in use.
• No one can use or touch your deck.
• Tarot cards were invented by gypsies.
• Tarot cards are evil. Don’t use them.
• Pregnant women should never read tarot cards.
4) You shouldn’t expect your Tarot reading to predict the future.
The reading is basically a tool to offer you guidance in your life.
You have free will and it’s up to you to decide what path you want to take.
5) Each Minor Arcana suit have different meanings:
• Cups relate to emotional issues, feelings, and relationships.
• Pentacles relate to money, security, and material concerns.
• Swords relate to action, intellect, and reason.
• Wands relate to work issues, projects, and creativity.
Wrapping it up.
So, now you know five interesting things about tarot cards.
Also, keep in mind that they’re not endowed with some mystical power that each card holds to announce the fate of the questionnaire.
What it does is illuminates what’s within you, your dilemmas, and life in general.
A good reader will break down what each card is saying and use the power of intuition and the higher self to convey the message to you.
Over to you:
Have you ever had a tarot card reading before? If so, what was your experience like?
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