A Playing card Reader's Notebook
A Playing card Reader's Notebook by Kapherus...
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A Playing card Readers Notebook by Kapherus Playing Card Meanings for Divination: The suit of Spades Spades symbolize problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind. The Suit of Hearts Hearts symbolize Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill. The suit of Clubs Clubs symbolize business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort. The suit of Diamonds Diamonds symbolize money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Numerology Influence: Aces: The Number 1: New beginning, first, starting out, initiative, individuality, solitude, leader, the conscious mind and conscious control. Twos: The Number 2 represents duality, balance, opposition, exchanges, and interactions. Threes: The Number Three represents expansion, combinations, communications, creativity and growth. Fours: The Number 4: Foundation, stability, balance, persistence, and endurance. Many of the meanings for the 4 of Clubs are derived from the numerological significance of the number 4 - a strong foundation in business and friendship, stability in business matters, and increased social contacts. Solidity, concrete, tangible, buildings, architecture, 4 walls, 4 tires, squaring off, being squared away, fair and square, square deal, etc. Fives: The Number Five symbolizes active energy, changes, restlessness, communication, the body, and the hands. Sixes: The Number 6 symbolizes psychology, harmony, balance, communion, connection, love, trust, sincerity and truth. Sevens: The Number 7 is often considered a lucky or magical number. It represents spiritual attainment, positive changes, perfection, rest, surprises, chances, destiny, turning points, and healing. When negatively aspected, the Number 7 can denote mystery, illusions, delusions, deception and trouble. Eights: The Number Eight represents power, prestige, harmony, balance, reciprocation, health, thoughts and time.
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Nines: The Number Nine represents philosophy, metaphysics, travel, fortune, dreams, ambitions, attainment, fulfillment, accomplishment, and achievement. Tens: The number 10 symbolizes completion of the current cycle, endings and new beginnings, reaching the pinnacle, and excesses. Jacks: The Jack: A young person of either sex. A man of any age who is young at heart. A child. Although Jacks can represent young people of either sex, the Jack of Clubs is most often read as a young male. Queens and Kings: See the suit Courts for these cards. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ace of Clubs
The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort. All of the Aces represent new beginnings. Traditionally, the Ace of Clubs indicates the beginning of a new enterprise or business venture. In general, the Ace of Clubs denote focus, direction and singleness of purpose. Like the Tarot Ace of Wands, this card denotes creative power and the exercise of will. More specifically, the Ace of Clubs represents important papers to be signed such as legal documents, contracts, mortgages, a legal will, etc. The Ace of Clubs can also represent a building or any institution - government, corporate, public, private, financial, educational, penal, etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
2 of Clubs The Suit of Clubs represents business, work, social activities, and practical matters. The Number 2 represents interactions and exchanges between two people or two things. Therefore the 2 of Clubs can indicate a social or business invitation, business or social correspondence, or any kind of benefits being given, received or exchanged. This would include helping each other out with problems or challenges, exchanging gifts, or even giving or receiving advice. My grandmother called the 2 of clubs "The Gift." It might represent a birthday or anniversary present, or something special being given or received for any special occasion. But the idea of "the gift" is not limited to material things. The gift could be someone else's time or energy given freely, some helpful advice, or even a piece of expected good news! Card Combinations & Multiples: Twos in multiples can mean double the fun or double the trouble. They can represent things coming in twos--couples, twins, socks, shoes, etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Three of Clubs Traditionally the 3 of Clubs represents expanding opportunities, growth, and development. It indicates taking the first steps on the ladder to success. The 3 of Clubs can denote the start of a business
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enterprise, or a three-way deal or partnership. This card can represent business collaborations of three or more people. From an older cartomancy meaning of a clover leaf, The 3♣ indicates good luck, and fortunate circumstances. The 3♣ can represent a growth opportunity. It can indicate a business that starts small, but has the seeds for future growth. This card can denote any situation that starts out small, but continues to grow and expand. The 3♣ can also indicate expanding one's knowledge base by learning something new. It can represent both formal training and self-edification. The 3♣ can represent anything growing such as plants, hair, nails, etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Four of Clubs The 4♣ represents practical foundations and stable conditions. It can symbolize the four walls of a building, the four walls of a room, the four walls of an office, the four legs of a desk, the four legs of a table, or the four wheels of a car. The 4♣ can indicate laying the foundation for future progress, and denotes a stable business environment and a good business sense. The 4♣ also represents a 4-wheeled vehicle - a coach, a car, a truck, a cart, a baby carriage, etc. Hence, it can indicate a trip by car. A more modern meaning for the 4♣ is news or a message sent electronically. This would include a telephone call, text message, and email. My grandmother called the 4♣ the "mind your own business" card, and business didn't necessarily apply only to commerce. She often read this card to mean "using common sense" when dealing with you own personal business. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Five of Clubs The restlessness of the Number Five, and the energy of the Suit of Clubs combine to make the 5 of Clubs a card of action and change. The 5 of Clubs can herald changes in a work situation, or in social circumstances. The change may be positive or negative depending on the surrounding cards. From the “5″ symbolism of the body and hands, the 5 of Clubs can also represent exercise, physical labor, and providing some extra “elbow grease” to get the job done! I read the 5♣ as an “action card.” For me it represents “physical activity,” and always tells me that somebody is taking action to get something done. When the 5 clubs falls in a reading, I know that the thinking, planning and talking stages are over. Now is the time to take action and go after whatever is desired. It might be interviewing for a new job, pursuing a new relationship, starting a new project, or just cleaning up an old mess. In a health situation, the 5♣ can indicate the need for more physical exercise. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Six of Clubs The 6 of Clubs is traditionally a card of news, communication, progress and completion. The 6 of Clubs is a card of energy and motion. It indicates not being afraid to get one's hands dirty to get the job done. From an older cartomancy meaning of a book, the 6♣ denotes all kinds of communications including talk, the media, and the written word. This card can represent good counsel, and trusted advice. The 6♣ also represents listening and paying attention, and denotes knowledge, reading, study and learning.
