Cartomancy Seven Packs design; Tarot reading with playing cards

Cartomancy is the art of guessing that is done with a normal deck of cards. The most common form of reading in Cartomancy is the Seven Packs or Seven Triplets layout. Learn how this differential is handled and what is said about the future of a client.

The roots of fortune telling in the Tarot

Just as Tarot reading predates Cartomancy, the Tarot deck with its ornate Major Arcana and beautiful illustrations came long before the common deck of cards. Tarot decks used to be lovingly handcrafted, the works of a skilled artist. The cards were crude and simple, designed for common use and to be mass-produced for everyone to have. With the Major Arcana discarded and the court cards reduced from four per suit to three, the cards were simply produced and became a common household pastime. But, people still wanted the ability to perform fortune telling and read fortunes with these new cards. Readers developed a system based on the suits, derived from their Tarot readings. These traditions were passed down orally until the first printers compiled them and printed simple tables of meanings to sell with their new decks.

The design of the seven packages

This extension, also known as a triple seven design, is treated as follows. First a customer card is chosen for the subject of the reading; either a King or Queen card, and placed in the center in front of the reader. The customer then shuffles and cuts the remaining cards, minus the jokers. Then the first (21) cards are dealt in a fan shape, forming seven hands or stacks of three cards each. Hands are dealt one card at a time from left to right, with three hands to the left of the client card, one right hand on the card, and the last three hands fanned out to the right of the client card. Each stack of three cards is then turned over and examined as a group from left to right. The three groups of cards are considered both individually and in combinations with each other to determine the reading for that particular pile.

Positions and their meaning pack

The seven hands or packages each speak of a particular facet of the client’s reading. They are read from left to right looking at the customer’s card, as distributed. The first package describes the personality and mood of the customer. These cards should be interpreted in terms of the current influences that are shaping the overall thoughts of customers. The second packet gives us information about the client’s family and home life, or the lack of one. This describes the effects on those around the customer and how they interact with them. The third hand refers to the client’s present wishes and aspirations; This tells us what your immediate goals are. The fourth hand, dealt immediately above the customer’s card, predicts the customer’s hopes and expectations. This tells us what they want and what they think will happen. The fifth hand, just to the right of the center, represents the unexpected in the client’s reading. They can be people, events, money, or problems. The only certainty is that this deck describes things that the client does not look for. The sixth hand predicts the immediate future of customers. This deck will predict events that will happen in a matter of days; certainly within the next month or so. The seventh and final deck predicts a more distant future for customers. This triple will reveal something that will happen within the next year. It often predicts some resolution of the unexpected factors predicted on deck five.


Cartomancy allows us to take a common deck of cards and perform divination for our friends and for ourselves. It is easy to learn and can be done almost anywhere with excellent results.

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