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Tarot is an ancient form of divination. The earliest existing deck of tarot cards have been dated at 1362. Then, in 1422 an Italian artist, Boni Facio Bembo painted the only full deck which still exists. They were commissioned by the Duke of Milan and are known as the Visconti Deck.
There are 78 cards consisting of 22 major Arcana and 56 minor Arcana. The 56 minor are events that occur in our day to day lives.
It is believed that the minor arcana was created to hide the true meaning of the major arcana and court cards. Those who could decipher the cards, were fearful that if these meanings were not hidden, then anyone could read them. This would take the advantage away from the royalty, which they believed the Tarot was meant for.
Over the years, Tarot was considered good or evil. The work of Divine entities sending messages or the work of the Devil himself. In studying different decks of Tarot, which are numerous. They all have a theme of being led to hidden answers by tapping into our spirituality and connecting to the Universe.
Some call their Higher Power, Creator, God, Goddess, Allah, Buddha, and there are many more names. All believe that there is a Great Spirit that guides us on our journey here. The tool of the Tarot is one form used to tap into the Source for aid and assistance.
The readers of Tarot, are messengers sent to help those who cannot decipher this cards. It is this writer's opinion that one day ALL will be able to understand the tools given to us to reach our highest level of Spirituality and be one with the Source without an intermediary to help.
The Tarot of the Gemstones and Crystals, were translated from the German original Edelstein-Tarot by Heinrich Hungendubel Verlag..
will post all the cards to this sight with a description for each over
a period of time. They still carry the same symbolism as other decks,
but incorporate a gemstone for each card. There are also other links
for those who want to get a different perspective of the Tarot.