About Tarot

 

Like Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, Michelangelos's sculptures and Albrecht Dürer's engravings, the Tarot cards are a part of humanity's heritage, they are a treasure of the West. And like the traditional fairy tales and myths, the Tarot cards have no individual authors but are a product of the Occident's collective consciousness.

 

The development of the cultural good Tarot is inseparably linked to the search of many generations of our modern era for new solutions and new horizons. Tarot is born in the Renaissance, an era of a new beginning after a mega-crisis (the plague in the Europe of the 14th century). The first book of interpretations for the Tarot cards was written by the priest and proponent of the Enlightenment, Antoine Court de Gébelin, in 1781, the year of the discovery of Uranus to shine the Enlightenment into "Le Monde Primitif", the uncivilized, original world. The modern boom, which is without comparison in the long history of Tarot, started with the Western Cultural revolution around 1968, a time when many people were moved to look for new experiences and new forms of life.

 

This power of Tarot shows especially in the years of change of the 21st century. It even appears to us as if the images of the Tarot had developed in the course of the centuries to become riper and more powerful with each use, and as if their fruits, their unique value, would only come to full fruition in our present time.

 

(Excerpts taken from Rachel Pollack's & Johannes Fiebig's Tarot for Magical Times, pp. 8-9)

 

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