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What is Tarot?

Updated: Mar 12, 2022

Tarot is a form of cartomancy divination.

Tarot was originally a playing card game in the late 14th century. This set of 78 cards - comprised of symbolic illustrations (rooted in Jewish Kabbalah) and numbers (incorporating numerology) - eventually became commonly used for fortune telling in the 18th century. Today, there are thousands of different tarot decks, with the Rider-Waite deck being the most commonly used/studied.

A Summary of the Major & Minor Arcanas:

To begin understanding the cards, you can first separate the deck out into two distinct parts. The first 22 cards, the Major Arcana (0-21), tell the archetypal journey of The Fool, chronicling major lessons learnt along the way.