Magyar Kartya, Hungarian Playing Cards: Divining the Everyday by Leesa Ellis, guest blogger

Magyar Kartya, Hungarian Playing Cards: Divining the Everyday by Leesa Ellis. 

Magyar Kartya or Hungarian Playing Cards are a deck of 32 cards that will give you the most amazing, accurate and useful insight into divining your everyday life. A reading generally gives guidance for the upcoming 3 month period.

I have read Magyar Kartya professionally since 2008 after learning the cards and the art of card reading from my mentor, Mia Colberts. Prior to this, I had worked almost exclusively with the Tarot as an amateur. I am truly grateful to have had Mia’s assistance in learning the Magyar Kartya. Her tips on working as a professional card reader were also invaluable.

What I love about the Magyar Kartya is its earthy, practical quality. This is a grounded, down to earth deck for everyday issues. Will I move house? Is love in the air? Will I deal with that bully in my life? Will I overcome this fatigue and lack of vitality I am feeling? Are there any arguments brewing? What about a cash windfall? All this and more… the Magyar Kartya is a gutsy deck that is not in the least bit fluffy or woo­woo.

I do not mean to put down the more gentle, spiritual decks of cards out there as I use them and love them too. But if I am wanting to know the nitty­ gritty of my daily life in the next 3 months, it is the Magyar Kartya that I use. This is a deck that Roma have used for centuries to tell fortunes. Sometimes, it is on the more practical side of life that we need guidance.

The Magyar Kartya is composed of 4 suits. These are Bells, Leaves, Hearts and Acorns. Bells represent money and work, Leaves represent health and spiritual growth, Hearts are obviously the suit of the emotions while Acorns are the struggles and obstacles in life. There are also 4 Aces which are represented as the four individual seasons of the year.

Today, the aspect of Magyar Kartya that I wish to discuss is the Court cards. Court cards in any deck, particularly the Tarot but also Magyar Kartya, can be problematic to interpret for many people.

The Court of the Magyar Kartya is a little different from the Tarot. Whereas the Tarot has Page, Knight, Queen and King, the Magyar Kartya Court is depicted as all­ male. There is an Underknave, an Overknave
and a King. This is also the hierarchy of this Court. Under knave can be corresponded to the Tarot Page and the Over knave to the Knight. The King is the “top of the heap” and he is shown with a crown and on horseback.

I would particularly like to talk about the King of Acorns. Drawing an Acorn card of any kind can cause a quick gulp as this suit shows the difficulties of life. The King of Acorns is no exception.


One of these difficulties can be dealing with a particularly dominating person or a bully in your life. The King of Acorns represents such a bully. Quite often, I find that my clients have these bullies in their workplace or even sadly, their own families.

The King of Acorns is not outright malicious, but they want what they want and do not care about walking over you to get it. They are out for number one. They may try to dominate you and push you round. The advice of this card is to stand your ground. However, don’t be afraid to ask for help and support from others if you need it. Draw a line in the sand with this bully and figuratively say, “You cannot cross this line. This is my boundary. I’m done with your crap. NO MORE!” You will win respect for doing so, particularly your own self­ respect.

If the card is reversed, the battle will be harder but you can still overcome this bully if you try. Just remember to ask for help.

The flip side of the King of Acorns is that of addiction. Alcohol, drugs, food and sex ­ substance abuse of all kinds is represented by the King of Acorns too. Addiction of all kinds actually ­ substance
abuse, addiction to drama, co­dependency and so on. The advice of this card is that it has now come to light even within the bounds of reader and client. It is time to give up denial and face the truth. The
client needs professional help and they need to actively seek that help. The addiction can be overcome. It will not be easy of course but with support, it is possible. Admitting the problem is the first step.

If you wish to learn more about the Magyar Kartya, I have written a book on the subject called “Fortune­Telling with Magyar Kartya: How to see the future with the William Tell deck of cards.” You can find it in the Amazon Kindle store. Happy fortune­telling!

Leesa Ellis
Angel specialist & intuitive

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