October is a month for magic on Lune. I know you'll get your fill of halloween costumes and decor on other sites and blogs, so instead I'm going to focus on some of the more mystical traditions of this time of year. I hope you enjoy exploring the magical side of the season with Lune.
Did you know that Tarot was not widely adopted by mystics, occultists and secret societies until the 18th and 19th centuries? It originally served as a game, thought to originate in Italy in the 15th century. The Etteilla deck created by Jean-Baptiste Alliette, a French occultist, was the first popular tarot deck created as a divination tool for a wide audience in 1785.
The tarot now commonly consists of 78 cards in total. They are divided into the Major Arcana and the Minor Arcana.
The Major Arcana are a set of characters - including The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Devil, The Tower, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, The World, and The Fool
The Minor Arcana consist of 4 suits : swords, wands, coins and cups.
I find it very interesting that people have used this tool for divination and self discovery (and profit) for over two centuries. Something about the opportunity to know one's future is irresistible to many of us. It's history is long, and it's use sometimes controversial. And still, we remain intrigued with the dark candle lit room and the fortune teller who will reveal the mysteries of our world, contained in a spread of cards on a cloth.
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