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The 6♣ indicates taking responsibility for a situation, and doing whatever is necessary to ensure success. The 6♣ can denote "working with one's hands," and surrounded by small Hearts it could indicate artistic ability, or literary talent with small Diamonds. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Seven of Clubs The 7 of Clubs denotes a change for the better in business or social situations. It can also indicate lots of activity, and heralds a particularly busy time in the seeker’s life when everything seems to be happening at once. This card can also warn of a work overload, and the need for rest and relaxation. When surrounded by Spades, the 7 of clubs can take on some of the older, more unfavorable meanings such as a disagreement, an argument, or feelings of restlessness and discomfort. The 7 of Clubs can denote making the best of a difficult situation. My grandmother called this card “Success assured - don’t relax.” When it fell in a reading it denoted success, but only through effort and hard work. This card foretold that you could have whatever you wanted, but it wasn’t going to be dropped in your lap. You were going to have to roll up your sleeves and apply a good amount of elbow grease to make it happen. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eight of Clubs The 8 of Clubs represents the seeker's daily activity or routine. It indicates how the seeker makes practical use of time. When surrounded by Spades, the 8 of Clubs can represent boredom, or being "stuck in a rut." The 8♣ can represent a job, or what the seeker does for a living. The 8♣ can represent an employment opportunity, or a change of jobs or profession. The 8♣ is also the card of business or social interactions. It can represent conversations, and can indicate talking things out, or talking it over. This card can also denote a discussion, conference, seminar, symposium, forum, meeting, round-table, etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Nine of Clubs The 9 of Clubs is traditionally a card of travel and achievement. The 9 of Clubs denotes success in business. It can represent successfully closing a business deal. The 9♣ specifically represents a journey. It can indicate a trip or excursion. The 9♣ can also represent a spiritual, emotional or psychological journey; or quest for self. The 9♣ is also a card of time and space. The 9♣ can represent distance, or someone or something far away. The 9♣ can also indicate a long duration. It can denote something "long-lasting" such as a job or relationship. Surrounded by Spades this card can denote postponements and long delays. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
10 of Clubs Traditionally the 10 of Clubs is a card of ambition. achievement, and success in business and material affairs.
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The 10 of Clubs is the card of business and career. It can represent a specific business, or it can denote the idea of "business" or "commerce" in a general sense. The 10♣ is also a card of movement. It can refer to a journey, or more specifically a business trip. This card can also indicate a business move, such as a major transaction, a business gamble, or an actual change of business ownership or location. An older cartomancy meaning for this card was "a body of water." When the 10♣ denotes a trip, it is usually over or by the water. The 10♣ can represent a reservoir of water in any and all forms such as a water pipe, a swimming pool, a washing machine, or even the kitchen sink. Another old symbolic meaning for the 10♣ is "a wheel," perhaps from its association with Tarot Trump X The Wheel of Fortune. This card can represent a tire or a steering wheel. When surrounded by unfavorable cards, the 10♣ can indicate "spinning one's wheels," or "going around in circles." Card Combinations with the 10 of Clubs: 10♣+ Face Card: Represents a person who is "business minded," and probably runs their own business, or a business executive with upward mobility. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Jack of Clubs Traditionally the Jack of Clubs is “the trusted friend and adviser.” He is a hard-working, honest, sincere young person. When read for coloring, the Jack of Clubs is of medium complexion, and has brown hair and brown eyes. The Jack of Clubs is a busy, active young person. He is clever and enterprising. He enjoys sports, and may participate in school or community baseball, football, etc. This is also the card of “the student,” and can represent a school boy, or a young man in high school or college. My grandmother called the Jack of Clubs Domestico which means “man servant” in Italian. This card did not necessarily refer to a servant or butler (although it could), but to a young man who is of service to—or in the service of the person being read. He can be an employee, and often represents a young acquaintance from work. Or he could be a close friend or business associate who is going to be useful to the inquirer in some way. Card Combinations & Multiples: • Jack + King: Someone from the past is returning. • Two Jacks: Legal action, contracts, or a court case pending. • Three Jacks: Peer pressure. Boy’s night out. • Four Jacks: Fraternity, military service, boy’s club, any organized group made up of mostly men. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Queen of Clubs Traditionally, the Queen of Clubs represents a female of medium coloring with brown hair and brown, blue or hazel eyes. She is a reliable friend and trusted adviser. The Suit of Clubs represents business, work and social activities. Therefore the Queen of Clubs can be a business woman, a female co-worker, a good adviser, a trusted female friend, or a social butterfly. She can represent a socially active woman who enjoys clubs, societies, and other social functions. She runs her home efficiently, and she likes to keep busy. She is a hard worker, and prefers to be an active participant in life. My Grandmother called the Queen of Clubs “The Successful Woman of Business.” When I first learned to read, I had a difficult time with the Face Cards. I found it hard to try to place the people into the seeker’s life. I would stumble over trying to describe the person’s complexion and coloring. It helped me to think of the Face Cards as stereotypes or cardboard cutout figures, and then to allow the surrounding cards to flesh out the description. Now I almost never read the Face Cards as coloring unless I’m using a significator, or the seeker specifically asks for a physical description.
