The first evidence of Tarot cards being used for divinatory purposes dates back to the 1500s in France. “The Marseille Tarot” is the most popular of the French decks that is still used today.
Personally, I find this topic to be quite controversial. Over the years I have seen it spark many a debate simply because there is so much contradictory information written about the Tarot and its history. So for the purpose of this exercise, I will share with you what I find interesting and believe to be true.
The Tarot has a fragmented history and is shrouded in an air of mystery, The designs in the Major Arcana can be traced back as far as 1440 when the first known deck appeared in Italy. Originally the cards were designed as a game played by Nobles. The cards were first used like a normal playing deck of cards. The game played at that time was similar to that of what we call 500, bridge or trumps— it was called Tarocchi. A version of the game was based around the idea that the participants were to collect “tricks” in order to win the game. The cards represented those things which were of importance at that time. Gender, wealth and social status played a major part of what daily life was like and the role that was played. The cards covered such things as ranks of medieval society, virtues, cosmos and academic sciences.
The court cards were symbolic of how life was at that time. The trumps are a collection of images ranging from ordinary figures—the Fool and the Magician through to powerful figures of the medieval world—the Emperor, the Empress and the Pope , to images of virtues— Fortitude, Justice and Temperance, to the great forces of life— ”The Wheel of Fortune, Death and the Feil. Finally reach- ing, reaching rather cosmological imagery in such cards as “The Sun” and “The Moon”
So if the same game under the same con- ditions existed today they would show as “The Treasurer, “The Premier” and “The Journalist”. This would be followed by “Popularity”, “War”. “Economic Collapse” and “Scandal”
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Rituals & ceremonies
Some people use altars, sea salt and halices and incorporate the elements – Fire, Air, Earth and Water—and make use of positioning—North, South, East and West. Whilst others make offerings such as flowers or shells and may use any or all of the above combinations.
Ways to connect and charge/energise the cards:
♦ Moonlight, sunlight, crystals, incense, bush flower essence, oils, sprays, candles, reiki symbols or other spiritual symbols.
♦ Place your hands over them or hold them
♦ Sleep with them under your pillow
♦ Carry them with you
♦ Meditate with them
Ways to protect and cleanse the cards:
♦ Wrap and Keep Safe
♦ White Sage
♦ White Light
♦ White Golden Pyramid
♦ Wipe over with non-alcoholic wipes
Most importantly – set your intention
When setting intention it is important to think about the following:
♦ What are your beliefs about the cards?
♦ How do you want to feel when using the cards?
♦ For what purpose are you using the cards?
♦ How can you get the best from the cards?
♦ What is the best way to deliver what the cards reveal?
♦ ALWAYS FOR THE HIGHEST GOOD
Exercise—Sit with your cards for a moment and ponder some, your own or all of these questions
♦ Energetically—Like attracts like.
♦ Prayer has been proven to impact our energetic fields.
♦ Emotion is Energy in Motion and therefore it is imperative that you FEEL what you say
May God go before me and show me the way
May God Enlighten me
May God Enlighten my path
May all those who come upon my path be enlightened—AMEN
I call in my Guides, Saints, Sages, Prophets, Protectors and Ancestors to be here with me now. To protect, guide, lead, and show me the way as I open to become a clear channel to receive information for my Clients. And may that which I receive today be of the highest good of all
So be it and So it is
I call upon the Arch Angel Michael and his host of armies for their protection.
I call upon the Divine White Light Spirits, Spirit Guides, Door Keepers, Guardians Guides, Masters of the Light to protect me, guide me, keep me safe. Keep me safe from the dangers of darkness and deception—both seen and unseen—and lead me on pathways of truth, love and light.
I ask this in the name of Lord Jesus Christ
I close my Aura to all
Except my Highest Good