Tarot's history is fascinating, but rather than start with a long history of what it has been, let's look at what it is today. Tarot is employed by people on many different paths, from psychology to Wicca. Perhaps best known for its use in divination, tarot is employed for a number of other purposes including meditation, psychotherapy , communication, art, aesthetics, and even ritual use.
While certain decks can vary, a tarot deck generally consists of 78 cards, divided into Major and Minor Arcana, some call them Greater and Lesser Arcana. The Major Arcana are usually 22 ranked cards. The Minor Arcana are further divided into four suits, each consisting of 10 numbered cards just like normal playing cards, but four court cards instead the three face cards of a poker deck. Most tarot decks follow this pattern, but may add or subtract cards according to the creators' design.
Although most tarot decks contained illustrated Major Arcana and court cards, very few included illustrations before the 20th century, but after the 1960s most did. There has been an explosion of different tarot decks in recent years with all kinds of themes and motifs, in all sizes, and even different shapes. From alchemical to voodoo, from Les Marseilles to Game of Thrones, there is a quite a variety of different decks.
We have a lot of different decks available for purchase at Oothoon's. Come on in and see if one calls to you or just catches your eye, or talk to one of our sales associates to find the one that's right for you. We also have number of books on tarot, discussing uses from the psychological to its esoteric correspondences with Kabbalah and herbs, and of course books for those interested in divination and magick!
Which brings up one final consideration. Some are of the opinion that you should not buy your own tarot deck. If you believe this is so, then depending on the use you intend, maybe you should not buy your own deck. But perhaps you have a friend who is interested in getting a tarot deck. If so then you could buy each other a deck and exchange them!