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Cartomancy is fortune-telling or divination using a deck of cards. Forms of cartomancy appeared soon after playing cards were first introduced into Europe in the 14th century. Practitioners of cartomancy are generally known as cartomancers, card readers, or simply readers.

Cartomancy is one of the oldest of the more common forms of fortune-telling. It is similar to tarot card reading in that various card spreads are used, such as single card, “Destiny Square,” and 3 cards. The tarot can also be used in cartomancy.

Cartomancy using standard playing cards was the most popular form of providing fortune-telling card readings in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. In English-speaking countries, a standard deck of Anglo-American bridge/poker playing cards (i.e., 52-card, four-suit set) can be used in the cartomancy reading; the deck is often augmented with jokers, and even with the blank card found in many packaged decks. In France, the 32-card piquet playing-card deck was, and still is, most typically used in cartomancy readings, while the 52-card deck was, and still is, also used for this purpose. (A piquet deck is with a 52-card deck with all of the 2s through the 6s removed. This leaves all of the 7s through the 10s, the face cards, and the aces.)

Methods

The most popular method of cartomancy using a standard playing deck is referred to as the Wheel of Fortune. Here, the reader removes cards at random and assigns significance to them based in the order they were chosen. Though the interpretation of various cards varies by region, the common significators for the future are as follows:

Criticism

The interpretations of the meanings of different cards even within the same deck varies greatly among cartomancers. This raises doubt in the idea that there is some objective message coming directly from the cards, as might be necessary for amateur cartomancers to derive use from them. The lack of a shared understanding of card meanings hinders both verification of cartomancy’s effectiveness and communication between practitioners.

Cartomancy has also been criticized for not providing a proposed physical mechanism by which cards could be used to predict one’s future. Additionally, there have been no tests to date that show that cartomancy does any better than chance in either predicting the future or determining traits about individuals, despite large incentives to cartomancers who can show a successful test, such as the Randi challenge.

 

Playing Card Meanings for Divination:

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Ace of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

The Number 1: New beginning, first, starting out, initiative, individuality, solitude, leader, the conscious mind and conscious control.

How to Read the 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 represents 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 Ais the only card in the deck with a reversed meaning in my grandmother’s system. If the Afell 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 Aas “worries, anxiety, a pending decision, etc.” Although in truth, I still wince a little when the reversed Afalls in a layout.

For the Ato indicate a physical death in my readings, it would have to be clustered with some of its more unsavory friends such as the 2and the 5or 6along with either the 8or 9to indicate loss and grieving.

Two of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

The Number 2:  duality, balance, compatibility, agreement, opposition, exchanges, partnerships and interactions.

How to Read the 2 of Spades:

Traditionally the 2 of Spades represents a restriction or “feeling 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.

The number 2 symbolizes exchanges, and when influenced by the Suit of Spades, it denotes conflict, betrayal, violent arguments, misunderstandings, and malicious gossip.

The 2 of Spades can represent guilt, suppressed anger, feelings of resentment, and “holding a grudge.” It can denote vindictiveness, or harmful retaliation for any real or imagined slight.

My grandmother called this card “La Spaggadura,” which means “rift” or “break” in Italian dialect.   The number 2 symbolizes agreements, compatibility and partnerships, but with the influence of the Suit of Spades, the 2 represents disagreements, incompatibility, and broken partnerships.

The 2can indicate a break up, or losing touch with someone.  It can denote leaving a job, getting rid of a car, or 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 cards.

Card 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.

Two 2s: Things coming in pairs.

Three 2s: Can indicate lots of activity and everything happening at once.

Four 2s: Teamwork, co-operation, group activity.

Card Combinations:

Face Card + 2 = someone leaving the querent’s life.

3 + 2 = walking out on an argument, and holding a grudge.

4+  2 = a marital separation or the dissolution of a partnership.

62 = an abandoned vehicle, or getting rid of a car.

Three of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence: Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

The Number Three represents expansion, combinations, communications, creativity and growth.