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I usually read the Queen of Clubs as a female work associate. If she represents a love interest about to enter a male seeker’s life, she is someone he will meet at work or in a work environment. When I read for a female, the Queen of Clubs most often represents the seeker’s best friend. Of course the Queen of Clubs can represent the female seeker herself. In that case, I know I’m reading for an active, industrious, reliable woman who is well-liked and has great business sense. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
King of Clubs Traditionally, the King of Clubs represents a male of medium coloring with medium to dark brown hair and brown, blue or hazel eyes. He is a reliable friend and trusted adviser. The King of Clubs is generally a married man. The King of Clubs is a generous, enthusiastic, socially active man of authority. He has excellent business sense, and may own his own business. He might be a successful entrepreneur, a business executive, a college professor, or a professional athlete. He could be a male colleague or business associate. He could be the seeker's boss or best friend. My Grandmother called the King of Clubs “The Married Businessman," and "business" didn't always refer only to commerce. It could also represent "hanky-panky." When a female seeker is involved with a married man, he is often represented by the King of Clubs. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DIAMONDS
Suit Influence: Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government. Ace of Diamonds The Ace of Diamonds is traditionally a positive card. Specifically, it signifies a letter, a ring or paper money. The A♦ represents news, a message, an invitation, or written communication. The surrounding cards will indicate if the news is good or bad. The A♦ also denotes new beginnings. It signifies making a fresh start, and beginning again from scratch. It can indicate the start of a new financial venture, or the beginning of a new phase in life. From the older meaning of “a ring,” the A♦ can denote a wedding engagement taking place. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Two of Diamonds Traditionally the 2 of Diamonds represents a financial partnership. The 2 of Diamonds is a small money card. It can represent a small financial loan, or a small payment. This card can also denote financial news such as a bank statement, insurance papers, or any kind of financial report. All 2's indicate exchanging ideas or "news," and the 2d specifically represents the written word. The 2♦ can reveal a creative mind and a fertile imagination, and is the card of the journalist or novelist. Like the 2♣, the 2d can represent exchanging gifts. Specifically this card would denote a gift of money or financial assistance in the way of a loan or financial advice. Older cartomancy systems present the 2 's as time cards. For example, the 2♦ would indicate that the event revealed by the surrounding cards will happen in two days, two weeks, or two years. Card Combinations with the 2 of Diamonds: Twos in multiples can mean double the fun or double the trouble. They can represent things coming in twos--couples, twins, socks, shoes, etc.
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Three of Diamonds Traditionally the 3 of Diamonds represents a small increase in money, financial growth, and taking the first steps on the ladder to success. The 3♦ is a “small money” card. It can indicate extra money coming in from an outside source such as a side job, moonlighting, or overtime hours on a regular job. The 3♦ can represent a small payment such as someone paying you back a small loan, or paying back a small debt. It can indicate making a small bank deposit or withdrawal. It can even indicate making a payment on a “lay away” plan. The 3♦ also represents building toward financial security. It can indicate expanding your business or clientele, and an increase in profits. I read the 3♦ as “a financial opportunity” which covers anything from a new job offer to a chance to get in on the ground floor of the next big “get rich quick’ pyramid scheme. It can indicate a lucrative side job, a small promotion on your current job, or even just a small raise in pay. I’ve found that the 3♦ can also indicate “financial expansion.” This might include expanding a business base, or actually breaking down walls and expanding the business space. When surrounded by negative cards, the 3 of Diamonds can denote “scattering your energies,” and a lack of focus. In relationship readings, this card can indicate “fickleness” or changeability in a lover who runs hot and cold. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Four of Diamonds Here we find the Suit of Diamonds coupled with the stability and “squareness” of the number 4. From this union we can derive some very interesting interpretations such as a cash register, cash drawer, desk, banknote, check, bank account, check book, safety deposit box, lottery ticket, license, certificate, jewelry box, etc. In a more abstract sense, the 4 of Diamonds might indicate a solid financial deal, or just working toward financial stability. Also from the coupling of financial stability and 4 walls, the 4♦ can represent “rent” or a rented piece of property such as an apartment or condo . I read the 4♦ as a stable financial situation. For example, if it falls with the 3 of Clubs I know the business opportunity will be financially stable. Specifically, the 4 of Diamonds can indicate financial “papers.” This can be anything from a dollar bill to a real estate license. Often the 4♦ will indicate a bank account or checking account, and will fall with spades when the seeker is about to make a large purchase (spades indicate “loss” or “spent” money). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Five of Diamonds The 5 of Diamonds is the card of Karma, and represents the laws of Cause & Effect, and Attraction in motion. Specifically the 5 of Diamonds can represent a legal matter or pending court case. This card can represent the accumulation of good Karma, or bad Karma when surrounded by Spades. The 5♦ is a card of attraction. It represents the thoughts that create one's life experiences. The surrounding cards will determine whether these thoughts are positive or negative, and what influences the seeker is attracting in his or her experience. From an old cartomancy meaning, the 5♦ can represent “landholdings,” which was how a person’s worth was measured in medieval times. The more modern meaning for this card is a person's general environment or” personal space.”
