- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (8 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491225785
- ISBN-13: 978-1491225783
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fifty-four Devils: The Art & Folklore of Fortune-telling with Playing Cards Paperback – 8 Aug 2013
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About the Author
About the Author: Cory Thomas Hutcheson is the author of several articles on magic, witchcraft, and folklore, and is the proprietor of the New World Witchery website. He co-hosts a podcast of the same name, and has been a practicing card-reader for many years.
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Playing cards can often be every bit as intimidating a method as tarot when you're starting out (personally, I found it more so), but Cory Hutcheson has distilled the necessary information into a readable and coherent method. If you're looking to get started in cartomancy, or just to learn more about the author's method, I'd definitely recommend this book.
Meanings are given for every card -- including the jokers -- and several spreads and sample readings are given. The information in here is great, and laid out in a well-organized manner. It should be relatively simple to pick up this book and a deck of playing cards and immediately begin to read the cards (though perfection tends to takes time, of course). That's what I did with the original guide, and playing card divination had been a struggle for me to grasp before then.
Especially valuable though, are the insights given to the author's personal reading practice. He goes out of his way to remind the reader that his method is only one method (something I appreciate very much, and wish was a more common disclaimer in these kinds of texts), but his own system is interesting. Seeing how he matches the readings to fairy tales or folk tales, for example, was incredibly fascinating! The additional folklore given on playing card divination (including a short story by the author himself which was very good) was also a nice bonus that I'm sure many will find inspirational, or at least entertaining.
It is not just a book but a working tool to help you with divination. I am a professional reader of the tarot but not playing cards. This book is helping me to expand my knowledge and learn this ancient art form of fortune telling.