Tarot cards are just a deck of cards and used for prediction, telling one's fortune as they are now popularly known for. Generally these cards originated over 500 years ago in northern Italy. Though these cards were primarily used in a game called Triumphs, they were quickly adopted as a tool for prediction. The term used for prediction through cards is cartomancy. The tarot deck comprises of four numbered suits such as the regular deck of playing cards along with 22 picture cards numbered from one through to 22. These tarot cards have appeared at approximately the same time as the 52 card deck came on scene. There is a also a debate on which one came first.