The oldest known Tarot decks come from Italy and they are dated circa 1420. Judging from the best available evidence, it appears that standard playing cards are actually older than Tarot cards. People may have speculated that Tarot is older than the 1400s but there is no proof of it. I am also glad that Wisegeek updated this article to show that Tarot cards were used for game playing prior to their use in divination. It should be understood that Tarot is not exclusively a divination system. It is also a family of card games which are enjoyed today mainly in Europe.