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Six of Diamonds The 6 of Diamonds is a card of small gains. It can represent a small raise in pay, or a small bonus check. The 6 of Diamonds can denote having just enough money to meet expenses, but having nothing left over. The 6♦ also represents information in all forms: verbal, written, electronic, scientific, etc. When surrounded by unfavorable cards, the 6♦ can denote a lack of information, or withheld knowledge. The can also denote counseling in all forms: psychic, psychological, marriage, financial, etc. The 6♦ is also a card of energy, vitality, and power. It can denote forward momentum, horsepower, electricity, microwaves, atomic energy, kinetic energy, calories, hyperactivity, nervous energy, adrenaline rush, etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 7 of Diamonds The 7 of Diamonds is traditionally a card of financial achievement, rewards and recognition. Based on the more unfavorable symbolic meanings of the number 7, this card can also indicate financial challenges and feelings of stress over money. The 7♦ is the card of success and achievement, and denotes being rewarded or recognized for your efforts. This is also a money card, and can indicate improved financial prospects, and an increase in income such as a raise in pay on your regular job, or a significant sum of unearned cash. The 7♦ can also denote “lucky money,” and can represent gambling wins, or losses (if surrounded by spades). My grandmother called the 7♦ “wise investments.” For her, this card represented the seeker’s liquid assets, and the surrounding cards would denote the current financial state, and any action to be taken with the money in the way of investments, or large purchases such as a car or home. Once the money was invested, it would be represented by the 10♦. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eight of Diamonds Traditionally, the 8 of Diamonds denotes balance or the struggle to find balance in financial matters. The 8 of Diamonds represents the ups and downs of money management. It may indicate extra money coming from an unexpected source. It can highlight a new source of income, or warn that over-spending is depleting current resources. It can denote “balancing the books,” budgeting finances, and saving for the future. Specifically the 8 of Diamonds represents anything having to do with the movement and cycling of money including financial planning, stock market activity, e-trading, investment portfolios, tax planning and estate planning. My grandmother called the 8♦ “Money coming and going.” For her, the card indicated where money would be spent, and where additional money could be earned or acquired. With a spade it could indicate money spent on bills or on other financial responsibilities– with a club it might indicate saving, gifting or investing money– with hearts the 8♦ indicates money spent on family and loved ones, and the good things in life that money can buy–with other diamonds it indicates winnings or earnings. From an older meaning of “spectacles” the 8♦ can denote “being insightful” or “looking into the future.” In matters of health, this card can symbolize “the eyes.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~ Nine of Diamonds
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The 9 of Diamonds represents extra money, usually in the form of a check. It can indicate a refund check, a rebate check, unemployment check, bonus check, or any extra money that is not part of the normal salary. Symbolically the 9♦ represents electrical energy, electro-magnetic energy, and mental energy. It can represent thoughts, mental images, the imagination, psychic ability, or mental attitude. The 9♦ is also a card of mental attraction, and can represent someone who is attracted to, or desires something from, the seeker. The 9♦ also represent government, and can indicate local, state or federal government. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 10 of Diamonds The 10 of Diamonds represents financial success and security. It can denote a large sum of money, wealth, a large investment, or freedom from financial worries. The 10 of Diamonds indicates financial rewards, success with money, and an expanding career. The 10 of Diamonds can denote a job promotion. The 10♦ is the "bank" card. It can represent a growing bank account, a nest egg, pension, retirement fund, or just socking money away for a rainy day. In general, the 10♦ represents success and satisfaction. Specifically the 10♦ indicates the seeker's financial worth, and the surrounding cards will denote whether the financial situation continues to improve, or if financial problems loom on the horizon. The 10♦ represents springtime and the direction west. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jack of Diamonds Traditionally, the Jack of Diamonds represents a young person of either sex with very light coloring -fair-haired with blue, green or gray eyes. The Jack of Diamonds is intelligent, energetic, cultured and financially secure. The Jack of Diamonds is usually an intelligent, dynamic young person. There could be money around this person. He or she might be a wealthy young jet-setter, a high school football star, a bank teller, or a petty government official. My grandmother read the Jack of Diamonds as a young relative by marriage. He or she might be a step child, step-brother or sister, a brother-in-law or sister-in-law, son-in-law or daughter-in-law, or any family bond by marriage. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Queen of Diamonds Traditionally, the Queen of Diamonds represents a woman with very light coloring -- red or light blond hair with blue, green or gray eyes. She might also have gray or white hair. The Queen of Diamonds is intelligent, energetic, cultured and financially secure. The Queen of Diamonds is usually an intelligent, dynamic woman of authority, and there could be money around her. She might be a wealthy jet-setter, an account executive, a CPA, a bank manager, or a government official. My grandmother read the Queen of Diamonds as a female relative by marriage. She might be a step child, step-sister, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, or any family bond by marriage. Card Combinations and Multiples: • Queen + Jack: a female friend from the past is returning to the seeker’s life. With the J♥ it could be an old love interest. • 2 Queens: sharing confidences, gossip, can be catty talk, or rivalry with Queen of Spades.
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• 3 Queens: a group of female friends, a night out with the girls. • 4 Queens: Girl’s school, sorority, any organization consisting of mostly women. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ King of Diamonds Traditionally, the King of Diamonds represents a man with very light coloring -- red or light blond hair with blue, green or gray eyes. He might also have gray or white hair. The King of Diamonds is intelligent, energetic, cultured and financially secure. The King of Diamonds is usually an intelligent, dynamic man of authority, and there could be money around him. He might be a wealthy politician, an account executive, real estate broker, a CPA, an investment banker, or government official. My grandmother read the King of Diamonds as a male relative by marriage. He might be a step child, step-brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law, or any family bond by marriage. Card Combinations and Multiples: • King + Jack: a male friend from the past is returning to the seeker’s life. With the J♥ it could be an old love interest. • 2 King: a man in uniform - policeman, fireman, etc. Shaking hands on a business deal. • 3 Kings: success, making a name for yourself. • 4 Kings: public recognition, and organization consisting of mostly men such as a men's club. