On the Real History of Tarot

Tom McDonald, in his usual engaging way, takes us on a tour of the history of the Tarot deck, clears away the urban legends, and reconnects it with our Catholic heritage.  He also takes on a little jaunt into the Church’s teaching on the sin of divination.  More coming in that series, so keep your eye on God and the Machine.

If you are interested in Yr. Obdt. Svt’s remarks on divination, the occult, horoscopes, psychics and such like, see my piece “You Can Trust Me, I’m a Psychic“.

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  • wlinden

    Also note that “fortune telling” from cards did not exist before the 18th century either. Rabelais would have mentioned it even if no one else had. (Herr Trippa, after telling Panurge that he will inescapably be cuckolded, offers to confirm it by 39 methods, including tyromancy and anthropomany. (“It’s rather painful, but you won’t mind, since you’re a predestined cuckold.”) But no cards.