Cartomancy reading

Cartomancy and the mystical ways of predicting the future through cards. Cartomancy readings are combinations of cards determined within the "spread" that highlight specific traits of your personality and your levels of spirituality.


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Beginners guide to: Cartomancy


standard 52 card deck scattered everywhere What is cartomancy?

The practice of cartomancy has for many years been used to accurately predict the future, and today remains one of the most popular and precise ways to provide a clear picture of the various paths laid out for someone.

By delving deep into the psyche of a person and providing a comprehensive personality analysis, a spread of cards can reveal hidden meanings and help influence decision-making by illuminating the boundless potential that existence is capable of offering.

This form of divination conveys mindful and concise possibilities to what life can present. With their symmetry and mathematical values, each single card holds a specific significance and through their interpretation and relationship with each other they will come to symbolise special meaning to the person being read.

History of cartomancy

The first playing cards can be dated back to 9th century AD and the Tang Dynasty with the creation of the ‘leaf game’ coming soon after printing sheets were developed for the purpose of writing in China. As cards became rooted in the gaming landscape, their use spread to the rest of Asia and well beyond within a mere two hundred years, with playing cards quickly becoming prevalent in the Islamic culture soon after.

By the late 14th century, playing cards derived from the ‘Mamluk’ set found in the medieval realm of present-day Egypt were emerging across Europe, then almost immediately after they arrived on the continent cartomancy and fortune-telling using those types of decks appeared.

Types of deck

The most common and widespread method of cartomancy uses the standard deck of 52 cards with four suits, ten numbered and three face cards. However, throughout the ages different numbers of cards have also been used.

In the early days of card playing in Portugal, Spain, Germany and Switzerland for instance, a 48-card deck was used with the former two removing the 10s and the latter two dropping the aces. 32 and 36-card piquet stripped decks then developed in France with other countries going further by removing even more of the lower numbered cards to have decks of 20 or 24.

Today, the most popular for divination purposes remain the standard playing cards of 52 and 36.

Tarot card readings remain in many English-speaking countries as well as in Scandinavia the most popular form of cartomancy with each of the 78 cards having an esoteric meaning and presenting evocative illustrations for the presage of good fortune.

Findings answers in cards

There are many subtle nuances in the interpretation of cards however it is widely recognised that the cards are first divided into suits, with each suit connected to one of the four earthly elements: Air, Earth, Fire, Water. These each have deep implications when drawn in a spread from the deck of playing cards.

The element Air in Cartomancy

Air is represented by spades or the tarot suit of swords, and is connected to the mind, thoughts communication, also describing negative forces, the challenges in life, the root of issues and problems.

The element Earth in Cartomancy

Earth is associated with the diamond suit and pentacles in tarot, dealing with the material, affairs of the house, money, work and finance.

The element Fire in Cartomancy

Fire and the suit of clubs signifies emotions and well-being, like Wands in tarot. Furthermore, it can also characterize matters that can sometimes be conflicting and destructive.

The element Water in Cartomancy

Water is coupled with hearts and the tarot Cups, the mysterious, love, loss, relationships with people and family members. It can also bring good luck.

Some of the key cards are, their significance also depending in the manner of their draw:

Ace of spades: a time of change, a significant revelation, providing insight and the realisation of the dawning of something new.

King of diamonds: an influential yet stubborn man, driven by power and success, represents achievement through hard work and enjoyment of well-earned luxuries.

Ten of clubs: a time of luck, positive change, travel, good fortune and potential financial windfall. Conversely it can also mean added responsibility, a burden, the end of a cycle.

Queen of hearts: a kind and good-natured light blond-haired woman, denotes a link to marriage, a mother, or pregnancy. Someone that can be turned to in times of need, who could nonetheless be harbouring their own issues.

How are card spreads used?

Readings are told through the different combinations of cards or ‘spreads’ which help to highlight specific traits of your personality and how this will shape your future. While each of the cards has a meaning, when you lay them out in a certain way, the interpretations deepen.

