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CARTOMANCY:
TAROT CARDS, FORTUNE TELLING CARDS,
AND PLAYING CARDS FOR DIVINATION

  • TAROT CARD DECKS

  • "LENORMAND" STYLE CARD-READING DECKS

  • UNNUMBERED "CARTOMANCY" AND "GYPSY" FORTUNE TELLING CARD DECKS

  • PLAYING CARD DECKS

  • LEARNING TO BE A CARD READER


    TAROT CARD DECKS

    The Tarot is a form of occult and, some say, spiritual card deck. Originating in Italy in the 1400s, it was apparently devised for playing a trumping card game called Tarocchi. Since the 1700s it has been widely used for fortune telling and divination of the future, and it is also linked by many occult and hermetic authors to a mystical system of Hebrew Kaballah or even ancient Egyptian spiritual beliefs.



    There are hundreds of different Tarot decks in existence, with considerable variation from deck to deck. Most feature 78 cards, one of which is designated the Fool -- and in most Tarot decks the remainder of the cards are divided into three portions:

    Although divination with cards seems to have originated with regular decks of playing cards, Tarot cards are now the most popular cards used for fortune telling, and they are also widely used as aids to meditation, mystical development, ritual workings, and spell-craft.


    RIDER-WAITE-SMITH TAROT

    First published in 1910, this famous Tarot deck features art by Pamela Colman Smith, produced under the direction of Arthur Edward Waite; both were members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. This is the most popular Tarot deck in the world and is the basis for many subsequent decks which have made use of the symbolism that it incorporates. The perfect starter Tarot, especially when accompanied by Waite's book, A Pictorial Key to the Tarot, it is also the choice of professional card readers because the images are so symbol-laden. Additionally, it is used by hermetic occultists when working with Golden Dawn style visualizations.

    78 cards, 2 3/4" x 4 3/4", instruction booklet included.


    CROWLEY-HARRIS BOOK OF THOTH Mid 20th century Modernist art by Frieda Harris, produced under the direction of Aleister Crowley.

    78 cards plus 2 extra Magus cards, 3" x 4 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    OSWALD WIRTH TAROT

    Reprinted in bright metallic colours from the stunningly original designs of the Swiss-born artist, mesmerist, and Kabbalist Oswald Wirth, who was the first artist to put the letters of the Hebrew alphabet on a deck, an idea he got from Eliphas Levi by way of Stanislaus Guaita. Wirth's pen-and-ink art is a tour-de-force of early 20th century mimicry of late Medieval style woodcuts. His many contributions to Tarot and occultism in general are well- known in Europe but underestimated in the United States.

    78 cards, 2 3/4" x 5 1/4", instruction booklet included.


    SWISS 1JJ TAROT Reprinted in full colour from woodcuts based on a very old Swiss Tarot deck, complete with an instruction booklet by Stuart Kaplan. This deck is particularly popular with European card readers.

    78 cards, 2 3/4" x 4 3/4", instruction booklet included.


    TAROT OF MARSEILLES Traditional woodcut style cards reprinted from an old French deck.

    78 cards, 2 3/4" x 4 3/4", instruction booklet included.


    TAROT OF THE WITCHES Commissioned for the James Bond film "Live and Let Die" in 1974, this deck features the colourful surrealist art of Fergus Hall.

    78 cards, 2 3/4' x 4 3/4", instruction booklet included.


    VISCONTI TAROT A beautiful replica of the most famed of the old Renaissance Italian decks, with gold foil stamping; art restoration by A. A. Atyanassov.

    78 cards, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    "LENORMAND" STYLE CARD-READING DECKS

    The most famous card reader of all time was Mademoiselle Lenormand, who devised a system of identifying playing cards with certain of life's situations, and who read cards for Napoleon Bonoparte and his wife the Empress Josephine. After Lenormand's death, card makers created specially illustrated "Lenormand style" decks so that anyone could use her divination system without having to memorize the meanings of the playing cards. In these decks, there is a small image of the regular playing card face set into a larger colour picture of the mnemonic image, with the set-number in a circle at the top.

    In keeping with European playing card trends of her period, Lenormand probably told fortunes with a 32-card Euchre deck arrayed in 4 suits (Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades) with 20 pip cards (A, 7, 8, 9, T), and 12 court cards (K, Q, J).


