Since we’ve looked at XXI The World before, let’s use it to consider a little slice of the world of tarot.
Tarot cards didn’t just spring forth in the forms we know them now. Less Ta Da! and more evolutionary journey.
Most historians (yes, even in tarot, they’re an argumentative bunch) trace the first tarot deck back to Milan, Italy in the mid to late 15th century. And most agree that the deck that was designed for the Visconti family was a deck for gaming, rather than for reading and personal spiritual growth. You’ve seen one of the cards in an earlier post.
The Visconti deck made it to France via the usual political transfers of power, and companies in Marseilles began printing tarot decks. And here’s where tarot as a transpersonal tool had it’s start in the early 1700s. There’s a style of decks known as Tarot de Marseilles, which are based on a few early decks.
The XXI World card pictured above is from the Oswald Wirth Tarot, which is a Marseilles-based deck. Wirth was a Swiss kabbalist who studied in the French tarot tradition. He designed his deck in the late 1800s with a great deal of input from a couple of his French mentors. Like the Visconti, it was a majors only deck.
It’s a big world that our tarot tradition is a part of. There are other arts that have made the cross-cultural migration. Ballet is another that made the journey from Italy to France (Catherine diMedici married Henri II and was very influential vis a vis the court “theatre”). I have to mention that, given the dancer on XXI The World. :-}
But, more importantly, it’s another example of the falling boundaries that XXI The World indicates. No matter what’s gone before, there’s always a way to break through to wholeness and freedom, and it’s often the least expected avenue.
We had another look at XXI The World since this post. See how to grow into Paradise here.
Here we looked at how we can have an impact on others.
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