What is cartomancy?
Cartomancy is a form of divination using a deck of regular playing cards. Cartomancy has been a common form of divination since the 14th century. This form of divination uses the same card lay outs as tarot readings.
Why Practice cartomancy?
A deck of playing cards is a lot cheaper than a deck of tarot cards.
If you are in a household that does not support your beliefs playing cards are a very sneaky form of divination.
The meanings are very informative and a lot easier to remember than tarot in my own experience.
What does each card mean?
Ace of hearts: Home, love, friendship, possible start of romance.
Two of hearts: Success and prosperity.
Three of hearts: Caution, typically in saying something you may regret in the future.
Four of hearts: A change or journey.
Five of hearts: People around you may be jealous. Hesitate before making rash decisions.
Six of hearts: Good luck.
Seven of hearts: Unfaithful partner. Someone out to get you. Broken promises.
Eight of hearts: People may be coming to visit you or you are being invited somewhere.
Nine of hearts: Some wishes may be coming true.
ten of hearts: Good luck and happiness.
Jack of hearts: Good natured person. Close friend.
Queen of hearts: Kind friend.
King of hearts: Good natured young man. Good advice.
Ace of diamonds: Receiving materialistic gift.
Two of diamonds: Unapproved romantic relationship.
Three of diamonds: Legal or home problems.
Four of diamonds: Inheritance or receiving large sums of money.
Five of diamonds: Success.
Six of diamonds: Relationship problems.
Seven of diamonds: Good news or surprise.
Eight of diamonds: Marriage or travel later in life.
Nine of diamonds: Money surprise.
Ten of diamonds: Financial change.
Jack of diamonds: Reliable friend.
Queen of diamonds: Out going and social friend.
King of diamond: stubborn and influential friend.
Ace of clubs: wealth, health, love and happiness.
Two of clubs: Gossip and disappointment.
Three of clubs: Marriage or commitment to a wealthy person.
Four of clubs: Change happening for bad. Something bad will happen.
Five of clubs: New friends. New love interest.
Six of clubs: Business success.
Seven of clubs: prosperity and success or a warning.
Eight of clubs: Trouble in relationship.
Nine of clubs: New achievement or new partner.
Ten of clubs: Good luck..
Jack of clubs: Reliable friend.
Queen of clubs: Confident friend.
King of clubs: Honest and generous friend.
Ace of spades: Emotional confliction or obsession.
Two of spades: Separation, deceit, change in relationship.
Three of spades: Unfaithfulness, parting ways, be cautious of relationships.
Four of spades: Illness, bad business, bad money.
Five of spades: Interference, reversal in relationship, could possibly lead to good.
Six of spades: Small improvements over time.
Seven of spades: Loss and sorrow.
Eight of spades: A friend is letting you down or disappointing you.
Nine of spades: Bad luck, depression, anxiety, low energy, distraction, death, pain, and loss.
Ten of spades: Misfortune, worry, unwelcome news.
Jack of spades: Immature unreliable friend.
Queen of spades: A friend who has lost a partner.
King of spades: Ambitious and authoritative friend.
Joker: New development, fresh start, taking risks.
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Astronomia Playing Cards (1829)
Published by F. G. Moon
Borders: Square, striped pattern
Composition of Deck: 52 [4 seasons, each with a zodiacal sign, a luminary, and the planets], instruction booklet, 1831 edition.
Notes and References: The zodiacal sign cards are of greater value than the other cards. The composition of the suits is as follows: Spring (blue): Aries, Luna, Jupiter, Saturn, Herschel, Tellus, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Pallas, Juno, Ceres, Vesta. The remaining suits are composed in the same way, except for the first two cards: Summer (red): Cancer, The Sun; Autumn (yellow): Libra, The Comet; Winter (white); Capicorn, The Orbits.
Packaging: Slip case: ASTRONOMIA / [woman with scientific instruments looks at the moon] / LONDON / PUBLISHED BY F.G. MOON, 20, THREADNEEDLE STREET / 1829 / [zodiacal signs]; outer slip case, black.
Process: Engraving, hand coloration.
Suit System: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
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