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Nobody knows for certain where Tarot cards originally came from but they seem to share the same roots as playing cards and the game of chess. There are claims put forward that China, India or Eqypt is the birthplace of the Tarot, I feel sure that influences from all these places, and a good many more, have been drawn on by early card designers. It is probable that the packs which finally emerged, more or less in the present form, in the fourteenth century were developed from those which were carried by travelling people and gypsies during the periodic westerly migrations.

There is an account of cards being used for fortune-telling in the fourteenth century French Court, when a gypsy was bought in to entertain the King . She was able to describe intimate details of the people around him and tell him of furture events with such accuracy that fortune-telling by cards became tremendously popular. So much so that the King became thoroughly fed-up with it and banned the cards from the court altogether.

Since then, Tarot cards have gone though a number of phases of popularity and banishment over the years, and are at the moment once more extremely popular. The image that they have of being slightly dangerous in some unspecified way, only serves to increase their attraction. In actual fact, Tarot cards are not in the least dangerous as they rely upon the intuition, and the possible psychic powers of the reader and on no way release dangerous or frightening forces. If the reader treats them with respect but does not worry too much about any one particular reading, then they can be entertaining informative and a useful guide to future actions.

The first thing I think you should understand about Tarot cards is that they are not in any way magical you are the Psychic NOT the cards.

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