About Me


Welcome to the Art of Cartomancy blog.

I am a professional predictive cartomancer, and I have been reading playing cards for most of my life. I was introduced to cartomancy at an early age. My grandmother read playing cards at the tearooms in New York City back in the 1940s and 1950s. Tarot cards were not widely available back then, and most card readers used the regular playing cards. I can remember watching my grandmother read cards at family gatherings when I was a child. The aunts and uncles and cousins would all queue up for a reading.

I was fascinated by the life stories and the family secrets that were revealed in my grandmother’s cards. Her readings sparked my own interest in learning to read the secrets in the cards. I was 13 years old when my grandmother taught me the basics and got me started. Then I continued to expand my knowledge and skills by mentoring with other card readers and by studying an expanding collection of cartomancy books. I have been reading cards professionally since 1991.

The two books that had the most influence on my own style of card reading (which I like to call Modern Cartomancy) are: It’s Written in the Cards by Dr. Leo Louis Martello, and The Card Reader’s Handbook by Regina Russell. In my opinion, these two books are indispensible for anyone seriously interested in learning Modern Cartomancy. Sadly, Dr. Martello’s book is out of print, and is difficult to acquire. Regina Russell’s book can be purchased from her Tearoom, and I believe it is also available now on Amazon.com. You’ll find that I utilize the basic meanings taught by these pioneers of modern cartomancy, but over the years I have developed my own style reading the playing cards.

I created The Art of Cartomancy blog as an online journal where I can record: personal readings, cartomancy musings, sample readings for study and contemplation, experimental techniques, and other interesting bits of card-reading information. As an added benefit I hope my writings may prove useful for other people who are interested in learning this system of Modern Cartomancy.

If you are interested in a private reading with me—either by email or telephone, you can find a list of my services and my contact information on the Cartomancy Readings page.

Thanks for stopping by!
(J. David Arcuri)

Modern Cartomancy /’mädǝrn ’kärtǝmansē/ n. a system of fortune-telling by interpreting a random selection of playing cards based on the teachings of Dr. Louis Leo Martello and Regina Russell.


18 thoughts on “About Me

    1. I learned by you the “art of cartomancy”
      thank u very much David
      Grazie Maestro 🙂

  1. I’m sorry. The links are not broken. I just have not yet had the chance to post all of the meanings. To avoid confusion, I removed the menu items until I can finishing updating the card meanings. I’m happy to know that you find this site helpful with your own study of the cards.

  2. Hi, thank you for your kind feedback. I am currently working on a book, that has taken me longer than expected due to a recent health challenge. I don’t offer any additional tutorials, but I will continue to add to the blog. I would be happy to send you a copy of the card meanings I use in PDF format if that would be helpful. Just let me know. Thanks again!

    1. Hello I’m so happy I found your site and your style of describing cartomancy totally clicks for me. Thank you! I was wondering if I could possibly get a copy of this PDF format of the cards meanings please? Can’t wait for your book!


  3. My pleasure. I’ve forwarded the PDF by email. Please let me know if you don’t receive it, or if you have any trouble downloading or opening the file.

  4. Thank you, Christine. I have forwarded the PDF card meanings to your email. Please let me know if you do not receive it for some reason. Thanks for your interest, friendship and support!

  5. Oh…I bet you mean the Arcana Playing Card deck by Chris Ovdiyenko. It’s a modern deck with gorgeously illustrated court cards, and includes several tarot major arcana cards.

    Please let me know if this is not what you are looking for, and I will try to figure out which other deck you may be looking for.

  6. Hi Melissa,
    I removed my services page due to some health challenges. I’m doing much better and I’m redoing my page. I should be available again soon for readings. Thank you for your interest and patience!

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