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Tarot (from the French name for playing cards) is a card that contains the rich symbolism found in most European and Eastern cultures.
A complete deck of cards consists of 22 Major (Major) and 56 Minor (Minor) Arcana, the images on which constitute a synthesis and a single essence. Each of the cards is given a deep content, linked to the explanation of a particular phenomenon, everything that makes up human life, the secrets of nature, "color and numerological symbolism", etc.
22 Major Arcana (from zero to 21, respectively from the Fool to the World) contain the experience of all human life:
from 1st to 11th - conscious, active, solar path; 12th to 22nd is a passive, lunar path.
The 56 Minor Arcana of the Tarot are a metaphor for the journey of the soul along four parallel paths on the path to enlightenment.
There are many legends and myths about the history of the emergence, development and essence of the Tarot that are not related to the actual state of affairs. However, we will try to do this.
Tarot originated in Egypt (India, China, Morocco, etc.). There are many legends about the origin of the Tarot, but many of them are very far from reality. In fact, Tarot cards first appeared in the aristocratic courts of northern Italy in the early or mid-15th century.
The name and symbolism of the Tarot cards comes from Egypt (India). In the beginning, the Tarot cards were called "carte da trionfi" (cards of triumphs [trump cards]). Over the centuries, they were called "tarocchi" (singular tarocco), so as not to be confused with "triumphs - trumps", which were played with ordinary playing cards. The symbols depicted on the Tarot cards have analogues in European art and are characteristic of European Christianity.
Tarot was brought and spread to Europe by the gypsies. No, the predictions of the gypsies are mainly based on palmistry or the use of ordinary playing cards. According to available information, they began to use Tarot cards only in the 9th - 20th centuries.
Common playing cards are derived from tarot cards. The homeland of playing cards is Islamic countries. And these cards appeared in Europe before the Tarot. The additions that "migrated" from the Tarot to the deck of playing cards are the trump system, the set of queens and the Fool (with which the Joker, who appeared in the deck of cards after 1857, most likely has nothing to do with it).
The Hebrew letters of the Tarot were first attributed to Eliphas Levi around 1850. In fact, Count de Melle was the first to write about the connection between the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and the Tarot in 1781.
The initial use of Tarot cards is teaching secret knowledge, fortune telling, magic. No, according to written records, the Tarot was originally used exclusively for card games. For other purposes (fortune telling, magic, etc.), cards began to be used much later.
The formation of the Tarot symbolism was not influenced by any philosophical movement, except for Christianity. Of course, the Tarot symbols are closest to those generally accepted in Christian culture, however, other areas of philosophical thought (astrology, Neoplatonism, Hermeticism, etc.) have had a significant impact on the formation of these cards.
At all times, the Tarot was the basis of the esoteric tradition of Europe. This is not true. Occult interest in the Tarot appeared only in 1791, before that, for more than 300 years, these cards did not affect philosophy in any way.
The most correct Tarot is the Waite-Smith cards ("Rclasser-Waite"). This opinion was formed because it was this deck that was most available for quite a long time. In fact, there is no "canon" version of the Tarot. The Waite-Smith deck, created in 1909, is inconsistent with the earlier French (and original Italian) tradition, as its symbolism is closest to that of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which White was a member.
Tarot is a kind of black magic, therefore it is dangerous to guess on them. The Tarot system itself cannot cause harm, provided that you have turned to a specialist - a tarot reader. Tarot is not used for love spells, spoilage and other rituals of black magic.
Tarot cards cannot be trusted. Blind faith in predictions, like blindly following someone else's advice, will only harm you. But it may be worth it to listen to the predictions, and competently build your life in order to avoid troubles and troubles. In any case, a person is the master of his own destiny, and it is up to you to follow or not follow the recommendations of the tarot reader.
If you constantly turn to cards for advice, addiction can arise. Addiction can occur in people who tend to be overly addicted to anything (remember, for example, alcohol, online or gambling addiction). People who are not inclined to "fall for" something, at the initial stage, may develop a rather strong enthusiasm for predictions, but after a while this passes. Such a hobby is akin to a hobby for a new "toy for adults" (bicycle, tape recorder, car, etc.), which quite rarely develops into addiction. When working with Tarot cards, over time, it becomes clear that some everyday issues can be solved without resorting to the help of cards.
During the session, the client's consciousness can be programmed. A good tarot reader will never program a client to be negative. However, there are many charlatans who are able to lay a certain program of behavior in the client's subconscious. Therefore, it is worth taking a closer look at the choice of the predictor, and if he causes you a feeling of fear or hostility, it is better to immediately refuse to communicate.
The quality of predictions depends only on the tarot reader. Indeed, both parties are involved in the fortune-telling process, therefore, a lot depends on the personality of the client, and on how harmonious contact is established between the predictor and the client. In addition, you do not need to wait for the tarot reader to solve your problems in one fell swoop or to provide a ready-made recipe for all troubles. The fortuneteller can only help you in determining the tactics and strategy of subsequent behavior in accordance with the information received from the Tarot cards. But in any case, you yourself will act. You should remember this, and try not to impose excessively high demands on the predictions and the tarot reader.
It is impossible to master the Tarot system on your own. The Tarot system is quite accessible for independent study, especially since there is a lot of literature on this issue now. If you have the time and experience of analytical work (after all, you will have to read various sources on your own, compare, choose, draw parallels, independently comprehend this position) - there will be no problems. It is even better if you already have some knowledge of esotericism, psychology, astrology, numerology, mythology and are familiar with symbolism (after all, the Tarot is quite closely intertwined with these areas of knowledge). But the ideal option is if at the initial stage you can consult with a specialist who will bring you up to date and help you understand the structure and system of knowledge. Further, you could study the Tarot on your own, only referring as needed for advice to a more experienced tarot reader.