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Introduction to & History of Tarot Cards

Salem Tarot Page   [New Window]
Tarot, Witchcraft, and the Witch City

A guide to Tarot by Salem Witches featuring Tarot history, three card readings, postcards, and Salem culture. From this page:
"Merry meet! Salem Tarot explores the sacred mysteries of the Tarot from a Salem Witch's point of view. The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards containing images that represent specific ideas and meanings. This ancient tool of divination and psychic development has become a storehouse of universal symbols mirrored within the Collective Unconscious..."

Tarot: What They Are and How To Use Them   [New Window]
The History of the 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." -[© Spring Wolf]-

Tarot Library of Readings and Resources. Byzant Tarot allows you to explore the history, structure and use of the Tarot in its divinatory, mystical and psychological applications. Free online and email Tarot readings, as well as in-depth, professional personal readings.

"An historical overview of Tarot dating back to 15th century Italy. Live audio video psychic tarot card readings. "The Tarot cards are beautiful helpful tools created many centuries ago to be employed as a connection to our divine source of wisdom."

Tarot History, Mystery, and Lore A carefully researched volume full of information on the true origins and influence of Tarot through history...

Tarot's History & Origin: Article   [New Window]
History of & introduction to Tarot Cards

"There are few subjects known to Man about which more misleading or false information has been published than the history of tarot cards. Why...?"

"To get full value from the Tarot, its a good thing to know its history. There's more to these 78 cards than you may at first think. In fact the Tarot is probably the oldest form of playing cards still in common use, both for games and as the basis of a branch of the Clairvoyant art..." - [Psychic International]

A Consideration of the Tarocchi of Mantegna ("..It has become almost universally accepted as the received wisdom of the Western esoteric tradition that the tarot card images embody a system derived from the Jewish Kabbalah. This view seems to derive from the mid-nineteenth century French Occult revival, and particularly was promulgated by Eliphas Levi and later incorporated through Westcott, Mathers and Waite in the teachings of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn..."

"Although researchers have tried for years to pinpoint the true origin of the Tarot, they are still unsure who created the first deck. Some believe they were in use as long ago as the early 1300's in Italy..."

"Many things (true, false, and speculative) have been written about the history of the tarot. This sheet addresses some oft-repeated statements about the tarot that may seem like historical fact, but are actually without basis in the evidence presently available. This is not to say that there is no room for speculative or non-factual stories about the tarot. Myths and lore express the human soul and creativity..."

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