While the origins of the tarot remain obscure, the cards have been linked with the Egyptian mysteries, Hermetic philosophy, the Kabbalah and alchemy. The earliest decks date from the 13th century, and tarot has been incorporated into the practices of several secret societies. Tarot cards are most commonly viewed as a tool for divination.
Esoteric scholars commonly study tarot as an instrument of spiritual development. They perceive it to be a key to the wisdom of the ages, through which you can gain greater self-knowledge. Interpreting a tarot spread (pattern) of apparently randomly chosen cards can shed therapeutic light on difficulties you prefer not to share elsewhere. There are 78 cards in the deck, divided into major and minor arcana (meaning profound secret).
Carl Jung, psychotherapist and founder of analytical psychology, wrote his 1921 book “Psychological Types” following an in-depth study of tarot. During World War II, work began on the psychometric testing instrument Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), based upon Carl Jung’s theories of psychological archetypes. The indicator was first published in 1962. Nowadays it is used to enhance personal and professional development, as well as to fashion and support relationship dynamics within couples, sports teams, corporate groups and executive boards!
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