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ HEARTS Suit Influence: Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill. Ace of Hearts Traditionally the Ace of Hearts is a card of love. Happiness and celebrations. As an Ace and a Heart, this card can indicate a new love, or the beginning of an emotional period in the seeker's life. Specifically this card denotes the source of seeker's emotional support which in most cases is the home and the family. The Ace of Hearts can refer to the actual building in which the seeker resides, or it can denote the idea of feeling comfortable and "at home." The A♥ can represent a change of residence, or a return home after being away for a period of time. The A♥ can also refer to real estate and the sale or purchase of a home. The A♥ can also represent a specific family member, or the seeker's family in general. My grandmother called the A♥ "Casa" which means "house" or "home" in Italian. For her this card would denote wherever the seeker held residence. It could be a house, an apartment, a hotel, or even a car if that was where the seeker called "home." The surrounding card will reveal the current situation in the home, and any problems or changes in that area of the seeker's life. Card Combinations with the Ace of Hearts: A♥ + Face Card- Can indicate someone coming to the home, or someone who is home and family oriented. The A♥ with the KC it would denote a builder or contractor. With a group of Face cards, the A♥ would represent a family reunion. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Two of Hearts
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Traditionally, the 2 of Hearts is a card of romance and child-like wonder. Like all 2's the 2 of Hearts can represent news, and specifically indicates a love letter, or good news from or about a loved one. The 2 of Hearts can also indicate a joyous union, or the happy solution to a problem. The 2♥ represents the emotions. Specifically, it is a card of emotional excitement and expectancy. It is the rush of excitement that a child feels on Christmas morning. It's the joyous anticipation of an expectant mother, and can specifically indicate a pregnancy, a child, or children in general. This card also represents emotional attachment to a pet. The 2♥ represents the elation one experiences with the first sparks of a physical attraction, and can denote a romantic fling. The 2♥ denotes fun and laughter, and can indicate entertaining pastimes such as hobbies, games, crafts, etc. The 2♥ also represents the creative power that is channeled through artists and musicians, and can denote a talent for the arts or music. According to older cartomancy meanings, the 2♥ is also traditionally a card of time. It can indicate 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Three of Hearts Traditionally the 3 of Hearts represents love, fertility, happiness and celebrations. The 3 of Hearts denotes developing emotions, and can indicate falling in love with someone or something. The 3♥ represents expanding love, and happy emotions. It can indicate the beginning of a new love relationship. When surrounded by Spades, it can denote a love triangle. The 3♥ can also indicate creative talent, or artistic ability. It can denote the product of a creative effort such as a piece of artwork, a poem or a musical composition. The 3♥ represents blood and life. It can symbolize the moment of conception, or represent a growing embryo. The 3♥ can also represent an increase of something beautiful such as blooming flowers, a developing love affair, or a growing child. This card can also represent a small party or family celebration. My grandmother called the 3♥ the small wish card. It can indicate that a small wish is granted. Something the seeker doesn't ever expect to happen will come true. From an older cartomancy meaning of a church, the 3♥ can represent an interest in religion or mysticism. The 3♥ can indicate meditation and spiritual growth. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Four of Hearts The Suit of Hearts combined with the stability and “squareness” of the number 4 symbolizes the 4 legs and 4 posts of the marriage bed. The 4 of Hearts represents a union or partnership. It can denote any relationship between two people such as a marriage, sexual relations, or even a business partnership. In a general sense, this card denotes sharing one's time, emotions, or resources with another. The 4♥ can also represent a celebration such as a wedding ceremony, reception, shower, or engagement party. It can denote holding hands, and spending time with someone you love. From an old cartomancy meaning of an invitation to dinner, the 4♥ can indicate entertaining in the home, and having a good time. The 4♥ can represent comfort and security. It can denote a festive table, a soft, cushy couch, or comfy chair. From the symbolism of 4 walls from the number 4, the 4♥ can represent a bedroom, a wedding suite, or a love nest. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 5 of Hearts
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Traditionally the 5 of Hearts is a card of restless love. It can denote positive changes, pleasure and enjoyment, unless surrounded by unfavorable cards. The 5♥ represents the female gender, the "feminine side," and all things female. The 5♥ can refer to female loved one in the seeker's life such as a girlfriend, sister, daughter, etc. The 5♥ can also represent anything associated with the female gender such as frilly undergarments, makeup, dresses, skirts, panty hose, sewing, knitting, embroidering, etc. This card can also denote intimacy, tenderness, sympathy, compassion, and physical displays of affection. The 5♥ represents the right hand or right handedness. From this also come other meanings such as being right or doing the right thing--being truthful, fair and just. From an older cartomancy meaning of "a marriage proposal," the 5♥ can indicate an offer or proposal that seeker is wishing or hoping for. It could be a marriage proposal, an offer of a new dream job, or any chance or opportunity to fulfill a dream. In questions about the gender of an unborn child, the 5♥ would indicate a female. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 6 of Hearts Traditionally the 6 of Hearts is a card of happiness and enduring love. It can denote a positive, happy environment unless surrounded by unfavorable cards. The 6♥ represents the male gender, the "masculine side," and all things male. The 6♥ can refer to male loved one in the seeker's life such as a boyfriend, male friend, brother, son, etc. The 6♥ can also represent anything generally associated with the male gender such as a necktie, cufflinks, boutonnière, toolbox, etc. This card can also indicate feeling emotionally safe, and protected. The 6♥ represents an emotional connection, and can indicate a romantic relationship or a love affair. This card denotes faith, trust, sympathy, sincerity, and compassion. In questions about the gender of an unborn child, the 6♥ would indicate a male. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Seven of Hearts The 7 of Hearts is traditionally a card of renewal, regeneration, peace, happiness, love and healing. Traditionally, the unfavorable meanings include jealousy, infidelity, and lover’s quarrel. The 7 of Hearts denotes positive outcomes, steady improvements, and happy surprises. It can indicate a peaceful period when you get a chance to relax and catch your breath. In health matters, the 7♥ denotes a quick recovery. From the older meanings of renewal and regeneration, the 7 ♥ is also the card of second chances. It denotes the happiness and peace of mind that comes from getting a second chance at something, or the opportunity to do something over.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eight of Hearts Traditionally the 8 of Hearts is a card of celebration and good tidings. The 8 symbolizes emotional balance, harmony and fair play. The 8 of Hearts is a card of pleasure and happy times. It indicates sharing good times with friends and family. It represents mutual love and respect, mutual faith and trust, and emotional fulfillment. The 8 of Hearts can tell you if the target of your affections is feeling the same way about you. In a business spread, the 8 of Hearts can indicate a fair deal or a mutually beneficial venture. The 8 of Hearts can also be a significator card for an existing relationship, or a specific loved one in the querent’s life.
