“The Tarot has been called the oldest book known to human. It has been said that the original cards comprised “chapters” in a book known as The Book of Thoth. Thoth(Maat) was the ibis-headed god of wisdom and knowledge of the ancient Egyptians. At the founding of Egypt, unknown centuries ago, he is said to have help give humans the knowledge of medicine, astrology, language, art, and various sciences such as mathematics and engineering. The original chapters of The Book of the Dead are said to have been written by Thoth.
After several thousands of years, the Egyptian empire began to crumble. As things began to fall apart, the god Thoth again intervened. He desired to keep alive the knowledge and wisdom that he had provided his people. To save his contribution to mankind, he summarized all of the accumulated wisdom of the Egyptian empire onto a series of 22 tablets. He did this by using symbols and pictures instead of words. These tablets became known as The Book of Thoth. As the empire decayed, the tablets found their way into a band of roving people later known as Gypsies. The gypsies copied the symbols of the tablets onto cards which became the major arcana of the Tarot deck.”
“Maat was the ancient Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law,morality, and justice. Maat was also personified as a goddess regulating the stars, seasons, and the actions of both mortals and the deities. Most goddesses were paired with a male aspect, her masculine counterpart was Thoth and their attributes are the same. After the rise of Ra they were depicted together in the Solar Barque. A solar deity (also sun god/dess) is a sky deity who represents the Sun, or an aspect of it, usually by its perceived power and strength.”
Nevertheless, tarot is a tool of self exploration. You see, tarot thinks in terms of symbols while forcing the analytic part of one’s brain to form explanations for those symbols. It is best compared to how the mind works in a dream state. You are stimulating your imagination! When presenting questions to the Oracle/tarot cards, try to reveal self in the present. Thereupon, focusing on questions about how to overcome obstacles and setbacks now!
Psychologically, the tarot is looking into the unconscious mind. The whole process relates to analytical psychology by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung.
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