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Geomancy and playing cards - a match meant to be

Geomancy and playing cards - a match meant to be

Playing cards are made of dualities...

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards 1800

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards

Georgian Fortune Telling Cards, c.1800.

Gipsy Fortune Telling Cards 1910

Gipsy Fortune Telling Cards

“Gipsy” fortune-telling cards with original artwork by Hylton Cock, published by Thomas de la Rue & Co Ltd., c.1910.

Grand Jeu Lenormand 1899

Grand Jeu Lenormand

A pack of 54 playing-cards for fortune-telling each card containing a number of zodiacal, classical and modern images with a miniature card of the conventional type at top left and a letter of the alphabet at top right.

Hafez Fortune Telling Cards

Hafez Fortune Telling Cards

Fortune Tellers use the Hafez Cards by interpreting the Hāfez poems printed on the card backs when cards are selected randomly by their consultants.

Housewives Tarot 2004

Housewives Tarot

Retro-style ‘Housewives Tarot’ designed by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum, published by Quirk Books, 2004.

I Trionfi d’Amore 1978

I Trionfi d’Amore

Tarot trumps designed by Juan Ballesta and inspired by 1970s pop culture, promoting Baci chocolates.

Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco 1912

Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco

The Cagliostro Tarot was first published in 1912 as “Il Destino Svelato Dal Tarocco”.

Il Vostro Destino 1989

Il Vostro Destino

Italian fortune-telling pack produced by Viassone and later by Masenghini.

Jeu de Cartomancie pour l’amusement des Dames 1788

Jeu de Cartomancie pour l’amusement des Dames

Early French Cartomancy deck "for the amusement of Ladies" but also referred to as "Jeu divinatoire révolutionnaire", 1788.

Joshi Bharát Tarot 1992

Joshi Bharát Tarot

A set of the major arcana created by an Indian fortune-teller living in Hungary.

Kadar Playing Cards 2014

Kadar Playing Cards

The Kadar deck designed by Christopher J Gould aims to break the norms of playing card design. The vibrant and fun pack has drawn inspiration from travelling fortune tellers and gypsies.

Karty Derzhavnye 1997

Karty Derzhavnye

Karty Derzhavnye (Sovereign cards) with artwork by S. Zaitsev, Russia, 1997.

Karty Lyubvi

Karty Lyubvi

Karty lyubvi Slavyanskie (Slavonic love cards) and Karty lyubvi Starinnye (Ancient love cards).

Kinney Transparent Cards 1890

Kinney Transparent Cards

Kinney Bros Transparent playing cards with hidden images and fortunes, c.1890.

La Sibylle des Salons 1879

La Sibylle des Salons

La Sibylle des Salons facsimile of 19th century deck published by J M Simon, 1979.

Le carte della Fortuna 1975

Le carte della Fortuna

Modern Italian fortune-telling pack from 1975, with designs by Sergio Ruffolo.

Le Destin Antique 1868

Le Destin Antique

Le Jeu du Destin Antique, originally published by Grimaud in XIX c., republished many times since...

Le Grand Tarot Belline 1966

Le Grand Tarot Belline

“Le Grand Tarot Belline” after drawings by Edmond Billaudot (1829-1881).

Le Nouvel Etteilla 1806

Le Nouvel Etteilla

“Le Nouvel Etteilla” cartomancy deck published in Paris by La Veuve Gueffier, 1806.