The earliest work on cartomancy was written or compiled by one Francesco Marcolini, and printed at Venice in 1540. There are many modern French, Italian, and German works on the subject; but not an English, one. The system of cartomancy, as laid down in those works, is very different from that used in England, both as regards the individual interpretations of the cards, and the general method of reading or deciphering their combinations. The English system, however, is used in all British settlements over the globe. The woman who taught this method was partly illiterate. The only accomplishment she possessed was the art of 'cutting the cards,' as she termed it. Her system is outlined in detail below:
THE ONE CARD WISH SPREAD:The simplest card spread is for the querent to shuffle the cards whilst subvocalising their wish or question and then pick one card from the pack, relating it's meaning to the lists shown below.
THE FULL FORTUNE CARD SPREADThe general mode of manipulating the cards, when fortune-telling, is very simple. The person, who is desirous to know the future, after shuffling the cards, cuts the pack into three parts. The seer, which can be the querent him/herself if necessary, then takes up these parts into one deck and , dealing from the top, lays the cards out, one by one, face upwards, upon the table, sometimes in a circular form, but most often in 3 rows consisting of nine cards in each row. Nine is the mystical number. Every nine consecutive cards form a separate combination, complete in itself; yet, like a word in a sentence, no more than a fractional part of the grand scroll of fate. Again, every card, something like the octaves in music, is en rapport with the ninth card from it; and these ninth cards form other complete combinations of nines, yet parts of the general whole.
Note that the nine of hearts is especial and termed the ' wish-card.'
MEANINGS OF THE CARDS:The folowing is what the individual cards mean.
King. A man of very fair complexion; quick to anger, but soon appeased
Queen. A very fair woman, fond of gaiety, and a coquette.
Knave. A selfish and deceitful relative; fair and false.
Ten. Money. Success in honourable business.
Nine. A roving disposition, combined with honourable and successful adventure in foreign lands.
Eight. A happy prudent marriage, though rather late in life.
Seven. Satire. Scandal. Unpleasant business matters.
Six. Marriage early in life, succeeded by widowhood.
Five. Unexpected news, generally of a good kind.
Four. An unfaithful friend. A secret betrayed.
Three. Domestic troubles, quarrels and unhappiness.
Deuce, A clandestine engagement. A card of caution.
Ace. A wedding ring. An. offer of marriage.
King. A fair, but not very fair, complexioned man; good natured, but rather obstinate, and, when angered, not easily appeased.
Queen. A woman of the same complexion as the king; faithful, prudent, and affectionate
Knave. An unselfish relative. A sincere friend.
Ten. Health and happiness, with many children.
Nine. Wealth. High position in society. The wish-card.
Eight. Fine clothes. Pleasure, Mixing in good society. Going to balls, theatres, &c.
Seven. Many good friends.
Six, Honourable courtship.
Five. A present.
Four. Domestic troubles caused by jealousy.
Three. Poverty, shame and sorrow, caused by imprudence. A card of caution.
Deuce. Success in life, position in society, and a happy marriage, attained by virtuous discretion.
Ace. The house of the person consulting the decrees of fate.
King. A man of very dark complexion, ambitious and unscrupulous.
Queen. A very dark complexioned woman, of malicious disposition. A widow.
Knave. A lawyer. A person to be shunned.
Ten. Disgrace; crime; imprisonment. Death on the scaffold. A card of caution.
Nine. Grief; ruin; sickness; death.
Eight. Great danger from imprudence. A card of caution.
Seven. Unexpected poverty caused by the death of a relative. A lean sorrow.
Six. A child. To the unmarried a card of caution.
Five. Great danger from giving way to bad temper. A card of caution.
Three. A journey by land. Tears.
Deuce. A removal.
Ace. Death; malice; a duel; a general misfortune.
King. A dark complexioned man, though not so dark as the king of spades; upright, true, and affectionate.
Queen. A woman of the same complexion, agreeable, genteel, and witty.
Knave. A sincere, but rather hasty-tempered friend.
Ten. Unexpected wealth, through the death of a relative. A fat sorrow.
Nine. Danger caused by drunkenness. A card of caution.
Eight. Danger from covetousness. A card of caution.
Seven. A prison. Danger arising from the opposite sex. A card of caution.
Six. Competence by hard-working industry.
Five. A happy, though not wealthy marriage.
Four. Danger of misfortunes caused by inconstancy, or capricious temper. A card of caution.
Three. Quarrels. Or in reference to time may signify three years, three months, three weeks, or three days. It also denotes that a person will be married more than once.
Deuce. Vexation, disappointment.
Ace. A letter.
The querent is represented, if a male by the king, if a female by the queen, of the suit which accords with his or her complexion. If a married woman consults the cards, the King of her own suit, or complexion, represents her husband; but with single women, the lover, or suitor
is represented by his own colour; and all cards, when representing persons, lose their own normal significations.
There are exceptions, however, to these general rules. A man, no matter what his complexion, if he wear forces uniform can be represented by the king of diamonds. On the
other hand, a widow, even if she be an albino, can be represented only by the queen of spades.
The ace of hearts always denoting the house of the person consulting the decrees of fate, some general rules are applicable to it. Thus the ace of clubs signifying a letter, its
position, either before or after the ace of hearts, shews whether the letter is to be sent to or from the house. The ace of diamonds, when close to the ace of hearts, foretells a
wedding in the house; but the ace of spades betokens sickness and death.
The knaves represent the thoughts of their respective kings and queens, and consequently the thoughts of the persons whom those kings and queens represent, in
After the general fortune has been told, the seer hands the pack back to the querent who shuffles again to see if a particular wish will occur. The seer then locates
the nine of hearts and observes the cards before and after it in the pack which give the answer to the wish. of the wish-card in the pack, the required answer is deduced.
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