Methods Of Fortune-Telling With Cards

What are all of the different methods of fortune-telling using cards? Would you like to know how you can use cards for divination? What are all of the similarities and differences between all of both common and uncommon methods of cartomancy?

As you probably already know, the correct name for fortune-telling using cards is cartomancy. Cartomancy is divination using cards. If you’re new to cartomancy, you may not have decided yet which method of cartomancy is right for you. Alternatively, if you want to learn another way of card reading, you might be looking for options. 

Below you can discover more about the different types of cartomancy. I hope this list helps you to make an informed choice about which method of reading is right for you. 

Methods of fortune telling with cards - Tarot Cards


Tarot is one of the most popular methods of fortune-telling with cards. It is pretty easy to purchase Tarot cards as they are available in most book stores and new age shops. Therefore, Tarot is often where most diviners begin their cartomancy journey as it is pretty easy to get started with Tarot reading.

There are seventy-eight cards in a Tarot deck; twenty-two of which are what are known as the Major Arcana and these include cards such as: The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Empress, The Emperor, The Hierophant, The Lovers, The Chariot, Strength, The Hermit, The Wheel of Fortune, Justice, The Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, The Tower, The Devil, The Star, The Moon, The Sun, Judgement, and The World

Other than The Major Arcana, the other fifty-six cards of Tarot are known as The Minor Arcana. The Minor Arcana are further divided into four suits (Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles). Each of the four suits has cards numbered Ace to Ten and four Court cards. For example, the suit of Pentacles has cards numbered from Ace to Ten plus a Page of Pentacles, Knight of Pentacles, Queen of Pentacles, and King of Pentacles. 

Tarot is an excellent divination system for answering specific questions. Diviners read cards in spreads, and you can adapt a spread to serve pretty much any purpose. You can ask Tarot questions about your career, business, friendships, love life, the sky is the limit. 

If you’re just getting started with cartomancy, then Tarot is an excellent place to start because it is an accessible system and there is lots of information available on Tarot. However, because there are lots of Tarot card meanings to learn, it can take some people years to master the system. 

Methods of fortune telling with cards - Playing Cards Cartomancy

Playing Cards

You can use regular playing cards for divination. You do not require any special decks to divine with playing cards; just a regular deck will do. Sometimes, fortune tellers refer to playing card divination as just ‘cartomancy.’ 

As with Tarot, many diviners begin their cartomancy journey learning how to read playing cards. Reading fortunes with playing cards used to be a rather prevalent form a card reading, but it has fallen out of favor in recent years, possibly because of other systems (Tarot, Lenormand, and oracle cards) have more visually appealing decks. However, there are some pretty fine looking playing card decks currently on the market (such as the Alice in Wonderland one pictured).

Oracle Cards

Oracle Cards

In some countries, oracle card divination surpasses Tarot for popularity. As with Tarot, oracle cards are readily available for purchase in mainstream bookstores (such as Barnes and Noble or WHSmith). The vast majority of people who have an interest in spirituality have dabbled in oracle card reading. 

Unlike other methods of cartomancy, there is not a standard system for interpreting oracle cards because all oracle card decks are different. For example, one deck may include a card called Love Yourself and another deck might contain a card named after the planet Mercury. 

Oracle cards are typically used by diviners to answer self-help styled questions. For example, instead of asking your oracle cards a predictive question such as, “When is John coming back”? You would ask, “What steps can I take to get over John”?

Because they are easy to buy, a lot of diviners start with oracle cards, but they do pose their challenges. Every time you purchase an oracle deck, you have to start again with a new system; this can be off-putting, and many people do not delve too far into serious oracle card study. 

Kipper Cards

Kipper Cards

A lesser-known (and not very popular) method of cartomancy is Kipper divination. In some countries (such as Germany) it is easier to purchase a Kipper deck than it is in others. 

In recent years, there was an effort by the cartomancy communities to boost the public awareness of Kipper and bring it into the mainstream. New Kipper decks were designed and published by Tarot artists, and publishers translated books into English. 

Sadly, however, Kipper does not appear to have ‘caught on’ as a popular method of cartomancy. I am unsure why this is, but from what I can gather it is because the number of available decks, books, and instruction is off-putting to many diviners. Also, the system does not really provide anything which other card systems do not – if diviners want advice, they turn to their oracle cards, if they have specific questions, they turn to Tarot, and if they want to make predictions they start reading Lenormand cards.  

Lenormand Cards


Lenormand is another lesser-known, but a brilliant methods of fortune-telling with cards. While it is rare to find Lenormand cards for sale in bookstores or mind, body, spirit shops, sometimes you can get lucky. The vast majority of Lenormand readers purchase their decks online. 

A Lenormand card deck has thirty-six cards which are named after everyday objects such as mice, scythe, clouds, man, and woman. Each of these cards has a meaning which is parallel to its symbolism. For example, in Western culture, snakes are symbolic of enemies and temptation – this is also the interpretation for the Snake Lenormand card. Therefore, if you are already familiar with symbolism Lenormand will be easy for you to master. 