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My grandmother read the 8 of Hearts as “the relationship card.” It didn’t mean a new relationship was on the way, but that there was an existing relationship that might influence the situation. For example, if you were asking about a potential love interest, and the 8 of Hearts turned up in the reading, it would indicate that this person is already involved in an existing relationship. The surrounding cards would indicate if the existing relationship was happy or not. It’s important to note that the 8 of Hearts doesn’t necessarily indicate a romantic relationship. The existing relationship might be a controlling parent or friend. It might even be that the person is still attached to an “ex” even though the actual relationship has ended. In this case, the 8 of Hearts would indicate that the person is not emotionally available at this time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nine of Hearts The 9 of Hearts is almost universally known as “The Wish Card.” It represents the seeker’s deepest desire, and indicates that the wish will come true within the time span represented by the card spread. This card is considered the very best in the entire deck. Symbolically the 9 of Hearts denotes happiness, attainment, gratification, and peace of mind. It represents whatever situation, circumstance, event, or possession in life will make the seeker happy. It can represent a conscious want or a subconscious desire. It often foretells that the seeker’s deepest desire is about to manifest, and that his or her most treasured dream is about to come true. My grandmother called the 9 of Hearts the Big Wish Card. There is another wish card in the deck–the 3 of Hearts–which she called The Small Wish Card. If the Small Wish Card appears in the card spread, it indicates that a small wish that the seeker does not expect will come true. The Big Wish Card–the 9 of Hearts–represents the deepest wish or desire on the seeker’s mind, and indicates that the wish will come true even if surrounded by spades. The Spades would indicate problems and challenges regarding the wish, and would delay but not nullify the good fortune of the 9 of Hearts. For example, if a woman wishes for the love of a specific man, the 9 of Hearts may appear surrounded by spades to indicate that her destiny is not to be with this particular person. But the fact that the 9 of Hearts appears in the reading still indicates that her wish will come true. What she is really wishing for is the love and companionship of a happy relationship, and the card would denote that she will eventually receive this wish. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` Ten of Hearts The 10 of Hearts represents happiness, joy, and all the good things in life. Specifically the 10 of Hearts indicates having the things most people wish for: emotional security, peace of mind, and success in all endeavors. This is an especially positive card that favorably influences all surrounding cards. The 10♥ is the "marriage card," and can represent marriage in general, or the marriage partner specifically. Unless surrounded by Spades, this card denotes a happy and loving, committed union. Because nowadays many people choose to live together without the marriage certificate, the 10♥ can represent any long-term, committed relationship. My grandmother called this card "l'innamorato" which means "the love sick one," or "the one in love." For her this card revealed whatever the seeker was in love with. If the 10♥ fell next to the card of work, it would indicate that the seeker was in love with his or her job. Falling under a face card it would indicate someone the seeker loved, and falling on top of a face card indicated that the person represented by the face card is in love with someone or something. In general, the 10♥ can indicate that this person is "marriage minded." The 10♥ represents warm weather and summer time. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jack of Hearts
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Traditionally the Jack of Hearts is a card of romance. In some of the older cartomancy meanings he represents a lazy, immature, emotionally insecure young man; or simply the thoughts of the Queen or King of Hearts. In the more modern meanings the Jack of Hearts is depicted as beloved person such as a friend or lover. Although Jacks can represent young people of either sex, the Jack of Hearts is most often read as a young male. Pip Influence: The Jack: A young person of either sex. A man of any age who is young at heart. A child. The Jack of Hearts is a young person of either sex with whom the querent feels an emotional bond or attachment. This card can represent a child of either sex, a male family member such as a son or son-inlaw, brother, cousin, etc. The Jack of Hearts can also indicate a boyfriend, a male lover, or close male friend. The Jack of Hearts can be an actor or an artist. He can be a writer of poetry, or just a student of the arts. My grandmother called the Jack of Hearts “Giovin Biond,” which translates literally into English as “Blond Youth.” But the title also carries the connotation of “golden child” or “fair-haired child” which generally indicates someone favored– “who can do no wrong.” Many Italian women feel this way about their brothers, lovers and sons, so this interpretation is very similar to the more modern meanings for the Jack of Hearts. For an older woman, he can represent her son. For a young girl he might be her boyfriend or brother. For a young male he might represent his brother or best buddy. The Jack of Hearts is almost always a young person with an emotional attachment to the querent. Card Combinations & multiples: • • • •
K + Jack of Hearts: an old lover returns. Two Jacks: Legal action or court case pending (especially with 5D) Three Jacks: Boys night out, peer pressure. Four Jacks: Classroom, Sports team, fraternity, boys school, boy scouts, organization consisting of mostly young men ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Queen of hearts Pip Influence: The Queen: A woman over 18 years of age. Traditionally, the Queen of Hearts is the card of unconditional love. In coloring, she traditionally represents a woman with sandy, dark blond, or light brown hair and brown, blue or hazel eyes. She is a female loved one. The Queen of Hearts represents a female loved one in the seeker’s life. She is loving and maternal, and most often represents a mother or mother figure. If you are reading for a woman, the Queen of Hearts could represent the seeker herself. She can also represent the seeker’s mother, sister, daughter, aunt, or best friend. When reading for a man, the Queen of Hearts would be his mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter, or any female family member or loved one. When reading for a young person, the Queen of Hearts almost always represents the mother or mother influence. The Queen of Hearts is an emotional, family oriented person. As a mother she is protective and loving. In her role as friend, she is warm, kind and affectionate; and responds quickly to kindness and friendships. On the down side, she is sensitive and can be hurt easily. As a lover, the Queen of Hearts is passionate and romantic. This woman is creative and artistic, and she enjoys the beautiful things in life. Card Combinations & Multiples: • • • •
Queen + Jack: an old female friend or girlfriend is returning to the seeker’s life. 2 Queens: sharing confidences, gossip, can be catty with Queen of Spades. 3 Queens: a group of female friends, a night out with the girls. 4 Queens: Girl’s school, sorority, any organization consisting of mostly women.
