The history of Tarot

From Their Beginnings:They are called the messengers of the Divine, the window to Universal Law and the sacred symbols of the higher consciousness. Whatever their auspicious synonym, the Tarot has been mentioned in ancient texts for 35,000 years. One such text, from the Hermetic Kaballah, tells of 108 stone tablets that lay beneath the ancient pyramids at Giza. 78 of these tablets are called the Exoteric Tarot, the remaining 30 are the ' Esoteric Tarot. This legend goes on to say, that one day these tablets will be uncovered and will explain the Universal Law and the soul's path through the cycle of rebirth.Even though there is evidence that the Tarot has existed for thousands of years, the first known decks come from 12th century India. In India spiritual symbols were placed on small tablets and tied together with string.
These spiritual belts were worn by priests and were often referred to for advice or in service to a parishioner.The Tarot came to Europe during the Crusades. The Church strongly discouraged the use of these tools, and labeled anyone using them as a heretic. But soldiers of the crusades returned to Europe with these spiritual decks as trophies of war. It wasn't long until the modern European began creating their own versions of these religious decks, which were the forerunners to our modern playing cards. But unlike the spiritual symbols from India, the European decks depicted the current structure of their civilization, Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, and clergy were all part of these earlier decks.It wasn't until the 16th Century that the Tarot really began it's invasion through the traveling Gypsy caravans. Most of these Gypsy's came from Indo-European homelands, bringing the essence of the Tarot back to central Europe. From there, the tarot grew and their popularity spread through out the world. The Modern TarotOnce the Tarot returned to it's spiritual essence, modern artists began replicating the cards with their own spin or interpretation. These early decks have been associated with the artists that created them, or at least inspired them. One of the most renowned was called the Baldini- Mantegna, named after the artist Mantegna who inspired their creation. This deck separated itself from other "religious" interpretations and encompassed a universal theme. It grouped the cards into 10 classes, the first 5 being:The Celestial (the planets)The Virtues (hope, justice, etc.)The Muses (Apollo, Clio, etc.)The Conditions of Life (The Pope, the King, the Beggar, etc.)As travel became easier and more extensive, different experiences began to influence the Tarot into the many different decks we see today. The most popular in this Century has been the traditional Rider Waite deck, named after the famous occult scholar Dr. Arthur Edward Waite who produced the deck in 1910.
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Shared from A Witches Journey