(Plainly speaking, Cartomancy is a fancy word for Card Divination
or "Reading Cards".
I've read cards for many years.
But unlike most Tarot card readers...
"I don't play with a full deck".
I read only the Major Arcana.
Very powerful and they cut to the point....or the "crux o' the biscuit" :)
This is the way I learned and it works for me. Others may read all the cards, and that is awesome. But so is this way. I have found a lot of Magick works for different people in different
This is just "Merlyn's Way" :)
Card readings have a long history, and the current playing deck of cards have come from it.
But the Jester, of course, will always play the part of the Fool :)
I will share with you my Style and Approach for reading.
I personally, have dedicated decks for doing festivals and faires. I offer my potential client the opportunity to
pick from an assortment of decks laid out, usually with some familiar card like the Wheel of Fortune
I encourage them to shuffle and think of a "Question to Ask the Cards". This helps them FOCUS and imprint their thoughts, desires on the moment and their needs.
Then when they are "shuffled enough" or "Done" I accept the cards back from the Questioner and I fan out my cards and offer them to "Pick" after we have decided which layout to do.
Then I read "the answer that they pick".
I can offer a Single card ...
3 Card (Past/Present /Future) reading,
Basic Four (Past /Present/Future/Blockage),
a "Mystic 7 Card Reading"
and a "Complete" reading (10 cards).
I also have started adding in EXTRA cards:
I am committed to helping people.
As I wait for them to shuffle and think, I hold a crystal or gem-that has called to me from my pile of stones- and I pray for Guidance & Clarity by holding this thought:
"Let me help them for their Greatest and Highest Good".
A lot of people are scared when they see the Devil card or the Death card.
I teach them that the meanings are certain things....not necessarily what they have been stereotyped to think they are.
The Devil card can mean many things: Sex/Power/Lust/Greed/Illusion...
"See? He's OK...he's just STUCK...he isn't going anywhere right now"...
(Sometimes just like we are at certain points of our lives. It makes sense to them.)
Make them laugh. Enjoy the process. Enjoy the fun and the Magick!
My view with all this, is that my job is to be a "Poor Man's Counselor".
There is worth and dignity in that.
Remember that sometimes this is as close as this person may ever come to real counseling or help with this problem.
I want the person to leave my booth with a lifted attitude that they can change their stars, remove blockages and find a better way through their problems. To find HOPE in their situation. That they can turn their blockages (once they know what they are) and to alter their destiny when they alter their attitude.
and a loving disposition....
can be a HUGE help to people in this way.