It is thought that Tarot cards first appeared in Italy, in the 14th century AD, and were widely used in France and Britain even before their designs significantly evolved, and during the 17th and 18th centuries, following the interests in Asian religions, ancient Egyptian and Indian cultures. Tarot cards are described as “the bearer of ancient civilization’s mysteries that possess a spiritual value”.
Tarot cards represent a spoken record written in symbols, connotations, and metaphors. A mirror that reveals the weakness of the human psyche from emotional states and desires. Carl Jung, a pioneer in analytical psychology and one of the iconic students of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychology, said that Tarot reading is a unique tool used in psychoanalysis.
A tarot reader should possess specific qualities such as excellent knowledge in the symbolism of the cards and psychology thru studying and training, as well as strong intuition, spiritual sensitivity, empathy, and a real desire to help others.
Common inaccurate beliefs have been passed around about Tarot reading. Tarot reading is not based on predictions of future events but is about advising people, and it does not rely on the cards alone but on the human interaction between a Tarot reader and his client.