What do you know about Cartomancy Readings? Once there was a chicken and she laid an egg. Or, was there once an egg that hatched a chicken? And that’s the way it goes between playing cards and Tarot cards. Which came first? Conundrums such as these can make you bonkers.
You probably have at least a nodding acquaintance with the Tarot. However, the Art of Cartomancy, where readers use regular playing cards, is a lesser known method of divining the future.
Research indicates that regular playing cards originated in China, during the 9th century, subsequent to their invention of the “dotted card” (cardstock numbered with black or red dots). Contemporary decks of cards used by the Chinese maintained the suit of coins and strings of coins, probably inspired by Mah Jong’s bamboos and circles.
Playing cards mushroomed to India and on to the Middle East. During the 14th century, Gypsy travelers swept across Europe, telling fortunes with playing cards.
As the name implies, ‘playing cards’ were originally designed for playing games with cards. They were necessarily handcrafted; therefore, only privileged society could afford to indulge in purchasing playing cards.
Like the convoluted history of cartomancy, there is a severe shortage of absolute meanings assigned to regular playing cards. Many believe the outcome of cartomancy readings are dependent upon the psychic gifts of the reader.
It’s true, playing cards are not embellished with elaborate symbolism, like Tarot cards. However, each suit and each card in a suit are allocated a general meaning. (With a very nice exception of the Key to the Kingdom deck)
Modern decks consist of four suits, which correspond to the astrological elements – hearts symbolize water, spades signify air, diamonds embody the earth and clubs denote fire.
Also, each suit has a more down-to-earth meaning. Hearts are all about love and considered the good luck suit. Spades can forewarn about bad luck, life challenges and deceitful people. Diamonds speak to materiality, abundance, marriage and career. Clubs generally reveal success, although according to surrounding cards, they can point to failure and financial challenges.
Turning to astrology again, the 13 annual lunar cycles are represented by 13 cards in each suit. Excluding the ace, face cards number 12, relating to the 12 signs of the zodiac.
By relying on correct training, earned experience, and guided by intuition, a non-psychic may become a skilled cartomancer. Of course, when psychics read and interpret the cards, answers and insights are potentially more meaningful.
If you feel an affinity to the cards, designate a deck solely for divination. Don’t let other people handle or shuffle them. Wrap your cartomancy deck in a silk or velvet cloth or store it in a wooden box for protection against negative energy.
There is more to learn about Cartomancy than just memorizing card meanings. Start with a simple guidebook for reading playing cards. Like anything new, practice is the key to successful attainment. Or click here for D.I.Y Free Cartomancy Reading Tips
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