Five things you need to know about Tarot

There are so many amazing facts about Tarot, and so many wonderful images attributed to this fascinating topic. I have put just a few of these together for you. I could write about Tarot all day, but I will refrain from doing so, and just leave you with a few interesting tit bits. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Tarot cards have been around for centuries, and they have seen many changes of imagery and symbolisms over the years. Their history is diverse and multicultural, but did you know their origins are a complete mystery? No one actually knows where or when the cards were first created. I’ve been in the middle of a few heated debates on this subject, and folks take this subject very seriously, I can assure you!
  2. The earliest record we can find isn’t related to statements professing the wonders of Tarot, or marvelling over the imagery. The earliest record actually relates to the cards being banned! How dare they!
  3. We know that the cards were in regular use in Italy around the fifteenth century, and people would use them to play card games. Tarot is known the world over, and is universally used by many cultures. People would often buy a pack of Tarot cards as a wedding gift, how lovely would that be to receive a gorgeous pack of Tarot cards, on your special day. One pack in particular was given to a happy couple in 1450. The marriage of the Visconti-Sforza family saw a beautifully crafted and especially commissioned pack of cards being gifted to the very lucky bride and groom. Some of these cards still exist today, and are lovingly preserved by their owners.
  4. The alchemists of the middle ages took the Tarot very seriously indeed. They believed the Arcanum was the secret of nature. The Tarot cards are therefore a collection of the ‘secrets’ that underlie and explain our universe.
  5. A pack of Tarot consists of 78 cards, and this is split into two parts, of which there are the major arcana and the minor arcana. The word arcana is the plural of Arcanum.


Arcanum: A single card, literal meaning a ‘profound secret’.

Arcana: Plural, meaning multiple cards.

The 22 major arcana cards depict major life events and influences. The 56 minor arcana cards describe the who’s and the where’s and the when’s in our life. The cards have aspects in all cultures, and you can find subjects relating to numerology, astrology, and mythology to name just a few, all within the cards imagery. Each card has both a name and a number in the major arcana, and the picture depicts the symbolism within each card. If a major arcana card is picked in a reading, then this shows that the person has an important and complex issue. Whilst, the minor arcana will fill in the finer details within the reading. So, there you have it, a few facts about the ever so wonderful Tarot. Did you know any of the facts listed? Do you know some information about the Tarot that you would like to share? Or, have you had an experience you would like to share tell us about?Please get in touch and contribute to our community, we would love to hear from you.
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