Oct 6, 2017

The Great October Book Giveaway - Cards and Cartomancy

The following folks are taking home cartomancy prize-packages:

lillie8302 - 54 Devils and the Sleepy Hollow cards
Tessa - 54 Devils and the Midnight Calaveras cards
dampviolets - Kat - Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards and the Bone Riders deck


Tonight the clouds are racing across the moon, and the wind is just substantial enough to send a ghostly kiss along the back of your neck. It is a delightful night for divination. After all, who doesn't want to know what the deeper recesses of October will offer up?

What will help you tell your tales then? What tools will you unwrap from silk cloth to answer your questions? You could throw the bones, or your own magpie collection of charms and oddities. You could scry into flame or water or black bowl. You might shuffle the Tarot. Or...you could take out that innocuous deck of playing cards you rarely use anymore, and try an age-old system of prophesying with pips and royals.


On a recent trip, while languishing in an airport during an extra-long layover, I realized that I had forgotten to pack the tarot deck I wanted to bring with me. I found a deck of playing cards in one of the terminal's shops and sat down to whip up a quick divination system that I knew I could remember and work with. Much of the system I mashed together in that airport was inspired by the work of Cory Thomas Hutcheson of New World Witchery fame. His wonderful book 54 Devils: The Art and Folklore of Fortune-Telling with Playing Cards, is a concise and fascinating look at his own system of reading with the cards. He offers a glimpse at some intriguing folklore, as well as illustrating a very clever way of formulating a story with your cards by applying fairy tales. I gave a few copies of this book away when it was first published in 2013, and since it has proven itself so wildly useful to me I wanted to share it with you again.


And just to toss some variety into the cauldron, a second cartomancy book focusing on making use of your dusty old poker deck, is also up for grabs. Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards, by the late Jonathan Dee, an astrologer and clairvoyant, adds astrological associations and symbolism to the meanings of the cards. I've got two copies of 54 Devils to pass along, and one copy of this lovely guide.


 You don't think I'd leave you without cards to use, did you? Forget your shuffled-to-oblivion bridge deck or your gin rummy cards that might actually have a bit too much gin or rum spilled on them. Let's get you started with a crisp, new package of cards with a bit of October flair.

I have two incredibly fun, spectral decks from Art of Play to pass along (and both are sold out on their site now, unsurprisingly*). The Bone Riders deck and the Sleepy Hollow cards are up for grabs, and I have one pack of Midnight Calaveras playing cards from Dead on Paper for someone very fortunate. Any one of these decks are sure to add some Halloween spirit to your readings.




Each one of the three winners in this giveaway will receive one of the above books and one deck of cards. The three names will be drawn on October 11th at 8 pm Pacific time. The winners will be notified by email and their names will be added to the top of the post, and then we will carry right along with the next bit of mischief.

Your comment here counts as your entry. If you'd like to share this giveaway on your favourite social media platform or any number of other ways (blog, sky-writing, email-spam (don't do that)) feel free to swing back around and let me know and I'll toss your name into the witch's hat a second time. There are a few reasons the comments form may not work for you (it does require some vague form of verification so I don't get gremlins) so if you have difficulty or are terribly shy, then just pop me a note via the "make contact" link at the top and I'll add you in. Please make sure there is an email address attached to your entry or linked to your comment in some way so I can be in touch if I draw your name.

*Decks are restocked at Art of Play

Top photo is my own. All other photographs are linked back to their source and are property of and copyright to those sources and only employed here to display their product.

Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.

I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop

73 comments:

Amitisti said...

Hey Jen! It's been awhile. Awesome giveaway. How have you been?

Amitisti said...

Oops... my email is teresab3st@gmail.com

Sparkless said...

Love this giveaway, books and tarot!!!

Rue said...

Hi lovely lady! We miss you here in the Okanagan!

Chad Blevins said...

Soooo cool! This is an awesome giveaway. :-)

chadblevins(at)gmail(dot)com

Danni said...

Eeek! Playing cards are my favorite...I have at least 10 different decks. :D *crossing fingers and toes*

My email is artful.danni(at)gmail.com

Candace said...

What an amazing giveaway!!!! My email is crthayer81@gmail..com I will be sharing on my Facebook page :)

Isabel DuneWitch said...

You had me at playing cards!! The Sleepy Hollow deck has been on my list.. just sayin' ;) Shared on my Insta as well, I tagged you! Email isabeldunewitch@gmail.com

Guinneth said...

Oh, this is fabulous! If my name comes out of the hat, please drop me a note at larochellejennifer (@) yahoo.com. xo

Melisa Glassford said...

Great giveaway! I'm a big Cory Hutchison fan!
melisaglassford@gmail.com
Shared on my page as well

petoskystone said...

Sweet giveaway!! Those decks are wonderful. jonquilsgrdn@gmail.com

orion`s daughter said...

Oooooh, I collect card decks, and these look wonderful! Please put me in the giveaway!

Orionova@gmail.com

The LunaAeon said...

I would love to win this. I am very interested in learning cards. I definitely will share on my Facebook profile.

lunafemme(at)gmail(dot)com

Unknown said...

have you read ana cortez & c.j. freeman's 'playing card oracles'? great system. have also been curious about '54 demons'.

-cour13r5

corvid(dot)courier(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer Kaufman said...

54 devils sounds amazing!!!love that you did thatin the airport, I was thinking of making my own deck!

Cassandra Phelan said...

Great giveaway!!!

Annette Lanniee said...

Oh im in! =) annette at lanniee dot com.

Rue said...

I've not read that book - thank you for the recommendation!

Annette Lanniee said...

And shared to my FB page.

Boston BB said...

