Love in the Cards?


by C. Margery Kempe

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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 —
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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.

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Clearly they expected the audience to be mostly women. The Kings and Jacks represent men you might meet who might be good or bad for you, but the Queens represent rivals or friends.File 02-03-2015 17 00 43 File 02-03-2015 17 00 56

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.

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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.

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3 Comments

  • Kemberlee
    March 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Years ago, a friend read a deck of playing card. Three card basic reading for past, present and future. All of them were true or came true. His deck did not have cheats on the cards though (the added stickers like shown on these cards). His mother or aunt was a fortune teller and trained him from a young boy to know what each of the cards meant and how they related to traditional tarot cards. Playing cards come from the tarot, which is why some religions consider them evil…like tarot.

    I have a fabulous deck called the Art Nouveau Deck, which is inspired from Alphonse Mucha. Love the artwork but takes time learning the symbols in order to do readings. Been ages. I should dust them off.

    Tirgearr’s Elizabeth Delisi has a mystery series, the Lottie Baldwin Mysteries, where Lottie is a fortune teller who solves crimes. Fatal Fortune is book one.

  • C. Margery Kempe
    March 7, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Reblogged this on C. Margery Kempe and commented:

    Some very cool playing cards turned into tarot!

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