The tarot gradually consolidated
At the beginning the cards consisted of 21 major arcana where the “madman” or the common card known as the “joker” of the French era predominated. After this the Venetians added more cards until they reached 56 and finally 78.
At first the cards were used for recreational and artistic purposes until little by little they were used in other ways.
The tarot was used only by the aristocracy
In its beginnings, the tarot was engraved by hand on wooden tablets, at the time it was somewhat expensive for the middle class, or the lower middle class. So only the aristocracy or the upper class had the monetary accessibility to pay a painter who could create sheet by sheet until creating the tarot deck.
This gave a boost of exclusivity to each family that had a deck of cards painted by a famous artist of the time.
They started the tarot culture in different countries
Each type of tarot was adapted to the initial structure of Italy but the number of cards was indistinct. For example, the Spanish cards consisted of 56 cards with minor arcana that determined wands, suits, pentacles, among others.
In Germany the cards varied between 34 and 58 cards. We can also talk about the French deck which was one of the most dazzling in terms of its suit design since you could find spades, hearts, rhombuses among others.
Thanks to these roots you can see the different types of tarot that are oriented on the most important bases, which are the Rider Waite Tarot and the Tarot of Marseille .
Tarot cards were marketed
After cards ceased to be used solely and exclusively for gaming and functioned as divination processes, they became available to many in the population. Even when it was already approved as a card game in different countries, inmates also used these cards as a method of distraction while serving their sentence.
So the tarot changed its scheme: from exclusivity to generality but with a touch of personality to differentiate between tastes and colors.
Predictions began with different tarot decks
The tarot sheets began to be customized depending on the needs of each client and their reading: single card reading, Celtic cross reading, complete reading. To debate and find solutions to topics that create anxiety in daily life: love, work, money, health, family, among others.
They also began to be schematized depending on the purpose they wanted to give: to generate predictions in the present and near future or to find unconscious aspects in the consultants.
Sciences such as astrology, psychology and esotericism merged
This in order to find the best solution for their clients and the different problems they presented; Thus, astrology determined events that could occur with the alignment of the planets in the lives of human beings.
Psychology was aligned with the tarot cards and the messages described by Carl Jung and Alejandro Jodorowsky where the cards could also talk about unconscious aspects that prevent the person who consults the cards from moving forward in life.
Thus, esotericism is the study of all these pseudosciences where knowledge is solely and exclusively dictated to people who are interested in knowing this truth.
And with this chronology we currently find more than 75 different decks of cards that address aspects of people who have esoteric beliefs and who have decided to put their trust and security in a professional tarot reader to investigate aspects of their personality or their future. .