This would be great for those times I wished I'd brought my deck. Here's the link to my share:
https://plus.google.com/+BostonBB/posts/7CkS7Zg2WMy

James Graham said...

Please do drop my name in the hat! Drooling over the Midnight Calavera and Sleepy Hollow decks...
jameseryn@yahoo.com. Sharing on Faceborg, too!

— James Graham xoxo

Ashley Hunter said...

Good luck to everyone!

Lamplighter said...

54 Devils has been a staple for me, in both professional and personal readings. Anyone who has an affinity for playing cards should own that book. Consider it for your own personal library and to support people writing quality books. Or you know, win it.

-One who still keeps the lamps lit.

Rue said...

I adore you.

Madame Moon said...

Perfect for the witchiest of tea parties! Find me at sharonmaynard12 at gee mail dot com

John Breen said...

Thanks for offering this great giveaway! I am am sharing with a select company of friends.

Flora Elmore said...

I am teaching my daughter how to read playing cards before she heads off to college. Never know when those sacred skills will be needed. Please put name in the cauldron of winnings. I will share your article and offer out to my list and FB.

Tina said...

Oohh learning playing card divination is high on my what to learn next list! Definitely put me down for an entry!

Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez said...

These fit my October mood perfectly - thanks for the chance!

raven said...

oh my! these are great!
Raven at Greenwomancrafts dot com

Tabitha Love said...

Tabitha Love, xhavokx@live.com, and sharing on Facebook!

Tea Witch said...

I'd love a chance at this!! Email is theteawitch2013@gmail.com

Also sharing your post on Facebook that led me here :)

Michelle said...

Oh, I love this. A great idea for when you need a little advice on the road and haven't brought a divination tool.

Barbara Alberts said...

I saw this on a friend's Facebook page. Looks like a great contest so count me in. Be60@att.net
Thanks!

Rhi said...

I love those Bone Riders cards. :)

Jonnie (JB) said...

Love the look of all of this but the cards especially! Such an awesome giveaway!

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

SerenityXStar said...

I've always wanted to try cardomancy. Count me in!

Theresa N. said...

This would be great to have.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Siduri said...

Oh, fun giveaway! Thank you!

Tessa Wyld said...

Love this selection!!!!

maureen said...

Oh my, what lovelies you have :)
I'd love to have Cory's book, 54 Devils, and the Calavareras deck would be diveine.

Dorian said...

What a devilishly delightful give away! I already shared on Facebook. aidron3@gmail.com

Kathy Buxton said...

I have always wanted to learn divination with playing cards!
Buckingstone@gmail.com

Eveline Maedel said...

Awesome offerings!! Thanks for the chance to win :)
emaedel@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Caaaaards! <3

-Soli

L aura's Reading said...

Thank you for these chances. I have shared a few places as well.
Laura WisMomWorks AT gmail DOT com

Rebecca Powell said...

I already have a copy of 54 Devils, but I definitely wouldn't mind adding Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards!

ajc1696 said...

Terrific giveaway! I would love to win this... april(dot)chase(at)gmail(dot)com

Mutant Mage said...

Love the cards and the books. 54 Devils,is a great book. One of my favorites.

Mutant Mage said...

Sharing in Black Moon Lodge.

Brandy Boyd said...

Oh these look like so much fun! I'd love to hang some of those cards on my wall as art!

Jenny Rosa said...

Thank you for another great giveaway. I am in love with "Fortune Telling Using Playing Cards" and "Midnight Calaveras Playing Cards". Wow!

Kelly M said...

Such an excellent giveaway.
Need a new deck desperately to give me some inspiration.
Thanks so much for the chance.

Sioux Kireseth said...

I'd love a chance to win this!

emigab said...

Hello!!! I am entering your contest, AND i shared it on my facebook page. :)

This looks super cool and I will be passing these books along to some friends, one of whom runs a divination FB page, and a couple others that run a local metaphysical fair. Thanks!

Kate Ivey said...

Oh man what an awesome giveaway, I hope I win!!

Also sharing :)

Arcane Flame said...

Neato.

sherry amature said...

Awesome, love the cards.

KarenD said...

I've been told my great grandmother used to do readings this way. Love the cards.

C. Brian Hickey said...

I'm a-throwing my hat in the ring!

Brigid Lenehan said...

Yes! 54 Devils is my preference... and I'll share this to my fb page. (that is Shira Rechenberg)

GarthDjesi said...

Great giveaway! One entry please :)

Fawn said...

Wow! These look great! Especially the John Dee materials!
Wytchfawn@gmail.com

Angel Kay said...

What a devilishly good giveaway!

lillie8302 said...

What a beautiful witchy giveaway for Samhain! I'd love a copy of any of the books, I've been looking for a book for divination with playing cards. The midnight calaveras deck is my preference but they all look amazing :)
Email: lilefal1102(at)hotmail(dot)com

dampviolets said...

On this stormy October day it was so pleasant to see this giveaway...all the decks and the books look marvelous! Kat from newmooncat@gmail.com

lilpumpkinwitch said...

Oh I would enjoy this area of study a bunch.

Sue said...

Oh wow! That Calaveras card deck is - yeah I'm going there - to die for... This is a really generous giveaway, Jen. Thank you for the chance to win! My email is sue AT bluemoontarot DOT ca

Heather said...

Thank you Jen!!! I hope I'm not too late!!! Heather - hms.studio@gmail.com

Nissa Lee said...

Excellent giveaway. I love a good set of cards :)
miss DOT nissalee AT gmail DOT com

Mojobudda said...

Thank you for the chance to win. My email is mojobudda@gmail.com

lady said...
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lady said...

Thank you so much for offering this! EricaWalkerAdams@gmail.com