The origin of this pack of cards is very obscure. Some authorities seek to put it back as far as the ancient Egyptian Mysteries; others try to bring it forward as late as the fifteenth or even the sixteenth century. But the Tarotcertainly existed, in what may be called the classical form, as early as the fourteenth century; for packs of that date are extant, and the form has not varied in any notable respect since that time.
THE THEORY OF THE CORRESPONDENCES OF THE TAROT
Unimportant to the present purpose are tradition and authority.Einstein’s Theory of Relativitydoes not rest on the fact that, when his theory was put to the test, it was confirmed. The only theory of ultimate interest about theTarotis that it is an admirable symbolic picture of the Universe, based on the data of theQabalah.