The concept of playing cards likely traveled along the Silk Road, the ancient trade routes that connected China to the Middle East and Europe. By the late 14th century, playing cards had made their way into Europe, likely through interactions with the Islamic world in Spain and Italy.
When playing cards arrived in Europe, they underwent significant transformations. The early European cards were hand-painted and used for games and gambling. The decks consisted of four suits—swords, cups, coins, and polo sticks—which are similar to the suits in modern tarot decks. These cards were used by the wealthy and nobility for entertainment.
The evolution of playing cards into tarot cards is a bit murky and shrouded in historical mystery. Tarot cards, as we know them today, originated in the 15th century in Italy. The earliest known tarot decks were created for the Duke of Milan’s family in the 1440s. These early tarot decks were used for a game called Tarocchi, a trick-taking game similar to the game of Bridge.
Tarot cards are a captivating tool for divination, self-reflection, and spiritual exploration, intricately woven with symbolism and numerology. Among the 22 cards in the Major Arcana, each card is assigned a number that carries unique vibrations and meanings. In this essay, we will explore the numerological significance of the Tarot card Strength, investigating its interpretation as Trump 11 in the Tarot de Marseille system and as Trump 8 in the Rider-Waite-Smith (RWS) system. We will delve into the implications of these numerical assignments and how they shape the card’s interpretation in different Tarot traditions.
The Tarot de Marseille, a deck of 78 cards, stands as an iconic symbol of divination, mysticism, and self-discovery. Its roots extend deep into history, dating back to 15th-century Europe, and its enduring allure continues to captivate seekers and readers around the world. This comprehensive essay embarks on an extensive journey through the rich tapestry of the Tarot de Marseille, tracing its origins, examining its historical variants, and pondering its enduring legacy in the realm of divination and human spirituality.
Introduction: The world of tarot is a fascinating realm that has captivated people for centuries. Within this intricate tapestry of divination, symbolism, and mysticism, one deck stands out as a hidden gem: the Sola Busca Tarot. Although lesser-known compared to …Continue reading →
Over the years that I have been reading Tarot, I have used many decks, from the Smith-Waite (“Rider-Waite”) to David Palladini’s “Aquarian Tarot”, and numerous others. My very first deck was The Zolar Astrological Tarot, which is a strange Chimera …Continue reading →
Long day is winding down, everyone else went to bed two hours ago. I’ve been enjoying the solitude and reading “CBD Tarot De Marseille” by Dr. Yoav Ben-Dov. I also have a couple of his other books. I purchased his …Continue reading →
The Hoi Polloi Tarot was one of the first decks I ever bought, following the disastrous purchase of “Zolar’s Astrological Tarot Fortune Telling Cards”. Until I found the Albano-Waite deck, it was my go-to for most of my studies, as it seemed like every book on the market back then used the Waite-Smith (“Rider-Waite”) as the standard in all of the “Teach Yourself Tarot” books.