Some time again I shared zip file downloads of the above deck right here. I referred to as it the Petit Etteilla, as a result of that’s what it was referred to as on the British Museum web page that I bought the photographs from. After which a lot smarter cartomancy group members identified that it’s truly a deck referred to as the Livre du Destin, or Ebook of Destiny.
My bodily copy of the Ebook of Destiny printed by way of makeplayingcards.com arrived and I assumed it’d be enjoyable to replace you on how I learn with this 33-card deck (purported to be 32-card however I added that thirty third “Etteilla querent” card again once I thought it was a Petit Etteilla deck…oops).
I made my very own English model of the deck however I didn’t share it publicly as a result of I took some sweeping liberties with the “translations,” if one may even name it that. =)
For instance, Widowed Man grew to become The Enterprise and A Brown-Haired Man is now Social Affect. A Blonde bought translated into Charisma. Marriage is Union. Being pregnant is… Abundance. Hahaha.
Nevertheless, they got here out fairly swell, so now if you need these loosey goosey English translations of the French Livre du Destin (circa 1860s), right here you go:
(70 mm x 121 mm)
Formatted with Bleed Margins for MPC Add
I needed the playing cards to have that matte pasteboard texture, so I went with the Eco Heritage E27 choice that Make Enjoying Playing cards gives. Holy moly was it costly!!
My closing order whole was $55 for a bit oracle deck of 33 playing cards! Geez!
However simply bear in mind it’s as a result of I went with the loopy luxe model. The cardstock is admittedly skinny, however nonetheless feels good. I like the antique-esque matte pasteboard texture. And the actual fact it has the phrase “Eco” within the product description means it’s good…proper? =P
So how does the deck learn?
I prefer it! Right here’s the primary method I’ve been studying with the Ebook of Destiny playing cards:
- Discover the The Querent card, gaze into it for second, aspiring to “imprint” it (or no matter) along with your energies. This will likely be your significator.
- Shuffle the playing cards whereas focusing in your query.
- Flip the deck over and search for the significator (The Querent card).
- While you find it, observe the cardboard instantly in entrance of it and the cardboard behind the significator.
- Card instantly in entrance of the significator is: a brief abstract of the state of affairs; prognosis of the matter at hand.
- Card instantly behind the signifcator is: probably the most possible end result or what’s most definitely to occur if the querent stays the present course.
- As you department out on both facet of the place that Querent card was anchored, you’re getting extra supporting perception into the state of affairs.
Right here’s an illustration:
I’m going to maintain my query personal, as a result of I requested a “actual” query. =) Suffice it to say, it’s work associated. And I requested a very particular work-related query that’s primarily a yes-or-no query.
I flip the deck over, the “top-most card” on the face up deck can be Card 28, Social Climbing. I start sifting by way of it searching for The Querent card. I discover it and observe the cardboard instantly in entrance of it and the cardboard instantly behind it.
Card 14, Enterprise Letter is a brief abstract prognosis of the matter at hand. Card 1, Legislation & Politics is probably the most possible end result–and the pithy reply to my query introduced. Then among the different face-up playing cards you see, as you get farther from The Querent card simply provide extra supporting insights.
Let me simply say– the synchronicities are eerie with this deck. As a lot of you realize, my day job is lawyer, so what are the percentages, actually, that the Legislation & Politics card comes up for my query particular to my skilled life.
You’ll be able to even begin laying the playing cards out right into a horseshoe formed unfold. I discovered this made it simpler to learn. Additionally, they “pair off” on both facet of The Querent, and you’ll learn them as paired or associated energies as nicely.
I discovered the little printable card meanings cheat sheet I unexpectedly wrote up considerably useful, but additionally not vital. These key phrases plus the imagery plus the taking part in card equal within the prime left nook was greater than sufficient to learn this deck straight out of the proverbial field. You actually don’t want any prior data to learn these playing cards.
Right here’s a barely extra concerned method I’ve been studying with the Ebook of Destiny playing cards. Keep in mind these are simply my little methods and I’m sharing in case it helps encourage you to provide you with your personal methods to learn with the deck. None of that is prescriptive.
Sure, these are all photographs of precise readings I did for myself, sincerely, and sure, isn’t it loopy that the identical playing cards confirmed up? I swear I shuffled nicely, and heck, even when I didn’t, the methodologies for each do a reasonably good job randomizing the deck.
I shuffle, after which rely playing cards as much as 3. You place down the playing cards 1, 2, after which flip over the third card. Transfer over to the following pile. Rely 1, 2, after which flip over the third card face up. Hold going till you might have 8 playing cards face up like what you see within the picture above.
Right here the eight positions correspond with the eight trigrams of the Ba Gua within the I Ching. The trigram correspondences are what outline the cardboard place indications. This strategy is extra for common readings the place you’re getting a bit snippet of forecasts into each sector of your life. The primary studying methodology was extra for particular questions, and lends itself notably nicely for yes-or-no questions.
The print high quality is fairly good. It seems to be and looks like an aged classic deck. The smudges persuade you that this was your nice grandmother’s deck. If it had been daring and brilliant, with 600 dpi sharp decision, it wouldn’t look proper.
Total, a enjoyable, correct studying deck that requires no prior data or ability. I felt just like the key phrases and illustrations had been loads to go off of.