Fortune-Telling by Cards

By

Professor P. R. S. Foli

Author of "Fortune Teller", "Dream Book," etc.

R. P. FENNO & COMPANY
18 East 17th Street, New York

[first published 1915, this edition 1920?]

Contents:

CHAPTER I

HOW WE GOT OUR PACK OF CARDS

PAGE

Where do they come from?--The Romany Folk--Were they made in Europe?--Suits and signs--The power of cards--Their charm and interest--Necessity for sympathy--Value of Cartomancy

      <page 15>

   
CHAPTER II

WHAT THE INDIVIDUAL CARDS SIGNIFY

Two systems--The English method--The foreign--Significations of the cards--Hearts--Diamonds--Clubs--Spades--A short   table--Mystic meanings

      <page 21>

   
CHAPTER III

THE SELECTED PACK OF THIRTY-TWO CARDS

Reduced pack generally used--How to indicate reversed cards--Meaning of Hearts--Diamonds--Clubs--Spades

      <page 27>

   
CHAPTER IV

THE SIGNIFICATION OF QUARTETTES, TRIPLETS, AND PAIRS

Combinations of court cards--Combinations of plain cards--Various cards read together--General meaning of the several suits--Some lesser points to notice

      <page 30>

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CHAPTER V

WHAT THE CARDS CAN TELL OF THE PAST, THE PRESENT, AND THE   FUTURE

       PAGE

A simple method--What the cards say--The Present--The Future

      <page 35>

   
CHAPTER VI

YOUR FORTUNE IN TWENTY-ONE CARDS

A reduced pack--An example--The three packs--The surprise

      <page 39>

   
CHAPTER VII

COMBINATION OF SEVENS

A method with selected cards--General rules--How to proceed--Reading of the cards--Signification of cards--Some combinations--A typical example--Further inquiries--The seven packs

      <page 45>

   
CHAPTER VIII

ANOTHER METHOD WITH THIRTY-TWO CARDS

General outline--Signification of cards--How to consult the cards--An illustration--Its reading

      <page 53>

   
CHAPTER IX

A FRENCH METHOD

French system--The reading--An example

      <page 57>

   
CHAPTER X

THE GRAND STAR

The number of cards may vary--The method--The reading in pairs--Diagram of the Grand Star--An example

      <page 61>

   
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CHAPTER XI

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. FORTUNE-TELLING GAMES

PAGE

How to answer them--Specimen questions--Cupid and Venus at work

      <page 65>

   
CHAPTER XII

HOW THEY TELL FORTUNES IN ITALY

Italian method--An example--Notice the groups--How the pairs work out--The five packs

      <page 71>

   
CHAPTER XIII

THE MASTER METHOD. THE CHART AND ITS EXPLANATION

Knowledge is power--Four twos added to the usual pack--The thirty-six squares and their significance--Tendencies of the suits

      <page 76>

   
CHAPTER XIV

THE MASTER METHOD. SIGNIFICATIONS OF CARDS USED

Court cards--Plain cards--An example of the Master Method

      <page 89>

   
CHAPTER XV

A COMBINATION OF NINES

How to work it--An example--The first reading--The second reading--The third reading

      <page 98>

   
CHAPTER XVI

YOUR HEART'S DESIRE. SIX WAYS OF TRYING A WISH

The wish with fifteen cards--Another way--The wish with thirty-two cards--What the four aces tell--The wish in seven packs--The wish card again

      <page 102>

   
     [p. xii]

      
CHAPTER XVII

RHYMING FORTUNE-TELLER

PAGE

Diamonds--Hearts--Spades--Clubs

      <page 107>

   
CHAPTER XVIII

THE TAROTS: THEIR ORIGIN AND HISTORY

Derivation of name--Remote origin--The great Etteilla

      <page 114>

   
CHAPTER XIX

ETTEILLA'S METHOD OF USING THE TAROTS

The major arcana--The minor arcana--General rules--The second deal--The third deal or great figure--The fourth deal

      <page 117>

   
Introduction

"THIS goddess Fortune frustrates, single-handed, the plans of a hundred learned men." In this saying the Latin author has given us the key to all the restless striving to search out the Unknown and the Unknowable which marks our own age, just as it has marked previous periods in history which we are apt to look back upon as being but little removed from the dark ages.

Of all the methods by which men and women seek to penetrate into the mysteries of Fate and Futurity, Cartomancy is one that can claim the distinction of having swayed the human mind from prehistoric times right down to this twentieth century of ours.

It may be that this book will fall into the hands of those who agree with the words of L'Estrange: "There needs no more than impudence on the one side and a superstitious credulity on the other to the setting up of a Fortune-teller." This attitude of cynical superiority is sometimes genuine, but in many cases if we could read what lies beneath the surface we should find that it is but a cloak worn to conceal a lurking fear, an almost irritated condition of mind, born of a half-confessed faith in the power at which it is so easy to scoff.

There is a vein of superstition in every human heart, and many men who have played a great part in the world's history have not been ashamed to seek help from occultists, when the tangle of life seemed too involved for them to unravel with the ordinary means at their disposal.

The pages of history are full of the penalties meted out by kings and rulers to those who were accused of working evil spells upon them. It needs but to mention the names of Wallenstein, Murat, King of Naples; Bernadotte, afterwards King of Sweden; and the merciless Robespierre, as types of a vast number over whom the fascinations of Astrology and

[p. xiv]

[paragraph continues] Cartomancy, which are so closely allied, have cast their witching spell.

Pope treats the cards as sentient entities:

                           "The king, unseen,
  Lurked in her hand and mourned his captive queen."

[paragraph continues] While in another passage he says:

"Soon as she spreads her cards th' aerial guard
  Descend and sit on each important card."

In the following pages we have given information that will, we hope, afford interest and amusement to many. We have not dwelt on the gift of prophecy, or on the power of second sight claimed by apostles of the occult. We would in no case obtrude the subject of Cartomancy upon the notice of those whose susceptibilities would be wounded, or whose sense of right and wrong would be outraged by the practice, and we have ventured to speak a word of warning to the morbidly minded.

We give this method of Fortune-telling for what it is worth. It may be either a pastime seasoned with a flavour of mystery, a study in the weird ways of coincidence, or a test of skill quickened by intuition. We would have all our readers amused and interested, but none saddened or enslaved by it.



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