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Tarot

Postby FionaDowson » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:39 am

Has anyone ever seen a tarot reader at a living history event?

There really isn't much known about the history of tarot but it's a fair guess that there were fortune tellers at fairs

I thought I could present myself as a kind of Hilta Goatfinder in Equal Rites

Experience of working events is that tarot is popular once I've convince the organisers I'm not (insert the word of your choice here)

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Re: Tarot

Postby lucy the tudor » Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:01 pm

Yes, there are a number of traders who also offer Tarot or palm readings.


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Re: Tarot

Postby Tod » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:20 pm

I'm going to be honest and tell you I banned tarrot readers from my events. The first was an 18th century event and there was no way it fitted with anything we were doing and I couldn't find any historical reference, nor could it be supplied. The second was at my Flodden event this year, again I banned it as there was no way I was having that on my military camps and I thought that it wouldn't have happened at the time in anywhere other than the home.
However if you have done the research and can show me it I would consider having you at my events.



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Re: Tarot

Postby Phil the Grips » Tue Dec 03, 2013 6:00 pm

Earliest provenance I could ever find, admittedly with only a casual search, was Mme Lenormand reading cards in the salons of Paris at the turn of the C19th- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Anne_Lenormand. Everything else I could find was about as old as the Dennis Wheatley's on my shelf before claiming to simply be "ancient" without any evidence otherwise.

So fine as a side attraction at a Regency Ball or other similar social function but generally piffle for any other context, especially Medieval military camps.


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Re: Tarot

Postby Tod » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:06 am

Which is exactly the conclusion I came to.



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Re: Tarot

Postby Fox » Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:42 am

My understanding is that Tarot as gaming cards originates in the mid-15thC, as part of the increasing popularity of playing cards.

I'd be gobsmacked if Tarot cards weren't used for divination, since Cartomancy seems to follow very rapidly with the use of general playing cards for gaming.

However, Tarot with it's specific occult connection, and the same pack layout that we'd recognise today, is late 18thC.

As I understand it, Tarot reading as an activity at fairs and the like struggles for provenance before that date.
I'd love to be proved wrong, because it's the sort of offer that, as Tod says, comes up from time to time.



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