Tarot Card- The Chariot

The Tarot

    The history of the Tarot is a mystery that is still uncertain, but early connections to Egypt and Thoth are theories that connect the use of the cards as tools for gaining access to the “mystery of life itself.”  The word “Tarot” comes from the Hebrew word Torah, meaning “law.” The Tarot is a deck of cards with images and symbols that represent different 22 trump cards and 56 minor cards. The major cards, or trump cards hold the most powerful archetypal energies, and offer a guidepost to traversing situations, questions, and matters of the soul. The 56 minor cards are in suits of swords, cups, pentacles or coins, and wands. Contrary to perceptions that the Tarot originated with the gypsies, the truth is that the origin of the cards is unknown.

What is true, is that the cards have been used as divinatory tools for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years. Gerard Encausse, a French physician, theosophist, and occult explorer, who lived from 1865-1916, linked the Tarot and it’s imagery to the Egyptians and stages of a soul’s initiation. Theosophists such as Alice Bailey embraced ideas of initiatory layers of energetic achievement from a soul perspective, even though theosophists were not aligned with the Tarot or divination or tools and objects of divination.

While we do not know the origin of the Tarot, it is clearly a divinatory tool that is easy to transport.  The cards hold a multitude of esoteric meanings that become clear through the lens of the reader that articulates their meaning.