The History Of Tarot Cards

The History Of Tarot Cards

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The tarot (/ˈtæroʊ/; first known as trionfi and later as tarocchi, tarock, and others) is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini, French tarot, and Austrian Königrufen. Many of these tarot card games are still played today. In the late 18th century, some tarot decks began to be used for divination via tarot card reading and cartomancy leading to custom decks developed for such occult purposes.


The early history of tarot cards is shrouded in mystery. It is not known for certain where they originated, though most historians believe they come from Italy. The first recorded mention of tarot cards is in a 1442 law banning their use in Florence, Italy. This suggests that they were already in common use in Italy then. Tarot cards were likely introduced to other parts of Europe in the mid-15th century.


The earliest known tarot decks were hand-painted, and the first documented one (The Mantegna Tarot)was created in 1491 for the Duke of Milan.


These decks were used for games, not for divination. The first known mention of using a tarot deck for divination is in a book called The Oracles of Francesco Marcolino da Forlì, which was written in 1540.


The standard Italian tarot deck has 20 numbered trumps and four unnumbered trumps, called the Fool, the World, the Tower, and the Devil. The suits are Swords, Batons, Cups, and Coins. The Swords represent air, the Batons represent fire, the Cups represent water, and the Coins represent the earth.


The tarot has also been used in metaphysical and New Age ways to try to gain insights into people's lives and as a form of divination or fortune-telling. There is no one way to read the tarot; people can develop their own methods and interpretations.


Some people believe that the tarot can help them to understand their past, present, and future.


The tarot can be used as a tool for self-exploration and for understanding the influences at work in people's lives. It can also be used as a way to make decisions, to find solutions to problems, and get in touch with one's intuition.


Tarot cards may or may not be not magical, and they may not tell you what is going to happen in the future. However, they can be a valuable tool for helping you better understand yourself and your situation. If you are considering using the tarot for divination, it is important to remember that tarot is a tool, and it is the interpretation of the tarot cards that is important, not the cards themselves.

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