The earliest recorded history of tarot cards appears in northern Italy sometime around 1420. Current historical research has uncovered that a lot of the theories that have been around the tarot for years, that they were handed down from ancient Egypt, or came about through the Gypsies - are actually just romantic theories and have not strong basis in fact.
A deck of tarot comprises (nearly always) of twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana, numbered from zero to twenty one, and the fifty six cards of the Minor Arcana, divided into four suits of fourteen cards each. Wands, cups, swords and pentacles., these are numbered through from the Ace to ten, and then there are four court cards, king, queen, knight and page for each suit. The tarot is structured in such a way that it is logical in nature, and functional with the pictures relating to life events. There are now a huge amount of decks readily available to purchase.
The various pictures of the tarot reveal potential paths for the seeker to follow and they help to clarify decisions, and offer new insight while on the path of life.
LIFE IS NOT
A MATTER OF HOLDING GOOD CARDS,
BUT OF PLAYING
A POOR HAND
~Robert Louis Stevenson~