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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.

Ramses II tarot

Ramses II Tarot deck was published c.1975 in conjunction with a Peruvian occult or esoteric magazine.

Ramses II Tarot, Peru. c.1975

Ramses II Tarot deck was published c.1975 in conjunction with a Peruvian occult or esoteric magazine. The deck has 78 cards (plus two blank cards). The major arcana cards are based on the Waite/Smith deck designed by Pamela Colman-Smith in 1910 and are numbered 1-21. The Fool is unnumbered. The minor arcana cards are a mixture of Spanish-suited numeral cards (1-10) with Egyptian figures on the court cards. All cards have titles and divinatory interpretations printed in Spanish. The back (right) shows an Egyptian scene.

Ramses II Tarot, Peru. c.1975 Ramses II Tarot, Peru. c.1975 Ramses II Tarot, Peru. c.1975

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Cartomantic meanings of Spanish playing cards by Benita the Witch (XVI century), published by Chocolates Nelia, c.1932
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