Difference Between Cartomancy & Tarot Card Reading?
Although both are methods of predicting future events and both use a deck of cards that’s where the similarities end. Both styles of foreseeing the future are also reliant on the reader's ability to interpret the cards, rather than the cards themselves. Cartomancy can be thought of as a more generic form of tarot card reading because we feel as though cartomancy is better at giving the timing of events; whereas, tarot card reading gives much more information about love and relationships.
Cartomancy uses a standard poker deck, sometimes with jokers, but tarot card decks not only use more cards, but the cards are slightly larger than tarot cards. Cards used for cartomancy run ace to 10, in one of four suits hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs. Kings denote males, queens are females, and jacks are youthful individuals of either gender.
Tarot Card Deck
Tarot card decks are different in a lot of aspects. The suits also changed names: clubs are wands, diamonds are pentacles, hearts are cups, and spades are swords. Each suit's face cards are known as court cards, the jack represents only masculine energies, and knights, a new addition, represent active male energies. All cards previously listed make up the minor arcanas, and the major arcanas are an additional 21 cards, which do not correspond to any suit.
How to Prepare for a Reading
Before beginning a reading, there are several points to note. The first is caring for your cartomancy deck; we recommend keeping the cards in either a cloth pouch or wrapping it in a cloth made of natural fiber and keeping this deck in a wooden box. If you are tired or in a bad mood, or if the client is in a bad mood, consider doing the reading at another time.
Energy is a significant influencer on cartomancy, and by bringing in negative feelings to the reading, it could affect the results of the reading. Worse yet, it can imbue the deck with lingering negative energy. Because cartomancy requires tapping into cosmic forces, our recommendation is to use a simple request to the universe, for wisdom protection and guidance. Lastly the use of a crystal to help protect yourself and the deck from negative energy. A popular option used by many cartomancer readers is a small natural quartz crystal. These crystals, although small, will shield the deck and the reader from negative energies.