History of Facade Tarot Readings

The history of Facade Tarot reading goes back to the middle of the fifteenth century. Originally, tarot cards were used to play games and it was not until the late eighteenth century that they were used as divinatory tools by spiritualists and occult authorities. In fact, even today, tarot cards are still used primarily for games in some European countries. Early appearance (1400s) Tarot first was known by the name “Tarocco” in Milan, Italy, and the first known deck was believed to be created for the Vicsconzi-Sforza family. The cards in this particular deck are believed to represent figures from a local annual parade. Further experts theorize that early figures from the Major Arcana were designed to symbolize colorful characters …

The History of The Rider Waite Tarot Deck

If you are familiar with Tarot reading, then are most likely familiar with the imagery of the Rider Waite Tarot Deck. The Rider Waite Deck is the most popular Tarot Deck in use today. Its imagery is imbued with rich symbolic references that are loosely associated to early Christian motifs that were depicted in earlier Tarot decks, such as the Versailles Tarot Deck and the Tarot de Marseilles. The Rider Waite deck was created by the artists Pamela Cole Smith under the direction of the famous mystic, A.E. Waite. Together, they collaborated on the first Tarot deck that incorporated detailed imagery on all 78 Tarot Cards. Prior to the Rider Waite deck, Tarot imagery and symbolism was only depicted in …

The True History of Numerology

One of the worst lies perpetrated by New Age gurus is that Pythagoras is responsible for what we call ‘Numerology’. Nothing could be further from the truth and, no matter how many books insist on the contrary, there simply is no factual evidence to support the claim. The prevalence of this belief really highlights the utter lack of real, scholarly research and the incestuous nature of texts published for the ‘metaphysical’ market. At best, this attempt to link the study of Numerology to an ancient source is a desperate clutch at credibility. At worst, it’s sheer dogma. I have come across a number of sources who decry mainstream religious belief, particularly the Judeo-Christian system. These authors, so called, often point …

The History of Numerology

Numerology is considered as one of the earliest forms of metaphysical reading and communication. In early days people used numbers, markings and scribing methods to intercommunicate, trade and exchange their ideas. Dating back to 4,004 BC – Egypt and Babylon are recognised as recording the earliest history of numerology. There is evidence of numerology thousands of years ago in India, China, Italy, Greece and Japan. There are different systems of numerology such as Pythagorean and Chaldean. My preference is Pythagoras however I believe all methods have a place. Philosopher Pythagoras was born in Greece around 590 BC and was one of the best in his day. He was an important figure in the development of mathematics. When Pythagoras was around …

The History of Tarot Reading

Tarot card reading invariably conjures up visions of ‘that’ old gypsy women sitting in front of her crystal ball in a misty room full of weird things. The word ‘Tarot’ itself has that aura of mystery around it since no one knows exactly where or when Tarot reading originated. Most of the recorded history of the tarot cards comes from Italy, although historians are sure of its existence much before that. Tarot may have been derived from ancient Egyptian tablets (since the concept of Egyptian hieroglyphics and some Tarot symbols are same-silent figures that speak only by their appearance and representation) or from the Chaldeans’ secret texts. Some believe that the Tarot was brought to Europe by the Knights Templar …