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Cyprianic Cartomancy

Here we diverge from fiction and move into magic. This concerns a new release from Hadean Press, Cyprianic Cartomancy, a small booklet I wrote which I’ll get to in a minute. First, a tiny bit of history, and a bit of promotion for another book which has forever changed the way I read tarot.

I first started reading tarot cards many years ago, mostly for myself, occasionally for others. My favorite deck from days of yore was The Celtic Book of the Dead by Caitlin Matthews. I’d still be using it now if I had it with me.

Celtic Book of the Dead

For the past eight years or so I’ve used the Thoth deck for personal readings. The illustrations by Lady Frieda Harris speak volumes to me, and it’s a shame that her part in the creation of this deck is still, in some corners, sadly overlooked. Unfortunately, these cards have begun to fail me.

Lady Frieda Harris
Lady Frieda Harris

The latest rage in card reading is the Lenormand deck. I purchased, when it was first released, The Enchanted Lenormand Oracle. The book is written again by Caitlin Matthews, and the cards are illustrated by Virginia Lee. While I highly recommend this oracle for innumerable reasons, the Lenormand method as presented here simply does not work for. Which surprised me, considering how much I love story.

Enchanted Lenormand Oracle

As I was searching for a new deck to try, I came across a review by Jason Miller (a most trusted source) of Camelia Elias’s Marseille Tarot: Towards the Art of Reading.

Marseille Tarot by Camelia Elias

Based on Jason’s review, I immediately purchased the book and a deck of Marseille tarot, the François Chosson deck which you can read about here. Three of these lovely cards are shown in the header image of this post. This deck, combined with Elias’s book, is precisely what I have been looking for, and if you don’t already own a copy of the book, rush out and buy it. Her method of reading, combined with my new deck of tarot, has replaced every other method and deck I use, except one.

Cyprianic Cartomancy

Finally, we get to the point of this post. In 2014 Hadean Press released The Book of St. Cyprian: The Sorcerer’s Treasure, a translation with extensive commentary of the Portuguese Livraria Económica edition. The Book contains a few cryptic entries concerning methods of cartomancy, of divination by a standard deck of forty cards. Once I recovered from the profound impact The Book had on my life, I determined to make sense of these entries and use the two spreads found in The Book for myself. Two years later, one result is Cyprianic Cartomancy. My aim for this was to condense my notes, removing any embellishment, and present the methods found in The Book as clearly as possible.

Since it’s release a few days ago, I’ve had all the usual comments. Karma will get me. I’m going straight to hell. Well, maybe. Who knows what the afterlife holds? What I can say is that I wrote and published this pamphlet with Saint Cyprian’s blessing and guidance. He’s got an agenda. I just hope those of you who have ordered the booklet find it useful, and I’m very much looking forward to how the readers out there expand on the material presented, and make these methods of reading the cards their own.


5 Comments

  • Michael M. Hughes

    15th August 2016

    Cant wait to read it! If you liked Camellia’s book, I highly recommend Yoav Ben-Dov’s Tarot: the Open Reading, which deals exclusively with the Marseilles decks (my favorites, too). The “open” style is the primary method I teach my students. And Jodorowsky’s The Way of Tarot is not to be missed, as it approaches the TdM and readings from a very magical perspective.

    Ordering this today—thanks!

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    • Erzebet

      15th August 2016

      Thank you for the suggestions! Jodorowsky’s book is on my to-buy list but I’ll admit to being intimidated by it. I’ll add the other title to my list as well. This style is entirely new to me but is exactly what I needed. It’s so heartening to see the cunning methods employed in tarot.

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  • Camelia Elias

    15th August 2016

    Thank you for the kind mention. I’m glad you enjoyed my book. Cheers. Camelia

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  • Carla Tate

    20th August 2016

    Count me in as another who abandoned other decks for the TdM and had my reading style changed forever — for the better! — by Camelia’s book. Yoav Ben-Dov is also very good. I have yet to read Jodorowsky. I’m told David is also worth reading. Love your name, Erzebet! 🙂

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    • Erzebet

      20th August 2016

      Hi Carla, how nice to meet another convert! 🙂

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