The History of Kabbalah Tarot combines the esoteric teachings of a sect of Hebrew rabbis and scholars with tarot. Some people consider that the Jews inherited or adopted part of the Kabbalah Tarot while the Jews were slaves in Egypt.
The formal adoption of tarot into Kabbalah formally occurred in Europe around 1100. The influence of Kabbalah teachings in the design of tarot cards and the development of the modern tarot system is undeniable.
Many of the basic teachings of Kabbalah can be summarized in a single word. These words like hint, inquire, secret, mystery, and seek are now a fundamental part of the thinking that influences people to use the tarot. The basic concept of the Kabbalah in attempting to merge the known finite world with the infinite guide of the universe is basic to the use of tarot.
The modern tarot card deck has a direct link to Kabbalah thought, tradition, and teachings. The symbols on the tarot cards reflect the stages of development of a person in relation to themselves and to the universe. These stages are a direct inheritance from Kabbalah thought and include the ace or Hand of God card as a representation of the giving of the gifts of enlightenment to man from the universal.
The symbolism and interpretation of each tarot card stem directly from Kabbalah thought. The crown represents conscious will. The pillar represents the height of wisdom. The tree indicates the understanding of some potential. Each of the stages of development in the tree of life that is the basis of the Kabbalah is represented by the symbols or a group of symbols on each tarot card.
Kabbalah Tarot sees enlightenment and understanding as a series of purposeful steps. These steps must be taken in order. The presumption is that the tarot will know where a person is on their path to their best self and presents the cards that an individual most needs to receive direction to take the journey to their next stage of development.
The Kabbalah symbolism on the tarot also indicates a set of moral principles that are designed to act as guides to the development of a person’s best self. The moral principles include love, justice, mercy, kindness, compassion, selflessness, and faith. The basic idea of using the tarot is that one attains these moral qualities through the direction of the cards.
The ultimate aim of Kabbalah Tarot is harmony. The concept includes harmony with one’s self, harmony with ones place in the world, harmony with the direction of the universe for a person’s life and actions, and harmony with all people and things. The regular use of the cards to develop your self in terms of understanding, morality, and enlightenment bring you to a state of harmony with all.