Prior to the 17th century, the trumps were simply part of a special card deck used for gaming and gambling. There may have been allegorical and cultural significance attached to them, but beyond that, the trumps originally had little mystical or magical import. . When decks are used for card games (Tarot card games), the cards, which are known by occultists as the Minor Arcana. , serve as a permanent trumps and are distinguished from the remaining cards.