The cards have appeared at roughly the same time as the universal 52-card deck, and it is a matter of great dispute as to which one came first. The Tarot deck comprises of fourteen cards in each suit, versus thirteen of them for playing cards; the Tarot 'court cards' include a page along with the knight ( or the knave), the queen and the king.
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The twenty-two picture cards, now commonly called as the Major Arcana (the suited cards are commonly called as the Minor Arcana), were primarily permanent trump cards. That is to understand, in a trick-taking game, any picture card would be able to take a trick over a suit-card.
They illustrate universal story themes; the Fool is a young man setting off on an unknown journey with a backpack insouciantly slung over his shoulders. He is often depicted as the one who is not watching where he's going, and about to walk off the edge of a cliff, while a small dog yaps at his heels in warning of the impending danger.
Other cards depict concepts and events rather than people - the wheel of fortune is karma or fate, and the figure of Judgment is justice in all its possible forms.
The use of the Tarot Reading as a tool for telling fortunes is of fairly recent invention, dating just back to the end of the eighteenth century. The most familiar deck is the Rider-Waite deck. The designs were made by Arthur Waite, a member of the occult society of the Order of the Golden Dawn, in collaboration with artist Pamela Colman Smith, so the deck is sometimes also called the Waite-Smith deck. It was first published in print by the Rider Company in 1909.
Hundreds of different Tarot decks exist all across the globe. Decks that remove or downplay the Christian symbolism are becoming increasingly popular, and some feminist decks also significantly downplay the male dominant roles found in traditional decks. Some of the decks have discarded the suit system altogether and are now structured around different themes -for instance; animals in Native American inspired deck.
Uses for Tarot cards are multiple and varied. They can of course be used in traditional fortune telling layout. But they can also be used as affirmation tools, inspiration cards, or for intuition building and self discovery.