Tarot, what does the name mean?
According to Webster's Third International Dictionary, the word tarot has Middle French and Old Italian roots. Tarot is defined as "Any set of 22 playing cards consisting of a joker plus 21 cards depicting vices, virtues, and elemental forces used in fortune-telling and as trump, a suit of cards that outrank other cards, in tarok, taroc, or tarocchi games." Tarok, taroc, or tarocchi is a card game that was developed in Fourteenth-Century Italy. The game was played with 78 cards, 22 of which were used as trumps.
Shopping your tarot decks
Tarot decks come in many shapes (round, square, rectangular) and sizes. Dozens of tarot decks are yours for choosing, including decks based on subjects as varied as whimsy (the Whimsical Tarot and Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot), Russian history (Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg), and literature (the Arthurian, Lord of the Rings, and Wonderland Tarot decks).
You don't have to read tarot but do collect card decks solely for their artistic beauty. If you're a lover of art, consider the following:
- The Sacred Rose Tarot is influenced by Byzantine icons and the rose motif, symbol of Western iconography
- Renaissance art depicting Greek and Roman deities appears in the Renaissance Tarot.
- The late-Nineteenth-Century Art Nouveau is shown in the Art Nouveau Tarot.
- Art Deco is seen in Palladini's Aquarian Tarot.
- Individuals drawn to surrealism will like the Haindl, Tarot of the Witches, and Navigators of the Mystic Sea decks.
- Fans of Salvador Dali should peruse the amazing Dali Tarot. If you're intrigued by Hieronymus Bosch, the The Bosch Tarot is a compilation of his strange and imaginative paintings.