The History Of Tarot Cards

The History Of Tarot Cards

Date Published:
July 13th, 2010


A common and familiar method of looking into the future is through tarot card reading. Many people are probably somewhat familiar with the deck of funky looking cards, and some people might even know what some of the symbols mean. However, many people don’t know where tarot cards came from or why people consult psychics to read their tarot cards.

What follows is a brief review of the history of the tarot card deck. You should keep in mind that no one is exactly sure how tarot cards came to be or how tarot card readings came to be associated with psychics and astrology and the like. But this is the best explanation based on the information we have.

You may be surprised to learn that tarot cards were not originally used for fortune telling. The tarot card deck was originally meant for a card game! The game was kind of like bridge only different from the modern day bridge game you’re probably familiar with. A standard tarot card deck consisted of 78 cards. There are 22 cards that make up the major arcana and 14 cards for each of the four suits that make up the minor arcana (more on that later). Each card has its own design, usually an intricate looking artistic drawing.

The game was very popular and spread throughout Europe during the 14th century (give or take). No one is exactly sure when, but a couple hundred years later, fortune tellers and the like became intrigued by the designs on the cards, and thought they saw symbolism and meaning in them. They began using the tarot cards as a way of seeing into the future.

So, now you know the basic history of tarot cards and how they came to be used in psychic readings. Not what you thought it would be is it? Next time, we’ll start looking at the major and minor suits and talking about how to interpret tarot card readings.

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