Cartomancy – Ivan Vladimirov 1928 Russian Federation

Cartomancy requires no belief from our querent/sitter/seeker and also requires no specific religious or spiritual belief. All that you need is to be comfortable enough to ask questions and an open mind to hear the answers.

The reader asks your question and the assembly of cards is interpreted to synthesize an answer.  The individual cards become part of a larger complete story.  They are acting as the symbols of concepts which are being translated into language without taboos and no precepts to dictate their method.

The reader reads that which they see in the cards and tries to place it into an understandable framework for the person asking.  To facilitate this, the reader might ask a few clarifying questions.  The more focused the seeker’s question, the less need for clarification.

The range of information available is limited only by your imagination.  Each reader has their own unique methods of placement and reading: from traditional to personally styled and everything in-between.

My OCD-like little quirk is that I stick to this one rule when I read:  If I see it once in a reading it’s possibly going to be a true interpretation of what is in front of me, if I see it twice it’s most probably accurate, if I get the same information three times it has then become a certainty.

Why would I stick to something like this?  Simple – it’s a personal crutch that developed because when I use it, it works for me and delivers great results.  Do other methods work? Absolutely!

Cartomancy defined from around the Web:

Webster’s 1913 Dictionary


The art of telling fortunes with cards.


noun: cartomancy
  1. fortune telling by interpreting a random selection of playing cards.
late 19th century: from French cartomancie, from carte ‘card’ + -mancie (see -mancy).

From Wikipedia


as “one who seeks” is derived, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, from the Latin quærēns “seeker,” the present participle of quærere “to seek, gain, ask.”

It is clear that Querent became used to denote “a person who questions an Oracle” because it is usually when you have a problem that requires Otherworldly advice that you would seek out the oracle in the first place.


(from Latin divinare “to foresee, to be inspired by a god”, related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.[3] Used in various forms throughout history, diviners ascertain their interpretations of how a querent should proceed by reading signs, events, or omens, or through alleged contact with a supernatural agency.

Tarot reading

is belief in using cards to gain insight into the past, current and future situations by posing a question to the cards, i.e. cartomancy.

The Fortune Teller, by Art Nouveau painter Mikhail Vrubel, depicting a cartomancer

 Cartomancy is fortune-telling or divination using a deck of cards. Forms of cartomancy appeared soon after playing cards were first introduced into Europe in the 14th century.[1] Practitioners of cartomancy are generally known as cartomancers, card readers, or simply readers.

Cartomancy is one of the oldest of the more common forms of fortune-telling. It is similar to tarot card reading in that various card spreads are used, such as single card, “Destiny Square,” and 3 cards.[2] The tarot can also be used in cartomancy.[3]

Cartomancy using standard playing cards was the most popular form of providing fortune-telling card readings in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In English-speaking countries, a standard deck of Anglo-American bridge/poker playing cards (i.e., 52-card, four-suit set) can be used in the cartomancy reading; the deck is often augmented with jokers, and even with the blank card found in many packaged decks. In France, the 32-card piquet playing-card deck was, and still is, most typically used in cartomancy readings, while the 52-card deck was, and still is, also used for this purpose. (A piquet deck can be a 52-card deck with all of the 2s through the 6s removed. This leaves all of the 7s through the 10s, the face cards, and the aces.)


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