Tag Archives: cartomancy


Epoch. The Esotericon & Portals of Chaos by Peter J Carroll and Matt Kaybryn, a new hardcover book and 55-card deck, published by Arcanorium College for Spring Equinox 2014, is available now, signed by author and illustrator, from Weiser Antiquarian.

Peter J Carroll Matt Kaybryn Epoch book from Arcanorium College

Peter J Carroll Matt Kaybryn Epoch deck from Arcanorium College

This illustrated and “illuminated” hardback opens with a detailed historical resume of magical and esoteric thought before presenting the reader with three complete grimoires. From the publisher: “this superbly produced book contains extensive text by Peter J Carroll and over 50 large full colour illustrations from Matt Kaybryn, which are represented in the accompanying deck. Carroll’s text begins with a historical resumé of magical and esoteric thought before moving on to present the reader with three complete grimoires. The first grimoire of Elemental magic deals with modern practical magical techniques and the classical and modern interpretations of the traditional elemental symbolism. The second grimoire of Planetary magic deals with the Pagan and Neo-Pagan-magical archetypes or ‘god-forms’, their contemporary roles in the human condition, and how the magician can access them for their inspiration and to borrow their abilities. The third grimoire of Stellar magic deals with the ‘Elder Gods’, those foci of awesome and dangerous extraterrestrial knowledge and power that await us in the vast deep reaches of the cosmos. This grimoire constitutes the latest upgrade to the ever evolving Necronomicon. Complementing and supporting the grimoires, further chapters deal with the history of symbolism, the creation and/ or the evolution of gods and goddesses, and the physics of parapsychology and extraterrestrial communication. All in all this book contains enough to keep any wizard, magician, esotericist or natural philosopher entranced and busy for quite quite some time to come.” Accompanied by oversized deck of 55 cards, called a “Cartomagical tool for the 21st century, the Deck presents 54 Altar Icons spanning the three Spheres of Elements, Bi-Planets and Stellar god-forms.” [via]

The Daemon Tarot

The Daemon Tarot: The Forbidden Wisdom of the Infernal Dictionary is a book and deck of cards by Ariana Osborne, due from Sterling Ethos on November 5, 2013, and has arrived at the Reading Room courtesy of the publisher.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot from Sterling Ethos

First things first: this is not actually a tarot deck. There are no suits, no major/minor arcana, and the deck has 69 cards. However, personally, I think that’s a good thing. Instead of being yet another novelty themed tarot deck which merely swaps out images from any other, this is something actually new and different.

Ariana Osborne is a print designer, from Portland, OR, who has taken inspiration from Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy’s 1818 Le Dictionnaire Infernal and the commissioned engravings by Luis Breton of these many entities for a later edition, and used those to create a cartomancy deck useful for creative divination, study and more. In fact, I’d previously mentioned her “Cartes Infernales” crowdfunding effort for this, and so it is actually quite wonderful to see this become a major release.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot book and cards from Sterling Ethos
Inside the box: book and card deck

Each card has a name, image and brief description of one entity; and the companion book is primarily comprised of a reference for each card with additional information, including an annotation about the entity, an inspiration as relevant connection to the modern world, and a divination with suggested meaning for those using the cards for cartomancy.

There’s a tiny bit of dancing apologetics in the preface, which, you know, is fine if it soothes the squares and avoids being burnt alive or worse when the narrow-minded mob becomes nasty during Consumermas, but even with that this is a nice, cleanly designed reference and divinatory set of uncommonly complex entities which could be of interest to you.

Ariana Osborne The Daemon Tarot Abigor Abraxas Adramelech Orobas Paimon Stolas
A few familiar fiends: Abigor, Abraxas, Adramelech, Orobas, Paimon, and Stolas

“What does the Daemon Tarot hold in store for you? Summon the power of infernal beings to guide you on your path …

For the 1893 sixth edition of his Dictionnaire Infernal (‘Infernal Dictionary’), a volume filled with entries about magic and the occult, demonologist Jacques Auguste Simon Collin de Plancy commissioned over five hundred unique engravings—including 69 signed illustrations by Luis Breton, mostly compelling portraits of named daemons. Now author Ariana Osborne has created a matched set of 69 cards out of Breton’s works and written a companion book of illustrated entries for each. These entries detail each daemon’s attributes compiled not only from the Dictionnaire, but from a variety of other sources; Osborne’s own interpretations and insights into the subject of each card; and focused meanings to use in a traditional one-card draw or a six-card spread—’the next best thing to dragging a daemon into your living room to answer all your questions.'” — box copy


The Hermetic Library Reading Room is an imaginary and speculative future reification of the library in the physical world, a place to experience a cabinet of curiosities offering a confabulation of curation, context and community that engages, archives and encourages a living Western Esoteric Tradition. If you would like to contribute to the Hermetic Library Reading Room, consider supporting the library or contact the librarian.

The Heraldic Lenormand Cartomancy Deck

The Heraldic Lenormand Cartomancy Deck from Spiritus Arcanum is on pre-order, and may be of interest.

Heraldic Lenormand Cartomancy Deck from Spiritus Arcanum

“Spiritus Arcanum is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of The Heraldic Lenormand.

This deck is presented in the Lenormand style with each of the traditional cards brought to life by evocative etchings of antiqued heraldic crests. The cards are professionally printed upon high quality linen textured cardstock to allow for years of use.

Additionally, each deck comes with a unique signifier card entitled ‘The Blessing’, as well as extra unnumbered Man and Woman signifier cards which may be utilized to achieve more accurate readings. The deck will arrive with a decorative box and a pamphlet giving a basic overview of the cards, their history, their meaning, and methods for their use in divination.

After some time preparing the deck we are thrilled to share a glimpse at the newly arrived prototype deck. And offer the deck for preorder.

This listing is to preorder the deck. Production and shipping is scheduled to begin in October. Decks will ship in the order in which they were ordered as soon as they arrive from the printer. We anticipate that all preordered decks should be shipped by mid November at latest. This deck will be printed in a limited run so we highly recommend ordering early in order to reserve yours!” [via]