    ANTIQUE CARDS OF DESTINY (LE JEU DU DESTIN ANTIQUE)



    Lenormand's method of card reading with a Euchre pack survives in the form of a card deck called Le Jeu Du Destin Antique (Antique Cards of Destiny). In this 32-card deck, there are 4 layers of imagery: Each card has a circled set-number (these run in straight descending order -- A, K, Q, J, T, 9, 8, 7 -- from the Ace of Hearts at number 1 through the 7 of Clubs at number 32), a small inset representing the respective playing card face, a larger scene in which human figures subtly act out the card's meaning, and, at top right, a mnemonic symbol from classical sacred imagery (the 12 court cards bear the signs of the Zodiac and the 20 pip cards display an array of Greco-Roman gods and goddeses). The central figures are variously mid-19th century and classical in costume, drawn in typical style for European steel engravings of the period.

    Here are two examples of how the visual symbolism helps the reader to improvise on the card's meaning: The central image of card number 1 shows a young man and woman, who seem to be sweethearts, leaning against a farmyard fence as the man points to a circular crockery pan of water on the ground which, quite evidently, reminds them both of a golden wedding ring. The playing card inset is the Ace of Hearts. Above, in the "classical" portion of the card, Cupid waves a hand but does not shoot his bow, reinforcing the idea of longed-for but not yet consumated love. The 9 of Clubs -- set-number 14 -- shows a man of the nobility, perhaps a military officer, pressing his attentions upon a young peasant woman who turns away from him, head down, smelling a red rose, which she holds in both hands. Above them a winged figure who seems to be a naiad, sits dejectedly with her feet in a pool of water. The implication is that the woman does not trust her suitor or that she is false to him.

    32 cards, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", 104 page instruction booklet by J. F. Simon, half in German and half in English.


    MLLE. LENORMAND CARTOMANCY DECK FROM AUSTRIA



    During the late 19th century, Lenormand variations proliferated. In the best known type of pack -- now generally called a "Lenormand Deck" -- there are 36 cards, arrayed in 4 suits (Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades) with 24 pip cards (A, 6, 7, 8, 9, T), and 12 court cards (K, Q, J). As with the Antique Cards of Destiny, each card is given a special meaning, but instead of human figures acting out allegorical scenes, most of the cards bear striking mnemonic images that help the reader make metaphoric interpretations. For instance, in this deck the Ace of Hearts depicts a well-dressed man in a formal garden reading a letter which might foretell a love affair ... or not... while the 9 of Clubs is a Fox that warns of potential treachery from sly, crafty associates. In addition, the cards are set-numbered in random order, as if they had been pre-shuffled, so the Ace of Hearts is set-number 28, while the 9 of Clubs is set-number 14.

    A replica of a beautiful early 20th century Lenormand deck from Austria, with fully painted watercolour artwork, a detailed multi-language history of Lenormand and her cards, and full instructions for card reading.

    36 cards, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    MLLE. LENORMAND CARTOMANCY DECK WITH ENGLISH RHYMES



    Here is another Lenormand style cartomancy deck of the early 20th century. As in the Austrian Lenormand set, there are 36 cards in 4 suits (Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades) with 24 pip cards (A, 6, 7, 8, 9, T), and 12 court cards (K, Q, J). What makes this deck so charming is the fact that the lovely art is accompanied by English rhymes that explain the meaning of each card, with reference to how it may be interpreted if it is positioned near or far from other cards in the layout. As in most Lenormand decks, the Ace of Hearts is a well- dressed man in a formal garden but he reads no letter, as in other sets. Instead, his symbolism is explained with this slightly fractured verse:           GENTLEMAN           The Gentleman is the king of cards.           He brings joy or makes you grim,           depending on whether he has to endure          good or bad signs surrounding him. Again, as in other Lenormand sets, the 9 of Clubs is a Fox that urges caution in dealing with guileful associates. The verse that accompanies this card is as follows:           LITTLE FOX           The fox, cunning and crafty,           says, "cautious you must be",           do not so carelessly trust whomever           is in your vicinity. As usual in Lenormand decks, the cards are set-numbered in random order, as if they had been pre-shuffled, so the Ace of Hearts is set-number 28, while the 9 of Clubs is set-number 14.

    A replica of a beautiful early 20th century Lenormand deck with fully painted watercolour artwork, short and sweet mnemonic rhymes for each card in English, and a 28 page booklet with history and instructions for card reading.

