Our MMC challenge for the month of August was tarot cards. While you may be at least vaguely familiar with tarot cards, you might wonder why we would use that as a challenge topic. Some people collect tarot cards simply for the beautiful artwork, while others delve further into research, study and use of the tarot.
The first known tarot cards were created in the mid-fifteenth century and used for playing various card games. Approximately one century later, written evidence is found for using tarot cards in divination practices, although specific meanings for the different tarot images are not found until the mid-1700's. Tarot cards are currently used for problem-solving, creative visualization, meditation, self-improvement, as a tool of understanding, for divination, fortune-telling and, even today, for card games.
Different artists interpret the tarot symbols in differing ways, each adding their own perspective. There are so many themes that can correspond with the tarot system with thousands of decks available, catering to many diverse interests from baseball to voodoo. There's a tarot deck to match just about every interest or belief. With such a rich history and so many diverse interpretations of the tarot, our team thought it would be an exciting subject to explore.
So this month our artists have put their spin on tarot cards.