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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ King of Hearts Pip Influence: The King: A man over 35 years of age. Traditionally, the Kin of Hearts is a kind, loving man. In coloring, he traditionally represents a woman with sandy, dark blond, or light brown hair and brown, blue or hazel eyes. She is a female loved one. The King of Hearts represents a male loved one in the seeker’s life. He is protective and paternal, and most often represents a father or father figure. If you are reading for a man, the King of Hearts could represent the seeker himself. He can also represent the seeker’s father, brother, grandfather, uncle, or best friend. When reading for a woman, the King of Hearts would be her father, husband, boyfriend, brother, or any male family member or loved one. When reading for a young person, the King of Hearts almost always represents the father or father influence. The king of Hearts is an emotional, family oriented person. He is passionate, artistic, and good-natured. On the down side, he is sensitive and can be easily offended. Card Combinations & Multiples: King + Jack: a male friend from the past is returning to the seeker’s life. With the J♥ it could be an old love interest. • 2 King: a man in uniform - policeman, fireman, etc. Shaking hands on a business deal. • 3 Kings: success, making a name for oneself. • 4 Kings: public recognition, and organization consisting of mostly men such as a men's club. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ •
SPADES Ace of Spades Traditionally the Ace of Spades has gotten a bad rap similar to the common misconceptions regarding the Death card of Tarot. And like the true meaning of the Tarot Death card, the Ace of Spades symbolizes the changes and transformations associated with endings and new beginnings. In rare cases the Ace of Spades can indicate physical death, but only in combination with other Spades. Some systems use a reversed position meaning for the Ace of Spades even though no reverse meanings are used for the other 51 cards in the deck. Traditionally, the reversed Ace of Spades symbolizes death. Whereas the three other Aces in the deck represent new beginnings, the Ace of Spades can refer to endings, or possibly the beginning of trouble in a reading. Of course, endings are not always bad things, so the appearance of the Ace of Spades in a reading can indicate a “rebirth,” and can be regarded as an indirectly positive influence. Because Spades symbolize “the mind,” a modern meaning of the Ace Spades refers to “what affects the mind” such as worry, fear, anxiety, decisions, etc. The A♠ is the only card in the deck with a reversed meaning in my grandmother’s system. If the A♠ fell with the apex up, she would read it as “a troubled mind (or FEAR of death).” If it fell with the apex down, it indicated physical “death.” In my own readings, I’ve dropped the reversed meaning, and read the A♠ as “worries, anxiety, a pending decision, etc.” Although in truth, I still wince a little when the reversed A♠ falls in a layout. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Two of Spades Traditionally the 2 of Spades represents feeling restricted or "stuck," and a removal or separation necessary to move forward. All 2's bring news, and with the 2 of Spades it's usually bad news. This is a card of conflict, betrayal, violent arguments, misunderstandings, and malicious gossip. The 2 of Spades can represent guilt, suppressed anger, feelings of resentment, "holding a grudge," and vindictiveness, or harmful retaliation for any real or imagined slight.
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The 2♠ represents incompatibility, and a separation or cutting ties. It can indicate anything from a broken relationship, to leaving a job, to getting rid of a car, to spending a large sum of money and feeling guilty about it. The separation can be of a temporary or permanent nature based on the circumstances and the surrounding card. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Three of Spades The 3 of Spades represents negative emotions such as anger, spite, malice, vindictiveness, and the affect that bad feelings have on oneself and others such as misery, tears, fear, etc. The 3 of Spades can also indicate trouble in the home, in friendship or in a romantic relationship coming from the outside . My grandmother called the 3♠ “La Suocera” which has two not so different meanings in Italian: “The Mother-in-Law” and “The Funny Bone.” She would say that both meanings apply to this card. Like the proverbial mother-in-law, the 3♠ can indicate a troublesome, meddling person who is interfering in another’s personal business, sparking angry words and hurt feelings. And like a sharp whack to the funny bone (or a meddlesome mother-in-law for that matter), the 3♠ can also indicate a particularly tender matter or situation–like a “sore point” in the querent’s life. It indicates that the querent or someone around the querent is “touchy” and defensive about someone or something. The 3♠ can point to is also “the third wheel.” In matters of the heart it can represent the “mistress” or the “rake” in a love triangle. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Four of Spades How to Read the 4 of Spades: Traditionally the 4 of Spades represents illness, recuperation, and the need for caution. From the influence of the number 4, the 4 of spades symbolizes the 4 legs and 4 posts of the sick bed. Symbolically the 4 of Spades can also represent a hospital room, a jail cell, or a coffin. The 4♠ can represent a physical illness, and all the feelings and experiences associated with sickness such as rest, confinement, recuperation, exhaustion, taking it easy, moving at a slower pace, bed-ridden, feeling cooped up or fenced in, staying home, etc. The 4♠ can also represent anything that is in a poor state of health, or that is progressing too slowly. With diamonds, this card can indicate an unhealthy money situation, with hearts it can denote lovesickness, with clubs "business is slow," etc. The 4♠ can indicate feelings of disgust. The seeker is fed up or "sick and tired" of someone or something. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Five of Spades Traditionally the 5 of Spades is a card of anger and separation. From an old cartomancy meaning of a hand holding a knife, the 5 of Spades can denote cutting someone or something out of one's life. It can also denote a surgical procedure. The 5♠ can indicate divorce, breaking old ties, or going it alone. It can indicate quitting one's job, ending a marriage, or dropping out of school depending on the surrounding cards. The 5♠ also represents the negative emotions associated with ending a situation or relationship such as anger, depression, loneliness, fears, tears, resentments and hurt feelings. The 5♠ represents the left hand and left handedness. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Six of Spades
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Traditionally the 6 of Spades is a card of completion, and it represents the end of one phase and the beginning of a new one. The 6 of Spades can indicate endings of a permanent nature, especially when the situation or relationship has run its course, and there is nothing left to learn from the experience. The 6♠ represents the need to let go. It can indicate getting rid of something that's not working, and moving on to something new. It can indicate breaking up established patterns. It can denote the dissolution of a business, the breakup of a relationship or partnership, and a parting of ways. The 6♠ also represents a moving force. It can denote moving forward with plans and projects, and making progress. It can denote a change of places such as moving residence or relocating a business. This card can denote "moving on" emotionally as well as physically. The 6♠ can also represent a mode of transportation such as a car, truck, bus or train. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~` Seven of Spades Traditionally the 7 of Spades is a card of loss. The negativity of the Suit of Spades draws out the more negative aspects of the number 7 symbolism. The 7 of Spades represents the emotional response to the loss of something prized or someone loved. It can indicate a serious setback in reaching an important goal. It can indicate the loss of a friend or loved one, or the reversal of cherished plans. The 7 of Spades represents the frustration we feel when a project or a relationship is not moving in the direction we had hoped.
