Tarot, the fortune-telling cards so supreme in the collective memory of pop culture that they've been mocked by both Steven Wright ("I stayed up all night playing poker with tarot cards; I got a full house and four people died") and Bobby Hill ("They're like baseball cards for hobbits"), is actually much older than you might think. Depending on whom you choose to believe, the tarot has existed since either the height of the Egyptian dynasties or the middle of the fifteenth century. Either option makes it old, and anything that old is open to interpretation and reinterpretation as the knowledge is passed on to the next generation. But the basic makeup of the deck remains the same: the Major Arcana of twenty-two cards with unique names and meanings (you know number nine, "The Hermit," from the inner sleeve... More >>>