How ancient are Tarot Cards?

The article gives basic information about Tarot Cards and their history. Tarot Card readings can be very accurate. These cards are only tools of Divination; the source of information is the sub-conscious and the over-self of the inquirer.


The subconscious mind and the over-self are the main sources of information even for accessing the probabilities of future for the native. A pack of Tarot cards which commonly contains 78 cards can be used to know answer to a question or probabilities of future regarding an issue or question.

Each card has some commonly accepted explanation and one needs to know how to interpret this in addition to the procedure of using the Tarot cards.

Usually there are tarot card readers and one can consult them in order to have a session of ‘card Spread’ and interpretation.

For authentic results the enquirer must shuffle the cards with own hands before handing these to the reader for spreading and interpretation.

The Ordinary Playing Cards predate the Tarot Cards …

There is a myth that the ordinary playing cards evolved from the original Tarot cards. The ordinary playing cards existed in Europe even in the year 1375 whereas the ‘Triumph cards’ supposed to be the ones from which Tarot cards later developed came around the year 1440.

The Duke of Milan, in a letter ordered several decks of ‘Triumph’ cards for a special event. The word triumph in the letter differentiated these from the regular playing cards.

The first triumph card decks were created to play the game ‘Triumph’ that was similar to the game of Bridge. There were four suits with cards numbered one through ten and also court game of Bridge. The deck also included 22 symbolic picture cards that did not belong to any suit. The game became popular in various parts of Europe.

Later around the year 1530 the game of triumph was called tarocchi, which is an Italian version of the French word tarot.

Around the year 1781 the French and English occultists started using the Tarot cards for divination.

According to some, Tarot cards originated in Egypt and the pictures on these cards are symbolic keys to life.

Article by: Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar