Tarot Cards & Games

The use of playing cards for divination, known as Cartomancy, has references dating back possibly as far as the 1400’s, and were widespread by the mid 1700s. While the use of playing cards for fortune telling may seem like a bit of a leap, it is actually quite a natural step to make. Throughout human history nearly anything that had an element of repeatable randomness would have been quite natural for this purpose as not only are they random, but the various numbers, suits, and face cards would make it easy to assign clear and symbolic meanings to each card in the Major and Minor Arcana. 
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