The art of tarot card reading was introduced in ancient times. Tarot cards were first used as a game but soon divinity got associated with them. People started to use them as a means to explore their inner selves and to make predictions about future. Ever since the time they were first introduced, Tarot cards have served more than one purposes. Many people use them as divination practice, while other as games. And there are people who take interest in Tarot cards for their designs and symbolic picture and collect them as their hobbies. To serve all these purposes many designers have developed many versions of tarot cards. There are hundreds of designs and kinds of Tarot Cards available nowadays. Tarot dice is also a new addition to these designs.
Basic Features of Taro Dice
The Tarot Dice is a deck of 13 dice with symbols of 78 conventional cards. This set of Tarot dice is a unique and novel product introduced by Tarotocy Inc. tarot dice can be called a shorthand versions of tarot cards as all images of 78 cards from a traditional deck have been divided and carved on the 13 dice. They are really good for new beginners as they spare them from much confusion that is caused by the greater number of the decks.
The Tarot Dice package consists of 13 six sided dice, one mat made of strong plastic for dice spread and one introductory booklet packed in a plastic cylinder. These cards are in black and white form so they can be easily seen. The images, in a shorter form than the conventional cards, are in black color and the die on which these are carved is in white color. Each dice is 2.5 square of width and is made of strong ivory colored plastic. The major cards are shortened in size by reducing them to their core elements. Justice is shown by a pair of scales, Hermit by a hand holding a lantern, and strength is represented by a lion head. Similarly other pictures are shortened to make them fit on the dice. Crowns and shield are used to describe king/queens and the knights respectively.
The way to use the Tarot Dice is to spread the lavender colored mat and pour the dice on it, one at a time. All thirteen dice should be placed at the sides of the mat in a Tarot spread and on the marked positions. And the selected dice should be poured on the mat. You are supposed to consider and read the Taro Dice in upright position unless they are fully close to the reversed position. Limitations of Tarot Dice
There are certain limitations of the Tarot Dice. Certain combinations of tarot can not occurred for their being on the same dice. But this very limitation helps the beginners Tarot readers in their practice. They will not face the combinations of the same cards and there won’t be much difficulty for them. For the advanced users this problem can be avoided only by using two packs of Taro dice. Tarot dice is an easy to use product as there is no threat of their getting broken easily. So you do not have to worry about cleaning and protecting them.
Tarot is a card game which originated in Italy in fifteenth century. This game was changed into divination practice by the people of those times who started to use this game to know and predict about futures. The most traditional tarot card game consists of seventy eight cards. Besides the divination practice being associated with these cards Taro is still popular as a game in many countries such as France, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania. The rules and regulations of playing the Taro card game and the version of the game differ from country to country. The Tarot games consist of special cards and there are usually four suits. These four suits may be French suits i.e. of hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs. They can also be Italian suits i.e. of cups, coins, batons and swords. There is a series of card known as trumps. They are called special cards and are twenty one in number. And there is one more special card, the fool card, it is a single card. Te typical example of the tarot card game is the French tarot. The French Tarot card game- Jeu de Tarot in French- is a trick-taking card games and is played and enjoyed in all France. It is the second most popular game in the country. It consists of 78 cards instead of the 52 cards that are used in common card games in the world especially in United States of America.
The rules of playing tarot as described by the A.E. Waite in his book are as follows: Tarot cards are distributed or dealt, as it is the term of the game, among three players. Each player gets twenty four cards. The deal is started from the player sitting on the right side and is continued counter clock wise. The six cards are left and the dealer has the right to replace his six cards with those that are left if he wants. In the game you have to follow the suit i.e. the card played by the first player and if you do not have the required card you may use the fool card instead of following the suit or using the trump cards. But if you do not have the fool card you have to play the major Arcana card known as trumps. The player who uses the highest suit in the led wins the led. But if it is trumped then the highest trump takes the led and wins. The rank of the trumps starts from twenty one as highest to one as the lowest. The masculine suits like sword and staves or batons have the ranking from king, highest, to ace, low. And the feminine suits i.e. cup and coins also follow the same ranks as the masculine ones- from king to page. The point each card wins also depends on its rank. The rules of playing taro card game may vary from country to country.