How to Read the 3 of Spades:

Traditionally, he 3 of Spades is a card of “loss.”  The number 3 symbolizes expansion and growth, and when influenced by the suit of spades, it can represent a growing problem, or a worsening situation. Conversely, this card can also signify interrupted growth, or a blockage.

The number 3 also represents communications, and the 3 of Spades can denote confusion, misunderstandings,  lies, deceptions, and deceit.  This card can represent an argument.  Since the number 3 may also refer to a “third wheel,” and the 3 of Spades can indicate “third-party” interference, or trouble coming from the outside.

My grandmother called the 3La 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 someone else’s personal business.  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. This card can indicate that the querent or someone around the querent is “touchy” or defensive about someone or something. The 3 can also refer to “a third wheel,” and in matters of the heart it can represent the “mistress” or the “rake” in a love triangle.

You may remember an old song from the 1970′s by Cher called “Dark Lady.” If you don’t know it, the song is about a woman who goes to a gypsy fortune teller only to learn that she, her husband, and the gypsy woman are caught in a love triangle. When the gypsy lays down the cards, the lyrics to the song are:

“She dealt two cards, a queen and a three And mumbled some words That were so strange to me Then she turned up a two-eyed jack My eyes saw red but the card Still stayed black She said the man you love is secretly true To someone else who is very close to you”

I’ve always been sure that the three she dealt with the queen was the 3 of Spades.  The two-eyed Jack was undoubtedly the Jack of Clubs since he’s the only black Jack with both eyes visible.  In some of the older Cartomancy systems, the Jack of Clubs has a reputation for being insincere, and having a smooth line ladies.

Card Multiples:

All card multiples indicate surprises and unexpected events.

  • Two 3s: a church or monastery, a growing interest in spirituality. An interest in the religious side of life.
  • Three 3s: Awareness on a higher plane, a religious or mystical experience.
  • Four 3s: religious fanaticism.

Card Combination:

A + 3 = Loss of ring

4 + 3 = Loss of a purse or wallet

A +3 = A growing problem in the home that may be caused by a meddlesome person.

Four of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

The Number 4: Stability, foundation, solidity, concrete, tangible, buildings, architecture, 4 walls, 4 tires, squaring off, being squared away, fair and square, square deal, etc.

How to Read the 4 of Spades:

Traditionally the 4 of Spades represents illness, recuperation, and the need for caution.  From the stability and squareness 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, being 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 a unhealthy money situation, with hearts it can denote lovesickness, with clubs “business is slow,” etc.

The 4 canindicate feelings of disgust.  The seeker is fed up or “sick and tired” of someone or something.

Card Multiples:

Two 4′s: a solid foundation.

Three 4′s: Fours indicate square things such as tables and rooms, etc. Three 4s can indicate places of amusement such as a restaurant or theater.

Four 4′s: Conferences, stadiums, arenas, and other large gatherings.

Suggested Card Combinations:

Face Card + 4 = a person who is ill, rundown, or depressed.

A + 4 = a hospital

4 + 4 = a failing marriage, or an STD.

Five of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence: 

The Number 5 symbolizes active energy, changes, restlessness, communication, the body, and the hands.

How to Read the 5 of  Spades:

Traditionally the 5 of Spades is a card of anger and loss. From an older symbolic 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.

Specifically, the 5 can denote 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 separation may be voluntary or not, but it is almost always accompanied by pain, grief, sorrow and tears.

The 5 and the 6 are similar in that they both denote a break of some sort. The difference is that with the 5 there are upset emotions, and tears regarding the break up. The 6 denotes a clean break with very little or no pain. For example, a woman who is distraught over her recent divorce will usually pull the 5, whereas a woman who is happy to be free would more likely pull the 6 to represent her divorce.

My grandmother called the 5Védova,” which means “widow” in Italian.  This card  represents the negative emotions associated with he loss of loved one, or the untimely end of a situation or relationship,  such as anger, depression, loneliness, fears, tears, resentments and hurt feelings.

