Playing cards can also be used to do readings. There are several systems which could be used to interpret playing cards. Our playing card meanings rely on Thoth-style interpretations. Many of the spreads that were designed to be used with tarot cards can also be used to read with regular playing cards, and with other oracles too.
Madam Lenormand was the famous French clairvoyant who read the fortune of Napoleon. She had a 36-card deck which she used intuitive methods to interpret. Even if her cards may not have been custom painted, a tradition has been based on this myth.
Click on the cards listed below to learn more about their meanings.
Compare each card in every Tarotsmith deck one card at a time.
The Rider-Waite is included only as a measuring stick. Readings with the Rider-Waite are not available on the main section of Tarotsmith. However, these readings can be initiated from Rider-Waite.Tarotsmith.net.
Each artist adds his or her own vision to the tradition of tarot. With 4 different tarot decks on the site, information overload can make it difficult for the novice reader to get started. You can read about each card one at a time while comparing each of the decks on this site.
Click on the index of cards above to compare the similarities and differences of each card between the decks. Each card’s page also links to the various deck’s e-LWB gallery sites where you can read the full meaning by the artist (or whoever may have written the meanings for the artist).
Click the deck images below to learn about each tarot deck.