A Cartomantic Adventure

I have a life-long devotion to tarot and astrology that began around 1970, and my fascination with Lenormand goes back to the day I first encountered it in 2011. But I’m always looking for a new challenge, which is why I took on traditional astrology and horary in particular. More recently, I’ve been eying playing-card divination, customarily called “cartomancy” (although that term actually describes any method of divination using cards).

I have accumulated a few resources on the subject: Dawn Jackson’s Hedgewytchery material; P. R. S. Foli’s brief Fortune Telling by Cards; Cory Hutcheson’s similarly concise Fifty-four Devils: The Art & Folklore of Fortune-telling with Playing Cards; and various snippets of applied theory and practical guidance from web sites and forums. The relationship of playing cards to Lenormand has piqued my interest, but the attributions differ between that usage and traditional cartomancy, so I decided to seek out the source material. I downloaded Arthur Edward Waite’s pseudonymous A Manual of Cartomancy, Fortune-telling and Occult Divination (attributed to “Grand Orient”), which covers much more than card-reading, but have yet to penetrate it. I’m also pursuing books by Madame Fabia, Sepharial, Minetta, Regina Russell and Cicely Kent, and exploring the playing-card websites of Serena Powers, Auntietarot and Kapherus (Art of Cartomancy). Obtaining Julian Moore’s  Cartomancy – Fortune Telling With Playing Cards (Speed Learning Book 1) will probably spell the start of my serious study and practice.

What I need most right now is hands-on exposure to the cards. Because I like graphic flair in my cards, I bought Caitlin Keegan’s Illuminated Tarot, which is a playing-card deck with allusions to tarot that can be ignored for my purposes. I also anticipate buying MacGregor Games’ “Period Playing Cards” because of their historical flavor. As you may have noticed, I brought Keegan’s deck into my 2017 Fall Equinox Reading, and this merging of techniques is probably the most effective way to get the necessary practice. As I post future readings, I intend to continue it. I would love to hear any insights you have on how best to proceed, and any and all recommendations on topical literature.

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