The 5 represents the left hand and left handedness.

Card Multiples:

Two 5′s – The hands or feet.  Can indicate that something is within reach, or the power is in one’s own grasp.

Three 5′s – Serving the public. Giving of one’s self freely.

Four 5′s – Major change.  Reaching a turning point is one’s life.

Suggested Card Combinations with the 5 of Spades:

Face Card + 5 = a divorced person.

4+ 5 =a surgical procedure.

4+ 5 = ending a marriage or splitting up a partnership.

Six of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence: 

The Number 6 symbolizes psychology, harmony, balance, communion, connection, love, trust, sincerity and truth.

How to Read the 6 of Spades:

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 5 and the 6 are similar in that they both denote a break of some sort.  The difference is that with the 5 there are upset emotions, and tears regarding the break up.  The 6 denotes a clean break with very little or no pain.  For example, a woman who is distraught over her recent divorce will usually pull the 5, whereas a woman who is happy to be free would more likely pull the 6 to represent her divorce.

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.

Card Multiples:

Two 6′s – Things coming together or  falling into place.

Three 6′s – social engagement, party, or get-together.

Four 6′s – Tying up loose ends, closing the book on someone or something.

Suggested Card Combinations:

6 + A = Moving into a new home.

A + 6 = A mobile home, or moving out..

4 + 6 = A separation or divorce.

Seven of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

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.

How to Read the 7 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.  Specifically, 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.

The 7 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 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.

Card Multiples:

Two 7s: signify life changes. With the 7 of Spades it can be a change for the worse. Two red 7s indicate health and happiness.

Three 7s: indicate emotional or spiritual growth.

Four 7s: denote a spiritual awakening.

Suggested Card Combination:

Face Card + 7 = someone who frustrated, who may be indulging in drink or drugs.

A+ 7 = a bar or nightclub.

4 + 7 = drinking and driving, a fender bender.

Eight of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

The Number 8 represents power, prestige, harmony, balance, reciprocation, health, thoughts and time.

How to Read the 8 of Spades:

Traditionally the 8 of Spades is a card of disappointment, illness and restriction.

The number 8 symbolizes harmony and balance, but when influenced by the Suit of Spades, it denotes a loss of balance, and a lack of reciprocation.  The 8 of Spades refers to any situation that is out of balance. It may indicate an imbalance in the body, which can manifest as an illness.  It can denote unrequited or unreciprocated love, or a one-sided relationship that is not mutually beneficial.

Specifically, the 8 of Spades specifically can point to an imbalance in one’s physical or mental health, and may denote a visit to the doctor, dentist or psychiatrist.  Whereas the 4 denotes an illness or injury, the 8 indicates the need for medical attention.

My grandmother called the 8La Spina,” which means “The Thorn” in Italian.  This card can refer to a “thorn in one’s side,” or any problem or painful experience that wounds or causes pain.  Specifically, 8 refers to a disappointment, an insult, a slight, a snub, hurt feelings, or an emotional upset.

The 8 can indicate a need for careful consideration. It can denote assessing one’s position, or reassessing one’s goals.  It can refer to examining one’s accomplishments, or investigating something totally new.  It can specifically refer to an examination such as a medical exam, civil service exam, scholastic exam, forensic exam, a police investigation, etc.

From an older cartomancy meaning of a prison, the 8 can indicate feeling trapped, restricted, undermined, or held back.

Card  Multiples:

2 Eights: Pleasure, having a good time.  Can indicate “music” from the symbolism of 88 keys on a piano.

3 Eights: Major change or a shift in power.

4 Eights: Weighing the pros and cons of a situation

Card Combinations:

8 + 7 = Healing, improved health.

8 + 4 = A doctor’s office, or a doctor bill.

8 + 5 = Surgery

8 + 8 + 6 = Losing weight.

