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what is the deal with tarot cards? Is it witch craft? Is it lagit?

Have a friend that that reads tarot cards I want to know about it but dont want to offend them

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  1. Tarot cards are a means of divination to see the future and answer questions. You dont have to be a Witch to use them, though many Witches do. If what you mean by legit is do they work, well…they only work if you believe they’ll work.

  2. they are a lot of things. many use them to predict the future, others use them for fortune telling, and still others use them for finding out the truth and only the truth.

  3. Tarot are not Witchcraft.
    The history of the Tarot is sketchy, it rounds back, according to some resources, back to a card game in France.
    it is true that the modern deck of playing cards is based loosely on the Tarot (there are 4 suits i both, there are an A to 10, then Face cards.)
    The major difference is in the lack of Major Arcana in the standard playing deck.
    Tarot is used by Christians as well as Pagans to do exactly what they do: Assist in answering a question.
    A cop out? Not at all. Those people who believe in them will gain something from the cards being read, others will not if they do not believe in the cards at all.
    As for the offending of a person who reads the cards… ask them. Your questions are important if they are legit to begin with, they’re not going to take offense to the questions.
    as for how legitimate they are, that’s up to the person being read and the person reading them.

  4. Tarot cards were created in mid 15th century Italy and consists of two parts: a standard pack of Latin suited playing cards and a fifth suit of picture cards. These extra cards took as their theme, not an occult philosophy but a Christian triumph procession. Hence their early name of trionfi, meaning triumphs and from which we get our word trump. It was the invention of tarot that marked the introduction of trumps into card games – and that is what they were invented for, a family of card games that are still played throughout continental Europe today.
    Many occultists have claimed that the Church attacked tarot as evil and drove use of the cards ‘underground’. In fact, the games of tarot spread and were played openly and without opposition, throughout the counter-reformation. The only exception to this was in Spain, where the Church did object – not because they saw them as un-Christian images but because they did see them as Christian, they felt that their use in a game trivialized the sacred.
    Looking at the cards today, the cards often strike people as looking rather mysterious and perhaps heretical. However, we must remember that we are looking at them with modern eyes, and a vision coloured by popular myth. To really understand what the cards are, we need to look at them in the context of the time and place of their creation. Let me give two examples.
    Occultists often cite The Female Pope as being a heretical image that the church opposed. Well, we know the Church did not oppose it – but why? If we look at 15th century Italian art, we discover that The Female Pope was actually an established figure in Christian art of the time, being used to represent such things as The New Covenant, and the Virtue of Faith. It was no heresy at all!
    Another card that strikes us as looking very esoteric is The Hanged Man. This card was misnamed by French card makers who would have been as puzzled by the figure of a man suspended by one foot as we are today. However, we know from written sources that this card was called The Traitor in Italy – and little wonder, as in Italy at that time, the executed their traitors by suspending them by one foot and leaving them to die rather slowly and publicly. Not very nice but not very mysterious either.
    For about 350 years, the only recorded use of tarot cards was for card games. It was not until the end of the 18th century that a French occultist, ignorant of their actual origin, puplished the claim that the cards came from ancient Egypt, codifying lost wisdom, and having a use in divination. For about 100 years these ideas were limited to just France but at the end of the 19th century some British occultists imported the cards and the French myths to the English speaking world.
    The packs used for fortune telling today have usually been heavily redesigned to reflect the occult beliefs of their makers and can be found in a huge variety. The games are now mostly played with a French suited tarot pack with trumps featuring everything from regional costume, Asterix, or I even have a promotional pack for a Woody Allen film in my collection! The old Italian designs are still used though, by both fortune tellers and by card players in Italy, Sicily, and Switzerland.

  5. hey there! just wanted to drop you a line to say that I am sure your friend would be more than happy to chat about tarot… most tarot enthusiasts that I know are always looking for people to chat to 😉 Tarot is not religion, persay… in fact many people study tarot outside of any religion at all…. their roots are deep and mysterious… some claim they are from Egypt, some say from the Romany, some maintain they are an outgrowth of Qabalah, and others maintain that they are simply the remnants of Italian and French parlor games such as Tarocci.
    the 78 cards are fascinating to study simply as archetypal images of human experience. My favorite book on the subject is 78 Degrees of Wisdom by Rachel Pollack.
    Two great websites for you to check out:
    http://www.VirtualTarotSchool.com
    and
    http://www.LearnTarotEasily.com
    cheers,
    Laura 🙂

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