Tarot cards


(from the French name of the game of cards) are maps, drawings on which contain a rich symbolism that is present in most European and Oriental cultures.

The complete deck of cards consists of 22 Large (Old) and 56 Small (Junior) Arcana, images on which are a synthesis and a single entity. Each card is given a deep content, linked to the explanation of this or that phenomenon, all that makes up human life, the secrets of nature, “color and numerological symbolism,” etc.

Tarot cards

22 Great Arcana (from zero to 21, respectively from the Fool to the World) contain the experience of all human life:
from the 1st to the 11th – the conscious, active, solar path; from the 12th to the 22nd – it’s a passive, lunar path.

56 Small Arcana Tarot are a metaphor for the journey of the soul along four parallel paths on the path to enlightenment.

On the history of the emergence, development and essence of the Tarot, there are many legends and myths that have nothing to do with the actual state of things. Yes, myths are sometimes amusing and interesting, but if you mix them with historical facts, you get confusion, which is not so easy to understand. However, we will try to do this.

Tarot appeared in Egypt (India, China, Morocco, etc.).

There are many legends about the origin of the Tarot, but many of them are very far from reality. In fact, Tarot cards first appeared in the aristocratic courtyards of northern Italy in the early or mid XV century.

The name and symbolism of the Tarot cards comes from Egypt (India).

In the beginning, the tarot cards were called “carte da trionfi” (cards of triumphs [trumps]). After a century they were called “tarocchi” (units of tarocco), in order not to be confused with “triumphs-trumps”, for the game of which conventional playing cards were used. The symbols depicted on the Tarot cards have analogues in European art and are characteristic of European Christianity.

Taro in Europe brought and spread the gypsies.

No, the Roma predictions are mainly based on palmistry or the use of conventional playing cards. According to reports, Taro cards they began to use only in the IX – XX century.

Ordinary playing cards originated from tarot cards.

The motherland of playing cards is Islamic countries. And these cards appeared in Europe earlier than the Tarot. Additions that “migrated” from the Tarot to the deck of playing cards – a system of trumps, a set of ladies and a Fool (with which the Joker, appearing in the deck of cards after 1857, most likely is not connected).

The Hebrew letters of the Tarot were the first to attribute Eliphas Levi around 1850.

Actually, the earl of the connection between the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the Tarot was written by the Count de Melle in 1781.

The initial use of tarot cards is the training of secret knowledge, fortune telling, magic.

No, according to written testimonies, Tarot was originally used exclusively for card games. For other purposes (fortune-telling, magic, etc.), maps were used much later.

The formation of the symbolism of the Tarot was not provided by any philosophical current, except Christianity.

Certainly, the symbols of the Tarot are closest to the generally accepted in the Christian culture, but other areas of philosophical thought (astrology, Neoplatonism, Hermeticism, etc.) had a considerable influence on the formation of these maps.

At all times Tarot was the basis of the esoteric tradition of Europe.

This is not true. Occult interest in the Tarot appeared only in 1791, before that, for more than 300 years, these maps have not influenced philosophy in any way.

The most correct tarot card is Waite-Smith (“Rclasser-Waite”).

This opinion was formed because it was this deck that was most widely available for a long time. In fact, there is no “canonical” version of the Tarot. The Waite-Smith deck, created in 1909, does not correspond to the earlier French (and original Italian) tradition, since its symbolism is closest to the symbolism of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which White was a member.

Tarot is a kind of black magic, so guessing at them is dangerous.

By itself, the Tarot system can not cause harm, provided that you have turned to the specialist – the Tarologue. For love spells, spoiling and other rituals of black magic, Tarot is not used.

Tarot cards can not be trusted.

Blind belief in predictions, like blindly following someone’s advice, will only hurt you. But listen to predictions, and competently build your life to avoid trouble and trouble, maybe it’s worth it. In any case, the man is the master of his destiny, and to follow or not follow the recommendations of the tarologist is up to you.

If you constantly refer to cards for advice, you may become addicted.

Dependence can arise in people who tend to be addicted to anything (remember, for example, alcohol, online or game addiction). People who are not inclined to “sink” into anything, at the initial stage, may get quite a keen prediction, but after a while it passes. This hobby is akin to hobby for a new “toy for adults” (bicycle, tape recorder, car, etc.), which rarely grows into a dependence. When working with Tarot cards, after a while, it becomes clear that some everyday issues can be solved without resorting to cards.

During the session, the client’s mind programming can be programmed.

A good specialist-reader will never program a client for negative. However, there are many charlatans who are able to put in the client’s subconscious mind a certain program of behavior. Therefore, it is worthwhile to approach the choice of the predictor more attentively, and if it causes you a feeling of fear or dislike, it is better to immediately refuse to communicate.

The quality of predictions depends only on the tariffologist.

This is not true. After all, both sides are involved in the divination process, therefore, much depends on the client’s personality, and on how harmonious contact is established between the predictor and the client. In addition, you do not need to wait for the answer to the problem in one fell swoop, or it will provide a ready-made recipe for all ills. The predictor can only help you in determining tactics and strategies for subsequent behavior in accordance with the information obtained from tarot cards. But you will act in any case. This should be remembered, and try not to impose excessively high demands on predictions and the tariffologist.

It is impossible to master the Tarot system independently.

The Tarot system is quite accessible for independent study, especially since there are a lot of literature on this issue now. If there is time and experience of analytical work (after all, you will have to independently read various sources, compare, choose, draw parallels, and independently comprehend this situation), there will be no problems. Even better, if you already have some knowledge of esotericism, psychology, astrology, numerology, mythology and are familiar with symbolism (after all, the Tarot is quite closely intertwined with these fields of knowledge). But the ideal option – if at the initial stage you can consult with a specialist who introduces you to the course of the matter, helped to understand the structure and system of knowledge. Further, you could study the Tarot yourself, only turning, as necessary, for consultations to a more experienced tarot.

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