What is Tarot?
Tarot is a medieval system of symbolism and archetypes that can be traced back to the twelfth century. It originated in renaissance Tuscany and cards seem to have been originally commissioned by the rich families of that area such as the Visconti and the Sforza. The original cards were made on wooden blocks.
Many myths and rumours exist about the origin of the tarot, but the original cards have a Judeo/Christian background and contain many recognisable archetypes such as Judgement, The Pope, The Empress and The Hermit. Alchemy was also prevalent at the time and alchemical references and symbolism abound in many decks.
Modern tarot can be linked to many mystical systems such as The Holy Qabalah, The Holy Graal, Roman Catholic tradition and the Hindu Chakras.
Tarot seems originally to have been just a game, but the cards have since become used to help people to get in touch with their unconscious mind and psyche.
How does a tarot reading help?
A tarot reading is a fascinating experience. The cards and the shuffling provide a means of communication between your higher self and the conscious mind. Readings tend to be about getting back in touch with yourself, almost like looking into a mirror. In my view, tarot is not just about fortune telling. It helps us to understand our own psyche and imparts wisdom as to how we can become more ourselves and happier. The cards link easily to the elements, to Jungian archetypes and to many mystical systems. They can give enlightenment and encouragement, helping therapeutically with the difficulties of everyday life.
Who is it suitable for?
Tarot readings make ideal birthday and other presents, but you can also treat yourself!
A reading lasts for 50 minutes and costs £40.
Note that tarot has not been experimentally proven.