Tarot card meanings and interpretations are based on numerology, the elements; spiritual, emotional, mental and physical processes and of course the drawing and placing of the cards. Tarot elements or suits still exist in modern cards. The spades of diamonds, spades, clubs, and hearts can be expressed as earth, air, fire, and water. Or to bring it into our modern worlds, money, mind, intention and emotion. This can relate to business, thoughts, transformations and love.
In an older world and in another time, these four elements also contained the wisdom of removing the dead, seasons, times of day, and ages of life. Christian orthodoxy also incorporated it
1) the chalice of the last supper,
2) the wooden spear that Saint Longí used to pierce the side of Jesus,
3) the round tray where the disciples ate the paschal lamb and
4) “Sword of the Spirit” of King David.
The meaning of the Tarot cards is universally consistent and lends credibility to this ancient oracle. The soul lives in images. The soul is nourished by images. A picture speaks more than a thousand words. The cards represent the levels of human consciousness, the first awakening, to full divine consciousness, to union with Spirit. The tarot consists of seventy-eight cards. Of these 56 are the minor or minor trums, the keys or the arcarna.
The origin of the word “Tarot” remains unknown and so does the origin of the cards themselves. The first documentary evidence of the Tarot is in 1442. In an account book of the court of Ferrara, in Italy, a reference is made to the “trump” cards. But they are much bigger. It is impossible to find a period of time when these images were not known. Sometimes they were found as murals, sometimes as stone sculptures or as terracotta tablets. Wherever they have been discovered, their likeness is so striking; a common source seeding global knowledge is indisputable.
ROTE TARO ORAT TORA ATOR
The Tarot Wheel speaks the Law of Life. Tarot letters can be interchanged to create various meanings. “Torah” is Hebrew Law, “Rota” is Latin Roda; “Ator” is a form of Hathor, an Egyptian goddess interchanged with Isis. Another connection is the sacred mound of “Tara” in Ireland. Also “Tara” is Buddha’s mother. The great fertility goddess of Syria and Persia is one of sensuality and known as “AsTAROTh”.
The Egyptian god “Thoth” (hence the Tarot’s name as The Book of Thoth) may have given us the Tarot. Within the Egyptian language; “tar” means road or path and “Ro” king or royal, thus Tarot translates as the royal road.
The word Truth, Terra (meaning earth), Tantra and even The Tao are suggested deviations from the word TAROT. In Ireland, the legendary “people of the goddess DANA”, (Tuatha De Danann) spoke of four magical treasures; a cauldron, a spear, a stone and a sword. Similar symbols are found in Hindu art; the cup, the scepter, the ring and the sword. The Greek goddess of Fate herself, Nemesis, symbols included a cup, an applewood wand, a wheel and a sword. The cards may have been the original “elven books” given to humans by fairies to the people they loved, allowing them to predict the future.
From antiquity to the present; people have wanted to understand the present and foresee the future. It is clear that people still feel the need for supernatural guidance and look for people with real insight and good counseling skills.