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The Origins of Tarot – Part 2

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Cards became popular in Europe during the renaissance of the 12th century. This was a time of great transformation. People were open to new ideas, especially in philosophy and science, and the invention of the printing press made cards more widely available than ever before.

Some people just used cards for trick taking games and gambling, but some also knew the cards had a spiritual quality and could be used to pass on knowledge and share wisdom. Cards were perfect because the ideas were communicated by their images and symbolism, and so could be understood even if you could not read or write.

This was important because it meant that ordinary people could have access to spiritual knowledge and wisdom, not just the few educated ruling elite, and information could be passed on in secret. No matter how many times the authorities tried to ban Tarot, it simply became increasingly popular.

Today I’ve drawn cards from the Medieval Scapini Tarot Deck by Luigi Scapini. Luigi is a modern artist with a love for the Middle Ages. In the context of this blog post, these cards could be understood to tell the story of how Tarot preserved and freed secret knowledge during the Middle Ages :)

(Emperor – the authorities, Hanged Man – setting free, Temperance – freedom, Page of Cups – gift of knowledge, Six of Swords – escape to safety, World – success).

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Ace of Cups ~ Birth of Love

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Your card today is the Ace of Cups. This is an exciting card! When you see it in a reading, it means that new love is coming into your life. You are about to go through a journey of the realm of your heart.


The Origins of Tarot – Part 1

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Ever wonder about the origins of the Tarot? The Mamlûk cards are some of the first cards introduced to Europe. These cards were from medieval Egypt and you can still see their influence on modern Tarot today.


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!

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