Trumps depict historical scenes primarily of the political period known as the Holy Roman Empire from the 6th to 16th century.
Woodblock and stencil Animal Tarot cards, probably of German origin, 2nd half 18th century
Hijos de José Garcia Taboadela was a book-seller who also published this charming pack of lovers' fortune telling cards in 1871
Buena Suerte Cartomancy cards published by Difusora S.A., Argentina, c.1975
Carreras Fortune Telling Cards, 1926
Cartas Blancas Self-help playing cards
The designs of these fortune-telling cards are largely taken from nineteenth century Austrian "Rural Scenes" Tarock cards.
“Cartes Lenormand” published by H. P. Gibson & Sons Ltd, London, printed in Germany by B. Dondorf, 1920s.
Playing cards are used for fortune-telling, predicting the future or even as a psychological adjunct to folk medicine and therapy. Playing cards or tarot cards are used as symbols to make conscious psychological states within the mind and are a tool for spiritual or introspective enquiry.
Marseille Tarot cards by Charles Cheminade of Grenoble, France, early 18th century.
Fortune Telling Cards - wondrous scientific divination poker cards
The game of tarot was not widely accepted in England until the 1870s when a number of English occultists had begun taking an interest.
The woodcuts were produced by Francois Georgin (1801-1863), a famous engraver during the Napoleonic period, retaining the composition and general features of the Tarot de Marseille.
The Cavaliers are man/beast creatures. The Valets (or Pages) are male for clubs and swords, and female for cups and coins.
Fortune Telling Deck by Industrie Comptoir, Leipzig c.1818.
These Fortune-Telling cards, first published as early as 1690, were possibly the first pack of cards ever made specifically for the purpose of fortune-telling. Otherwise, previously, ordinary playing cards had been used for the purpose.
Geistliche Karten, Augsburg, 1718. Each card carries a text in Gothic typeface giving advice regarding what to do and think each day. Not quite oracle or divination cards, they are more like 'a motto for the day' collection. The method of using the cards is not known.
During the late 1940s and 1950s The Insight Institute, of New Malden in Surrey, ran correspondence courses on the Tarot, which consisted of lessons with homework which was checked by tutors as well as a set of 'Authenticated' Tarot cards.
Madame Lenormand Fortune Telling Cards made by J. Müller.
Tarocco Piedmontese by Fabrica de Naipes La Primitiva, Defensa 125, Buenos Aires c.1890
Livre du Destin or Book of Fate, printed by B.P.Grimaud, Paris, c.1900. During the the nineteenth century various types of fortune-telling, oracle, Lenormand, sybil and destiny cards became popular and many decks such as the ones shown here were published in Paris.
Naipes Tu Destino Cartomancy Cards by Zandrox Producciones, Miraflores, Peru, c.1975
78-card Polish tarot pack designed by Edyta Gdek
The Rameses Fortune Telling Cards were manufactured by Chas. Goodall & Son Ltd, London, c.1910, around the same time as Rameses The Egyptian Wonderworker, was performing.
Ramses II Tarot deck was published c.1975 in conjunction with a Peruvian occult or esoteric magazine.
The Rider Waite Tarot was created at the beginning of the 20th century by Arthur Edward Waite and Pamela Colman Smith.
Russell Grant astro-tarot
Human beings have always yearned to understand the experience of life. The knowledge that we seek is not really hidden, we each have to find it within ourselves.
Self-Nurturing Solitaire is a deck of cards designed to improve Self-Esteem.
Serravalle-Sesia Tarot published by Fratelli Avondo, c.1880
Whilst the titles of the cards are in Italian, the Hebrew and Sanskrit letters on the Trump cards denote, respectively, associations with the Cabbala and Vedic metaphysics.
“Tarocchino Lombardo” c.1835, a limited facsimile edition of 2500 by Edizione del Solleone, Italy, 1981.
Gumppenberg published several new decks by well-known artists or engravers of the day. The designs are clear and well-engraved, in the style of the revival of antiquity, and preserving the symbolic intensity of the Tarot, but adding new nuances.
The double ended version of the Piedmontese Tarot evolved during the second half of the nineteenth century, most probably in Turin. It is still produced and used today.
Italy is said to be the birthplace of the tarot, which according to playing-card historians was originally a card game invented in the fifteenth century.
The "Tarots Egipcios" was first published by Editorial Kier S.A. in c.1971 with Spanish titles, with a booklet (also in Spanish) explaining the cabbalistic meanings of the cards.
The 72 Names Cards based on the Kabbalistic "72 Names of God" and the metaphysical artwork of Orna Ben-Shoshan, Raanana, Israel.
The Fortune Teller’s Deck was published in 1995 in conjunction with a book written by Jane Lyle. The deck was designed by Neil Breeden and the court cards incorporate traditional symbolism.
The Llewellyn Tarot - Welsh tarot cards
The Picture Book of Ana Cortez is an original work of art designed to facilitate Divination
The Thomson-Leng Tarot Cards were issued by the publishers of women's magazines during the 1930s. The cards are loosely based upon the Rider-Waite tarot.
This pack of tarot cards appears to have have been made for Francesco Sforza about the time that he became Duke of Milan (1450). The pack comprises an ordinary pack of playing cards augmented by a Fool (Matto) and twenty-one unsuited trump cards (trionfi).
In this version an explanatory verse is printed at the top of each card.
The vibrant colours and artwork glorify the symbolism, mood and positive energy in this exciting new tarot deck from Australia.
Ye Witches Fortune Telling Cards published by the United States Playing Card Co., 1896. 52 cards + Joker + extra card in box.
Zodiac Celebrities fortune-telling cards presented with 'Picture Show' magazine, 1930. The cards were printed in black and red and supplied as uncut sheets inserted into the magazine.