Throughout the ages, mankind’s fascination with the unknown has resulted in the beliefs of

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Throughout the ages, mankind’s fascination with the unknown has resulted in the beliefs of different theories of magic, sorcery and other supernatural activities. While it is a natural trait for humans to be curious of what they do not know, there is something to be said for the mass conviction in these paranormal topics. It’s a mystery in itself how groups of people of all ethnicities and nationalities can have the same beliefs and interest in these topics. From witchcraft to UFO’s, it can be seen all throughout history that humans have been attracted to the unexplained. Things like astrology and fortune telling have been looked upon as fun diversions to pass the time. Amongst these pseudoscience’s, the art of Tarot card reading has the…show more content…
As the cards spread throughout Italy, they were developed through the changing, simplification and even enhancements of the players. The original playing cards were augmented decks, or decks with a fifth suit serving as trumps. The original suits were swords, staves, coins, cups and sticks. The Italians simplified this by removing the sticks, while the Spanish changed the staves into clubs (later in 1750, the French would create the standard 52-card deck that was composed of the suits: spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds.) Eventually an entirely new deck of cards had been created, the Tarot deck. These cards were created for a game that is similar to what we know today as bridge; “The first known deck, which has been preserved, was created for an Italian family by the name of Visconti-Sforza and dates to the year 1450” ( This deck expanded from the original 56-card deck, to a 78-card deck, which included the original suit cards plus 22 allegorical trump cards. Although their name varied by country, they were originally called “carte de trionfi”, or cards with trumps. Tarot cards were, at first, specifically used by the wealthy and noble families of Italy. This is because, “The earliest tarot decks were hand painted and for this reason would not have been widely available or affordable to the average person…” ( However, the creation of the printing press allowed for the mass
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