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French Cartomancy

The French Cartomancy deck is a 36-card oracle, a reconstruction of a deck from the era of Mlle. Lenormand. The cards are numbered but untitled, and feature pastoral scenes with a playing card inset.

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Oracle Deck - 36 Cards - Lo Scarabeo 2005


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French Cartomancy review by Sean McLaughlin, MS, CTR

Ever seen that picture of the madam with a fancy turban, silk robes, sitting in a chair turning over cards before an eager seeker? Many believe this is a gypsy seer, but in fact this archetypal picture takes place in a French salon. The woman, usually from the middle to upper class, has a flat and not a 8x10 wagon for her accommodations and portrays one of the best and worst times for cartomancers in the history of the art. Using the Decker, DePaulis, and Dummett (1996) work, A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot, as my source let me set the stage for this assertion.

Etteilla originally used what was known as a Piquet deck in his career as the first professional cartomancer. This is a deck composed from of our pack of traditional playing cards with the Fren...

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Name: French Cartomancy
Creators: Unknown
Publisher: Lo Scarabeo 2005
Deck Type: Oracle Deck
Cards: 36
Minor Arcana Style: None

Card Size: 2.36 x 3.94 in. = 6.00cm x 10.00cm
Card Language: Untitled
Card Back: Unknown

Companion Material: 47-page little white booklet.


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