Nine of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

The Number 9 represents philosophy, metaphysics, travel, fortune, dreams, ambitions, attainment, fulfillment, accomplishment, and achievement.

How to Read the 9 of Spades:

Traditionally the9 of Spades is a card of sadness, adversity, failure, suffering, grief, and malice.  This is a very unfavorable card.  It forebodes tragic events including accidents, serious injury, serious illness, self-injury, and harm to one’s self or another.

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.

Card Multiples:

Two 9‘s: higher education or the travel industry.

Three 9‘s: Changes in philosophy or attitude.

Four 9‘s:  Highest level of attainment, fame and celebrity.

Suggested Card Combinations:

9♠+ 8♠ = serious illness or injury.

2♣ + 9♠ = a duty or obligation.

Ten of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Number Influence:

The number 10 symbolizes completion of the current cycle, endings and new beginnings, reaching the pinnacle, and excesses.

How to Read the 10 of Spades:

The 10 of Spades is traditionally a card of misfortune, grief, ruin, and. tragic endings.  This card casts an ominous shadow across all surrounding cards in the spread.

Specifically the 10 of Spades represents the negative emotions associated with the unfortunate events in life–emotions such as fear, worry, sadness, tears, disappointment, depression and grief.  The 10 can indicates that one’s worst fears are about to be realized.  On a more positive note, the 10 can reveal the hang-ups and fears that block us from reaching our goals.  The surrounding cards will offer clues on how to work thorough these blockages.

My grandmother called the 10l’ossessione“ (which means the obsession) because this card can denote compulsive behavior, or an obsession.  The word “ossessione” can also mean nightmare in Italian, and the 10 can represent the darker side of life, and the realization of our worst nightmares.  This is the area of secrets, mysteries, lies, suspicions, deception and betrayals.  With cards of love the 10 can denote infidelities, or a jealous lover.  With cards of money it can indicate theft, or gambling losses. With career cards the 10 denotes “shady deals,” lies and deceit.  And 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 come the modern meanings of night time, the unconscious, the subconscious and evil forces.  This card also represents winter time and cold weather.

Card Multiples:

Two 10‘s: Travel out of state or out of the province.

Three 10‘s: Travel out of the country.

Four 10‘s: World Travel

Suggested Card Combinations:

9 + 10 = criminal activity, or being forced to deal with one’s inadequacies.

8 + 10 = financial worries, or fear of destitution.

Jack of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

The Jack of Spades is a skillful, clever young man. In some of the older cartomancy meanings herepresents 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 is a complex, interesting fellow. All Jacks are read as young people; most often “young men,” but they can represent a young person of either sex. Of all the Jacks, the JS is the most diverse in terms of the traditional meanings associated with him.

For example the JS can be:

Positive Aspects:

  • A dark-haired, dark-complected youth
  • A youth from a foreign country
  • A youth in uniform; soldier or cadet
  • Skillful, clever youth
  • An intellectual youth; math whiz
  • Young leader; knows how to take charge

Negative Aspects:

  • A youth in trouble
  • A gang leader
  • Juvenile delinquent; the bad kid at school
  • Cold and calculating youth
  • Gossiping, spying youth
  • Inconsistent, erratic, emotionally immature youth
  • Emotionally controlled and detached

Of course the meaning you choose for this card will depend on the surrounding cards as well as a good dose of your own intuition.

Some combinations with the JS:

JH/JS: The querent’s son or brother or boyfriend is in the military or is a rookie police officer.

Two Jacks: Quarrel or court case pending (especially with 5D)

Three Jacks: Boys night out

Four Jacks: Boys school, boy scouts, organization consisting of all young men

Queen of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Pip Influence:

The Queen: A woman over 18 years of age.

How to Read the Queen of Spades:

Traditionally, the Queen of Spades represents an ambitious, skillful, intelligent woman.  In the reversed position, or surrounded by unfavorable cards, she becomes clever, conniving and plotting.

