Tarot is a deck of special cards which has been used since the 15th century all over Europe. It was used to play certain types of card games such as French Terot. As of the 18th century and on, terot has been used for divinations and mystics. Essentially it was used to draw out spiritual pathways for an individual.
Psychic is a person who claims to understand and know things that are not seen or heard via the regular five senses. Depending on the psychic, he or she can tell the future, can know how a person feels or have insights into their pasts. Card reading is often a tool employed by psychics to tap into the above mentioned information and convey it to an interested party.
Of the three of the above things have ties to the horoscopes and their roots stem from a deep understanding of astrology that goes all the way back to some of the first civilization. What pulls all these things together is the psychic, since as a person he or she can employ card reading techniques, tarot, horoscope or knowledge of astrology to perceive things that most people are no aware of.
Fortune telling and divination have been around since the ancient times. They used to have an incredible amount of credibility as many people (until the very recent centuries) were very superstitious. Fortune tellers were believed to have the ability to communicate with gods and translate their desires to the mortal humans. They were also thought possess the ability to fortell bad and good things and in many mystical stories they are known to warm people of disasters before they happened.
Cards came into the picture many centuries after the ancient civilizations, however, once they started to make an appearance they became a main tool for fortune tellers to do things that historically were done with potions, and special natural ingredients. It was not until the 19th century that the idea of translating astrology into fortune telling became popular. The concept was driven by modern spiritualism and brought tarot and other forbidden or forgotten card games back into pop culture.
The idea of horoscopes came into play when the Oriental culture spread into the Western world. At that time, many Europeans were intrigues by the idea of astrological constellations and signs in the heaven as having an influence on the outcome of people’s lives.
Horoscopes soon became an integral part of not only fortune telling and astrological mysticism and but also of pop culture. Horoscopes now appear everywhere from magazines to newspapers. Its basic belief is that birthdays coincide with certain constellations which dictate the kind of person the individual becomes, what he does with his life and the kind of people he or she best gets along with.
The psychic influence has not been lost in the mist of the rising popularity of horoscopes. Many people still tune into shows who invite fortune tellers and thousands still go for consultations about their lives.
Although it is an ancient idea, stemming from some of the most complex knowledge of our earlier ancestors, the idea of card reading, tarot and fortune telling is still prominent in our world today and continues to change with the changing world and continues to intrigue even the most modern man.
Sandra, aspiring author from London, UK.