Cards is can be drawn in several ways; the four most common spreads are:

The single card draw: for a simple quick answer. A definitive.

The 3-card spread: from left to right representing the "Past, Present, Future"

The 9-card spread with 3 rows of 3: from left to right and from top to bottom: describing “Past, Present, and Future” in layers of conscious, reality and unconscious.

The 21-card spread with 3 rows and 7 columns: also known as the Romany or Gypsy Spread, which contains by columns: the self, personal environment, hopes and dreams, known factors, hidden destiny, immediate future, and the longer-term outcome

  • Single Cards = Quick Answers.

  • 3 Card Spread = Past, Present, Future

  • 9 Card Spread, 3 Rows = Past, Present, and Future Layers

  • 21 Card Spread = Gypsy Spider Web

Cartomancy and card readings on PsychicWorld

With some of the world’s most skilled cartomancers on our platform, a simple reading can provide unique insights into some fundamental questions related to your life. Our card readers’ years of experience can shed light on what the future has in store and can provide the key to finding balance and spiritual well-being.

Psychic abilities are not required in cartomancy, however an accomplished reader will be able to connect your astral vibrations with the cards and let your transcendent energy be the guide to maximise their meaning and ensure you enjoy a rich and powerful reading.

A reading will utilise a standard deck of playing cards and your advisor will read the ‘spread’ of cards to provide insight into your personality and spiritual self, helping to tell your fortunes.

This form of divination is one of the oldest forms of fortune telling and was spread across 14th century Europe, soon after playing cards were first popularised, by the Gypsy community. Gypsy travellers and other early practitioners were known as cartomancers or card readers and have given readings to seekers all over the world.

What is a cartomancy reading?

When people are playing Poker or Bridge they may not be aware that they are playing with the original tarot cards. While there are many similarities, we should first separate cartomancy readings from other card-related forms of divination such as tarot cards, which have developed more recently.

Each card of a standard 52 deck represents a different aspect within your life and is often augmented with the jokers. One self-evident example can be seen in the ace of hearts signifying attraction and love. Each card therefore has a name such as "The Payer", "The Viewer" or "The Negotiator". 

The four suits relate to the elements; Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water. There are also picture cards of hierarchy; Kings, Queens and Jacks. There are however fewer images than in tarot cards.

What is the significance and meaning?

The truth is that there is a myriad of spreads and thousands of possible readings. These nuances require an expert medium to understand the significance of these combinations. At a basic level each suit has a specific significance relating to an area of life:

  • Hearts represent issues regarding emotions and the home.

  • Diamonds are work-related and deal with issues out of the house.

  • Clubs are all about money and finances.

  • Spades indicate roadblocks to your path or other difficulties that you could be facing.

The specific meanings of each card and the way they are cut and dealt gives a good card reader a head start. It is the power of the reader's intuition that gives depth in their answers.

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Online cartomancy reading in comfort

As with tarot cards, a cartomancy reading must be undertaken by a trained professional who is able to establish a rapport with their client. You might be wondering how this can be accomplished online? Let’s remember that many forms of divination are not concerned with distance or time! They are reliant on spiritual energies that transcend both.

It therefore matters little whether you are in the same neighbourhood or halfway across the world. The results are just as accurate when provided by a highly trained guide. PsychicWorld embraces this principle and you can start a reading when it is most convenient for you. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; catering to your desires and answering your questions whenever they arise.

For those of you who wish to utilise the power of PyschicWorld’s network, but prefer to be in the knowledge that you are speaking with someone local, we have developed this handy tool to find a psychic near you.

Who performs readings on PsyhcicWorld

All our advisors are professional and compassionate individuals. There is little use in an online cartomancy reading if it is performed by a novice. We have made absolutely certain that all of our psychics boast unsurpassed expertise. You can expect levels of accuracy alongside a personable approach that will put you at ease. 

This rapport is essential as the success of the reading is based upon mutual trust. You can therefore remain confident that even the most difficult questions will be answered with sensitivity and empathy.

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