A Brief History of Tarot
The tarot first known as trionfi and later as tarocchi, tarock and tarot is a pack of playing cards, used
from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini, French tarot and Austrian Königrufen.
Many of these tarot card games are still played today. In the late 18th century, it began to be used in parallel for divination in
the form of tarotology and cartomancy and specialist packs were developed for such occult purposes.Like common playing cards, the
tarot has four suits (which vary by region: French suits in Northern Europe, Latin suits in Southern Europe, and German suits in Central
Europe). Each suit has 14 cards, ten pip cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave).
In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool. Depending on the game, the Fool may
act as the top trump or may be played to avoid following suit. These tarot cards, without occult symbology, are still used throughout
much of Europe to play card games.
The 18th century saw tarot's greatest revival, during which it became one of the most popular card games in Europe, played everywhere except Ireland and Britain, the Iberian peninsula, and the Ottoman Balkans. French tarot experienced a revival beginning in the 1970s and France has the strongest tarot gaming community. Regional tarot games—often known as tarock, tarok, or tarokk are widely played in central Europe within the borders of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.
The oldest surviving tarot cards
are the 15 or so Visconti-Sforza tarot decks painted in the mid-15th century for the rulers of the Duchy of Milan. A lost tarot-like pack was commissioned by Duke Filippo Maria Visconti and described by Martiano da Tortona probably between 1418 and 1425, since the painter he mentions, Michelino da Besozzo, returned to Milan in 1418, while Martiano himself died in 1425. He described a 60-card deck with 16 cards having images of the Greek gods and suits depicting four kinds of birds. The 16 cards were regarded as "trumps" since in 1449 Jacopo Antonio Marcello recalled that the now deceased duke had invented a novum quoddam et exquisitum triumphorum genus, or "a new and exquisite kind of triumphs". Other early decks that also showcased classical motifs include the Sola-Busca and Boiardo-Viti decks of the 1490s.
Tarot of Resolution
The cards have a serious side with a hint of humor.
Often Tarot cards lack meaning within the cards so it was thought to keep the serious side within the cards but at the same time reflect the lighter side of life as well as the serious implications that some of the cards represent.
Full thought was put into the making of the cards.
Ease of reading was an important thought so many of the features within the cards have been made so each individual can use their own feelings and meanings as many readers do or they can use the standard card meanings as each individual knows them. The cards come with the little Book of Resolution, this is a basic guide for those who are learning the cards or may have forgot the basic card meaning so can look up the cards for a quick reference.
Often readers go with their own feelings within a card because it’s what the card represents to the reader and not just the basics of a card, though in general each card represents what it stands for and can’t have any meaning tied to it, but some people like to go much deeper than the basic meanings.
The card material was very important. Many cheap cards have a plastic core in fact many cheap cards are now made of plastic which in my mind takes away the importance of the cards being as natural as possible. What’s the point of storing the cards in a natural wood box or wrapping them in a silk or natural cotton cloth if they are made of plastic?
Not only was the general material important but also the feel of the cards. A reader has to shuffle them many times and in the case of the cheap copy clone cards they have a poor surface and start to stick together sometimes straight away because of the inks or after a few shuffles. To combat this the cards have a very long lasting fine Lacquer finish on both sides of the card making them smooth to handle for a long time providing you are not covering them with sticky fingerprints while eating a bar of chocolate.
Would you like a personal Tarot Reading
I offer you a choice of 3 different readings depending on what you are wanting. If you want a full in depth reading I can do the Celtic Cross for you with 4 passes. This is the 10 cards of the Celtic Cross with 4 cards to read in each position. This reading is for a period of 12 month
You can of course have a full reading using the Celtic Cross which is the most common reading most people have.
Last of all for those who simply have a pressing question, I will do you a simple but effective 3 card reading,