Strictly Supernatural – Some Tarot History

In this post I bring to your attention a really interesting documentary narrated by Christopher Lee, it delivers some insight and background to the Tarot Cards. It discusses their origins and asks the question how can these cards tell of secrets of the future. What of these readers of the Tarot; how do they actually read them? This is an in-depth study into Tarot reading. Personally I love the historical aspect of the Tarot, so that is why I found the documentary so informative. Selection of tarot cards from traditional Marseille packThe documentary also looks at the subject of astrology and how a natal chart is cast. In it we discover that the likes of Reagan, Hilter and JFK all used these charts to obtain astrological knowledge.

In the part dedicated to Tarot it details the Major Arcana, but not much of the minor cards. Other experts are brought in with some good interviews with not just experts of the cards and astrology but also from critics; professors in philosophy, astronomers. From the US we have Stuart Caplan who introduced Tarot into the US. We are also shown the links between Tarot, Astrology and Kabbalah.

Tarot section covers the 22 card Major Arcana but doesn’t mention much of swords, cups, wands or pentacles or their relationship to present day playing cards. Interesting interviews with practitioners of these arts as well as balanced comments from critics such as parapsychologists, astronomers and professors of logic and philosophy. Stuart Caplan, credited with the commercial introduction of Tarot cards into the US, is also interviewed and mention is made of the links between Tarot, Kabbalah and Astrology. Here is the documentary for you to enjoy.






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Why Have a Tarot Card Reading?

Source: Nomadic Me III by Garethhh (DeviantArt)
Source: Nomadic Me III by Garethhh (DeviantArt)

What is becoming very popular is the amount of people now contacting and using the skills of psychics. Historically and once again becoming increasing in popularity, to choose to have a psychic reading with a psychic reader that is an expert in being able to read Tarot Cards. In this article I wish to help you decide if a Tarot Reading could be of benefit to you.

The Tarot Deck

Tarot reading was born, came along after they were invented in the middle ages. Prior to this time these readings were done via the Art of Cartomancy; the art of divination with a deck of playing cards. Within the Tarot Cards are 22 Major Arcana Cards and 56 Minor Arcana Cards. So the total deck of cards is 78 cards. The Major Arcana cards relate to major signs or symbols; Sun, Moon, Lovers and so forth. The Minor Arcana cards divide down into 4 suits (similar to playing cards) The suits are wands and pentacles, cups and swords. Remember Playing Cards were around along time before the introduction of Tarot Cards.

Each Psychic Tarot Card Reader will have their own ways and own ceremonies around how they deliver a reading. They do not do this only by studying the significance or meaning of any particular card, but also by interpreting it in conjunction with other cards near it. Whilst each card holds its very own meaning a good reader looks much deeper, where is it located within the spread and which cards are it’s neighbour. This can dramatically change the vibration generated and thus the meaning.

The Major Arcana Cards do give out very powerful messages; for example the often maligned Death Card; can more times than not warn of changes, the end of a chapter, rather than death itself. But with endings comes new starts, new beginnings and much hope.

But how can it all make sense – how can it just work. I always say that there is no such thing as a “wrong reading” The professional Tarot Reader can quickly pick up meanings, vibrations and messages that are being told within the spread. The psychic’s skill comes in with his ability to interpret the story as it lies in front of him. Therefore the reading is always right, it is down to the Psychic Tarot Card reader to understand all this.

Tarot Spread
Tarot Spread

Lots of people totally believe in Tarot readings. Again  feel its like finding a key; it opens a door, the reading itself guides you which rooms to walk into and which ones to avoid. It raises issues, I can picks up vibrations straight away; work problem, love life issue and so forth. The story is always right there its just a matter of translation.

By now Tarot readings are available just about everywhere. On the television, online or just on your doorstep, look in your local paper. The biggest growing area for Tarot Readings is the amount of people and businesses offering their readings via the internet. I run this website, to connect with people via my gifts and knowledge of the Art of Cartomancy, but tarot readers can also be found on a variety of different websites throughout the world. I also know many customers choose to have psychic readings by text or email.

So before you rush off to have your tarot reading take a look at the options and choose one that suits your exact needs. Plan a budget and stick to it. The last thing you want to do is become fully reliant upon it. You always do have free will, so be strong enough to count on it. Free will is your way of choosing the path. The Tarot will give you a clue as to which paths are available.

The secret in having a good or enjoyable tarot reading lies first of all in finding a good tarot reader. This is someone who you feel comfortable with and ideally someone who you feel you have a connection with.

There are many genuine psychic tarot readers with other abilities of mediumship, clairvoyance and even the ability to read normal standard playing cards (cartomancy) and they are other that perhaps do not have the skills they promise. How can you know? Good psychics will rely on word of mouth, so ask around. If you are searching online check out the testimonials; what people are saying about them and how they are rating them.