    36 cards, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    FRENCH CARTOMANCY LENORMAND DECK & BOOK SET



    This is a beautiful reproduction of a French Lenormand style cartomancy deck of the late 19tth century. There are 36 cards in 4 suits (Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs, Spades) with 24 pip cards (A, 6, 7, 8, 9, T), and 12 court cards (K, Q, J). This pretty deck is more useful than others because instead of the usual tiny "little white book," it is accompanied by a well-designed and informative stand-alone 48 page book. As in most Lenormand decks, the Ace of Hearts is a well- dressed man in a formal garden and the cards are set-numbered in random order, as if they had been pre-shuffled, so the Ace of Hearts is set-number 28, while the 9 of Clubs is set-number 14.

    A replica of a charming late 19th century Lenormand deck with fully painted watercolour artwork and a 48 page book with history and instructions for card reading.

    36 cards, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", instruction book included.


    THE PARLOUR SIBYL (LA SYBYLLE DES SALONS)


    Late 19th century Lenormand variations include several 52 card decks -- which reflect shifting card-game tastes, as whist, poker, and bridge supplanted Euchre in popularity -- but packs with this many cards included do not usually bear Lenormand's name. The best known deck of this type is The Parlour Sibyl (also called, facetiously, "The Parisian Tarot"). It is drawn in the clever pen-and-ink style once fashionable among cartoonists and serious illustrators, and it has been skillfully coloured to bring out the deft line-work.

    These pretty cards feature a large pictorial scene at the center and a small inset playing card at the top of the face; the playing cards are in four suits (Clubs, Diamonds, Hearts, Spades) and are comprised of the usual 40 pip cards (A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, T) and 12 court cards (K, Q, J). The cards are also set-numbered from 1 through 52, and they bear titles in French and English as an aid to interpretation.

    The meanings assigned to the cards in the Parlour Sibyl do not correspond exactly to those given in older "Lenormand" decks. Not only are there more cards, but even cards that appear in both types of deck have undergone slight shifts in interpretation.

    For instance, compare the 52-card Parlour Sibyl with the two 36-card Lenormand decks shown above: in the former, the Ace of Hearts (set-number 39) shows an elaborately dressed woman seated at a small circular table with pen, ink, and paper. The Ace of Hearts in the latter two card decks (set-number 28) depicts a man standing in a garden, either reading a letter he has received (in the Austrian Lenormand deck) or with no letter (in the Lenormand deck with English Rhymes. The Parlour Sibyl image is unequivocally captioned "A Love Letter. Likewise, the 9 of Clubs (set-number 8) is called Enemy in the Parlour Sibyl, rather than Fox, as in most Lenormand sets, and it shows a skulking caped figure waiting behind a wall to pounce on an unwary strolling man rather than a fox in the woods. The idea of danger is retained, but in the Parlour Sibyl, there is no suggestion of "falsity" or sly stealth, merely antagonism and aggression.

    A replica of a late 19th or early 20th century French deck drawn in pen-and-ink and coloured, with a descriptive booklet.

    52 cards plus 2 Jokers, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    GYPSY WITCH FORTUNE TELLING PLAYING CARDS



    An adaptation of the Lenormand method to a 52-card whist or poker deck, this set uses all of the Lenormand mnemonic images, but assigns them to different cards than Lenormand did, and also includes extra, more modern mnemonics (such as the Railroad) to correspond to the additional cards in the set. The artwork is quite crude, in only three colours (yellow, red, and black), but there are brief paragraphs of fortune-telling meanings printed right on each card, which makes this deck a very good learning tool or "crutch" for readers seeking to memorize the meanings for telling fortunes with a regular, unmarked deck of 52 playing cards. The deck can also be used to play any card games that require 40 pips, 12 court cards, and 2 Jokers.

    The Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards are a truly deviant deck. These cards are set-numbered in random order, as if they had been pre-shuffled, and the meanings assigned to each card differ greatly from those in other sets. The Ace of Hearts, which is otherwise almost universally a significator of new love or a love letter, is set-number 11 and is here called The Fox and "augurs distrust of acquaintances who are seeking to betray you", while the 9 of Clubs, which in other decks is a sign of falsity (The Fox) or enmity, is set-number 26 and is here called the Park -- and "foretells a new love" while it simultaneously warns of "false friends."

