From The Fool to the World: The History and Folklore of Tarot Cards

This sheet (304 x 217 mm) shows all or part of twenty playing cards, dated c. 1500. It is part of the Cary Collection of playing cards, in the Beinecke Library at Yale. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34906134

When you think of tarot cards, do you picture a fortune teller predicting your untimely end in a darkened room? Do you think they’re evil? Thankfully, as you’ll soon discover, the former is unlikely and the latter is simply wrong. Let’s investigate the history and folklore of this much-maligned form of divination.

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