Таrot cards as a means to learning about yourself and the world around
What are Tarot cards? Is this a way to find out one's destiny, or a knowledge system passed down to us by our ancestors?
Tarot deck contains 78 cards. These cards represent countless reading combinations and situations in one’s life. But still, is Tarot a mirror of the world around or a reflection of our inner self? Tarot cards are not only for answering questions, but also for asking questions.
Life obeys certain rules. Many of them are clear to us, but some cannot be explained logically and rationally. We try to understand what happens and try to make the right choice. Sometimes it seems to us that the world is mad and ruled by chaos. But our feelings tell us that everything does happen for a reason. Signs and symbols around us give clues to the understanding of phenomena. You just need to take a closer look at these signs and to look inside the subconscious – then, a bizarre imagery will take the form of a well-defined structure.
That's not so easy. It takes some patience and curiosity. The more we learn, the more we enhance the brain functions. You also need to develop your intuition and have the right means at hand to develop these skills. One of these means is Tarot cards.
Why have Tarot cards been attracting people so much over the centuries, and what secrets do they contain?
French occultist of the XVIII century Antoine Court de Gébelin believed that the Tarot encrypted hidden knowledge of the ancient Egyptian priests and the teachings of Thoth (Hermes). However, the first Tarocchi deck was only printed in Italy in the 15th century. Contemporaries noted that the images of the Major Arcana characters of the Visconti-Sforza deck had deep mystical allegories. These cards have had a great influence on the interpretation of modern Tarot cards.
In the XVII century, Tarot cards had made their way to France, where they began to be used for fortunetelling. The interpretation of the Marseilles Tarot was influenced by French Kabbalists.
At the end of the 18th century, the French occultist Etteila combined Tarot with astrology and alchemy, correlating cards with zodiac symbols and with elements. Etteila published the first deck of cards specially created for divination; these cards had divinatory meanings printed on their margins.
In the 19th century, Éliphas Lévi identified the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Papus, in his turn, associated the elements of the Tarot with the four letters of the Tetragrammaton – the unpronounceable four-letter name of God.
At the beginning of the XX century, the British occultist Arthur Edward Waite, together with the artist Pamela Colman Smith, created their own version of the Tarot, which combined a wealth of knowledge of esotericism, alchemy, astrology and Kabbalah. This deck is still the most famous and popular Tarot deck.
Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung associated the Tarot with the symbolism of archetypes and proposed the use of the Tarot in psychiatry. Jung discovered the similarity of Tarot symbols with a plenty of cultural images of folks from different parts of the world.
And finally, since the end of the last century, Tarot cards have been used for new purposes. Now they are used not only for fortunetelling, but also as a method of self-development, psychological analysis, for meditation and decision-making. New decks and interpretation systems are being created. Now each of us can find something personally meaningful in the Tarot.
Modern Tarot has become not only a mirror of the world, but also a part of it, an element of popular culture. But, at the same time, it has retained its connection with history and ancient magic. Feel this magic and you will discover the mystery of the Таrot.
And remember that answers to all the issues are within us. Таrot cards are just a means to help you seek these answers.
While creating Alchemical Tarot, Robert Place did a great job of studying ancient alchemical and hermetic texts. Therefore, there are no random elements in the drawings of this deck, since each symbol is made in accordance with the alchemical tradition and has a significant importance.
The first thing which makes an impression is the colors – not too bright, but very saturated. Magical color combinations. In the Morgan-Greer tarot, the main focus is put on the characters, not on the scenery.
In this deck, we see the cards as they were drawn by Pamela Colman-Smith. All this gives the impression that you are holding in your hands a truly authentic deck of Tarot cards, which is more than a hundred years old.