Celebrating World Tarot Day: A Guide to the History and Significance of Tarot


June 17th is the day to celebrate the ancient art of tarot. In the modern world of technology, texting, and social media, today is a reminder that we can still find great joy in the mysteries of the ages. The World Tarot Day is more of a rediscovery than a celebration of the ancient art itself. Tarot cards are rich with symbolism and meanings, and provide insight and wisdom into the lives of ordinary people.

History of Tarot

Tarot cards exist in various forms, but the common ancestor of all of these is the Tarot de Marseille. This deck consists of 78 cards divided into four suits (coins, clubs, swords and cups) and 22 trump cards. It has been used since the 15th century, and is believed to be of Italian origin.

The oldest known tarot cards were discovered in Renaissance-era Italy and most likely used as a parlor game. Over time, people began to use the cards for fortune-telling or divination. It wasn’t until the mid-1700s that modern symbols, such as the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, were added to the deck.

Symbolism of the Cards

Each card in the Tarot deck has its own deep symbolism. The Major Arcana, for example, contains 22 cards based on major life events, including the Pope, The Devil, The Lovers, The Devil, and more. The Minor Arcana has 56 cards and is divided into four suits representing the four elements – fire, water, air, and earth. Each suit has 14 cards, from the Ace to the 10, along with the Page, the Knight, the Queen, and the King.

The cards, when laid out in a spread, often offer insights into a person’s past, present, and future. They provide guidance on major life events, personal relationships, financial matters, and other questions.

Significance of World Tarot Day

World Tarot Day is a chance to reflect on the power and potential of the tarot. The day is celebrated to honor this powerful form of divination, and to encourage people to explore the art and tradition of reading tarot cards. Many tarot readers and enthusiasts use this day to give free readings and share their knowledge.

For those new to tarot, World Tarot Day is a chance to get acquainted with this ancient form of divination and discover its depth and symbolism. It is a reminder that life doesn’t always have to be lived according to a script.

How to Celebrate Tarot Day

There are many different ways to observe World Tarot Day. Here are a few ideas:

– Take time to learn more about the history and symbolism of tarot
– Have a tarot card reading for yourself
– Give free readings for friends and family
– Join an online group or forum dedicated to tarot
– Attend a Tarot Party with friends
– Exchange books and other reading materials about tarot
– Contribute to tarot-focused charity organizations

No matter how you choose to celebrate, World Tarot Day is a great opportunity to further explore the ancient art of tarot and learn more about its rich symbolism and meanings.
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And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find a path that leads to great discoveries and deeper insight into yourself. Either way, Tarot is definitely worth exploring!

What is the origin of Tarot?

The origin of Tarot is murky, and it is not known for sure exactly when or how Tarot cards were created. Historians believe Tarot may have originated in Europe as early as the 14th century, although some sources point to early tarot-like games as far back as ancient Egypt. Tarot cards are believed to have initially been used as a game, similar to the more popular card game of regular playing cards, before eventually being used for fortune-telling and divination. It is also believed that the Tarot was used to convey spiritual knowledge, which may have been part of the reason why its popularity grew in the 17th and 18th century. Today, Tarot remains popular among the occult and spiritualist communities, and for more mundane purposes such as playing card games.

What is the meaning of the Tarot?

The Tarot is an ancient form of divination using symbolism found in a deck of 78 cards. The Tarot is a tool used by many to gain insight and guidance into situations, to gain understanding and clarity, to explore deeper aspects of the self, and to gain inner wisdom. It allows the reader to look beyond surface appearances and discover the hidden meanings behind life’s events. Each card in a Tarot reading is filled with symbolic meaning, and when read together, can provide helpful insights and answers.

How can I learn more about Tarot?

If you’re intrigued by Tarot and want to learn more, there are many great books and online resources available. It is important to remember that Tarot should be treated seriously and with respect, like any other spiritual practice. It is a powerful tool that can offer tremendous insight, but it should never be used to manipulate or control other people. With dedication and practice, Tarot can be an invaluable aid in your self-exploration and a way for you to further understand the world around you.