Besides having the rules that are rather complicated, this game of Tarot cards is one of the most popular games in the world. Tarot Priestess card is one of the major Arcana cards in most traditional tarot decks of cards. It is the number two card that comes after the fool and the magician card in the decks of seventy eight cards. The card depicts the image of a priestess who is sitting between two pillars. One pillar is white and the other one is black. They contain the letters ‘b’ and ‘j’ that stand for Jachin and Boaz of the mystic Temple of Solomon. She is wearing a robe mostly worn by pop or other clergy people of high rank. There is a sign of cross on her robe in her hand is a scroll partly covered by her mantle. She is wearing a moon tiara. And there are pomegranates decorating the veils which are blocking the way of the temple of which the priestess is a guardian.
Like other tarot cards the Tarot Priestess card is also full of symbolism. The images it depicts are very descriptive. Each and every image denotes something important and also combined together all images in the cards present a meaningful atmosphere. Like the tarot cards are used to find out the meaning and answers of some questions and problems as well as completing and moving forward the story of the Tarot cards that starts with the fool card. The serious looking priestess, who seems to be a lady of few words, is sitting in a calm way and waiting for the fool to come and after seeking guidance from the priestess and answering the secret questions pass through the veiled way. Her sitting position is indicative of soberness and majesty. She symbolizes knowledge, love, wisdom, intuition, femininity and relationship.
Simply spoken and read, the high priestess represents the reader of tarot cards instead of the person who is asking the question or the seeker. The priestess being a symbol of knowledge becomes a symbol for the reader who is also in the search of knowledge and like the priestess provide guidance and knowledge to the fool, the reader provide the same to the seeker or the querent. The priestess also represents the reader in the sense that he is a person who like the priestess has chosen the way to pass secret knowledge to others and is blessed with the power of intuition. The basic symbol the high priestess stands for is knowledge. Thus it suggests for the querent that he is going to gain new knowledge through different mediums like dreams, tarot card reading, and other resources. Whatever the way is the querent is ready to have new knowledge. It suggests for the seeker that he needs to have a creative and imaginative approach in the current situation.
When the high priestess card comes in reverse order in a tarot spread it symbolizes a very excessive use of intuition and masculine approach rather than female intuition. It may be a symbol of too much reliance on intuition such as laziness, day dreaming and wishful thinking.
There has never been the dearth of guys loving the old and the antiques. The choice of an antique product determines the grace of the person. The same thing is searched out in the tarot card decks. People want to know how the tarot decks looked in the early days of 15th century. They want to see the colors and the graphics in those old eras.
For the purpose of meeting a great demand of antique tarots, the publishers and the creators of the tarot have revised and rediscovered the tarots. This reproduction of the antique tarots has proven to be a glass full of water for a thirsty dying person. The desire for the antique work is really a big thirst. The modern tarot decks reveal the reproduced ancient and the antique artwork.
Let’s take a look of some of the reproduced tarot decks.
• Ancient Minch ate Etruria Tarot
This tarot deck has some very unusual features. The thing that it lacks is the presence of the priestess. The four elements, different astrological signs and the four virtues are included in this deck. The number of Major Arcana card is 41 including the above said.
• Ancient Tarot of Marseilles The original tarot deck was created in 1760 and the creator was Nicholas Conver. The blocks green, red, blue and yellow colors have been used in this deck. The reproduction is awesome. • Ancient Tarots of Liguria The region of Pedimont was famous for this Marseilles style tarot deck. The tarot of Liguaria go a long way to look alike. • Ancient Tarots of Bologna Bologna, Italy is famous for the creation of this beautiful deck and creation was made nearly in 1780. This beautiful tarot of Bologna is the reproduction of the same antique tarot deck. • Cagliostro Tarot This is very versatile tarot deck in fact. This antique tarot deck has all the celestial signs on its decks representing its astrological connection. It was first published in 1912. The beautiful antique looking tarot deck has reversible cards. • Ancient Tarots of Lombardy The year of original publication of this awesome tarot deck was 1810. The creator was Lo sacarabo. A new classic artistic style is enough to mesmerize you in the Major Arcana cards as well as court cards. • Classic Tarot In 1835, a beautiful deck named Milanese was created. Bright orange colors are commonly used in this reproduction of the Milanese deck. The pen and the ink art reveals the secrets of beauty very simply. • Cary-Yale Visconti Tarot It is very antique in fact as it is the reproduction of the genuine Cary Yale Visconti Trot deck. The original deck dates back in the 15th century. The interesting is that the deck cards are 67 in total and the original cards are lying in the Yale University’s collections of antique tarot decks.
Other than the above said, there have been many reproductions that fulfill the desires of all the antique lovers for collection. The same reproductions give the same looks and colors.