Many companies online give you a free offer or discounted price to give you the opportunity to try out a psychic. Do not fully commit until you feel a true and genuine connection. Also you find with the truly professional ones, if they feel they are not connecting they will tell you and recommend that you find another reader that can establish a better connection. A good tarot reader is someone who is empathetic, can really pick up the vibrations and messages coming to him through the Tarot Cards and be able to deliver you the truth as he feels it. You should not expect all your issues to be resolved. Use it as a tool to make your own decisions. Always remember you have total free will which when used gives you the power to overide any messages or guidance that the tarot reading give you.

The Answer Is Simple Oracle Cards

Today’s review is of a great little set of Oracle Cards called “The Answer is Simple Oracle Cards.”  The idea of these cards is they can provide a connection to the Divine, thus allowing the reader to give guidance, direction and advice to assist in any difficult challenge.  Allowing interesting direction for specific issues and problems, they can serve to strengthen the route to your Higher Self.

The Answer is Simple Oracle Cards - from Kooma Store
The Answer is Simple Oracle Cards – from Kooma Store
Product Testimonials:-
Shay – I saw these cards in a shop before purchasing on Kooma Store and I really love these cards. They are something that you just pick one a day and just see what the message is, some of them are reassuring, life changing and sometimes gives a telling off to your ego. beautifully designed and when I showed them to a friend she fell in love with them also and has bought them too.
Rob – I have used a pack of these cards before so i knew what to expect.They are a very good quality pack of cards,full size and waxed.they are supplied in a sturdy cardboard box with lid .also included is a small booklet for definition and spreads of the cards.The cards were well packaged and fast delivery.also much cheaper than the high street.If this is the kind of item your after you will not be disappointed.

Product Review:- Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling

Our colleagues from have asked us to do a review on one of their best selling products. Which of course we are naturally delighted to do.
This is a most fascinating set of cards. However rather than me writing many a word on their features and benefits; thought I would let them speak for themselves via this wonderful little clip:-





Totally delightful and if you do not want to take my word for it here are a few reviews from buyers of this lovely set:-

Don’t let the name turn you off..these cards are wonderful. I picked up a deck of these unique cards for my boyfriend a few months ago, and had to get my own set. They are square cards-each edge holds half of a beautifully done picture. Follow the instructions for laying the cards out, and see what pictures form. Then consult the well-written book, read the entry for those pictures in those specific positions and oila! You have your just done your own card reading. Very accurate. I read Tarot and Medicine Cards as well..this was a nice break from those. Easy to learn and read..these are great for anyone having trouble, frustrated, or just looking for a break from Tarot. I can’t say enough..they are enchanting, gorgeous cards, and they work wonderfully!

For the last three months I’ve been working with these cards, and did readings for a lot of my friends as well as myself. They are not only easy to use and accurate, they are very beautiful and it is a pleasure to find the matching pictures. We have had some great times reading the cards, although I had constantly to translate them into German. Since there are four positions with different meanings, I still find new aspects. Great fun, but be aware that it takes about half an hour for one reading.

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Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling set
Russian Gypsy Fortune Telling set












Tarot Review:- The Gilded Tarot

This is a full review of the artistic and wonderful works of Ciro Marchetti & Barbara Moore. The particular work of art that I am reviewing today is the Wonderful Gilded Tarot. A superb work of art! A boxset that includes a set of 78 Tarot Cards with a paperback book. Heralding archetypal elements of traditional Tarot, The Gilded Tarot is teeming with shimmering, classic imagery. High priestesses in flowing robes, wise emperors, knights on majestic steeds, mystics wielding magical tools, and other intriguing characters from medieval times abound in the Major and Minor Arcana. This richly coloured, easy-to-use deck also features standard symbols for the card suits swords, cups, wands, and pentacles which provide universal appeal.
This is a MUST purchase for all collectors and also makes a invaluable gift.
Click the image below to enter the gallery which gives you a true idea of this wonderful set of Tarot Cards:-
If you are already convinced that these are a MUST for you click below to get your boxset today!
The Gilded Tarot (Boxset includes 78 card Tarot deck)

Product Spotlight:- The Housewives Tarot

I seem to have already had some success since I launched The Emporium. So have decided to bring it to highlight it today as a rather quirky set of Tarot Cards. It certainly will not to be everyone’s taste, but I personally think that there is something quiet delightful about The Housewives Tarot.
Here are some of the images on the Tarot Cards:-

