Reading tarot cards invariably invokes visions of "these" old gypsy women sitting in front of their crystal ball in a foggy room full of strange things. The word "tarot" itself has this aura of mystery, since no one knows exactly where or when the tarot reading originated. Most of the recorded history of tarot cards comes from Italy, although historians are certain of their existence much earlier.
Tarot may have been derived from ancient Egyptian tablets (since the concept of the Egyptian hieroglyphs and some tarot symbols are still figures that speak only by their appearance and representation) or from the secret texts of the Chaldeans.
Some believe that the Tarot was brought to Europe by the Knights Templar after the Crusades, while others believe that it was the gypsies who would indulge in Tarot reading while traveling through the continent in the Middle Ages.
Historians have found evidence that the 78-card tarot decks were used during tarot reading to tell fortunes in Italy and France during the Renaissance. Researchers believe that today's playing cards could be a by-product of these early tarot decks.
Despite the different theories, one fact is certain; Reading tarot cards has seen the light of day in the past seven hundred years and is one of the most important sources of mystical knowledge in the western world!
Some tarot historians believe that the tarot cards were first created as a game called Triumph, which was similar to today's game 'Bridge'. The game was called "Tarocchi" (later Tarot) and quickly spread to all parts of Europe.
Soon the symbols on the cards were noticed by the supporters of occultism in France and England and they started to use them as a divination tool, and it soon became part of the occult philosophy.
At that time, however, the tarot measurements were still quite simple.
In the eighteenth century, tarot readers began to assign a specific meaning to each card, and in 1781 a French freemason published a complex analysis of the tarot. His theory was that the symbols in the tarot were derived from the esoteric secrets of the Egyptian priests and associated it with the legends of Isis, Osiris and other Egyptian gods.
The first tarot deck was published by Jean-Baptiste Alliette in 1791, and interest in occult science soon picked up pace as it became a popular pastime for bored upper-class families.
The most popular tarot card game, the Rider Waite card game, was first published in 1909 by the British occultist Arthur Waite and the artist Pamela Colman Smith.
Reading tarot cards is in high demand these days, and more and more people rely on reading tarot to guide them in their daily lives. Tarot readings help seekers to gain insight into themselves and others and see what the future holds for them. These cards can also be used for meditation and contemplation. The cards are now available in a virtually endless selection of designs. The reader can use any deck they are familiar with.