    The negativity inherent in these samples from the Gypsy Witch set, whereby the benevolent Ace of Hearts acquires the same warning of falsity normally only found in the 9 of Clubs, is carried out throughout the entire deck. I cannot help but think that this was a deliberate artifice on the part of a scheming card reader who wished to prey upon the insecurity and fears of clients, perhaps as a way of softening them up for the so-called "Gypsy candle-burning scam". The Gypsy Witch set is historically important because it is the best-known fortune telling card set in America -- but it is without a doubt both the aesthetically ugliest and emotionally the most depressing card set ever used in divination.

    52 cards plus 2 Jokers, 2 1/2' x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    UNNUMBERED "CARTOMANCY" AND "GYPSY" ORACLE CARD DECKS

    In the late 19th century, a third system of card reading arose in Europe, using unnumbered emblematic cards. Although many of the images in these decks derive from Lenormand style decks, the cards are not set-numbered and they do not contain insets of playing cards. They generally come in packs of 36, 48, or 52 cards. Although They are sometimes sold under names like "Gipsy Cards," or "Cartomancy Cards." Despite the name "Gipsy" in the title, these Oracle Cards should not be confused with the Lenormand style 52-card Gypsy Witch Fortune Telling Playing Cards described above.

    In these "Cartomancy" or "Oracle Card" decks, the cards are not numbered or ordered in any way. They do not contain inset the pip or court cards from a regular deck of playing cards, nor do they include a special trump suit like Tarot cards. However, they still feature many of the images that were devised by Lenormand and her successors -- figures such as the Widower, the Letter, the House, and the Thief. The images on these cards are both allegorical and direct: Hope is a woman with an anchor, Love is enacted by Cupid, Malady shows a woman sick in bed, and Falseness is still the Fox of Lenormand's devising.

    Unnumbered decks of this type are without a doubt among the most beautifully illustrated of all the non-Tarot cards used for fortune telling. Many of them seem to have originated in Austria. The oldest of the unnumbered Austrian "Cartomancy" sets contain 32 cards, like the original Lenormand Euchre decks, but as time went on, more cards were added to cover more of life's conditions, so there are decks with 32, 36, and 52 cards.

    Examples of these sets include the 32-card so-called Biedermeier Fortune Telling Cards (the title is modern and simply refers to the Biedermeier art style of the cards), the early 20th century 36-card Gipsy Fortune Telling Cards (Zigeuner Warsagekarten -- not be confused with the 52-card Gypsy Witch Playing Cards), and the 52-card so-called Art Deco Fortune Telling Cards (the name again is simply a descriptor of the 1930s-era painted artwork).


    BIEDERMEIER FORTUNE TELLING CARDS



    The classic old-time Cartomancy set from Vienna, with stiffly formal pen-and-ink art in the brightly coloured Biedermeier style, featuring evocative 19th century figures of such typical and allegorical cartomancy images as the House, Judge, Sweetheart, Fox, Death, Merriment, Letter, and Desire. Each unnumbered card is identified at the bottom with its name in 6 languages: German, English, French, Italian, Hungarian, and Croatian. A 68-page book of cartomancy instructions in German, English, and French is included. This is an excellent self-interpreting cartomancy deck for old-fashioned card readers. 32 cards, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included, $5.00


    GIPSY FORTUNE TELLING CARDS (ZIGEUNER WARSAGEKARTEN)



    An Edwardian era Cartomancy set from Vienna, with charming watercoloured pen-and-ink art depicting circa 1900 era images of such evocative figures as the House, Judge, Sweetheart, Fox, Death, Merriment, Letter, and Desire. Each unnumbered card is identified at the bottom with its name in 6 languages: German, English, French, Italian, Hungarian, and Croatian. A 68-page book of cartomancy instructions in German, English, and French is included. This is a delightful self-interpreting cartomancy deck for beginning card readers. 36 cards, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included, $5.00


    ART DECO FORTUNE TELLING CARDS

    An expansion of the Viennese Biedermeier and "Gipsy" Cartomancy sets to a full complement of 52 cards. The old standbys -- the House, Judge, Sweetheart, Fox, Death, Merriment, Letter, and Desire -- are still here, but they have been joined by added images relating to 20th century social concerns (Treason, the Foreign Woman, Pride). The art is vivid and poster-like, in the colourful graphic style of the 1930s. Each unnumbered card is identified at the bottom with its name in 6 languages: German, English, French, Italian, Hungarian, and Croatian. Because the pack fills its box tightly, no instruction booklet is included, but the cards can be read using the booklets from the Gipsy or Biedermeier card sets. This is a wonderful self-interpreting cartomancy deck for professional card readers and for fans of Art Deco poster-style graphics.

