The first Tarot cards have been around since the 1370's, used as playing cards in Europe. These earliest decks were hand painted art works which were expensive and could only be afforded by wealthy patrons. But as demand increased, new and cheaper methods of production were discovered so that playing cards became available for everyone, specially with the start of the printing machines. The Earliest card found in Germany. Handmade deck found in castle Ambras (Tirol) together with Hofmterspiel reprinted by "Edition Leipzig" in 1971 for Heimeran (Munich). The tarot card is Gypsy in origin and was used for religious purposes, not for fortune telling. It was a guide to the right path, served as a philosophy of life, a guide how to overcome basic primitive instinct of greed, jealousy, hate, etc. The tarot cards are more ancient, it preceded the European appearance and it goes back over fifty thousand years... The first use of cards to tell the future was in the 1480's in Germany, and preceded the Italian tarot. One shuffled a deck of customary playing cards, drew one, and then consulted the book to determine one's fate. Later tarot was changed by Eliphas Levi, in 1856 who linked the Tarot cards into the system of Cabala making the connection between the 22 trumps and the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This placed the Tarot cards in the realm of occultism. Later on, in 1904. Tarot was changed once again by the British writer and ceremonial magician, Aleister Crowley and Rider Waite. A. Crowley came to believe himself to be the prophet of a new age, the Æon of Horus, based upon a spiritual experience that he and his wife, Rose Edith, had in Egypt. By his account, a possibly non-corporeal or "praeterhuman" being that called itself Aiwass contacted him and dictated a text (this is identical to the Mormons belief of an angel coming to dictate the words to Joseph Smith) known as The Book of the Law or Liber AL vel Legis, which outlined the principles of Thelema. An adherent of Thelema is a Thelemite. Primarily, Tarot in terms teaches of the philosophical model of the Qabalah and the Temple of Thelema. (The Thelemic pantheon includes a number of deities focusing primarily on a trinity of deities adapted from ancient Gypsy religion, then turned to the dark side of the sun, to the ancient Egyptian religion, (thus the true source will be hidden) who are the three speakers of The Book of the Law: Nuit, Hadit and Ra-Hoor-Khuit. The religion is founded upon the idea that the 20th century marked the beginning of the Aeon of Horus, in which a new ethical code would be followed; "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law". This statement indicates that adherents, who are known as Thelemites, should seek out and follow their own true path in life, known as their True Will rather than their egoic desires. The philosophy also emphasizes the ritual practice of Magick. The word "Thelema" itself is the English transliteration of the Koine Greek noun: "will", from the verb: to will, wish, purpose, which is borrowed from Sanskrit tala and its meaning is zita, serpent, the will of the serpent. In the New Testament as well as the works of Plato, Thelema includes the ideas of will, choice, (today we can see many shops coining the word "Choice or Choices, showing their belief in the Telema) inclination, desire, including sexual desire, and pleasure.) The 22 Major Arcana are the 22 Trumps correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and each are also attributed other symbols, astrological and philosophical. They are almost entirely based on the simple astrological correspondences of the Hebrew letters. Those given for Aleph, Mem, and Shin correspond closely to the astrological significance of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
It is important to point out that Gypsy Tarot cards were not designed to attach occult meanings.This is a greatest violation committed and equal to sacrilege. You can find out the original interpretation of the Gypsy Cards with the book of Agni Tara, only the Rider Waite type of tarot cards contain occult symbolism, such as Kabbalist, whilst the Rider Waite has hidden Freemason symbolism within each tarot image.
It was only later when tarot was assigned Egyptian and Gypsy origin that people started viewing Tarot as so magical, and attributed to them the ability to tell the future. Ironically, Gypsies never used tarot to tell fortune, they were forbidden by the church to use the cards. Probably they were worried the Roma will decode the original meanings of the cards. The first cards extant in Europe, the tarrochi which was ancestor to the modern Tarot, was used only for playing games, yet now the modern Tarot is used nearly exclusively for the purpose of meditation and divination. It was the simplified playing card deck that was first used for divination, yet now it is nearly exclusively used for playing games. Although faced with a few tough tangles in the course of seeking the origin of playing cards and Tarot, it is not a secret any more. Tarot come from the Sanskrit (Gypsy, Roma language) word Tara, Tarita, meaning path, inquiry, recollection, knowledge and it was the base of almost every religion exist today.