The Secret History of Tarot
In New York City, there lies an important piece of Tarot history.. The Morgan Library and Museum owns one of the oldest, most intact tarot decks in the world... It was commissioned 566 years ago by two members of an Italian aristocratic family...
The Visconti-Sforza pack represents one of the oldest known tarot decks... *Tarot, also known as tarocchi, trumphi, or Trionfi, was a popular playing card game in Italy during the 1400s. Tarocchi was popular enough during that time to be mentioned in a sermon calling for the cards to be banned. The document, known as the “Steele Sermon” it details a playing card deck with trump cards such as The Fool, Temperance, The Devil, Love and other others, totaling 21 cards. These card names should sound familiar to anyone who uses Tarot.
*The earliest tarot cards were hand-painted, so the number of the decks produced is thought to have been small. It was only after the invention of the printing press that mass production of cards became possible. A French occultist named Etteilla was the first to popularize tarot divination to a wide audience in the 18th century. He was also the first to reissue a revised tarot deck specifically designed for occult purposes and included themes related to ancient Egypt.
*There is a belief that tarot cards are linked to the Egyptian Book of Thoth...
*Today, the tarot continues to serve as both an ordinary card game and an occult ritual. While there are many ways to “read” tarot cards to tell one’s fortune, a common approach is the three-card spread.
There are numerous variations of this method, including an easy technique that helps unlock and explain your past, present, and future.
*Tarot illuminates aspects of our lives that we’ve turned a blind eye towards. Tarot gives us another perspective through which we can view our situation.
*It can act as therapy...We’re able to project our own fears, desires, and experiences onto the imagery of the cards to shed light into our subconscious. *Many readers believe that the universe manifests its energy through the placement of tarot cards in a reading..
*I believe tarot is a great tool for self-discovery and decision making.
Many Blessings ❤J