Piquet (Euchre) deck, laid-out in what could be called ‘Fontaine’s Grand Tableau’ spread.

You can tell I’m not a card player, or I would’ve known this when I posted the lesson on Piquet card reading in December. While looking further into Felix Fontaine’s Golden Wheel Fortune Teller and Dream Book, I learned that a Piquet card deck and a Euchre card deck are the same thing. But Fontaine has a different take on the meanings of the thirty-two cards in the Piquet/Euchre deck than Agnes Miall did in her book, The Book of Fortune Telling. He also has a different way of laying them out and reading them than Miall prescribed. I’m presenting Fontaine’s approach on Piquet/Euchre divination here so you can try his approach, then decide if the way you want to proceed with your Piquet/Euchre readings is either Miall’s way, Fontaine’s way, or some combination of the two.


There is a little overlap in the meanings of the cards which Miall and Fontaine assign to cards seven through ten in each suit. They don’t necessarily cancel each other out. You may do a reading with the Piquet/Euchre deck and find the two different assigned meanings of a given card are both true,  or that only one of them is true for the situation you’re reading-on. 

The key difference between Miall and Fontaine is the meanings they assign to the court cards. Miall gives a definite character description for the King, Queen and Jack (Knave) of each suit. In Fontaine’s view, the various court cards’ meanings are entirely dependent on which card is the First Card in the reading, for that card indicates the inquirer’s fundamental character, and which court card in the reading represents them. The identity of all the other court cards proceed from that first disclosure. It is the other cards which fall around the court cards in the reading, which give them their character.