Here is what has been said about them:-
Recipe for a Perfect Tarot Deck
1. Take any old New Age tarot deck.
2. Get rid of all the cheesy woo-woo artwork.
3. Infuse with the nostalgic spirit of Far from Heaven and Leave it to Beaver.
4. Add 78 full-colour images of Duncan Hines chocolate cake (The Devil), Jell-O moulds (The Tower), station wagons (The Chariot), Mrs. Butterworth (The Empress), Brillo Pads (Strength), and other 1950s iconography.
5. Add generous helpings of mops and brooms (wands), martini glasses (cups), silverware (swords), and china plates (pentacles).
6. Seal in attractive retro packaging. Serve with 96-page book that describes the meanings of every card in the deck – along with instructions for assembling the cards in five different layouts: the Virgin Spread, the Neapolitan Spread, the Clothesline Spread, the Dinette Spread, and the Martini Spread.
A most unusual and wonderful gift!!

The Emporium Now Open for Business!

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Count Marco’s Emporium is now Open for Business.Over the coming weeks and months more and more product lines and sections will be added.To kick start the Store the first Section open for business is dedicated to a wonderful range of Tarot Cards. Hope that you all enjoy looking through the collection of cards. I will be reviewing a few packs in the coming days!

Now open for Business
Now open for Business

The History of the Playing Cards. Part I.

I decided a few weeks ago to bring some life back to my Blog and felt that I would write a brief history of the Playing Cards, As a Master of Cartomancy I am fascinated by their history, however, much as I researched I found myself coming across conflicting reports of their origins. I have prepared a Time Line, but even now as my research is continuing, it is changing as I build up more information. Later on I will publish the Time Line; however as it keeps on changing its not quite there yet. I am trying to work with facts and not just fiction and hearsay. So in this first part I look to their actual birth and arrival into Europe. In later blogs I will explain in more detail how they evolved and developed into the Playing Cards & Tarot we use and know today. I am more than happy for people to comment or show me evidence if I have got something wrong, I am trying to build an accurate picture of their history, and as more information is uncovered I will keep updating until we get as close as possible to the story of their journey that they want to tell.

Earliest Mention.
The earliest mention regarding playing cards we have to go back to the reign of Emperor Yizong of Tang of China (December 28, 833 – August 15, 873). A book entitled “Collection of Miscellanea at Duyang” written by Tang Dynasty writer Su E described the Emperor’s daughter Princess Tongchang playing a game called The Leaf Game. This was reportedly in the year 868. She was playing with members of the Wei Clan who were the family of her husband. The scholar Ouyang Xiu (1007 – 1072) of The Song Dynasty reported that card games had been played since the mid Tang Dynasty. He also reported that this was as a result of the invention of sheets of single paper instead of paper rolls to write on.


Arrival into Europe.
The first mention and clear evidence of playing cards existing in Europe is found in a manuscript by Pipozzo di Sandro, dated as being from the year 1299; Lets look at a few paragraphs from “Lanzi’s History of painting in upper and lower Italy, Volume 1 By George William D. Evans and Luigi Antonio Lanzi” published in 1831;

“…On the subject of playing cards he adduces a manuscript of one Sandro, son of Pipozzo di Sandro, entitled, Trattato del Gorverno della Famiglia (Treatise on the Management of a Family). It was written in the year 1299 and has been quoted by the authors of the Cruscan Dictionary, who among passages, cite the following:-
“If he shall play for money, or thus, or at cards, you shall provide them for him” (se giuchera di denaro, o cosi, o alle carte, gli apparecchierai)”
Playing cards therefore, were known among us earlier than anywhere else; and if the invention of engraving on wood is to be dated from them, we have reason to lay claim to it. But in all probability it cannot be dated so far back: the oldest playing cards must have been wrought with the pen, and coloured by illuminators, and not wholly laid aside in the days of Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan.

The first indication we have of stamped playing cards, is in a public decree made at Venice in 1441 where it is said that “the art and trade of preparing cards and stamped figures carried on at Venice” had declined, “in consequence of the great quantity of playing cards and stamped coloured figures” imported from other places; and it is there decreed that the importation of them should for the future be prohibited. They indeed must have been in use long before the year 1441; for we find the art was at one time in a flourishing condition, that it subsequently declined and finally revived again owing to the protection afforded it by the government. Such vicissitudes, which suppose a long course of years carry us back at least to the commencement of the fifteenth century.

XV Century Italian Playing Cards
XV Century Italian Playing Cards


So in this first article discussing The History of Playing Cards, I feel I can with some confidence conclude the following:-

  • The first playing cards were produced due to the invention of paper sheets in China. This was around the year 868.
  • Evidence seems to confirm that the first playing cards existed in Europe, in Italy in 1299.

I would be happy to take on any other comments or observations supporting or challenging the contents of this article.

©  Count Marco
images courtesy & thanks to The World of Playing Cards