The Word “Cardology”

The Word “Cardology” – An Old Word Brought Back to Life!

The word “cardology” has been used for decades and has recently been brought back 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 Magazine for his “fortune-telling game” for $1.25 per set.

Astro Cardology Billboard


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!



(This article appeared in the December 2017 International Association of Cardology Newsletter)

Gina E. JonGina E. Joneses is an award-winning author, screenwriter, producer, Master Cardologer, Certified Magi Counselor, and Founder of The Cards of Life. She is also the Founder of Cardology Community: The Official International Online Forum for Cardology.

To learn more about Gina E. Jones, the Founder of the International Association of Cardology, go to: Gina E. Jones

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