I have been reading tarot cards professionally for about 20 years. At this point, have read over 1,000 clients and I have been interview by the History Channel and several radio/internet shows over the years because of that. I say this not to pat myself on the back but give you some context that I (probably) know what I am talking about on this level. ;)
All that said, I have not seen anyone really talk about the amazing depth and mostly accurate portrayal of Tarot in the game. So I felt a in-depth analysis was in order. As overlooking this was a grave injustice to the developers who clearly put a LOT of thought and effect in the correct associations and its accuracy.
Now first, a little background on Tarot as speaking of context, without it some of the details I will talk about may be confusing to you.
A few quick historical points on Tarot;
- Origins of the word “Tarot” under historical debate, either Italian or Arabic based
- First mention of Tarot as a card game in the 14th century, Believed entered Europe via Egypt
- First documents mentioning tarot is a ban in Switzerland in 1367
- Started out as art/education and card games most notable in and around Italy.
- First recorded use of tarot as divination in a book was 1540
- Carl Jung first Psychologist to attach importance of symbolism as it represented human archetypes
- Psychologist Timothy Leary also suggests Major Arcana represents via archetypes human development/journey from birth (Fool) to death (Death) to ones final spiritual journey (The World).
- Modern Tarot has a direct associations & links to astrology, Kabballah, ceremonial magick concepts, elemental concepts and numerology (we will mainly be focusing on the astrology links for simplicity).
- Some cards simply do not have a outright positive meaning, just as some, symbolically, do not have a outright negative meaning.
- Lastly, the cards in the game are the Major Arcana of 22 cards, a full tarot deck is 78 cards which also include a Minor Arcana, 4 suits, Ace to 10 and court cards. Yes, very similar to today's deck of poker cards, they are cousins. Since the Minors are not in the game we won't talk about them further.
Now this article would be massive if I posted about all 22 cards, so I am going to pick a handful that I feel are some of the most interesting. If you want to dig deeper in others feel free to ask in the comments or our Discord