Every deck of tarot cards is rich in occult imagery and symbolism, which dates back to several centuries ago when they were used throughout Europe. As discussed in “The Story of Occult Clothing: Wear the Magic,” written by Emily Grace, tarot cards are a divination tool that goes back to at least the 13th century. They are often regarded as sacred objects by those who use them – requiring their own specific type of care and handling.
“Depending on which illustrated card- with characters like Death, The Fool, or the Queen of Swords- falls where, and facing what direction, the reader can divine the past, present, and future of the person having the reading done. Tarot cards are often beautifully illustrated, many with a distinctly medieval style of artwork,” Grace writes.
Over the years, there has been some debate regarding whether or not tarot cards, which are typically heavy with heart imagery, originated with the gypsies or Medieval Europe. Either way, we know that the use of – and popularity of – tarot cards has spread throughout the world, and continues to inspire occultists on many levels. From shoes and accessories to pants and shirts, what we wear speaks volumes about our personalities…and tarot card fashion may be speaking to you! Here are some occult fashion looks that revolve around both the beauty of gypsy fashion and Medieval fashion:
Enchanted by the styles of the Medieval Times and Renaissance Period? Women’s Victorian fashion, which emerged in the British culture, offered several styles and trends that embraced the feminine figure – in a very modest way. Some gothic Victorian dresses typically had high necklines, collars, and wide-puffed sleeves, while evening dresses had short sleeves and low necklines. Short gloves, fingerless lace gloves, or crocheted mitts were also worn with evening dresses for an extra dose of style. Today, it’s not common to see women in head-to-toe Victorian fashion. Rather, the rebel trendsetters of today will incorporate pieces of Victorian fashion into their personal style in their own way. Corsets with jeans? Neo-Victorian blouses with skirts? Go for it!
Gypsies, on the other hand, are nomadic people that pride themselves in being wandering, free spirits! This is evident in a Gypsy Goddess’ fashion sense, which epitomizes the typical look of a fortune teller. Think boho dresses and skirts, fringe accessories, scarves, ethnic prints, and colorful, bold necklaces! The beauty of bohemian fashion is that it can be mixed and matched however a Gypsy Goddess wishes! Needless to say: This type of style personality is likely to never run out of options! With springtime just around the corner, boho blouses with denim shorts, booties, and symbolic jewelry has “Gypsy Goddess” written all over it!
Occultists are who they are because they embrace the mysterious, supernatural, and/or magical powers. And alchemy, which is said to represent the spiritual progress of humanity, is symbolized throughout a pack of tarot cards, carrying various unique meanings. Because most Goths consider themselves occultists, Goth style jewelry is super popular across multiple subcultures – you may also see punk rockers and vintage lovers wear alchemy jewelry! Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets with major symbolism add a special, intimate power to an outfit, while embracing a person’s style and beliefs. Whether you are in love with Victorian fashion or connect more to your inner Gypsy Goddess, keep in mind that symbolic jewelry may enhance your personal style in a spiritually transformative way.