Lenormand is the ideal system for reading predictive styled readings. It is very, very easy to perform general readings with Lenormand, and most readings are done using a Grand Tableau spread. Each position of the Grand Tableau looks at different areas of your life, including everything from letters you will receive to who you’re going to fall in love with next. 

That’s all for the methods of fortune-telling with cards! You can discover how to read Lenormand cards on this website. In fact, you can learn the basics of Lenormand card reading by grabbing my free Lenormand for Beginner’s guide here

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How To Read Lenormand Cards

Do you want to learn Lenormand cards? Are you dying to read Lenormand cards but you do not know where to start? Would you like a step by step guide for how to read Lenormand cards so that you can start making predictions about your life, love, and relationships? Well, do not worry because I am going to explain step by step what you need to do to learn how to read Lenormand cards! 

Below is a step by step guide to learning how to read Lenormand. I have based these steps on exactly how I learned Lenormand almost 5 years ago. 

There is not a wide range of Lenormand reading information available, so sometimes it can be a bit hard to know where to start on your Lenormand journey. However, don’t worry, I have got you covered!

It is entirely possible to learn how to read Lenormand cards in only a few days from a very minimal number of resources. I learned Lenormand in only 2 days by reading instructions online and watching other card readers practice in Facebook groups. Learning Lenormand is only as difficult as you want to make it. 

Steps For How To Learn Lenormand Cards

There are only a few steps to learning the basics of Lenormand cards: 

Step One: Get A Deck

Your first step on your Lenormand journey is to purchase a deck. However, you can start learning how to read Lenormand cards before you even own one. I began to learn the meanings, combinations, and basics of Lenormand reading before I actually owned a deck, but ideally owning your own deck would be a great place to start.

When you’re first learning how to read with Lenormand cards, you may be tempted to get a super modern, pretty deck but I recommend against this. Modern decks often include extra cards which can be stressful and confusing. I recommend that you purchase a historical deck because they tend not to include lots of shit you don’t need. 

I think that Lo Scarabeo’s Lenormand cards, or Blue Owl Lenormand cards are a great place to start. You can see examples of Lenormand decks on my Instagram.

Step Two: Familiarize Yourself With The Structure Of Lenormand

Your Lenormand deck will include 36 cards. As I said, some decks will include extra cards, but when you’re just learning how to read Lenormand I recommend that you remove these cards and only work with the standard 36 during the learning process. 

Through this post, you can see a list of 36 cards in a Lenormand deck. 

Step Three: Learn The Basic Lenormand Card Meanings

If you want to start reading Lenormand, you need to learn the very basic meanings of all 36 Lenormand cards. Do not worry, it is not that difficult. After all, there are only 36 cards to learn (unlike with Tarot when you have to master 78!) 

Most of the meanings of Lenormand cards are pretty obvious and standard. For example, Clover represents luck and Snake can represent temptation. Plus, Lenormand cards can appear as literal things, so the Snake could symbolize someone’s real pet snake or Clover could represent clovers in your garden. 

Here, you can learn the Lenormand card meanings. 

Step Four: Check Out Some Combinations 

In readings, two or more Lenormand cards are combined together to form one basic meaning. So, if you pull a Boat and a House card, this can represent a houseboat. If you draw the Key card and the House card, this can represent a house key. 

It is a good idea to go over a list of Lenormand card combinations so that you get a general idea of what the Lenormand combinations look like. Check out the list of Lenormand card combinations

I should say, try not to memorize all of the Lenormand card combinations. First of all, it is impossible. Secondly, you want to use your intuition and ‘flex’ your brain. Every reading will be different, so look to other reader’s combination interpretations as examples and inspiration NOT something you should be memorizing. 

Step Five: Learn A String

The most basic type of Lenormand reading is called a String. String’s are lines of 2, 3, 5, or 7 Lenormand cards placed in a line. 

To perform a String reading, all that you have to do is ask a question and pull your designated number of cards. Once you draw your Lenormand cards you can interpret their meanings. 

You can see how to perform Lenormand String readings on this website. 

Step Six: Learn Nine-Card Spreads

Nine-card spreads are sometimes called Squares. Squares are pretty much a step up from String spreads as they are slightly more complicated (because they use 9 cards). As the name suggests, Squares appear as squares, not in lines as Strings do. 

For Lenormand Square spreads, you will interpret the rows and the columns of a square of nine Lenormand cards. Sometimes you will use a Square for a specific question (for example, does Arran love me?) but other times you can use a Square for a general life area (for example, what is the future of my love life?)

Here, you can check out Lenormand Nine Card Spreads.

Step Seven: Learn A Grand Tableau

The Lenormand Grand Tableau uses all 36 cards from a Lenormand deck. Because it uses all of the cards, most Lenormand teachers will tell you that you should learn how to read a Grand Tableau a long time after you have learned how to read Lenormand. However, I disagree. 

Ideally, you should be learning how to read a Lenormand Grand Tableau while you are starting out reading Lenormand. Learning how to read one early on will get you used to reading with all 36 cards. 

