The Origins of Tarot – Part 1

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It is thought that playing cards originated in China with the invention of paper and become popular in the Ottoman Empire and in India. They were then introduced to Europe through commerce and trade in the 12th century AD.

The Mamlûk cards are some of the first cards which were brought to Europe. These cards were from medieval Egypt, which was ruled by powerful sultans and emirs at the time. The state they ruled was called the Mamlûk Sultanate.

Mamlûk cards were exquisite hand painted cards and each deck was made by a master artisan. I’ve pasted a picture of the cards below. As you can see modern Tarot is is very similar to the Mamlûk cards.

These cards below correspond to the seven of cups, the ace of pentacles, and the eight of pentacles in the modern Tarot. Interestingly, if we were to read these three cards as Tarot cards, it says it takes work to understand the mystery of the origin of Tarot :)

mamluk-playing-cards-15th-16th-century


Tarot As A Gift

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Have you ever heard that Tarot cards must be given to you as a gift? This is a lovely practice and an old tradition. But is it necessary?


The Mood Of A Card Reading

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When you draw a card spread for yourself or another person, whether using our online readings or your own cards at home, it’s always a good idea to establish the overall theme of the reading before interpreting the individual cards. This will really help you get the most of your readings.


What is Your Inspiration?

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When you see the Ace of Wands, ask yourself, what inspires you? We all have things that inspire us and those things might change at different stages in our lives. Only one thing is certain – we need inspiration. It’s key to our happiness. When we are inspired, we are “in spirit” and we feel excited and empowered to make our dreams reality.


The Secret To A Successful Card Reading

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Have you ever wondered what the secret is to having a really useful and positive card reading? The key to getting the best answers is in asking the right questions.


When To Use Major and Minor Card Spreads

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Have you ever noticed that sometimes tarot readers split the deck into the major and minor cards when doing readings? Did you ever wonder why?


How To Remember Card Meanings Intuitively

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Learning to read tarot cards intuitively is a great way to get in touch with your cards. Let me show you how.


How To Remember Card Meanings Consciously

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When you first start learning tarot you will find a wide range of possible meanings for each card. Every book or website you check has a different interpretation, and there are so many associated keywords. Here’s how to remember them all!


Does Fear Stop You Following Your Intuition?

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Should you feel the fear and do it anyway? Or is your gut telling you to stop right now? Let me show you how to listen to your intuition when you feel fearful or stressed about something in your life.


Happy Valentines Day!

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Happy Valentines Day!

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