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January 26, 2012

Series - The Tarot

By Deanna
 
The Universe- from Thoth Deck
  Men and women have consulted tarot readers as early as the mid 15th century, most seeking out this form of divination for one reason - guidance and reassurance on major life issues.

Tarot cards were originally used for playing cards. Playing cards first entered Europe in the late 14th century, probably from Mamluk Egypt, with suits very similar to the tarot suits of Swords, Staves, Cups and Coins (also known as disks, and pentacles) and those still used in traditional Italian, Spanish and Portuguese decks. Tarot would soon be associted with mysticism and magic towards the 18th century.

On our website, we find that about 90% of our customers for tarot cards are women, but there would seem to be an increasing number of men who are also finding comfort and reassurance from the Tarot. Consisting of 78 cards the Tarot deck has two parts:
the Major Arcana consisting of 22 'trump' cards
the Minor Arcana consisting of 4 suits of 14 cards (Wands, Cups, Swords, Pentacles)