History of Tarot:

A Mystical Journey Through the Intriguing History of Tarot

History of Tarot:

Jun 15, 2023

Hello voyagers! Ready to embark on a mystical journey into the intriguing history of tarot? Let's unravel the ancient tapestry woven with tales of mystical symbolism, spiritual enlightenment, and personal growth. Fasten your seat belts, and let’s set off into the entrancing annals of tarot.

From Game to Guidance: The Unexpected Origin

The fascinating history of tarot takes root in 14th-century Italy. It's hard to imagine today, but the tarot didn't originate from mystical texts or secret societies. Instead, they emerged as a simple card game for Italian nobility called 'tarocchi' or 'tarot'. Consisting of 78 cards split into the Major Arcana with 22 trump cards, and the Minor Arcana with 56 suit cards, these decks flaunted artistic illustrations that captivated their audiences.

Now, let's fast forward to the late 18th century. The world was evolving, with curiosity, exploration, and discovery guiding humanity towards Enlightenment. It was during this dynamic period that the tarot embarked on its transformative journey from a game of leisure to a divine tool of wisdom.

Enlightenment and the Emergence of Tarot's Spiritual Significance

A key player in this spiritual evolution was Antoine Court de Gébelin, a French occultist with a vision. Gébelin proposed the idea that tarot cards were not merely gaming instruments but held deeper, hidden wisdom. He viewed them as remnants of ancient Egyptian knowledge, a spiritual guide camouflaged as a game. Thus, the seeds of tarot's spiritual awakening were sown.

Gébelin's theories sparked fascination and gave birth to a new perspective on tarot. As the cards spread across Europe, they started gaining a mystical reputation. With each shuffle and spread, seekers of the time began to discover symbols and meanings that went far beyond a simple game.

Influence of Theosophical Society on the History of Tarot

The theosophical movement, burgeoning during the 19th century, had a significant influence on the history of tarot. Theosophists believed in the existence of ancient and mystical wisdom that underpins all religions. They saw tarot as a vessel carrying this wisdom.

Prominent members of the Theosophical Society, including influential occultists like Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley, developed their own tarot decks. Their interpretation of the tarot cards incorporated elements of Kabbalah, Astrology, and ancient symbology. These tarot decks, particularly the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, have shaped our modern understanding of tarot.

Tarot in the 21st Century: A Tapestry of Theories

So, here we are, in the 21st century, staring into a kaleidoscope of theories that reflect the colorful history of tarot. From factual beginnings in 14th-century Italy to speculative origins in ancient civilizations like Egypt and mystical traditions such as the Kabbalah or Gnosticism, tarot is indeed a mystical marvel.

While these theories lack concrete historical evidence, they continue to influence the way we perceive and use tarot today. It's no longer a simple card game but a tool for introspection, spiritual exploration, and personal development.

Regardless of tarot's true origin, one fact remains consistent - the tarot's ability to mirror our inner realities, guiding us towards self-discovery and growth. As we continue to shuffle and lay out our tarot spreads, we're not just predicting the future; we're connecting with centuries of wisdom and the collective human quest for understanding.

Let this journey into the history of tarot serve as an invitation. An invitation to delve deeper into the mysteries of the tarot, to explore its symbols, to decipher its messages, and to tap into the wisdom that lies within its captivating imagery. It’s a journey of enlightenment that begins with understanding the history of tarot but extends to understanding ourselves.

A lot of people think that the tarot is about being psychic and getting so-called psychic powers.
Actually, the original meaning of psyche is soul.

So the real power of the tarot is that it can help you to live your psyche, your soul, with more creativity, more awareness, more imagination, more clarity, more understanding and more joy.

― Philippe St Genoux

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