This section contains the important books written on this system, but it does not include those Card Reading books by those that have changed the material into something completely different, all the while purporting that their method is a genuine advancement of the original. For the rarer of these titles I list, you may have to search the internet to find copies. First I give all the Richmond Titles that refer to this System; the books in this section are in my Reprint Series (AR), with added notes and commentaries, along with many other Titles.
ORIGINAL RICHMOND MATERIAL
THE MYSTIC TEST BOOK or the MAGIC OF THE CARDS: By O. H. RICHMOND.
The original 1893 publication by Olney H. Richmond (February 22, 1844 – 3♦) that first introduced this Cards System to the general public. A separate follow-on Supplement was added in 1896, which was ultimately bound-in with the original in 1911 with no changes, listed as the 2nd edition; this one contains the original of page 291. The 3rd and final edition of 1919 (reprinted in 1946) is the version that I used for my Reprint AR: 11 and the AR: 12 extract I made of all the MTB Cards-related material in one Book, thereby avoiding the rest. Look in the Books & Products – Reprints Section for more details on this and all other Titles.
LATER MATERIAL (1947 - 1980)
SACRED SYMBOLS OF THE ANCIENTS:
By EDITH L. RANDALL & FLORENCE EVYLINN CAMPBELL, M.A. (1947).
This is the book that was the first essential Primer publicly introducing the two basic Spreads and the Birth Charts, although nothing about the Age Chart readings is mentioned. Florence Evylinn Campbell (October 27, 1878 – 8♥ ), a famous Numerologist and author of Your Days are Numbered (1931), and Edith L. Randall (October 31, 1896 – 4♥ ) [Correct birthdates] first started teaching this work in N. Hollywood, CA in the 1930’s working with a mimeographed version of SSA until 1947 when they were able to print the original in its comb-bound format. The new, expanded 1989 edition (adding two new pieces), for the first time it contains the original supplement of the Progressed Sun Charts (Age Cycle Cards) and the full set of 90 Spreads, which was privately issued in 1949 for their students only and a Cycles system of dubious worth. This book is no longer available and Second-Hand copies are available at excessively high prices on Bookseller Sites.
YOUR PLACE IN THE CARDS: By DONALIE FITZGERALD (1974).
This book was mainly a copy of the Birth Chart information as given in Sacred Symbols of the Ancients. This work by Donalie Fitzgerald (July 8, Year unknown – 7♦), one of Randall’s pupils, for the first and only time outlined the relationship, links and Synastry information, as taught by her teachers, contained within this System. Originally published by Nash Publishing, Los Angeles, CA in Hard Cover and a paperback edition (1978) published by Bobbs-Merrill Co. Inc., Indianapolis & New York. Both versions were withdrawn from sale due to Randall’s litigation making this book hard to find. Apparently, an updated reprint is available from Amazon, but have no info.
WHAT’S YOUR CARD?: By ARNE LEIN (1978).
A re-working of the Birth Chart and Daily Interpretations by another of Randall’s pupils, who made some drastic errors in order to escape the litigation initiated against him – luckily for him Randall died before any case was heard. However, Lein (July 7, 1920 – 8♦) wrote the first book published on the System to publicly provide the full set of 90 Spreads and some information on a variety of topics including: the Progressed Charts, the 52-Day Cycles of Periodicity used in current year delineations, and the Challenge and Result Cards, amongst others. This was Self-published, Santa Monica, CA. Due to the author’s death in the late 1980’s, this book is now out of print and will remain so for a long time due to Estate conflicts, which has made it almost unavailable, except at extremely high prices on Bookseller Sites.
Know Your Money Cycles for Success: By Frank L. Koenig, Ph.D. (1978).
This work from one of the last adepts of the Chicago-based order (Sept. 19, 1907–5 ♣). The book introduces a technique the author calls “Bi-O-Graphic Cycles” utilizing a graph-like display from one’s Birth date – Sun-Card to show the numerological peaks and troughs of life as they correspond via the Day-Cards, applying the one-day-per-year progression count, as interpreted by this System, but overly relies on a 9-based Numerology and does not get that good of a result – a few good hits out of many that are less than good. I think it may need a 13-base count for it to work better, but that is for another time.
Published by “The Magi Center Inc.,” P.O. Box 1166, Paradise, CA 95967 but so rare it is not even found on the Internet. This group continues the Metaphysical studies as initiated by the Order of the Magi, but I believe all original members have passed away.
