Tarot Tuesday: A History of Tarot

So a little over a week ago, I shared that I’m getting back into Tarot readings on myself. If you’re new around here, or haven’t read it, here’s my shameless plug. This week, to start the Tarot Tuesday semi-theme that I’ll have near indefinitely, I want to share some history behind tarot and tarot reading.

In a couple weeks, I’ll share more of my story of how I got into my journey of tarot, and what I’m using it for/getting out of it. But for this week, I’ll be doing the history of Tarot, and not my journey with it.

Let’s dive into the history! To let you know, it’s not mandatory to know the history of tarot to get into it. I only knew a spec of the history before working on this post.

From Mary Greer, she shares on her blog what every noob should know about Tarot history. It started during the early Renaissance (almost Gothic era) in Italy, as a card game. Over time, suits were added, and the cards as we generally know it, came about. How a lot of us imagine or use tarot today didn’t become a thing until the 1700’s.

Apparently there’s even an origin story of how tarot got it’s name. That’s still even being debated! Mary even goes into a list of why it’s important to know the history, and even some ways it’s not really important. The “Anti-History” list is something one doesn’t see too often on stuff like this.

I won’t go into detail of her list. I’ll let you click the link, if you’re interested. It’s down just slightly in her post. Below that, she goes into the Myths of tarot, of each side like she did with the history. Her layout is pretty interesting and something I don’t see too often. I love blatant and easy stuff to look at/read, when it comes to researching something. I don’t like all of the fluff that some people try to add, to make one side “prettier”.

She’s very heavy into the intuition side, so if your intuition guides you to learn then do, or learn as you go, or do-fail-learn, then that’s the way to go. As long as you’re learning, growing, and truly reflecting on what the cards are handing to you, it’s the way to do it.

Now, for us audio learner junkies, I turned to this YouTube video, that’s 6 and a half minutes long, from Howcast. This is their second in their series about the Tarot. Here’s a playlist of them, for easy access.

Especially in the first video, she shares how I view tarot readings, which is essentially a mirror of yourself. It’s like a mirror and a magnifying glass, where the readings help you reflect better on an internal issue.

The other videos go into detail about the major and the minor, the four suits, and shuffling, if you want insight for those things. I linked to their website, but the same videos are on their YouTube channel.

The learning type ones (the major and minor arcana, the suits) can easily be listened to. The other ones could be as well, if you’re somewhat familiar.

Now, if you want the EASIEST thing ever, in terms of layout (like if you want a quick overview and like reading over listening), go check out this simple chronological chart of tarot history. This gives the basic “year- tidbit of history” style for you.

These sources are very basic, but do the general history, at least for me, good justice. I love simplicity and audio when it comes to research, like I mentioned before, and I feel like these 3 gave me what I needed to know, for now. It’s a good start to a journey of the history of tarot.

Let me know if ya’ll want me to go into further detail/research on this sort of thing, and I’ll try to come up with something!

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