Tarot Card Reading is an ancient practice that is hundreds of years old. Celebrate the spirit of Halloween with powerful messages of the unknown, in an evening of Tarot Card Reading. It can be a wonderful gathering of friends to explore the mystical side of tarot with self discovery of past lives, insight to present situations and future possibilities. This can be set up with a small group of people and a experienced tarot card and palm reader. Set the tone of the evening with candles, incense and wine.
History of Tarot
Tarot originated sometime between 1420 and 1440 in Northern Italy, created as a game.
There were four suits with cards numbered one through ten and also court cards that included a queen, king, knight and page. The deck also included 22 symbolic picture cards that did not belong to any suit. The decks were used to play a game called triumph that was similar to bridge. In triumph, 21 of the 22 special picture cards were permanent trump cards. The game spread quickly to all parts of Europe. People began referring to as tarocchi, which is an Italian version of the French word tarot, around 1530.
In 1781, in France and England, followers of the occult discovered Tarot cards. They saw the symbolic pictures of the cards as having more meaning than the simple trump cards they were used for at the time. They used the cards as a divination tool, and occult writers wrote about “the Tarot.” After this, the Tarot became a part of occult philosophy in the late 18th century. This is when Antoine Court de Gébelin, Le Comte de Mellet, and Jean-Baptiste Alliette (Etteilla)—all Freemasons—wrote about tarot and fortune-telling and made up stories about their being brought to Europe by the gypsies from their mystical place of origin in Egypt.
In some circles, they are thought to be the sole surviving “book” from the great fire that burned the libraries of ancient Egypt. In this theory, the cards are considered to be the hieroglyphical keys to life.
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