Cardology, the ancient mystical science of playing cards, is known by various names including: 52 Keys, 52 Secrets, Ancient Calendar of the Magi, Ancient Science of the Cards, Astro-Cards, Atlantean Cards, Birth Card System, Book of Destiny, Cards of Destiny, Cards of Illumination, Cards of Truth, Card System, Destiny Cards, Egyptian Tarot, Gifts of the Magi, Life Cards, Little Book of the Seven Thunders, Love Cards, Magian Cardology, Magi Cards, Metasymbology, Mystic Card Science, Mystic Quadrate System, Mystic Test Book System, Oracle Cards, Personal Time-Map System, Sacred Symbols, Solar Cards, Soulmancing, the original Tarot Cards, Tarotology, The Ancient Book of Time, The Book of Life, The Cards, and The Cards of Life.

The exact origins of Cardology are unknown but its accuracy speaks for itself. This ancient system, which combines astrology and numerology with the playing cards, not only explains the personality and characteristics of everyone in the world, but also provides timely and practical understanding into the events and experiences in our lives. Cardology is so accurate and advanced that it also identifies who we do and don’t get along with and why.

Book of LifeFor generations on end, people have believed that a sacred text exists that holds a record of everyone’s life from birth till death. However, the knowledge of this book of destiny has been kept secret, waiting for the time when mankind would be ready for it. In 1893, the location of the highly revered sacred book of destiny was finally revealed by Olney H. Richmond and its wisdom is now available for all who are searching for the real meaning of their life.

Cardology is a fractal system made up of playing cards which actually forms a calendar. The positions of the cards for your life are not random. Each card is derived from mathematical calculations taken from your birthday and your current age. It is these cards, and their meanings, that provide the information about every day of every year of your life.

CalendarEach of the 53 cards represents a day in the year; therefore for every birthday there is a card that represents our personality and characteristics. This is the mask that we wear as we play out our lives on the world’s stage. When you learn about your cards, you will be amazed at what you discover. A true revelation occurs—like looking in the mirror for the first time!

When we take a closer look and explore the secret symbols of the cards and their true meanings, we first see that there are 52 cards in the deck representing the 52 weeks in a year. The 13 cards in each suit represent the 13 weeks in each season and 13 lunar cycles in a year. The 12 Court Cards—the Jacks, Queens and Kings—represent the 12 months in a year and the 12 zodiac signs. If we add the face value of each card together, which adds up to 364 and then add the Joker (valued at 1¼), their face value add up to 365¼, the number of days in a year. The two colors, Red and Black symbolize day and night, positive and negative, yin and yang, male and female. The four suits—Hearts, Clubs♣, Diamonds, and Spades♠—represent the four seasons—Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

SSA---SpreadsThe mystical, magical system of Cardology and its accuracy will change the way you look at yourself, and life in general, forever.

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The word “cardology” has been used for decades and has recently been brought to life to describe the ancient mystical science of playing cards. It aligns perfectly with other systems of self-understanding based on one’s birth date, like astrology and numerology.

Research shows that Los Angeles, California astrologer Jan Eric (aka Jamie Brand Erickson, Joy Erickson) was the first to use this term in 1934 as part of his work “Astro-cardology” and copyrighted it with the Library of Congress on March 31st.


Jan Eric also advertised in The Billboard for his “fortune-telling game” for $1.25 per set.

In 1974, Donalie Fitzgerald, author of “Edith Randall’s Your Place in the Cards”,  also used the term “cardology” in her book on page 16 to describe the chart of birth dates and their associated cards.

Astrologer/Cardologer and International Association of Cardology Founding Member and Historian, Iain McLaren-Owens of Astro-Cards, has used the term “cardology” in his work too as a word to describe this system. Two of his books published in 2013 are called “Magian Cardology System – Card Chart Tables” and “Magian Cardology Readings Spreads with Explanatory Text + Cycles Date Tables”.

In 2015, Cardologer and International Association of Cardology Founding Member, Stefan G. Meyer PhD of, published his book, “Mysteries of Cardology”.

Since then numerous other classes, videos, and websites have embraced “Cardology” as the umbrella term that describes the science of the cards. Having one word to convey what this system is was long overdue as there are too many names currently used, making it hard for students and practitioners to be able to find this information online and offline.

No matter what it’s called, everyone loves Cardology!

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