Fortune-Telling by Cards
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?]
HOW WE GOT OUR PACK OF CARDS
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
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
THE SELECTED PACK OF THIRTY-TWO CARDS
Reduced pack generally used--How to indicate reversed cards--Meaning of Hearts--Diamonds--Clubs--Spades
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
WHAT THE CARDS CAN TELL OF THE PAST, THE PRESENT, AND THE FUTURE
A simple method--What the cards say--The Present--The Future
YOUR FORTUNE IN TWENTY-ONE CARDS
A reduced pack--An example--The three packs--The surprise
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
ANOTHER METHOD WITH THIRTY-TWO CARDS
General outline--Signification of cards--How to consult the cards--An illustration--Its reading
A FRENCH METHOD
French system--The reading--An example
THE GRAND STAR
The number of cards may vary--The method--The reading in pairs--Diagram of the Grand Star--An example
IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. FORTUNE-TELLING GAMES
How to answer them--Specimen questions--Cupid and Venus at work
HOW THEY TELL FORTUNES IN ITALY
Italian method--An example--Notice the groups--How the pairs work out--The five packs
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
THE MASTER METHOD. SIGNIFICATIONS OF CARDS USED
Court cards--Plain cards--An example of the Master Method
A COMBINATION OF NINES
How to work it--An example--The first reading--The second reading--The third reading
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
THE TAROTS: THEIR ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Derivation of name--Remote origin--The great Etteilla
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
"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
[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.