By anne b.
Welcome Ramblers! I hope you guys enjoyed our Tarot and Horoscope Podcast last night because we had a lot of fun making it! Even though we don’t base our lives on neither Tarot nor horoscopes, we do think they are very fun to participate in! I also enjoy using Tarot as a way to meditate and I really appreciate how pretty Tarot card designs can be. Anyways, since Bailey talked about the history of horoscopes earlier this week, I figured I would research the history of Tarot and share it with you all!
The history of tarot is actually quite hard to piece together completely because it started way back in the 1400s. The 22 cards of the Major Arcana can be traced back as far as 1440, when the first known deck appeared in Italy. There were 3 decks called the Visconti Trumps, which are usually regarded as the forefathers of the decks that we see today. It is believed that the Visconti Trumps were created as a game for Nobles. It is not until centuries later that the cards surfaced as a tool of divination. In later 15th century, cardmakers in France began to standardize the Trumps. However, cards like Death, the Devil, and the Tower were considered offensive by some Nobles. These cards also caused religious and political leaders to attempt to ban the Trumps. This caused the card users to create secret societies where they could use the cards safely.
Tarot and its origins as a method of divination are credited to Antoine Court de Gébelin in 1781.He believed it was Egyptian in origin, and that the cards contained mystical knowledge. The cards themselves began to evolve from this point forward as all the different secret societies began to produce their own decks.
In 1770, Jean-Baptiste Alliette (also known as Etteilla) was the first to publish divinatory meanings for cards. His deck only included 33 cards at the time and only regular playing cards were mentioned. This was the first deck made available to the public for the purpose of cartomancy, which is the use of cards for fortune-telling.
It wasn’t until the nineteenth century, that a deck with all 78 cards was created. This deck was created by a famous occultist known as Eliphas Lévi, who had found a correlation between the Tarot and the Kabbalah (the Hebrew system of mysticism). Since then, “Tarot has been linked with almost every magical system or religion. The Tarot is comprised of archetypal images that cross linguistic, cultural, geographical, and temporal barriers” (Salem Tarot).
Arthur Edward Waite created another edition of the Tarot deck in the Twentieth Century. Waite's version has been widely accepted as the standard, and is by far the most popular deck of the century. Today, there are hundreds of Tarot design interpretations, and more are being invented. This diversity allows Tarot readers to choose a deck that suits their personality and the situation. So even if you don’t believe Tarot can predict your future, there is probably a deck out there that would match your style and that you would find cool!
Alright, Ramblers, that is all I have for you! I hope you liked this little history of Tarot! I find it so fascinating that a lot of Tarot originated within secret societies. Let me know what you guys thought in the comments! Also, if you are interested in getting a free Tarot reading, let me know! You can contact me here or send me a DM via Instagram!
Have a great weekend and Ramble On!