The Origin And Application Of Tarot Cards
Tarot Cards are a subset of Cartomancy, which is the practice of getting insight into the future, present, or even past, using decks of cards. It is believed that in this study, the spiritual force guides us by helping us tap into the subject’s collective unconscious or their own brainstorming subconscious.
Tarot first started as a game in Europe since mid-15th century, but in 18th century, the use of them for divinatory and Cartomancy purposes. While these cards merely started as a game, tarot card reading has become a subject of mystical, magical and even psychological importance through the course of history.
Many people involved with these cards have tried tracing them back to ancient Egypt. Among them, the most notable man, was Antoine Court de Gébelin, a French clergyman. After seeing a group of women playing with the cards, he came with the idea that Tarot was of deep divine significance and originated from ancient Egypt.
Gébelin asserted, even before the ancient Egypt language was deciphered, that the word translated to, “Royal Road Of Life”. Although, later, Egyptologists did not find anything that could support this claim of Gébelin.
Still, the legend that Tarot has originated from the Egyptian Book of Thoth, continues.
“The tarot is an outer oracle of which the inner oracle is the source”
~ Philippe St Genoux
While all this were mere speculations, the credit of assigning the much-needed divinatory meaning to the cards, goes to Jean-Baptiste Alliette (aka Etteilla) and more than her, Mlle Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand (1776-1843).
Talking about Etteilla first, she made the following contributions to the vast world of tarot card reading –
- A method of tarot divination was produced by her
- She created the first society of tarot cartomancy, the Société littéraire des associés libres des interprètes du livre de Thot
- Created the Grand Etteilla deck which was the first corrected deck of tarot
- Created a deck to be exclusively used for cartomancy
- Published the Dictionnaire synonimique du Livre de Thot for proper tarot card reading, when upright and reversed.
Mlle Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand surpassed Etteilla in the world of Tarot, and was a personal confidant of Napoleon, Empress Josaphine and many other notable people from the golden pages of history. After Lenormand’s death, a tarot cards pack in her memory, Mlle Marie-Anne Adelaide Lenormand was published in 1845.
According to Dummett’s work, the renowned occult author and ceremonial magician, Eliphas Levi claimed that he was the first one to, “have discovered intact and still unknown this key of all doctrines and all philosophies of the old world… without the Tarot”, he said, “the Magic of the ancients is a closed book….”.
“Millionaires don’t have astrologers; billionaires do”
~ J. P. Morgan
Former U.S. Presidents, President Washington, President Lincoln, James Garfield, President Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and many others have admitted their reliance on Tarot, along with today’s leaders like Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and more.
This only tells and shows us how important of a role tarot cards can play in our life and why you should get your tarot read at our site, as it can help us tremendously in our lives.