Hi Everyone,

Welcome to the House of Tarot,

my name is Terry and I have been reading the Tarot for over 20 years now, I have had many decks during this time from the cosmic tarot by norbert losche to the medieval scapini, by luigi scapini, both beautiful decks and full of vibrant colours and images, recently I purchased the Animal wisdom deck by Dawn Brunke as I am also a Reiki Practitioner and have started helping our animal friends as well, again for me, they just were a perfect fit, any way, if you have any questions or need any help please feel free to contact me via the contact page.

The original purpose of tarot cards was to play games. A very cursory explanation of rules for a tarot-like deck is given in a manuscript by Martiano da Tortona before 1425. Vague descriptions of game play or game terminology follow for the next two centuries until the earliest known complete description of rules for a French variant in 1637. The game of tarot has many regional variations. Tarocchini has survived in Bologna and there are still others played in Piedmont and Sicily, but in Italy the game is generally less popular than elsewhere.

The 18th century saw tarot’s greatest revival, during which it became one of the most popular card games in Europe, played everywhere except Ireland and Britain, the Iberian peninsula, and the Ottoman Balkans. French tarot experienced a revival beginning in the 1970s and France has the strongest tarot gaming community. Regional tarot games—often known as tarock, tarok, or tarokk are widely played in central Europe within the borders of the former Austro-Hungarian empire.

The terms “Major Arcana” and “Minor Arcana” were first used by Jean-Baptiste Pitois (also known as Paul Christian) and are never used in relation to tarot card games. Some decks exist primarily as artwork, and such art decks sometimes contain only the 22 major arcana.

above information supplied byhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarot

Blessings to all.