The court cards of the Suit of Spades are perhaps the most symbolic of the deck.  The cards surrounding the Queen will offer clues as to which meanings apply.

In coloring, the Suit of Spades is considered the darkest of the deck.  People with dark brown to black hair, and dark brown eyes are represented by the Suit of Spades.

The Queen of Spades  can represent:

  •   A woman from a foreign country
  •   A divorced or widowed woman
  •   A professional woman such as a doctor or lawyer
  •   An old woman
  •   A woman who allows her head  to rule her heart
  •   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
  •   A rival in love or business
  •   Emotionally controlled and detached

Card Combinations & Multiples:

Queen + Jack:  an old female friend or girlfriend is returning to the seeker’s life.  With the Q she could be an old rival returning.

Two Queens:  sharing confidences, rivalry, or gossip.

Three Queens: a group of female friends, a night out with the girls.

Four Queens: Girl’s school, sorority, any organization consisting of mostly women.

King of Spades

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Spades: Problems, challenges, delays, frustrations, loneliness, anger, secrets, mysteries, sickness, negative emotions, force, movement, karma, and the mind.

Pip Influence:

The King: A man over 35 years of age.

How to Read the King of Spades:

The King of Spades is a man of authority, ambition and power.  In some of the older cartomancy meanings herepresents 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 court cards of the Suit of Spades are perhaps the most symbolic of the deck. The cards surrounding the King of Spades will offer clues as to which meanings apply.

The King of Spades  can represent:

  • A man from a foreign country

  • A divorced or widowed man

  • A doctor or lawyer

  • An old man

  • A leader who knows how to take charge of any situation

When surrounded by other Spades, the King of  Spades can be:

  • Arrogant

  • Opportunistic

  • Deceptive

  • A rival in business or love

  • Cold and calculating

  • shrewd

  • Possessive

  • 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.

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Ace of Diamonds

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

Number Influence:

The Number 1: New beginning, first, starting out, initiative, individuality, solitude, leader, the conscious mind and conscious control.

How to Read the Ace of Diamonds:

Traditionally, the Ace of Diamonds signifies a letter, a ring or paper money.

My grandmother called the the Ace of Diamonds “Messaggio,” which means “dispatch” or “message” in Italian.  This card represents news, a message, an invitation, or any form of verbal or written communication. The surrounding cards will indicate if the news is good or bad.

All Aces symbolize new beginnings, and the Ace of Diamonds 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.  This card can refer to something brand, spanking new.

From the older meaning of “a ring,” the Ace of Diamonds can denote a wedding engagement taking place.

Card multiples:

Two Aces – Leadership and authority.

Three Aces – an unexpected twist of fate.

Four Aces – Major changes that affect every area of life.

Suggested Card Combinations:

4+ A= a wedding ring, or marriage ceremony.

4 + A=  a brand new car.

A+ 3= an invitation to a party or celebration.

Two of Diamonds

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

Number Influence:

The Number 2: duality, balance, compatibility, agreement, opposition, exchanges, partnerships and interactions.

How to Read the 2 of Diamonds:

The number 2 symbolizes exchanges and partnerships, and when combined with the symbolism of the Suit of Diamonds, the 2 of Diamonds represents  financial partnerships, and  money transactions.   The 2 of Diamonds is a small money card.  It can represent a small financial loan, or a small payment.

My grandmother called the 2 “La Lettera,” which means “the letter” in Italian.  This card can represent a letter, an email, a memo, or any form of written correspondence.  All 2‘s indicate exchanging ideas or “news,” and the 2 specifically represents the written word.  The 2 also denotes financial news such as a bank statement, insurance papers, or any kind of financial report.  This card can  reveal a creative mind, and a fertile imagination, and it is the card of the  writer, journalist, or novelist.

The 2 can represent exchanging a gift or favor.  Specifically this card would denote a gift of money, financial assistance in the way of a loan, or some helpful financial advise.  The position of the card in the spread will determine who gives and who receives the gift or favor.

