Something struck me today. Something was missing from the cartomantic community. A voice, or some voice anyway, that registers the sentiment, or as za French say, le sentiment, around what’s happening in the world of cards. I decided to try my hand at it, and in collaboration with the cards, see if I could answer a few questions that address some current issues and debates over the state-of-the-art in the world of divination with cards.

After this post, I will elevate this text to a Page of its own and call it One-Liners. You can find it already under my Method page. I’ll be updating this page as I plod along in the world of cards, and all according to what I’ll be able to capture about the general cartomantic zeitgeist, I’ll offer an opinion à la ‘IMHO’ style.

About the beginning lines here, a note of authenticity. In line with the taroflectic practice, all the questions have been written out before any cards were laid on the table. No cheating. I have witnesses in case anyone wants me to sign a statement. This practice of authenticity will continue.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 12.24.30 AMQ: ‘Visibility, visibility, visibility’ is for cartomancy what ‘location, location, location’ is for real estate. What can an INvisible cartomancer teach?

A: There is nothing new under the sun.

Deck: Paul-Emil Bécat, Le Florentin, Philibert, Paris, 1956

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Q: Five years ago no one wanted to touch the word ‘prediction’ in divination with cards. Now it’s all the rage. What happened?

A: The ambition for money ran into a wall.

Deck: Z. Lismon Etteilla, 1850

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Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 12.25.07 AMQ: Some cartomancers want to insist that we don’t divine by suggestion. What stake do they have in maintaining this myth?

A: ‘Money money money, Must be funny, In the rich man’s world.’

Deck: Le Corti D’Amore, Modiano, Trieste, 1950

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Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 12.25.22 AMQ: Cartomancers have been observing how public cartomantic groups on the internet have been imploding themselves. First the artifice and then, errr, the fanfare?

A: Actually, it’s the Fish.

Deck: Leipzig Lenormand, 1982

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Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 12.25.35 AMQ: Stanislaw Jerzy Lec once said: ‘When smashing the statues, keep the pedestals. They may come in handy.’ What area in cartomancy will be elevated next, after the smashing of the Tarot in the name of Lenormand?

A: Haitian Voudou.

Deck: Cartes transformée. Gioco dei Giornali, Paris 1819, ed. Il Meneghello, Milano 1997

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Screen Shot 2013-09-13 at 12.25.50 AMQ: Most will argue and demonstrate that power is a construct and that it works best when it’s invisible. Cartomantic power is, errr, what is it again that people want?

A: Delusion. ‘Give us some more.’

Deck: Tarot de Marseille, Edition Millenium, as reconstructed by Wilfried Houdoin, 2011

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To be continued.


4 thoughts on “ONE-LINERS

  1. cameliaelias says:


    Bent Sorensen: This sounds more like something ze Gerrrmans would do…
    14 hours ago · Unlike · 2

    Ryan Edward: Beautiful. Of course, the Marseille had the most to say about the current climate.

    Asked a similar question to my Grand Etteilla. 12 cards of eerie specificity.
    14 hours ago via mobile · Unlike · 2

    Enrique Enriquez: “There is ambition for money. Must the fish voudou more”.

    Your own exquisite corpse reads the climate of the room.
    13 hours ago · Unlike · 4

    Paul Nagy: Your cards say nothing. They just look back. Perhaps we should turn them over, no?
    13 hours ago · Like · 1

    Camelia Elias: Paul, I think I like the card called the ‘Haitian Family’. There’s magic there. Then I also like the Italian beggar joyously stumbling over a fortunate fortune. Whipping the fish is not too bad either. Students sitting in their place is also pretty telling. As for the money drive, a classic. The Fool bumbling all over in the dark and seeing nothing is a masterpiece. We learn a lot from nothing.
    5 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1

    Paul Nagy: Yes, Camelia, nothing teaches us to make way to rearrange the furniture of our friends in the outdoors of our cozy homes. Shall we sip tea while we read?
    38 minutes ago · Like

    Bent Sorensen: “The sun ran into a wall in the rich man’s world. Actually, Haitian delusion,” she said. That’s what I thought. “I’ll go to Venice, instead, then…”
    18 minutes ago · Unlike · 2

  2. lindacoopertaylor says:

    Deck: Cartes transformée. Gioco dei Giornali, Paris 1819, ed. Il Meneghello, Milano 1997 I like this deck in particular thanks for posting them really interesting

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