A history of Tarot Cards

A history of Tarot Cards

When did people start using Tarot Cards?

Tarot cards started as playing cards in the 15th century in Europe, particularly in Italy and France. They were used for games, not divination. Tarot cards began to be used for divination in the 18th century. This is when the practice of taromancy, or tarot card reading, emerged. Antoine Court de Gébelin, a French clergyman, wrote about the mystical and esoteric significance of tarot cards in his work “Le Monde Primitif” in the late 18th century.

Tarot Cards in the 19th and 20th Centuries

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the occult revival in Europe led to a surge in interest in tarot as a tool for divination and esoteric study.

What is the Significance of the Rider-Waite Tarot?

The Rider-Waite Tarot, was created in 1909 by A.E. Waite and Pamela Colman Smith.

This deck introduced many of the iconic tarot symbols and imagery that are widely recognized today. This is the deck I was taught to use many years ago. Tarot reading gained popularity in the 20th century and has continued to evolve. Various decks with different themes and interpretations have been created. Tarot readers often use the cards for self-reflection, personal insight, and spiritual guidance. Today, tarot readings are approached from various perspectives.

How do I book a Reading?

You can book a tarot reading here at Hidden Treasures. These appointments are usually available daily at 9am or 5pm as the shop is closed. The cost is £25 which includes a ten card reading plus one card readings for specific questions.

Occasionally we have guest readers in the shop, please check our social media pages for more details or drop us a message.

Back to blog