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Playing cards have been with us since the 14th century, when they first entered popular culture. Over the centuries packs of cards, in all shapes and sizes, have been used for games, gambling, education, conjuring, advertising, fortune telling, political messages or the portrayal of national or ethnic identity. All over the world, whatever language is spoken, their significance is universal. Their popularity is also due to the imaginative artwork and graphic design which is sometimes overlooked, and the “then & now” of how things have changed.

Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests

A set of rather unusual and non-standard cartomancy cards from Argentina with religious connotations and imaginative artwork

‘Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests’ fortune-telling cards, Argentina, c.1985

‘Cartomancia • Astrología • Quirologia • Tests’ Fortune-Telling Cards

A curious set of rather unusual and non-standard cartomancy cards from Argentina with religious connotations and imaginative artwork including miniature playing cards, astrological and other occult symbols. Some of the imagery is a bit basic. Cards need to have the right feel and these may be suitable for some, although no interpretations are given. The title of the deck and printing on the box (see below) suggest that as well as reading the cards, they can be used to draw up a detailed astrological birth chart and read the lines on the hands to see the character and destiny, see into the soul of the enquirer and the seven capital sins...

‘Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests’ fortune-telling cards, 40 large-size cards in box, Argentina, c.1985

Above: ‘Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests’ fortune-telling cards, 40 large-size cards in box, anonymous manufacturer, Argentina, c.1985. Reverse: blue/white cross-hatch.

Box from ‘Cartomancia Astrología Quirologia Tests’ fortune-telling cards, anonymous manufacturer, Argentina, c.1985
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