There is a game of French Tarot, but the Tarot that originated in the 1300s when it was first spotted in Europe or, more accurately, Germania, which comprised of the Europe we know today (and then some) were not. They were messages that could not be handwritten, nor verbally spoken, for fear of religious persecution.
Tarot contains no language. It is theorized the images on the cards stem from secrets written in pictorial code concerning the safety of the holy grail by the Knights Templar. Each card carries a message of its own with its symbols and colors, which applies to all cultures worldwide. Just one card can tell a thousand stories based. However, when pieced together, they are like a map, which can help direct us our personal path and our journey with others in life.
Tarot speaks to us of the lessons we must learn as we evolve as individuals, and as a species. They also speak about the helps and hindrances that are a part of our daily lives and how we might strive to make wiser choices regarding our values.
Originally, there were only 22 cards, which are now called the Major Arcana, which represent psychological archetypes and the lessons we all face in life. Today, there are 78 cards. Meaning, 56 cards have been added to the deck since ancient times. These cards are known as the Minor Arcana, which represent desires, thoughts, feelings, and actions of daily life. 16 of these added cards are termed 'Court' cards and are most often thought of as representing personalities of individuals and various ages of the human life cycle.
The most common deck of Tarot is the Rider-Waite deck, designed by Arthur Edward Waite (1857-1942) and illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith (1878-1951), known as Pixie. This deck should probably, more accurately, be called the Waite-Colman deck. I use this deck when performing your readings.
There have been hundreds of Tarot decks created since the 'good old days'. Artists world-wide have since designed their own decks for sale to the public. There are thousands to choose from. This affords you the ability to choose a deck you most resonate with. However, it takes away from the original symbolism of the cards and can make it difficult, to say the least, to learn how to read Tarot the way it was intended from the very beginning. I prefer the old way with the old meanings in tact.
How, Exactly, Do the Cards Work?
How, indeed. This is the question everyone wants an answer to and every consultant hopes she can answer without sounding like an imbecile. The answer is "It just does."
The cards are shuffled, your intentions go out into the universe and the universe (for lack of better words) decides which cards appear, based on cause and effect. Have you ever thrown a rock in the water and watched the ripple come to shore? The rock, in this case, would represent your question or concern and the ripple is your answer coming back to you.
The Tarot cards shown above are from a favorite deck of mine, Kat Black's Golden Tarot, which I use quite often.
What Can Tarot Do for You?
Your intuition always knows what it is you really need. It already knows the answers to your questions before you even ask.
Tarot can be a megaphone for your subconscious, your intuition, that still small voice in your gut that is, sometimes, too hard to hear when you are tired, stressed or emotional.
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