According to an older symbolic interpretation, the  2 can predict two marriages.  If the seeker asks if he or she will remarry, look for the 2 in the card spread.  If this card appears, then a second marriage is predicted.

Card 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.

  • Two 2s: Things coming in pairs.

  • Three 2s: Can indicate lots of activity and everything happening at once.

  • Four 2s: Teamwork, co-operation, group activity.

Card Combinations with the 2 of Diamonds:

  • 2+ 2 = a gift of a pair of earrings or matching necklace and bracelet.  Also helping someone out with a small financial loan.

  • 2 + 2 = creative writing, literary talent or writing ability

  • 4 + 2 = office correspondence, sitting at a computer and writing.

Three of Diamonds

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

Numerological Influence:

The Number 3 represents expansion, combinations, communications, creativity and growth.

How to Read the 3 of Diamonds:

The number 3 symbolizes growth and expansion, and when combined with the Suit of Diamonds, the 3 of Diamonds represents a small increase in money, financial growth, and taking the first steps on the ladder to success.

The 3 of Diamonds is a “small money” card. It can indicate increased income, or extra money coming in from an outside source such as a side job, moonlighting, or overtime hours.

The 3can 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 3also represents building toward financial security. It can indicate expanding one’s business or clientele base, and an increase in profits.

I read the 3as “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.

The 3can also indicate “financial expansion.” This might include expanding a business base, or actually breaking down walls and expanding the business space.

The idea of expansion represented by the number 3, combined with the nervous energy of the Suit of Diamonds, can represent “scattered energy.”  The 3can denote a lack of focus, commitment, or effort.  In relationship readings, this card can  indicate “fickleness” or changeability in a lover who runs hot and cold.

Card Multiples:

All card multiples indicate surprises and unexpected events.

Two 3s: a church or monastery.

Three 3s:  a religious or mystical experience.

Four 3s: religious fanaticism.

Suggested Card Combinations:

Face Card + 3= someone with good financial sense, or a clever idea for making money.

3+ 7 = a workaholic, a work overload.

10 + 3= expanding one’s business, or business space.

Four of Diamonds

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Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

  Number Influence:

The Number 4: Stability, foundation, solidity, concrete, tangible, buildings, architecture, 4 walls, 4 tires, squaring off, being squared away, fair and square, square deal, etc.

Specific Meanings:

The Suit of Diamonds coupled with the stability and “squareness” of the number 4represents a strong or stable financial foundation (or the lack thereof when surrounded by unfavorable cards). From this union are also derived 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 combination of financial interests with 4 walls symbolism, the 4 can represent rent or a rented piece of property such as an apartment or summer home.

The 4 represents a stable financial situation.  For example, if it falls with the 3, the business opportunity will be financially stable. Specifically, the 4 can indicate financial papers. This can be anything from a dollar bill to a real estate license. It can represent a ticket that is purchased or paid for, including traffic ticket, movie ticket, lottery ticket, etc.

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).

Card Multiples:

Two 4′s: a solid foundation.

Three 4′s: Fours indicate square things such as tables and rooms, etc. Three 4s can indicate places of amusement such as a restaurant or theater.

Four 4′s: Conferences, stadiums, arenas, and other large gatherings.

Suggested Card Combination:

A + 4 = a home office, or rental home.

A + 4 = a bank, or signing bank documents.

Five of Diamonds

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Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

Number Influence:

The Number Five symbolizes active energy, changes, restlessness, communication, the body, and the hands.

How to Read the 5 of Diamonds:

The 5 of Diamonds is the card of Karma Patterns.  This card represents the laws of  Cause & Effect, and Attraction in action.  On a mundane level, the 5 of Diamonds can represent a legal judgment or pending court case.  On a spiritual level, this card represents the accumulation of good Karma, or bad Karma when surrounded by Spades.

