The navigation device featured on the Compass Visa Gift Card had its origins in China around 200 BC. Fortune tellers were using lodestones, which have magnetic properties, to tell fortunes, when someone noticed they could be more useful pointing out directions. Sometime in the 9th century soldiers began to use them, and sea navigators got aboard soon after. In our GPS and smart phone world we sometimes forget that a compass does not need satellites, wireless connectivity or batteries to do its job. A good compass and map remain the best tools for navigating the wilderness. Salute navigation on land and see with Compass Visa Gift Cards.