    52 cards, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", 2 instruction cards in German, $5.00


    PLAYING CARD DECKS

    Although most people think only of games when they see a regular deck of playing cards, the truth is that anyone can, with a little practice, use these cards for divination.

    In some ways the employment of playing cards for divination purposes is more impressive to a client than the use of pictorial Tarot or Cartomancy cards, but in other ways there are drawbacks.

    The upside of using non-pictorial cards -- from the reader's point of view -- is that the reader appears both mysterious and erudite; there is an aura of "fate" or "destiny" present as the reader describes the attributes of the cards. Another benefit is that since all interpretations must come directly from the skill of the reader, there is no way that a picture can supply the client with an emotionally charged false attraction or false aversion. (The matter of clients forming false aversions to certain Tarot card images is sometimes covered by readers who deliberately extract the Death card from their decks before reading for new clients, in order to avoid making a "scary" first impression should that card turn up.)

    The major downside to reading with non-pictorial cards -- again from the reader's point of view -- is that a great deal of memorization is required, for there are no allegorical emblems to give the reader a hint as to what the cards imply. Another drawback is that a hostile or skeptical client unfamiliar with a traditional system of diivinatory playing card attributions, such as Lenormand's, may wrongly think that the reader is simply faking a series of disconnected predictions as part of a cold reading candle-burning scam.

    Of course, any Lenormand style cartomancy decks that include playing card insets on their faces can also be used for playing any number of games --- and some people consider decks that have been used in fortune telling to be especially lucky for games of chance.


    TAROCK CARDS

    The Austrian version of the game of Tarot is called Tapp Tarot or Tarock. Like most Tarot variants, it is a bidding game for four players. The Austrian Tarock deck contains 22 trumps (called tarocks), of which 21 are numbered (I - XXI) and one (the Fool or "Excuse" -- called the Skus in German) is unnumbered. However, at this point, the game of Tarock deviates from most Tarot decks because the four suits are the same as those more often seen in playing card decks (Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs instead of Tarot's traditional Coins, Wands, Cups, and Swords). But that's not all -- Tarock is also unlike either Tarot or the common game playing decks because the four suits of cards are distributed in unequal numbers and there is a 4th court card, called the Cavalier or Knight (designated (C) included. In the suits of Spades and Clubs, the cards are K, Q, C, J, T, 9, 8, 7. In Hearts and Diamonds, the cards are K, Q, C, J, A, 2, 3, 4.

    This set is an exact replica of a late 19th century Tarock deck from Vienna, with 16 elaborate full-colour court cards, 16 plain pip cards, and 22 extremely unusual double-ended trump cards which can be used for fortune telling according to their imagery. The finely engraved figures on the Tarock trumps are quite different from those on Italian and French Tarot sets and thus, for serious students of the occult Tarot, a close study of the 22 Tarock trumps will repay the effort. For example, Trump XIX shows, in one direction, a turbaned Turkish pasha smoking a hookah in a garden beside a mosque as a young African boy waits on him -- and, when reversed, a family of itinerant Bohemian Gypsies (dancing mother, lute-playing father, and flag-waving infant), performing for spare change beside a walled garden, with all of their worldly possessions piled next to them in a trunk. Likewise, trump XVI depicts, in one direction, a barefoot Gypsy woman sitting outside her makeshift tent, reading the palm of an Austrian peasant girl whose shepherd boyfriend looks on --- and, reversed, an Alpine huntsman with a horn chuckling a very reluctant farm girl under her chin as she wrings her hands and looks away toward a flowing water trough, a stone barn, and a ripening field of grain.

    Because Tarock is a regionally popular game, these cards are difficult to find in America and are imported from Austria. The rules of the Tarock game are unique and hard to come by, so we include a photocopy describing the manner of play, from "The Oxford Dictionary of Card Games" by David Parlett.

    54 cards, 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", instructions for play included.


