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- ‘Alliette (writing under the name of Etteilla) was probably the most famous of the French writers on cartomancy (divination by cards) Abrégé de la Cartomancie.’
- ‘There are many different tarot decks used in cartomancy.’
- ‘Rumpology works the same way as astrology, cartomancy, metoposcopy, palmistry, and getting messages from ghosts.’
- ‘Astrology, astrotherapy, biorhythms, cartomancy, chiromancy, the enneagram, fortune telling, graphology, rumpology, etc., seem to work because they seem to provide accurate personality analyses.’
- ‘You could just use traditional cartomancy with a normal set of cards if needs drive.’
Late 19th century: from French cartomancie, from carte card + -mancie (see -mancy).
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