The origins of Tarot cards can be traced back to 15th century Italy but, were not believed to be used for mystical purposes until around the 18th or 19th centuries. The term tarot is believed to derive from the Egyptian words tar, meaning “royal”, and ro, meaning “road”, and that the Tarot therefore represented a “royal road” to wisdom.
A typically accepted deck in common use today consists of 78 cards and has two distinct parts:
- The Major Arcana (greater secrets), or trump cards, consists of 22 cards without suits.
- The Minor Arcana (lesser secrets) consists of 56 cards, divided into four suits of 14 cards each; ten numbered cards and four court cards.
Tarot card readings are a popular method for divination and spiritual introspection. We supply all popular cards, decks and sets and can source any others within three to four days.
Tarot cards can be used for practical problem-solving, creative visualisation, meditation, self-improvement, as a tool of understanding, for divination and fortune-telling, even for card games. Some collect decks simply for the joy of the artwork, while other delve further into research and study of the history of Tarot cards.
Available to buy now, we feature some of the most popular decks used by novice and professional readers: the iconic Rider-Waite deck, the Mythic Tarot, Goddess Tarot and Beginner’s Tarot for those looking to start out.