Much more than a popular form of fortune telling, some say that a great and ancient wisdom is hidden in the mysterious images of the Tarot deck. In some circles, they are thought to be the sole surviving “book” from the great fire that burned the libraries of ancient Egypt. Are they really hieroglyphic keys to the mysteries of life? Skeptical researchers say that is all just romantic delusion. They say that Tarot cards originated in northern Italy during the early 15th century and were used to play a game called ‘triumphs’, similar to bridge. Recent research shows that Tarot cards may indeed have a mysterious origin and may well have been intended as more than a simple game.