The word Tarot and German Tarock derive from the Italian Tarocchi, the origin of which is uncertain but taroch was used as a synonym for foolishness in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The decks were known exclusively as Trionfi during the fifteenth century. The new name first appeared in Brescia around 1502 as Tarocho.
A question we ran across in our research was “What does the word Tarot mean?”.
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tarot. Any of a set of (usually 72) cards that include 22 cards representing virtues and vices and death and fortune etc.; used by fortunetellers A card game played in various different variations.
With that being said, the story of the “official” tarot cards, began in northern Italy in the fifteenth century AD.
Where did tarot cards come from?
The mystical and magical associations with tarot cards had put down roots by the mid-18th century and spread outside of Italy. A French writer, Antoine Court de Gebelin, claimed that tarot cards were based on a holy book written by ancient Egyptian priests.
When did tarot cards become popular for divination?
It appears that divination with playing cards started to become popular in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, although at that time, it was far more simple than the way we use Tarot today.
These tarot cards are still used throughout much of Europe to play conventional card games without occult associations. Among English-speaking countries where these games are not played frequently, tarot cards are used primarily for novelty and divinatory purposes, usually using specially designed packs.
What is tarot card game?
Tarot(Noun) A card game played in various different variations. Tarot(Noun) Any of the set of 78 playing cards (divided into five suits, including one of permanent trumps), often used for mystical divination.
Tarot cards are not simply a deck of playing cards, but they are an immensely powerful divination tool. The cards do not reveal the future to us, but they offer valuable advice to better face tomorrow, understand our past and to unravel the tangle of a complicated present.
What are the Tarot cards numbered in order?
Cards from The Magician to The World are numbered in Roman numerals from I to XXI, while The Fool is the only unnumbered card, sometimes placed at the beginning of the deck as 0, or at the end as XXII. Ten numbered cards and four court cards. The court cards are the King, Queen, Knight and Page/Jack, in each of the four tarot suits.