Traditional Italian Fortune Cards
I got a new deck called “Traditional Italian Fortune Cards” when I looked at the listing; they were listed as Oracle cards. When I read the description it mentioned Tarot cards. So I was very intrigued & curious for a few reasons:
- I’m part Italian, my father was half Italian & half Irish. My grandmother (his mother) was all Italian. Her parents & other siblings had immigrated to Boston from Italy in the earlier 1900s. She was the only child born here in the United States out of all her siblings.
- The old artwork was so interesting to me
- 18th Century Italian anything always interests me as a part of my heritage anyway
So not fully understanding if they were tarot or oracle cards, I had to have them & find out more about them. I opened them immediately to go through them. I found out that there are only 40 cards. The suits are the same as Tarot, with Cups, Pentacles, Wands, & Swords. However, they only run Ace through 7. The court cards are different too, with Page (Knave), Knight, & King. There are NO Major Arcana cards at all.
These cards are used as fortune telling through a card game with 2 people. A question is asked & then the cards are shuffled by “the fortune teller”. Once they are shuffled the fortune teller cuts the deck evenly. So, they have 20 cards & the other person has 20 cards. Each person draws 3 cards at random & lays them face down in front of them. They each have an association. The person would lay out their 3 cards in they would be in order from left to right. Do NOT ask the question yet as it is considered to bring bad luck.
The cards drawn by the person are Past, Present, and Future. The cards drawn by the fortune teller are Resource, Action, and Outcome. So, it winds up that the first 3 are on the bottom & the second 3 are Past, Present, and Future. Now, the person wishing to know their future asks a short and precise question concerning themselves and not other people. At this time all 6 cards are turned over and the fortune teller interprets them.
- Above Resource = something or someone positive to help the querent
Below Past = event or sign from the past to provide a clue as to what will hinder or help
- Above Action = what needs to or must not be done to obtain answers and good luck
Below Present = the current situation and the condition of departure that is useful to
understand what is happening.
- Above Outcome = what may happen if the querent follows advice given and performs the
right action by using the resource effectively.
Below Future = a look at or clue about what will happen after the events covered in the
reading and in future years. If it is unfavorable the querent will need to combat it by acting
virtuously and following the advice of the person doing the reading.
Why are the cards placed opposite each other? The cards are part of a game where the winning card in each pair is assessed to see which has more influence than the other. If it is a number card from 1 to 7 the one with the higher value wins. These are beaten by Knave, Knight, and the King in that ascending order. If there is a tie then you need to look at the suits.
In ascending order of strength, Swords are the weakest then followed by Pentacles, Wands, and Cups which is the strongest suit and beats all of the others. The winning card has a greater influence in that column.
If Past beats Resource, the fortune teller will give more importance to the person’s history and to what happened to them before the question was asked. If Action beats the Present then it is more important to perform that action and give less importance to the events in the present moment. Obviously, if the Outcome beats the Future, this will give a clear indication of what can be achieved and greater uncertainty about the future.
While using the deck one needs to pay attention to any signs and events, such as falling objects, clue, and provides knowledge about oneself as long as one has a good heart and a keen eye. But what if during the reading someone crosses their arms, sees negative signs in the room ora a card is picked up with a left hand? Neapolitan popular culture will come to the rescue. Stand up, take a new card from the querent’s deck and drop it onto the six cards that have just been read. If it falls face up, it will erase any negative signs and certainly help the querent. If it falls face down but on a card that was unfavorable in the reading, it will erase its harmful effects. In all other cases, the situation will remain as before. But always remember that you are the talisman against all evil and that your greatest lucky charms are the good deeds you are doing and will do.
Information from the guidebook:
Traditional Italian Fortune Cards – Old Cartomancy
- Lo Scarabeo
Via Cigna 110
10133 Torino – Italy
I personally will be using them for the Single Draws for a more lighthearted & fun reading to add to those posts If I do have the chance to play or use them as intended, I will share the experiece with the coven.