♠ is also the water and drinking card. In his book, It’s Written in the Cards, Dr. Martello says it can even represent water pipes, sinks and the bath. According to Dr. Martello, the 7♠ can also mean having a The 7
drink, and represents alcohol, a bar, a nightclub, or even a saloon! In The Card Reader’s Handbook, Regina Russell adds drugs and addiction to the meanings of the 7♠, which makes sense. Although alcohol abuse may have been just as prevalent in Dr. Martello’s day, drug abuse is probably much more prevalent today. My grandmother called the 7♠ Sfortuna which means “bad luck”, or “misfortune.” She read this card in the traditional way as loss, setbacks, frustration and unhappiness. But there was also the added idea of “the unexpected,” such as with an accident, mishap, or other nasty surprise. The misfortune of the 7♠ was usually something you never saw coming. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Eight of Spades Traditionally the 8 of Spades is a card of disappointment, illness and caution. The 8 of Spades specifically points to the seeker's health. This card can indicate a trip to the doctor, dentist or psychiatrist. From an older cartomancy meaning of a prison, the 8♠ can indicate feeling trapped, undermined, or held back. The 8♠ can represent a biting remark, or cutting insult. It can represent a disappointment, hurt feeling, or frustration. The 8♠ also represents an examination or an investigation. It can denote a medical exam, civil service exam, scholastic exam, forensic exam, a police investigation, etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Nine of Spades Traditionally the 9 of Spades is a card of sadness, suffering, grief, and malice. The 9 of Spades forebodes tragic events such as accidents, serious injury, serious illness, self-injury, suicide, etc.
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The 9♠ can indicate feeling pressured or forced to do something. It can indicate a loss of control, or feeling "out of control." The 9♠ can denote a breakdown of established patterns. It can represent a disappointment, or a broken heart. The 9♠ also represents karmic debts, obligations, and duty to self and others. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`
Ten of Spades The 10 of Spades is traditionally a card of misfortune, grief, ruin, and. tragic endings. It casts an ominous shadow across all surrounding cards in the spread. Specifically, the 10 of Spades is a card of the negative emotional reaction to the unfortunate events in life such as fear, worry, tears, disappointments, depression and grief. Often the 10♠ indicates that our worst fears are about to be realized. On a more positive note, the 10♠ can elucidate the hang-ups and fears that block us from reaching our goals. My grandmother called the 10♠ “The Nightmare Card.” It represents the darker side of life, and the realization of our worst fears and worries. Here we find secrets, mysteries, lies, suspicions, deception and betrayals. With cards of love it can denote infidelities. With cards of money it can indicate theft and deception. With career cards it denotes "shady deals," lies and deceit. With other spades it can indicate a tragic event. An older meaning of the 10♠ was "a large body of water." From this idea of depth and darkness we get the modern meanings of night time, the unconscious, the subconscious, and evil forces. This card also represents winter time and cold weather. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jack of Spades Pip Influence: The Jack: A young person of either sex. A man of any age who is young at heart. A child. Although Jacks can represent young people of either sex, the Jack of Clubs is most often read as a young male. The Jack of Spades is a skillful, clever young man. In some of the older cartomancy meanings he represents an unsettled, erratic, emotionally inconsistent young man; or simply the thoughts of the Queen or King of Spades. Although Jacks can represent young people of either sex, the Jack of Spades is most often read as a young male. In coloring, the Suit of Spades is considered the darkest of the deck, and represents people with dark brown to black hair, and dark brown eyes. The Jack of Spades can represent: • A youth from a foreign country • A youth in uniform; soldier or cadet • An intellectual youth or a math whiz • Young leader who knows how to take charge When surrounded by other Spades, the Jack of Spades can denote: • A youth in trouble • A gang leader • Juvenile delinquent; the bad kid at school • Cold and calculating youth • Gossiping, spying youth • Emotionally controlled and detached Card Combinations with the Jack of Spades:
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J♥ + J♠ : The seeker's son, brother or boyfriend is in the military or police academy. Two Jacks with J♠ on top: Quarrel or court case pending (especially with 5D). Three Jacks: Boys not out. Four Jacks: Boys school, boy scouts, organization consisting of mostly young men. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Queen of Spades Pip Influence: The Queen: A woman over 18 years of age. The Queen of Spades is an ambitious, skillful, clever woman. In some of the older cartomancy meanings she represents a conniving, plotting woman who is up to no good. In coloring, the Suit of Spades is considered the darkest of the deck, and represents people with dark brown to black hair, and dark brown eyes. The Queen of Spades can represent: • A woman from a foreign country • A divorced or widowed woman • A doctor or lawyer • An old woman • A leader who knows how to take charge When surrounded by other Spades, the Queen of Spades can be: • spiteful and catty • Deceptive • Cold and calculating • A Gossip • Emotionally controlled and detached Card Combinations & Multiples: • Queen + Jack: an old female friend or girlfriend is returning to the seeker’s life. • 2 Queens: sharing confidences, rivalry, or gossip. • 3 Queens: a group of female friends, a night out with the girls. • 4 Queens: Girl’s school, sorority, any organization consisting of mostly women. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ King of Spades Pip Influence: The King: A man over 35 years of age. The King of Spades is a man of authority, ambition and power. In some of the older cartomancy meanings he represents a power-hungry man with evil intentions. In coloring, the Suit of Spades is considered the darkest of the deck, and represents people with dark brown to black hair, and dark brown eyes. The King of Spades can represent: • A man from a foreign country • A divorced or widowed man • A doctor or lawyer • An older man • A leader who knows how to take charge When surrounded by other Spades, the King of Spades can be: • Opportunistic • Deceptive
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Cold and calculating shrewd Emotionally controlled and detached
Card Combinations & Multiples: • King + Jack: a male friend from the past is returning to the seeker’s life. With the
J♥ it could be an old love interest. • 2 King: a man in uniform - policeman, fireman, etc. Shaking hands on a business deal. • 3 Kings: success, making a name for oneself. • 4 Kings: public recognition, and organization consisting of mostly men such as a men's club.