And, trust me, reading GTs are not difficult; most Lenormand readers I know (myself included) find it easier to read a Lenormand Grand Tableau than they do to perform a 9 card reading! Once you know all of the card meanings, you will know what each of the positions in the houses (spread positions) mean.

Discover here How to Read a Lenormand Grand Tableau.

So, that’s it! Once you learn all of the things in this post, you will be a Lenormand reader and will be able to read yourself and others with Lenormand cards. And yes, you should be reading friends and family quite early on in your journey as this will give you practice. 

How To Read Lenormand Cards Recap

To recap, if you want to learn how to read Lenormand cards you should: 

1. Get a deck. 

2. Familiarize yourself with the structure of Lenormand. 

3. Learn the basic Lenormand card meanings. 

4. Check out some Lenormand combinations. 

5. Learn the String Spread.

6. Learn the Nine Card Spread.

7. Learn the Grand Tableau. 

8. Sign up for my newsletter where you can receive a free Lenormand for Beginner’s guide and be notified of when my online Lenormand course opens for enrolment.

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List of Lenormand Cards

If you are brand, spanking new to reading Lenormand cards, you probably do not know which cards should be in your Lenormand card deck and what it is you should be learning. Therefore, I am including a list of cards which should be in your Lenormand card deck plus special notes about these cards so that you know which 36 cards are the true Lenormand cards, and which ones are extras. 

It’s a sad fact, but I have had to write this list of Lenormand cards because most modern Lenormand deck creators like to include extra cards with their Lenormand decks. I don’t want to stamp on anyone’s creativity, but as a teacher, I have discovered over the years that including extra cards in your Lenormand or Tarot decks (or renaming the cards different things) is the fast track to confusion for beginners. 

And, if your customers are confused, they won’t use your deck. 

Anyroad, here is the list of Lenormand cards which should be in your Lenormand deck with a little extra information plus any additional names this card has. Hopefully, this card will be the Sun to your Cloud of Lenormand confusion: 

List of Lenormand Cards

01. Rider – Also known as The Cavalier or The Horseman; it represents messengers. 

02. Clover – Represents luck and good fortune. 

03. Ship – Also known as Boat; it represents travel. 

04. Home – Also known as House; it represents the home. 

05. Tree – Represents health and blood relations. 

06. Clouds – Represents confusions. 

07. Snake – Represents enemies. 

08. Coffin – Represents slow endings. 

09. Bouquet – Also known as Flowers; it represents appreciation. 

10. Scythe – Represents quick endings. 

11. Whip – Represents things that happen repeatedly. 

12. Birds – Represents gossip. 

13. Child – Also known as Children; it represents children. 

14. Fox – Represents work. 

15. Bear – Represents authority figures. 

16. Stars – Represents what you will become known for. 

17. Stork – Represents change and fertility. 

18. Dog – Represents friends. 

19. Tower – Represents the government. 

20. Garden – Represents how you socialize. 

21. Mountain – Represents long-term problems. 

22. Crossroads – Represents choices. 

23. Mice – Represents stress and things that are deteriorating. 

24. Heart – Represents love. 

25. Ring – Represents commitment. 

26. Book – Represents secrets. 

27. Letter – Represents paper. 

28. Man – Also known as Gentleman; represents the seeker or the most important man in their life. 

29. Woman – Also known as Lady; represents the seeker or the most important woman in their life.

30. Lily – Represents peace. 

31. Sun – Represents success. 

32. Moon – Represents emotions. 

33. Key – Represents what is important. 

34. Fish – Represents money and business. 

35. Anchor – Represents what is stable. 

36. Cross – Represents burdens. 

How Many Cards Should Be In My Deck?

There should be a total of 36 cards in your Lenormand deck; you do not need the extra cards. If you’re just learning how to read Lenormand, I recommend that you remove the extra cards and only work with the 36 which are listed above. 

Extra Woman And Man Lenormand Cards

In modern Lenormand decks, it is very common for you to get two Woman and Man cards in your deck. However, you’re only meant to read with one Lady and one Man card. Therefore, for your Lenormand readings, you should remove the extra cards which you do not need and only read with the original 36. 

When choosing which Woman or Man Lenormand cards to keep, be sure you pick ones which have the figures on the cards looking in opposite directions of each other. The directions which the Woman and Man look will impact things like the past, present, future, and whether or not your significators are in agreement or not. 

If your Lady and Man cards appear on a Grand Tableau facing each other they are getting along in real life; if they are back to back they are in conflict in real life. You can only tell this if the significators (these two cards) look in opposite directions, so it is best if you use significators which face different ways. 

Can I Use The Extra Cards?

Once you feel confident with reading Lenormand, then yes you can use the extra cards in your Lenormand card for readings. But, to begin with, I recommend you first learn how to read your standard Lenormand cards which appear on the list above, then see how you get on. 

That’s all for my list of Lenormand cards that should be in your Lenormand deck! On this site, I also have a free Lenormand for Beginners Guide. You can download that guide here

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