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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.

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El Oráculo de la Bruja

“El Oráculo de la Bruja” fortune-telling cards, 2003.

El Oráculo de la Bruja

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800.

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards

Le Grand Tarot Belline

“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).

Le Grand Tarot Belline

The Playing Card Oracles

The Picture Book of Ana Cortez is an original work of art designed to facilitate Divination.

The Playing Card Oracles

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

“Tarjetas de la Felicidad” containing positive mental affirmations by Lauro Trevisan, Buenos Aires (Argentina) c.2001

Tarjetas de la Felicidad

Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition

Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition - by Charles J. Freeman and Ana Cortez

Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition

Art Deco Gypsy Oracle

Art Deco fortune telling deck published by Piatnik, 1936.

Art Deco Gypsy Oracle

Grand Jeu Lenormand

A pack of 54 playing-cards for fortune-telling each card containing a number of zodiacal, classical and modern images with a miniature card of the conventional type at top left and a letter of the alphabet at top right.

Grand Jeu Lenormand

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

Oracle - Mystifying Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko

A pack inspired by subjects such as spirituality, the occult, ouija boards, spirit photography and generally all things spooky.

Oracle - Mystifying Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko

The Fortune Teller's Deck

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 Fortune Teller's Deck

Ye Witches

Ye Witches Fortune Telling Cards published by the United States Playing Card Co., 1896. 52 cards + Joker + extra card in box.

Ye Witches

Wahrsage-Karten

In this version an explanatory verse is printed at the top of each card.

Wahrsage-Karten

Livre du Destin

Livre du Destin / The Book of Fate, c.1900, entire deck (32 cards)

Livre du Destin

Geistliche Karten

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.

Geistliche Karten

Naipes Cristianos

“Naipes Cristianos” catechetical playing cards with quotations from the four gospels, 2002.

Naipes Cristianos

Cartas Blancas Self-improvement playing cards

Cartas Blancas Self-help playing cards

Cartas Blancas Self-improvement playing cards