I have been studying and reading tarot for 18 years. I guess it all started back in 1990 when new acquaintances happen to be playing with some cards that seem unusual. I have heard about gypsy fortune tellers and was even aware of the type of cards my friend; Mr. O Malley was entertaining people with. I spent some time watching from a distance and my curiosity grew the more I watched. I was able to talk him into a reading for me, and even though I was quite skeptical. I thought he was pretty good and managed to pinpoint a few things about me. Any future predictions would just have to wait for well, the future, I guess.
I have always had an interest in the occult and occult practices. So I guess it was just natural for me to want to master these cards. I had great difficulty at first, do to not having any way to research and it was hard to find books on this subject. Little, oh, so little did I know about this esoteric tool for transformation and spiritual enlightenment. Sometime in the first half of the fifteenth century, somewhere in northern Italy, someone created the first set of tarot cards. Like the playing cards of the time, the tarot deck included number cards (1 through 10) in four suits, and court cards page, knight, and king. But the tarot deck had more: a queen was added to each of the courts, and 22 special cards, not belonging to any suit, were added. These special cards bore symbolic pictures, with such subjects as the Emperor, the Pope, The Wheel of Fortune, Death, the Devil, and the Moon.
Tarot cards would later become associated with mysticism and magic Tarot was not widely adopted by mystics, occultists and secret societies until the 18th and 19th centuries. The tradition began in 1781, when Antoine Court de Gebelin, a swiss clergyman published Le Monde Primitif, a speculative study which included religious symbolism and its survivals in the modern world. De Gébelin first asserted that symbolism of the Tarot Marseille represented the mysteries of Isis and Thoth Gébelin further claimed that the name "tarot" came from the Egyptian words tar, meaning "royal", and ro, meaning "road", and that the Tarot therefore represented a "royal road" to wisdom.
Yes it turns out that tarot is a complicated and multi faceted tool that can take lifetimes to truly understand. Fun and games? not exactly gypsy superstion? Not even close. I am certainly glad I was a little more than curious that day. The incorporation of this tool into my spiritual practices has helped to evolve my spirit toward a spectacular path of enlightenment.
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