The 5 is a card of physical and mental attraction.  It represents the thoughts that create one’s life experiences.  The surrounding cards will determine whether these thoughts are positive or negative, and will describe the influences attracted into one’s life experiences.  From the energy of the Suit of Diamonds, and the symbolism of the body from the number 5, the 5 can denote a magnetic personality, or animal magnetism.

An older symbolic meaning of the 5 was landholdings, which was how a person’s worth was measured in medieval times. The more modern meaning for this card is one’s general environment or “personal space.”  The cards surrounding the 5 will describe how one’s personal space is being influenced.  This card can also represent “city life,” or civil service.

Card Multiples:

Two 5‘s – The hands or feet.  Can indicate that something is within reach, or the power is in one’s own grasp.

Three 5‘s – Serving the public. Giving of one’s self freely.

Four 5‘s – Major change.  Reaching a turning point is one’s life.

Suggested Card Combinations with the 5 of Diamonds:

5 + A = legal documents.

A+ 5 = a home in the city.

Face Card + 5 =a person with a magnetic personality, or someone attracted to the seeker with a heart.

5 + Face Card = a person the seeker is attracted to. If the Face Card is a heart, the attraction is romantic.

Six of Diamonds

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Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

Number Influence: 

The Number 6 symbolizes psychology, harmony, balance, communion, connection, love, trust, sincerity and truth.

How to Read the 6 of Diamonds:

The 6 of Diamonds is the science and technology card.  It represents all forms of computerized technology, visual technology, electronic equipment, a computer, electronic communication, the internet, and diagnostic equipment such as X-rays and MRIs.

This card can also denote counseling in all forms: psychic, psychological, marriage, financial, scholastic, etc.  When surrounded by unfavorable cards, the 6  can denote a lack of information, or withheld knowledge.

The 6 is also a card of “small gains.”  It can represent a small raise in pay, or a small bonus check.   The 6 can denote having just enough money to meet expenses, but having nothing left over.

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.  The surrounding cards will describe how and where a person is utilizing this energy.

Card Multiples:

Two 6′s – Things coming together or  falling into place.

Three 6′s – social engagement, party, or get-together.

Four 6′s – Tying up loose ends, closing the book on someone or something.

Card Combinations:

6 + 2 =  data entry, an email.

6 + 4 = an X-ray or MRI.

6 + 10 = a secret, hidden or occult knowledge.

5 + 6 = an athlete.

Seven of Diamonds

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Diamonds represents money, rewards, improvement, energy, electricity, intelligence and government service.

Number Influence:

The Number 7 is often considered a lucky or magical number. It represents spiritual attainment, positive changes, perfection, rest, surprises, chances, turning points, destiny, and healing. When negatively aspected, the Number 7 can denote mystery, illusions, delusions, deception and trouble.

How to Read the 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).

The 7 indicates “wise investments.” This card represents a person’s liquid assets, and the surrounding cards will describe the current financial state, and any actions to be taken with the money in the way of investments, or large purchases such as a car or home.  Once the money is invested, it is usually represented by the 10.

Card Combinations and Multiples:

Two 7s: signify life changes. With the 7 of Spades it can be a change for the worse. Two red 7s indicate health and happiness.

Three 7s: indicate emotional or spiritual growth.

Four 7s: denote a spiritual awakening.

Suggested Card Combinations:

74  = a stock portfolio or investment account.

7 + 6 = purchasing a car

7 + 3 = a gambling loss or being swindled

Eight of Diamonds

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence: 

The Suit of Diamonds represents money, rewards, improvement, energy, electricity, intelligence and government service.

Number Influence:

The Number 8 represents power, prestige, harmony, balance, reciprocation, health, thoughts and time.

How to Read the 8 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 symbolic meaning of “spectacles” the 8 can denote “being insightful” or “looking into the future.”  In matters of health, this card can symbolize “the eyes.”

Card Multiples:

Two 8s: Pleasure, having a good time.  Can indicate “music” from the symbolism of 88 keys on a piano.

Three 8s: Major change.

Four 8s: Weighing the pros and cons of a situation.

