Reading with Playing Cards

Reading playing cards is known as cartomancy. Did you realize that each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history? Spades = King David; Clubs = Alexander the Great; Hearts = Charlemagne; and Diamonds = Julius Caesar.

Reading with playing cards is easy because the tarot layouts and divinatory meanings are easy to adapt to reading regular playing cards. Clubs = Wands, Hearts = Cups, Diamonds = Coins, and Spades = Swords. To do a reading, simply shuffle and cut in your usual method, and deal the spread of your choice.

Here is one method:

Begin by separating the Kings or the Queens from the deck. Lay them side by side in this order: Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, and Spades. Assign a name of someone you are involved with or interested in to each card. You can choose Unknown for the leftover cards. Put the cards back in the deck, shuffle, and ask a question.

Deal out the remaining cards face up, laying them out one at a time. Proceed across four stacks and return to the beginning if required. Your question is answered when you deal a matching suit on one of the Kings or Queens. Ask another question and start laying down cards from the beginning of the row again, stopping again when a suit matches a King or Queen. After all of the cards have been dealt, pick up each stack and count the number of cards of each suit. Hearts denote love, clubs indicate vitality and liveliness, diamonds indicate money, and spades show contemplation and thought. The more you have of one suit indicates the predominant influence or the potential of that relationship. Look up the meanings of the cards on the reference chart for a deeper understanding.


Clubs (Wands)

Ace: the beginning of achievements, professional success, the power to make things happen
King: dark haired man, honest, open, generous and faithful
Queen: dark haired woman, strong, helpful, attractive, nice woman, inclined to be temperamental
Jack: a reliable friend, sincere but impatient
10: unexpected good fortune with bad loss, imprisonment
9: a new romance, disputes with friends, endurance and strength
8: fast or sudden occurence of the matter at hand
7: honor, uphill battle, prosperity in opposition, chance of romantic interference
6: business success, profitable business in partnership
5: opposition from friends or associates, quarreling, strife, failure of project due to friends
4: fulfillment, solidification, crystalization, completion
3: good marriage or partnership, long engagement, and then a fast wedding
2: ownership and territory, the desire to possess

Hearts (Cups)

Ace: the beginning of love, friendship, the home and distinct happiness
King: fair haired man, affectionate, generous, impetuous, honest man, hasty in decisions, not to be relied upon for advice
Queen: fair haired woman, trustworthy, faithful loving woman, gentle & pleasing
Jack: fair haired young person, good friend, a close (or long lost) friend
10: instability of extreme brooding passion, an overfilled heart spilling over
9: the ‘wish card’, dreams and desires will come true, good fortune, happiness, good news
8: invitations, but also partings, parties or celebrations
7: someone is unreliable, lust, debauch, whoredom
6: unexpected good fortune, generosity, imposed upon by untrustworthy people, pleasure
5: jealousy, inability to make a decision, disappointment
4: overabundance and excess
3: fertility, abundance, pregnancy
2: love, friendship, fulfilled heart, perfect harmony


Spades (Swords)

Ace: the beginning of a new way of thinking, a new enlightenment
King: dark haired man, ambitious, usually successful, his ambition overrides everything else
Queen: dark haired woman, seductive or unscrupulous, treachery, betrayal, malice, widow
Jack: dark haired young man, well meaning but lazy person, hindrance in all work
10: insanity, destruction, despair, rock bottom, restless misery
9: orneriness, quarrels, unhappiness, cruelty, sadism
8: lies, rumours, scandal, gossip, deceit, opposition, interference, division, jealousy
7: a warning against a hopeless battle, loss of friendship, quarrels with friends
6: use perseverance to make your plans work, your method is sound
5: anxiety, setbacks, interferences, success in business, harmony in partners
4: compromise, making a deal, bartering, reconciliation, warning against a second marriage
3: partings due to faithlessness, bad things in love or marriage, love gone wrong
2: peacefulness, harmony, friendship, good vibes

Diamonds (Coins)

Ace: money, a ring, important message, or a valuable symbolic gift
King: fair haired man, stubborn and powerful, vengeful, dangerous when crossed.
Queen: fair haired woman, flirt, sophisticated, witty, interferes in others’ affairs
Jack: a relative, unreliable, selfish or jealous, bad news
10: opportunities and surprises, usually financial, taste for adventure
9: changes usually bringing wealth, money as objective, maybe not result
8: late marriage or new relationship, late blooming, waiting for the right time
7: an unlucky gambler, criticism, a disappointing failure, fighting and losing
6: success, victory, fruitfulness, good fortune, abundance
5: worry, anxiety, wastefulness, loss of vital energy on trivial concerns
4: an inheritance, changes for the better, unhappiness from bad friends, betrayal
3: creation, fruitfulness, building, stockpiling, working towards a goal
2: changes, a great love affair strengthening, may be opposed by friends

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