It is believed they began to be used for cartomancy
, gaining insight using a pack of cards, in around the mid-18th Century.
But it's filled with original, impressive touches: the cards themselves, an entrancing 16th-century deck reproduced in the book; the cartomancy
sketches of the Octavo; the way the characters seem to revolve around each other like an intricate, courtly dance; the bits of description--the icy-cold rooms, the glittering chandeliers with candles dripping wax onto the floor below--of a time long gone.
Tarot de Marseilles is the most popular form of cartomancy
1971), 13; Alessandro Bellenghi, Cartomancy
The essays embody a variety of critical approaches listed in the preface in a possibly daunting way: 'the use of astrology, cartomancy
, pre-Socratic elemental cosmology, iconogaphy, hagiography, metamorphoses, Jungian principles, Lacanian psychoanalysis, the philosophy of Schopenhauer, Santayana's poetics, syncretism, gender studies, and Vedic theories' (p.
The Ottomans are a dreary race, all kilims and cartomancy
It covers fortune-telling practices such as cartomancy
and divining from coffee-grounds, which cannot be fully documented from printed sources, and the survival of older popular divination, the most famous recital of which occurs in Pushkin's Eugene Onegin (which shows the range of popular oral and printed divination employed in a family of minor gentry at Christmas in the early nineteenth century).
It was the complexity of tarot which caused it to fall from favour, but the cards reappeared with a vengeance during the French Revolution, when cartomancy
reflected the horror of life as the guillotine went up in public squares and life was held cheap.