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.


36 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Kapherus. This is a great website. My favourite on the subject in fact. I’m trying to read your information on Diamonds, Hearts and Spades, card by card, but the links are not working for me. Are they perhaps broken?

    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. Thank you so much for your wonderful site! I have been a tarot reader for a few years and just looked into playing cards last week. I was getting discouraged looking on the web for cartomancy sites. I found lots of sites that seemed to copy tarot card definitions and affix them to corresponding playing cards. That didn’t seem right. I came across your site and everything finally started making sense! For those of us without a Facebook account, do you sell materials containing your card definitions and/or additional tutorials on your spreads? I would really like more practice and pointers. Thank you!

    1. 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. That would be wonderful if you could email me the PDF of card meanings! I’m sorry to hear of your recent health challenges. I appreciate all you do on your wonderful site and look forward to your book. Thank you.

    1. 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. Dear David, thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience in Cartomancy. I have been following for sometime now and am getting good results with my practice readings. Is it possible to be able to get a copy of the PDF of card meanings emailed as well. I too am looking forward to your book. Once again , thank you for creating such a wonderful and informative site.

    1. 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. I finally found you, I used to read your other website a long time ago, it was so insightful and you shared so much and so much of your grandmothers story and your learning. But one day your web just disappeared and you were the only cartomancy reader I felt was quality, insightful, a natural and had wisdom. So good to find your page. ~ Phoenix is the Elder

  6. Hi,
    I am interested in learning cartomancy. Is your book out yet and if so where can I purchase it. Thank you so much for this site. Could you please email me the meanings also. It will really help my new journey thank you,

  7. I am so glad I found your blog… again!! I found your previous blog a few years ago when I started my journey with cartomancy. The in-depth interpretations and the tradition that you use really resonated with me, and I began to use them in my own foundation. Recently, I’ve been searching for good cartomancy books, but a lot of the ones I’ve found online left more to be desired. So I thought of your blog, and I hoped that I would find a book you might have written, or at least some recommended resources. I googled “cartomancy Italian grandmother” (because I remembered the great little stories you included of your grandmother), and there your blog was!!!! I can’t tell you how glad I am to find you again! Please hurry with your own book!!!!!! 🙂

  8. Yes, I have been to the Bicycle website and searched “vintage”, etc. but have not found the elaborately illustrated court cards I see in your example readings. What are the names of some of your decks?

    1. 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.

  9. Hi David, I really enjoy to read everything that you write! You are full of knowledge! I have one question… can we use your meaning of playing cards with the pips of Marsiglia tarot? Thanks!

  10. What is your take on someone who is a Christian but is drawn to read or learn to read? I mean all the articles on Google clearly state the bible forbids this but it’s not like you are summoning bad spirits. Where does the information come from? (sorry if this is off topic)

  11. Hi,
    I’m not seeing where you will do readings for someone. Is that something you do, and what are your charges? I really appreciate the information.


    1. 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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