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Tarot and Divination

Since ancient times, people have attempted to predict the future using magical or mystical rituals. Tarot card decks have been used for divination since the early 15th century. Originally serving as playing cards, the decks begin to be used for cartomancy, or fortune telling, around the mid-18th century. Dreams have also been used as a means of divination since ancient times. The early Egyptians believed that dreams contained messages from the gods, and they developed an elaborate system for interpreting their meaning. Publishers in the 18th and 19th centuries issued a variety of books and pamphlets to guide readers in assessing their dreams.