POST 1990 MATERIAL
DESTINY CARDS - By ROBERT CAMP (1992).
Published by Sourcebooks, IL and is still available. Camp (July 3 – Q♦) continued the Birth Card and Progressed Chart information based on the Arne Lein teachings, complete with his sources’ accumulated errors plus some added study material and articles. The author also publishes other books on the Cards System, and computer programs on this subject, check into Seven Thunders Publishing, CA.
THE SCRIPTURE OF 52 CARDS - By Rev. THABITI S. OLATUNJI, Ph.D. (1994).
This author (August 22 – 4 ♣ ) focuses on Health, Diet and Biblical Scriptures as revealed in the Cards. (480 pages Comb-Bound) Published by The Supreme Oracle, CO. Recently a revised edition was out via Amazon, but it is in the ‘unavailable’ category, it may yet resurface.
KONNEKTING–PROFILES WORKBOOK & PROFILES MANUAL - By ALICIA MAEZ (1995).
These 2 books cover the in-depth psychological and inter-personal dynamics as related to the Suits and Numbers of the Cards, the result of a multitude of psychological profile interviews by a long-time, but recently deceased, practitioner (October 9 – K♣) of the Cards System with a full Psychiatric practice. Originally published by Konnekting-Profiles, Denver, CO, it too, is totally unavailable. They are rare, and not even to be found on the Internet.
BIRTHDAY & RELATIONSHIP JOURNAL (1997)
BIRTHDAY & RELATIONSHIP DIGEST (1998)
CARDS OF ILLUMINATION - BY SUSAN HATHAWAY & DEBBIE CRICK.
Two students (Hathaway: October 11 – J♣ & Crick: April 28 – 6♣ ) from Camp’s early classes created the first general interest titles in a popular style. The first book gives brief explanations for all 53 Birth Cards and the Cards Calendar. At the end, blank pages are set up to record your relationships and reminiscences, for the birthdays of friends, associates and loved ones. The second title is a new mini-paperback with much of the information from the above work, plus some added material. They also created other Card System-related products, including card interpretations on Book-Mark/Birthday Cards for every day of the year. They are no longer involved, but one can contact the surviving company for further details at Cards of Illumination, Asheville, NC, 1(866) 455-8668.
MOVING TO SUCCESS - By ROSE MURRAY (1999).
A book from a well-known astrological writer(September 18 – 6 ♣) in which she studies relocation techniques. Both Astrological and Card-related information is given to help interpret one’s situation in any location. It also includes 140+ pages of individual Card interpretations, the author having been a long-time student of the Arne Lein school. Published by Llewellyn Publications, and is most likely still available.
THE POWER OF PLAYING CARDS - By GERI SULLIVAN & SAFFI CRAWFORD (2004).
After a long wait, finally, a new book has appeared by two metaphysical authors (Sullivan: June 4 – K ♦ & Crawford: May 28 – 4 ♣) who had been studying the Cards going back to Randall and Lein’s time. Consequently, it is based on the SSA teachings with some Arne Lein material added, including some of his errors. For the most part, though, it fulfills the missing Primer slot that has been unavailable for years. Published by Fireside Books/Simon & Shuster, NY, and should still be easily available.
CARDS OF DESTINY - By SHARON JEFFERS (2006).
A more general look at the Cards from a Birthday basis with minimal Birth Chart information. Two pages per Card, the first has an illustration and the relevant dates, the other has a brief delineation of each – beginning with an overview section, then followed by two short paragraphs on ‘Relationships’ and ‘As Children’. It concludes with a Daily Divination Guide section consisting of the Day-Card and a piece of advice or commentary about the day – clear and concise, but does little to promote the work on a broader scale. This author (April 8 – K ♦ ) also has a similar Cards System relationship book Love & Destiny (2008). Both are published by Crossing Press, Berkeley, CA and should still be easily available.
I am sure that there are some new books out there which I have not yet heard about, or have found to be merely a rehashing of others’ ideas, mainly covering for few thoughts of their own. There are many Websites, some are very good and try to educate, others, trying to make their mark, have distorted the original in bizarre ways, while others are of a purely ‘fortune telling’ level with little to offer in the way of ‘new’ information, or in so many cases, ‘no’ information at all.