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Fifty-four Devils: The Art & Folklore of Fortune-telling with Playing…

by Cory Thomas Hutcheson

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"Ye are twenty-five cards.Become twenty-five devilsEnter into the body, into the blood, into the soul ."So begins a nineteenth century Italian charm making use of a small deck of playing cards. This brief-but-richly drawn book explores the practice of divination by playing cards-known as cartomancy. It reveals the "secrets in plain sight" which hide within the pips, kings, queens, and jokers of a standard deck. Explore one method of divination in-depth as you meet the "fifty-four devils"-the symbolic spirits of each card-and learn about invoking ancestral blessings for card readings, the folklore of playing cards, and how to relate fairy tales to a spread along the way.-From the back cover… (more)
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"Ye are twenty-five cards.Become twenty-five devilsEnter into the body, into the blood, into the soul ."So begins a nineteenth century Italian charm making use of a small deck of playing cards. This brief-but-richly drawn book explores the practice of divination by playing cards-known as cartomancy. It reveals the "secrets in plain sight" which hide within the pips, kings, queens, and jokers of a standard deck. Explore one method of divination in-depth as you meet the "fifty-four devils"-the symbolic spirits of each card-and learn about invoking ancestral blessings for card readings, the folklore of playing cards, and how to relate fairy tales to a spread along the way.-From the back cover

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