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Study Shows Benefits of Playing Cards

Study Shows Benefits of Playing Cards

Card games were merely a pleasant way to spend the time as a kid or a fun interactive tool to engage with other people as an adult to most of us. Recent studies, however, demonstrate that card games are not only entertaining but also good to our emotional, cognitive, and mental health.

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3 of Clubs, 3 of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + Tarot in Occult Usage

3 of Clubs, 3 of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + Tarot in Occult Usage

Around 1789, Etteilla was the first to publish a tarot deck particularly meant for occult purposes. Etteilla's tarot had themes relating to ancient Egypt, in keeping with the unfounded notion that such cards were drawn from the Book of Thoth. 

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2 of Hearts, 2 of Spades Tarot Meaning + Tarot Card Reading

2 of Hearts, 2 of Spades Tarot Meaning + Tarot Card Reading

An anonymous text from circa 1750 recounts primitive divinatory interpretations for the cards of the Tarocco Bolognese, which is the first evidence of a tarot deck used for cartomancy.

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Metasymbology of 2 of Clubs, 2 of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + History of Tarot

Metasymbology of 2 of Clubs, 2 of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + History of Tarot

Tarot refers to any of the decks of cards used in tarot games and fortune-telling. Tarot decks were developed in Italy in the 1430s by adding a fifth suit of 21 artistically designed cards called trionfi ("triumphs") and an odd card named il matto ("the fool") to the previous four-suited pack. (The contemporary joker, which was developed in the late nineteenth century as an unsuited jack in the game of euchre, is not related to the fool.)

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Curiosities from History that Shaped Our Modern Deck

Curiosities from History that Shaped Our Modern Deck

Those of us who enjoy personalized playing cards may succumb to the desire to be dismissive and cold toward an uncustomized, specifically a standard, deck of playing cards. You know what I'm talking about: your standard Bicycle rider-back deck, complete with "simple" courts and face cards. The type of deck we've all seen a billion times, to the point where we consider it totally standard, if not dull.

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The History of the Standard 52-card Deck of Playing Cards

The History of the Standard 52-card Deck of Playing Cards

This is because most of us have seen and used the modern deck of playing cards. A standard deck of Bicycle rider back playing cards looks very "normal" and "traditional" to us. But to people who lived in the past, a deck like this was not normal at all! The truth is that playing cards have changed a lot since they were first used hundreds of years ago. This is how our modern playing cards came to have a deck of 52 cards with four suits in red and black as well as two Jokers. It took hundreds of years and a lot of travel through many countries to make this happen. In fact, the most important parts of today's deck came from the different cultures and countries that playing cards had to go through in order to get to the present day.

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Jack of Spades, King of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + Tarot Mythology

Jack of Spades, King of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + Tarot Mythology

The Empress's title. The Man on the Cross. The Caravan. Judgment. Tarot cards' centuries-old symbology, which combines ancient symbols, religious allegories, and historical events, might appear purposely oblique. Occult activities like card reading, according to outsiders and doubters, have no significance in our modern society. A deeper examination of these microscopic masterpieces reveals that their power is not derived from some magical source, but rather from the capacity of their modest, unchanging pictures to expose our most complicated issues and wants.

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Common Playing Card Myths Dispelled

Common Playing Card Myths Dispelled

Court cards are based on actual persons, according to the claim.

The artwork of the court cards in a standard deck of playing cards is deeply rooted in history, and divergence from this recognizable design is regarded a curiosity even today.

But where did this classic style come from? It is frequently said that the figures on our current playing court cards are based on historical people. Some people believe that the four kings in a deck of playing cards symbolize historical leaders Charlemagne, David, Caesar, and Alexander. Is there any validity to this?

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6 of Hearts, 6 of Spades Tarot Meaning + German-suited Tarot Decks

6 of Hearts, 6 of Spades Tarot Meaning + German-suited Tarot Decks

There used to be a variety of 78-card Tarot packs produced by the German states; now, there are only two: both designs of Cego packs - Cego Adler by ASS Altenburger and Cego with genre sceneries by F.X. Schmid, both of which are French-suited.

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6 of Clubs, 6 of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + French-suited Tarot Decks

6 of Clubs, 6 of Diamonds Tarot Meaning + French-suited Tarot Decks

The pictures of French-suited tarot trumps deviate significantly from the previous Italian-suited style, foregoing Renaissance allegorical elements. French-suited tarot cards are almost exclusively used for card games, with the exception of novelty decks. The first generation of French-suited tarots, which showed depictions of animals on the trumps and were hence known as "Tiertarock" ('Tier' meaning German for "animal"), debuted around 1740. Around 1800, a wider range of decks were manufactured, most of which featured genre art or veduta. Current French-suited tarot decks are available in the following layouts:

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