Tarot is an ancient symbolic system of all that is. A book of the Universe that has no cover. The Tarot is the Kabbalah, sometimes known as the tree of life.
Tarot: What is it?
Kabbalah can be been traced back to the ancient temple of Dendera in Egypt.
The earliest cards themselves can be traced back to 1500 AD in Italy. They are the Visconti Modrone Tarot.
The kabbalah is an ancient philosophy that works with the idea that we are the microcosm to the macrocosm of the Universe.
That within each person is a divine spark, God/dess within and with life’s lessons that bring balance of the self. That there is a purpose and reason to all things. When you are at one with yourself which is essentially being comfortable in your own skin and shining your own light. (The only thing we can do!) It’s about walking your path your own way
So Tarot can be used to pinpoint which influences are around and helps to identify forces at work. The cards can’t save us or circumvent life experience. Used wisely we can use it as a signpost and guide, a tool to give perspective. When you can see the whole then you can understand and move on.
We as humans have free will and we create our own future by our actions of today. Sometimes we get stuck, sometimes we have leaps of wisdom.
The Tarot deck is divided into the Minor and Major Arcana. The Majors consists of twenty two cards numbered from 0 – 21. And the Minors are divided into suits of the elements: Earth, Water, Fire and Air each suit has an ace -10 as well as the character archetypes of the suit.
If you look at the image you can see that each circle (called a sephiroth) has a number from 1 (Ace) – 10. Also that there are connecting paths that connect all the circles together. These are called pathways and are the understandings, or rather have the inherent wisdom of how forces of nature and the divine blend together.
The pathways that are the connectors of the tree hold the principle of the two Sephiroth they are connected too. Each one of these is Major Arcarna Card which also adheres to a letter in the Jewish alphabet.
The Minor Arcana can be placed on the tree top circle having the aces and going down in order to the bottom Sephiroth which is 10 plus the addition character cards which were originally Page, Prince, Knight and King. This was changed by Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck which took into account changing society and gave us the Princess, Prince, Queen and King.