Before tarot was used as a method for divination, we’re pretty sure it was just a simple card game created for the nobles back in the 1400s. There are several versions of the history of the cards, and we aren’t really sure what the actual history is. For now, we can only speculate. Most of the history that we can find puts the cards’ origination back to Italy, since the word does not have any Latin, German, or Hebrew.
The cards seem to have initially been known as the carte da trionfi, or “cards of triumphs”. The word tarocchi began to be used in Italy and the Germans used the word tarock. The cards are a product of the early Italian Renaissance and don’t have any Hermetic or Kabbalistic characteristics.
However, just because Tarot was originally developed as a card game does not mean that it isn’t a reliable form of divination. There are many different styles of reading the cards, and I suggest you do some more research on the history of the cards as well. Check out the links below.