Brief History of Tarot 1st – 3rd centuries CE: in Alexandria, Kabbalah emerges from Jewish / Neo- Platonic / Hermetic / Gnostic Milieu. Basis of Tarot 1200s CE: According to Fama Adepts of all lands meet in “Fez” and share wisdom. Tarot may have been developed as an international symbol set to convey wisdom to the West. Brief History of Tarot 1367: Use of Tarot Cards banned in Bern, Switzerland 1392: Jaccquemin Grigonneur makes 3 packs of Tarot for Charles VI of France 1450: Visconti-Sforza Tarot in Milan. Earliest surviving models for 78 card deck. 1500s: Earliest list of Major Arcana and first mention of use in Divination. Brief History of Tarot 1614-1615: The Fama & Confessio mention that the Rosicrucians have “a device” called “Rota” which is consulted for information about past, present and future. 1781: Court de Gebelin equates Tarot with the ancient Book of Thoth. Ettella amplifies this. Brief History of Tarot 1856: Eliphas Levi first to link (in print) Kabbalah and Tarot, however, he encodes blinds and feints into the text. 1887: Golden Dawn established. S.L. MacGregor Mathers records his insights into Tarot in the unpublished Book T. British school specializes in the Esoteric Tarot. 1889: Papus published Tarot of the Bohemians, containing same blinds and feints as Levi. French schools continues the Exoteric Tarot. 1900s: Golden Dawn corrected Tarot order and attributions published by A.E. Waite, Crowley, Regardie, Case, Hulse, et al. 1930s: H.S. Lewis publishes Rosicrucian Egyptian Tarot Major Arcana as a tribute to Tarot’s Egyptian roots. 21st Century: Hundreds of Tarot Deck Designs in circulation. This timeline is greatly indebted to the work of David Allen Hulse, The Western Mysteries.
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