We had a lot of fun in a class this week when students took turns to role-play being a fortune teller. As traditional crystal balls can be hard to come by, we explored fortune telling by using packs of playing cards. This way of telling the future using cards is called 'cartomancy' I provide a wiki link with more info below.
As previously mentioned I always recommend that my colleagues and students visit the British Council's website as there are many excellent ideas from which to develop themed and task-based lessons including worksheets and teacher's notes & lesson plans.
I developed and adapted the lesson from one provided by the British Council. Please see links below.
After doing a quick google search I also found a fun resource which has a basic explanation of the 'reading' of the cards and how each one can be interpreted.
Create your handout
Please see list of what each card means at the end of this post which you could copy and paste to create your handout and other links below
I copied and pasted the link onto a word document with each suit of cards on a separate page so as to to create the hand-out. Each card has an interpretation such as 'the Ace of Hearts' is seen to suggest – 'Love and happiness. The home, a love letter. This card is a particularly favourable card that indicates troubles and problems lifting.'
We did a simple reading where one just draws a single card at a time and then looked for the interpretation of that particular card.
As the Ace of Spades is considered a bit of a gloomy card, I removed them from the packs that I handed out to each pair of students. I was at pains to point out to the students that this was just for fun, not to take it seriously and we were all to take a very positive approach in our interpretations.
I needn't have been so concerned as the students were brilliant as they went into character which was hilarious as they welcomed their 'clients' to their parlours. We alternated roles so everyone had a chance to be the fortune teller.
Although as mentioned I told them not to take it seriously, I could not hide being really chuffed when I drew the Ace of Diamonds which can be seen to mean 'Change; a message, often about money, and usually good news.'
The lesson is fun way to explore talking about the future using 'going to' or 'will' as well as an exciting way to come across new vocabulary as we demystified the art of cartomancy.
Whatever the cards say and remember they are just a guide really to explore the possibilities of the future. May all of your futures be present and future perfect and filled with fun and laughter!
Ace of Hearts Love and happiness. The home, a love letter. This card is a particularly favorable card that indicates troubles and problems lifting.
King of Hearts A fair-haired man with a good nature; or a man with Water signs predominating in his chart. Fair, helpful advice. Affectionate, caring man. This man helps you out without much talk. His actions reveal his kindness and concern.
Queen of Hearts A fair-haired woman with a good nature; or a woman with Water signs predominating in her chart. Kind advice. Affectionate, caring woman. Sometimes, this card can indicate the mother or a mother figure.
Jack of Hearts A warm-hearted friend. A fair-haired youth; or a young person with Water signs predominating in his or her chart. Often this points to a younger admirer.
10 of Hearts Good luck, success. This is an important card that suggests good fortune after difficulty.
9 of Hearts The card of wishes. A wish/dream fulfilled. Look to the card just preceding this one to determine what the querent desires.
8 of Hearts Unexpected gift or visit; an invitation to a party.
7 of Hearts Someone whose interest in you is unreliable; someone with fickle affections for you. This card can indicate lovesickness.
6 of Hearts A sudden wave of good luck. Someone takes care of you, takes warm interest in you.
5 of Hearts Jealousy; some ill-will from people around you.
4 of Hearts Travel, change of home or business.
3 of Hearts Love and happiness when the entire spread is generally favorable. In a difficult spread, this can indicate emotional problems and an inability to decide who to love.
2 of Hearts A warm partnership or engagement. This is a very favorable card that indicates strength and support coming from a partner.
Ace of Clubs Wealth, prosperity, unexpected money/gain. However, in a difficult spread, this money may disappear almost as quickly as it appears.
King of Clubs Dark-haired, kind-hearted man; or a man with Fire predominating in his chart. A generous, spirited man.
Queen of Clubs Dark-haired, confident woman; or a woman with Fire predominating in her chart. She may give you good advice.
Jack of Clubs A dark-haired or fiery youth. Popular youth who is good-hearted and playful. Can also indicate an admirer.
10 of Clubs Business success. Good luck with money. A trip taken now may result in a new friend or love interest.
9 of Clubs Achievement; sometimes a wealthy marriage or a sudden windfall.
8 of Clubs Work/business problems that may have to do with jealousy. This is generally thought to be quite unfavorable.
7 of Clubs Business success, although there may be problems with the opposite sex. A change in business that may have been expected or earned, such as a promotion.
6 of Clubs Financial aid or success.
5 of Clubs New friendships, alliances are made.
4 of Clubs Beware of dishonesty or deceit; avoid blind acceptance of others at this time.
3 of Clubs Love and happiness; successful marriage; a favorable long-term proposition. A second chance, particularly in an economical sense.
2 of Clubs Obstacles to success; malicious gossip.
Ace of Spades Misfortune; sometimes associated with death or, more often, a difficult ending.
King of Spades Dark-haired man; or a man with Air predominating in his chart. An ambitious man, perhaps self-serving.
Queen of Spades Widowed or divorced woman; or a woman with Air predominating in her chart.
Jack of Spades A youth who is hostile or jealous.
10 of Spades Worry; bad news.
9 of Spades Illness, accident, bad luck. The querent is at his/her personal low.
8 of Spades Temptation, misfortune, danger, upsets.
7 of Spades Advice that is best not taken; loss. There is some obstacle to success, and this indicates that obstacles may be coming from within the querent.
6 of Spades Small changes and improvements.
5 of Spades Opposition and obstacles that are temporary; a blessing in disguise. Sometimes indicates a negative or depressed person.
4 of Spades Small worries, problems. Financial difficulties, personal lows.
3 of Spades Breaks in relationships. Sometimes indicates that a third person is breaking into a relationship somehow.
2 of Spades Breaks in relationships; deceit. A break in an important process in the querent's life. If the question concerns a particular romantic interest, this is considered a warning card - infidelity or separation is quite likely.
Ace of Diamonds Change; a message, often about money, and usually good news.
King of Diamonds Fair-haired or graying man, or a man with Earth predominating in his chart. A man of authority, status, or influence.
Queen of Diamonds Fair-haired woman; or a woman with Earth predominating in her chart. A gossip.
Jack of Diamonds A youth, possibly in uniform. Or, a jealous person who may be unreliable. A person who brings news, generally negative, but relatively minor.
10 of Diamonds A change in financial status, often for the better.
9 of Diamonds A new business deal; travel; restlessness; a change of residence.
8 of Diamonds New job; change in job situation. The young or the old may find love on a trip.
7 of Diamonds An argument concerning finances, or on the job. Generally expected to be resolved happily.
6 of Diamonds Relationship problems, arguments. Separation.
5 of Diamonds Happiness and success. A change for the better. A birth, or good news for a child. A good time to start new projects.
4 of Diamonds Financial upswing; an older person may give good advice.
3 of Diamonds A legal letter. Be tactful with others in order to avoid disputes.
2 of Diamonds A business partnership; a change in relationship; gossip.
Links to resources: Fortune telling lesson based on a British Council lesson plan at http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/fortune-teller
A blog on the interpretation of cards can be found at http://www.cafeastrology.com/fortunetellingcards.html
Wiki link to more on 'cartomancy' at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartomancy
More on using 'going to' and 'will' when making predictions at:
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