Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tarot Cards History Explained - A Guide to Understanding the History of Tarot Cards

By Marion Marcia

The word 'tarot' is commonly believed to have originated from the Arab word 'turuq', meaning four ways. Tarot cards are a system of divination, which means to foretell or predict the future.Tarot card divination also can be used to gather information. The cards are thought to be the origin of common playing cards.

Divination has the common meaning of predicting the future. However divination really means to receive answers. Any system system of divination provides answers to questions. The questions can be about the past, present or future it makes no difference. a question is posed and an answer is given. The deck is divided into major and minor arcane. The major arcane cards are based on images from the Egyptian book of Thoth.

It also has four suits of wands, cups, coins, and swords which correspond to the four elements of fire water, earth and wind or air. Tarot is best known today as a problem solving occult system. People use tarot to solve love problems, health problems and money problems. At various times depending on the ruling political system, the use of tarot cards was either prohibited or endorsed.

The most plausible origin of the decks of cards is that the system originated in Egypt since the cards contain Egyptian symbolism which predates the European symbolism such as the fool.

There are different types of decks associated with Tarot such as the Rider Waite, or the Thoth decks. Different decks are suitable for different levels of skills at using the cards.

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