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captivating background of tarot cards
Tarot cards were introduced in the early 14th century in Italy as well as France as an early type of
a modern deck of playing cards to play a card game called Tarocchi, but it really had nothing to
do with the telling of fortunes. The twenty two major arcana cards had been used as trumps and
the 56 minor arcana cards were identical to the modern playing cards except of course that every
suit consisted of 14 cards. There are many different hypotheses regarding how the name
originated and one of them is that the name was created with the Arabic word Turuq, which
means 4 ways.

In the later part of the 15th century, the creators of cards began to standardize the main arcana
before which players could stipulate the conditions with which they played the trumps. Specific
cards including Death were thought to be by a few individuals to be unpleasant leading several
religious leaders to fight for a ban. The re-emergence of the Tarot around 1780 is widely due to
Gebelin who thought it had started in Egypt and held mystical information which could be useful
for fortune-telling. The cards themselves did start to change and the alterations were made in
accordance with the distinct secret societies which manufactured the cards.
There really was no basis in fact or historical proof for the Egyptian origin but the myth persisted
with the arrival of the belief in 1857 that the Gypsies (who were then considered to be of Egyptian
origin) had spread the use of the cards through Europe. In the 19th century, the credible and well
known occultist Eliphas Levi discovered a relationship between the Tarot and the Jewish mystic
work called the Kaballah, that encouraged the theory that it had originated in Israel and offered
the secrets of the Tree of Life. Since then, it has been connected them with a range of religions
and groups.
The resurgence of Tarot in the 20th century began with Arthur Waite who commissioned the
production of what he referred to as the "rectified" Tarot. This version has been largely accepted
as genuine and is easily the preferred pack of cards. The most important modification was in the
treatment of the minor Arcana plus the graphics that made it obvious to see the meaning of each
tarot card. The current cards indicate the various trends in spiritual and cultural thinking and the
variety permits users to choose the design and style that suits them best. The Tarot has been
able to retain its identity and personality through the large number of transformations and allows
people who carry out readings to really make it a personalized encounter for those whose fortune
is being told.

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