About the Tarot

Tarot Consultant Code of Ethics

As a Tarot Consultant, I have very strict ethics.  This basic list was inspired by the ATA (American Tarot Association) and modified for my use.

  • I will serve the best interests of my clients, conducting my professional activities without causing or intending to cause harm.
  • I will treat all my clients with equal respect, regardless of their origin, race, religion, gender, age, or sexual preference.
  • I will represent honestly my Tarot qualifications and experience.
  • I will keep confidential the names of clients unless otherwise requested by the client or required by a court of law.
  • I will respect my clients’ right to refuse or terminate their reading at any time, regardless of prior consent.
  • I recommend clients consult an appropriate licensed professional for advice of a legal, financial, medical, or psychological nature.

 

 

Tarot Deck Description

Today, in the Western world, the Tarot has many uses for practitioners of magick (magic), religion/spirituality, and psychology. It is an often-used tool for divination where the cards act as a focus to allow the reader and client to “divine” meanings and answers surrounding a question or topic.

Some professionals employ the Tarot as a psychological tool for accessing the unconscious and helping clients to explore that realm for healing, growth, and uncovering answers otherwise not accessible to the conscious mind.

Still others utilize the beautiful imagery of the Tarot Cards through meditation and soul searching by focusing on the symbolism present in the cards.

The traditional Tarot deck consists of 78 cards that are divided into Major Arcana (the trumps), Minor Arcana (the numbers 1 – 10), and the Court Card (usually called: Page, Knight, Queen, King; or Princess, Prince, Queen, Knight depending on the deck used). Modern divination decks may have a different number of cards or come from different cultures than the traditional Tarot, but they all work on the same principle.

 

 

Tarot Deck History

{Excerpts from the Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot}

The tarot (/ˈtæroʊ/; first known as trionfi and later as tarocchi, tarock, and others) is a pack of playing cards, used from the mid-15th century in various parts of Europe to play games such as Italian tarocchini and French tarot. In the late 18th century, it began to be used for divination in the form of tarotology/cartomancy.

Like common playing cards, the tarot has four suits (which vary by region: French suits in Northern Europe, Latin suits in Southern Europe, and German suits in Central Europe). Each suit has 14 cards, ten cards numbering from one (or Ace) to ten and four face cards (King, Queen, Knight, and Jack/Knave). In addition, the tarot has a separate 21-card trump suit and a single card known as the Fool. Depending on the game, the Fool may act as the top trump or may be played to avoid following suit.

François Rabelais mentions tarau as one of the games played by Gargantua in his Gargantua and Pantagruel.

Tarot cards are used throughout much of Europe to play card games. In English-speaking countries, where these games are not played, tarot cards are used primarily for divinatory purposes. The trump cards and the Fool are sometimes called “the major arcana” while the ten pip and four court cards in each suit are called minor arcana. The cards are traced by some occult writers to ancient Egypt or the Kabbalah but there is no documented evidence of such origins or of the usage of tarot for divination before the 18th century.

Playing cards first entered Europe in the late 14th century, most likely from Mamluk Egypt, with suits of Batons or Polo sticks (commonly known as Wands by those practicing occult or divinatory tarot), Coins (commonly known as disks, or pentacles in occult or divinatory tarot), Swords, and Cups. These suits were very similar to modern tarot divination decks and are still used in traditional Italian, Spanish and Portuguese playing card decks.

The first documented tarot packs were recorded between 1430 and 1450 in Milan, Ferrara and Bologna when additional trump cards with allegorical illustrations were added to the common four-suit pack. These new decks were called carte da trionfi, triumph cards, and the additional cards known simply as trionfi, which became “trumps” in English. These cards are documented in a written statement in the court records in Florence, in 1440. The oldest surviving tarot cards are from fifteen decks painted in the mid 15th century for the Visconti-Sforza family, the rulers of Milan. During the 16th-century, a new game played with a standard deck but sharing the same name (triomphe) was quickly becoming popular. This coincided with the older game being renamed tarocchi.