What will Tarot Cards reveal for you in 2012?
The Mystical, Magical Tarot
What is the Tarot?
What could noted historical figures from the Renaissance, such as the Duke of Milan and Duke of Ferrara as well as French author Rabelais, possibly have in common with renowned 20th century icons Salvador Dali, Carl Jung and Timothy Leary? The answer: Tarot Cards. They all used Tarot Cards.
In our popular culture, the mention of Tarot Cards is likely to conjure up images of gypsy-like fortunetellers spreading out their cards, while they motion to a client to cross their palms with golden coins. At one time, there may have been some truth to that image, but today Tarot cards are taken more seriously. To those knowledgeable in this beautiful tradition with its rich imagery, the Tarot is a serious divination tool, used by psychics as a way to interpret the future, as well as a symbolic and psychological guide to help us understand our inner journey.
A Little Tarot History
Little is known as to the specific origin of Tarot. The first recorded written mention of it dates back to mid-fifteenth century Milan in Northern Italy, when the Duke of Milan was presented with a hand-painted Tarot deck. However, the word “Tarot” might have derived from a medieval Italian playing card deck called tarrochi, or even from the northern Italian river, the Taro. There is speculation about the source of the symbolic imagery, which has been said to trace back to Celtic, Norse and even Egyptian origins.
How the Cards Work
A Tarot Card deck is more complicated than regular playing cards, even though there are some similarities. First of all, the deck consists of 78 cards, which are divided into two different types of cards, the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana is made up of 22 special cards that are said to represent major events in life. In this numbered sequence, the first card is The Fool and the last one is The World. The Minor Arcana is made up of four suits that are similar to playing cards with each suit containing 14 different cards and representing a different side of life. The suit of rods represents our spirituality or creativity; cups, our emotions; swords, our intellect; and pentacles, our material side of life.
A Multitude of Tarot Decks
Over the past 500 years, a multitude of Tarot decks have been created, varying in interpretations, themes and designs. The Fool from the Major Arcana is a popular symbol for seeking the truth, and the Empress and Emperor appear in the Renaissance Tarot as symbols of fertility and power respectively. For cat lovers, there is the Tarot of the Cat People with its wand symbol of creativity. The cup, the symbol of love and dreams, is a strong symbol on the Mythic Tarot. One of the most popular Tarot decks is the Rider-Waite Tarot created by English editor and mystic Arthur Edward Waite and American artist Pamela Coleman Smith. It features the sword symbol, which eptimizes the logical mind and struggle. There is also the Troth Tarot, which is very strong in cabalistic and astrological symbolism.
The Magic of Tarot
This ancient form of divination, at once beautiful and mysterious, is used by psychics as well as novices who appreciate and seek knowledge from esoteric arts. The Tarot seems especially powerful and magical with the connection it creates between the unconscious mind and the strong symbolic imagery. Frequent users of the Tarot say that the more you use the cards, the stronger their message calls to you. If you are familiar with the Tarot, you have probably already benefited from its mystical messages, and if not, there is a whole new world for you to discover.