About Tarot Oracle and Playing Card Decks
When did playing card and tarot card suits first appear?
The European playing card system first appeared in a four suit format in the late 14th Century although there is a theory that also card playing systems existed prior in Egypt at a time when sensitive information possibly religious or pagan needed to be hidden and a kind of code was required as some evidence indicates playing cards worked quite well in this way.
The four suits were portrayed to reflect the structures of medieval society at the time and it did not matter what symbol type was applied to represent them as they varied depending on the country and its culture. For example in Italy the card suits chosen are Swords, Cups, Coins, Batons and each symbol type represented or reflected were Kings, The Church, Merchants, and Agriculture. The German suits show Hawks or Bells for Nobles, Hearts for Clergy, Leaves for Citizenry and Acorns for Peasants. In the early 15th century France introduced lance points for Nobility, Hearts for Clergy, Diamonds or Squares for Merchants and Clovers for Peasants. England followed suit with the French who until then had used printed cards from Italy and Germany and the Lance points in England became known as Spades, and the Clovers were called Clubs whereas the Hearts and Diamonds remained the same.
Card divination and playing card games such as Whist, Bridge, and Rummy are from the same times when Tarot and Oracle cards were also being explored. It is believed that the 32 card deck known as a skat pack was originally made up from only four colours and four suits and began as a card game that linked Europe and Asia. Our modern packs today come from various countries and as a collector of tarot, oracle and playing cards; gypsykallista.com.au aims to offer excellent quality and varied selections of cards with traditional know how. There’s a real revival in Tarot or Oracle Playing Cards, take time out, enjoy a game of patience, whist, canasta, or read your tarot cards with every day card divination methods.
Four card suits and symbols
Diamonds – Pentacles – Disks – Coins – Skull – stones – Squares – Earth – Practical the west and America
Hearts – Cups – Chalice – Grail – Water – Emotion – the north and Europe
Spades – Wands – Knives – Lance points – Air – Intellect – the south and Egypt
Clubs -Swords – Staves – Scepter – Rods – Batons – Clovers – Fire – Inspiring the east and India
There are four suits that include usually the court King, Queen and Jack (Valet or Page) Cards in today’s decks. A fourth Card called the Cavalier or Knight, Knave which is between the Queen and Jack. This was replaced when the Cavalier and Page (Jack) were combined into Jack only, giving 52 cards plus Joker also known as the Tarot Fool card which was retained. As the history of playing cards developed in various ways throughout Europe over time the Major Acana was dropped from playing card decks as various playing card games increased. Playing cards and Tarot Decks have a long history with many changes over the centuries as there are card games. They make a wonderful luxury gift for young and old.
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