    SPANISH PLAYING CARDS (NAIPES)

    Spanish game card decks contain 48 cards arrayed in 4 suits that resemble Tarot cards (Coins, Batons, Cups, and Swords). In each suit the decorative pip cards are numbered 1 (Ace) through 9, and there are 3 full-figure court cards (Jack, Cavalier, and King), numbered 10 through 12. Two unnumbered cards (either Jokers or, in this case, cards depicting the enormous 19th century Fournier playing card factory in Spin) complete the deck. The artwork is vivid and graphic, with wonderfully harmonious coloration, but be aware that at 48 cards, this deck is designed for games like Hombre, Malilla (Manilla), Trappola, and Short-Pack Poker. Spanish playing cards are also employed in card reading, of course, and are used for that purpose by Latin American fortune tellers.

    48 cards plus 2 Jokers, 2 1/2" x 3 3/4".


    OLD TIME CHRISTMAS ANGELS PLAYING CARDS

    Charming set of 54 vintage angel postcards on playing cards. Great stocking stuffer for "angelic" friends.

    52 cards plus 2 Jokers, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", descriptive card included.


    RAVEN PLAYING CARDS, TWIN-PACK



    Two complete poker size decks (1 Blue Back and 1 Red Back); for play or fortune telling. The Ace of Spades depicts a Raven, as shown; the two Jokers show the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    52 cards plus 2 Jokers, 2 1/2' x 3 1/2"


    ANTIQUE CARDS OF DESTINY (LE JEU DU DESTIN ANTIQUE)

    This learning tool for card readers can be played as a Euchre deck. It is described more thoroughly above, under the heading for Lenormand style card decks

    32 cards, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", 104 page instruction booklet by J. F. Simon, half in German and half in English.


    GYPSY WITCH FORTUNE TELLING PLAYING CARDS

    This learning tool for card readers can be played as a Whist, Bridge, or Poker deck. It is described above, under the heading for Lenormand style card decks

    52 cards plus 2 Jokers, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    THE PARLOUR SIBYL (LA SYBYLLE DES SALONS)

    This learning tool for card readers can be played as a whist, bridge, or poker deck. It is described above, under the heading for Lenormand style card decks

    52 cards plus 2 Jokers, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", instruction booklet included.


    LEARNING TO BE A CARD READER

    I am often asked how one goes about learning to read tarot or other types of cards. I think the best way is to take in-person classes, but if that route is not available to you, i suggest a program of self-teaching.

    I recommend two approaches here.

    You may like the first approach, as it involves only a small expenditure of money and time.

    You will NOT like the second approach. No one does, because it involves time and money.

    1) To understand how meaningful associations have developed for the various cards over time, you will will need to undertake some study. "Intuitive" or idiosyncratic meanings for the cards prove unsatisfactory in the end, because clients who regularly purchase readings are well aware of the general meanings of the cards and will fault you for misinterpretations if you range too far afield from the normative meanings and symbols.

    We carry all of these books in the Lucky Mojo Curio Co. book department, and Lucky Mojo is the publisher of Professor Porterfield's works.

    2) Pay or trade for and get 100 card readings over the course of the next 200 weeks (one every other week for about four years), or, if you can afford to do it, get the readings over the course of 100 weeks (one reading every week for about two years). These readings should be:

    You may return to a reader several times if you wish, or choose a new reader with each session.

    The time taken to complete this program will range from two to four years, and the cost to you will range from $1,000.00 to $6,000.00 (you can reasonably expect to pay around $4,000.00) over those years, for an average of around $85.00 per month if you do the work in four years, or $170.00 per month if you do the work in two years and "graduate" more quickly. You will then know how to read any kind of card. You will have essentially graduated from a four-year training course in cartomancy.

    You can be a professional reader while you are committed to this program. If you are not already reading cards for people, you can expect to start reading on a semi-professional or free / trade bsis with friends at about the 25-reading mark and to take paying clients at about the 50-reading mark, thus using your income from readings to fund your "schooling."

    I went through this training myself and was reading professionally around reading number 50. By reading numer 100, i had seen a vast improvement in my understanding, not only of the cards and of divination, but also in how clients approach readers and why -- and what kind of a reader i personally wanted to be.

    Finally, all people contemplating a career -- or already engaged in a career -- as professional fortune tellers should own and learn from the best book on the subject, "The Fortune Teller's Guide to Success" by Valentina Burton. She is a member of AIRR and is located in Dallas Texas, and she regularly attends (and reads at) the Hoodoo Heritage Festivals in Forestville, as well as at BATS, the Bay Area Tarot Symposium. The book is available through her, via Lulu, and we proudly carry it in our Lucky Mojo Curio Co. shop as well.

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