Tarot Cards and Magic

Tarot Cards Mystery

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Tarot cards are gaining momentum as a tool for divination and spiritual retrospection. The deck of 78 cards gives insight and guidance into personal and universal questions. The deck comprises two parts. The Major Arcana of 22 cards symbolizing major life events and themes. And the Minor Arcana of 56 cards divided into four suits, similar to a deck of playing cards.

The reader is the one who interprets the symbolism and messages of the cards in response to the seeker’s question. Each card can have multiple meanings, and interpreting the cards can vary depending on the context and the reader’s intuition. The cards are a tool for self-discovery and personal growth, and people find their images and stories deeply inspiring and meaningful.

The mysterious emergence of these cards fuels a host of conjectures, and there is no single opinion about their origin.

Spiritual Retrospection

Here are several theories about the origin of the Tarot. Some researchers claim the cards originated in Ancient Egypt as a tool for divination and self-discovery. Others assume Tarot originated in Italy in the late 14th century as a game similar to modern-day playing cards. Another theory is that Tarot evolved from earlier mystical rituals in Europe, such as the Kabbalah, and that gypsies and other travelers used them to tell fortunes and offer guidance.

Regardless of their origin, Tarot cards remain notable for centuries as a tool for divination, self-discovery, and personal growth. Many people find their images and symbolism to be deeply meaningful and inspiring. Somewhat, it’s for exploring one’s thoughts, feelings, and subconscious mind. Tarot is not a prediction tool. A tarot reading reflects one’s current path, offering guidance on how to make choices that align with our highest good.

Nowadays, there are many variations of Tarot–Angel Tarot, the Cards of Madame Lenormand, Thoth Tarot Deck, etc. What they have in common is the number of cards in the deck. The deck is always of 78 cards, split into two groups: Minor and Major Arcana.

Arcana means secret. Translated into the language of the deck, the Major Arcana contains information about events we define as crucial. That includes not only the events but also the thoughts, emotions, and experiences surrounding an event. The Minor Arcana represents the minor, accompanying elements in the orb of life.

The Divination Key

Tarot interpretation comes from the knowledge of Kabbalah, numerology, and astrology. The more familiar the reader is with other practices, the more detailed and accurate the reading is.

The most important in a Tarot reading is that it relates to a time-bound event. So asking if something will or won’t happen is not suitable and can only lead to a vague answer. The future is not set in stone. This method of divination unlocks subconscious pictures and feelings about the situation, aiming to reach new solutions or advice. Another reading could be the draw of the day. The card drawn for the day can show what is most likely to happen and what may be influential. Also, it can give a clue about what to watch out for and eventually avoid.

Beginners can start with The Pictorial Key to the Tarot by A.E. Weight. This book by Arthur Edward Waite, the designer of the most widely known Tarot deck and distinguished scholar of the Kabbalah, is an essential Tarot reference. The pictorial key contains a detailed description of each card in the celebrated 78-card Rider-Waite Tarot deck, along with regular and reversed meanings. Contents describe symbols and secret tradition; the four suits of Tarot, including wands, cups, swords, and pentacles; an ancient Celtic method of divination; outstanding illustrations.

The Cards Of Salvador Dalí

Inspired by his wife Gala, who nurtured his enduring interest in mysticism, Salvador Dalí designed a unique set of Tarot cards. He became the first artist to create a complete deck of cards that serves as a surreal kaleidoscope of European art history. The deluxe suede box with 78 cards and an instruction book emerged in 1984 in a limited edition and sold out almost immediately.

Christian Dior’s majestic tarot couture

Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri drew inspiration from Tarot cards for the S/S 2021 Haute couture Collection, bringing to life the mystical characters and symbols familiar from the famous decks.

The tarot motif is not new to the fashion house. Dior’s eponymous founder was a superstitious man, often confiding in fortune-tellers. Maria Grazia Chiuri has also referenced Tarot imagery before, during her spring 2017 debut at the French house and in her 2018 collection.

Dior’s majestic couture outfits from the new collection took place online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Set in a fairy-tale castle populated by models portraying different zodiac signs, Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri presented glitter and gold with dresses combining lamé with velvet.

Meditation and Spirituality

Meditation practices using tarot card images have become very popular nowadays. The goals of such a practice can be different: a deeper understanding of the cards for divination, spiritual development, and occult practice. Meditations are a mental entry into the tarot card, a mental dialogue with the characters, or imagining oneself in their place. It’s a kind of Magic.

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