Okay, here’s a cool thing: I was showing my friend Mary my tarot app on the iP*d and she said, “Oh, I have to show you something.” She came back with this deck of cards and now I have to do some research! The box says ‘Fifth Avenue Playing Cards.’ They look maybe 1920s or 30s, I think. But that’s not all —
Every card has a pair of fortunes on it. They look like stickers, once perforated, so I guess they came with the cards and you put them on yourself if you wanted to use them for telling fortunes as well as playing pinochle.
It’s fascinating, all the ways people hope to know the future and find whether love awaits them. I suppose sometimes we just want to have a little hope. This seems like a cool way to make something both useful and magical.
Have you ever had your fortune told? Do you read tarot or scrye or anything? One of my first romance stories was about a tarot card reader, “Turning Cards” (it’s in Love on a Spoon). I’ve used tarot cards while writing novels to get past stuck places. I used to read cards for other people but I got a bit weirded out when I realized how many people were depending on me to provide answers. You have to be in charge of your own life.