Suggested Card Combinations:

Face Card8 = someone involved with money or finances, banker, accountant, etc.

8 + 4 = balancing the budget, or balancing one’s checkbook.

8 + 3 = Money problems, not seeing things clearly.

Nine of Diamonds

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

Number Influence:

The Number 9 represents philosophy, metaphysics, travel, fortune, dreams, ambitions, attainment, fulfillment, accomplishment, and achievement.

How to Read the 9 of Diamonds:

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, electromagnetic energy, and mental energy.  It can represent thoughts, mental images, the imagination, psychic ability, or mental attitude.

In my grandmother’s system, the 9 is another “wish card,” but whereas the 9 represents the querent’s wishes and desires, the 9 indicates how other people’s wishes and desires affect or influence the querent. This card surrounding the 9 will describe what other people desire from the querent.  The 9 is a card of mental attraction that can also represent  that someone else is thinking of the querent.

The 9 also represents “fame” or “celebrity” in the sense of attracting the attention of others. This is the card of the politician, actor, model, movie star, or writer.  When surrounded by hearts, this card can denote a successful career in the public limelight.

From and older symbolic meaning of “service to the Crown,” the 9  also represents civil service, or public office, and can indicate local, state or federal government.  This card can denote bureaucratic red tape when surrounded by unfavorable cards.

Card Multiples:

Two 9‘s: higher education or the travel industry.

Three 9‘s: Changes in philosophy or attitude.

Four 9‘s:  Highest level of attainment, fame and celebrity.

Card Combinations:

J + 9 = a performing artist, an actor (can be male or female).

K + 9 = a politician or government official.

Ten of Diamonds

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Diamonds: Money, financial matters, rewards, recognition, success, improved circumstances, energy, vitality, nerves, electricity, financial institutions and government.

Number Influence:

The number 10 symbolizes completion of the current cycle, endings and new beginnings, reaching the pinnacle, and excesses.

How to Read the 10 of Diamonds:

The 10 of Diamonds represents financial success and security.  It can denote a large sum of money, material wealth, riches,  a large investment opportunity, or freedom from financial worries.  The 10 of Diamonds indicates gain, financial rewards, success with money, and achievement in one’s career.

The 10 is the “banking” and “investment” card.  It can indicate a growing bank account, a nest egg, pension, retirement fund, or just money socked away for a rainy day.

In general, the 10 represents success and satisfaction.  This card represents the querent’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.

Card Multiples:

Two 10‘s: Travel out of state or out of the province.

Three 10‘s: Travel out of the country.

Four 10‘s: World Travel

Card Combinations:

A + 10 = A bank, banking, or signing papers on a bank loan.

3 + 10 = Investing a large sum of money.

Jack of Diamonds

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Diamonds represents money, rewards, improvement, energy, electricity, intelligence and government service.

Pip Influence:

The Jack: A young person of either sex. A man of any age who is young at heart. A child.

How to Read the Jack of Diamonds:

Traditionally, the Jack of Diamonds represents a young person of either sex with very light coloring.  He or she is 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 Jas 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.

In his book How to Tell Fortunes with Cards, Wenzell Brown relates that the Jis linked in Gypsy folklore with The Hanged Man of Tarot. According to Brown,

“This is never a card of death, but indicates an individual who is ‘upside down,’ who is suspended between the realities of life and visions and ambitions which he has not been able to clarify. He is inverted, in a condition contrary to that in which most people are found. What he says and does must frequently be interpreted backwards, for he is striving for a wisdom which he has not yet attained.”

Card Combinations and Multiples:

King + Jack = Something or someone from the past is returning. With the Jit can indicate a long, lost relative.

Two Jacks = A court case that’s pending, or some legal action. If the Jfalls last a fee may be involved.  With Spade, a disagreement or quarrel.

Three Jacks = Going out with a group of young people.

Four Jacks = classroom, sports team, or any organized group of young people.

Queen of Diamonds

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Diamonds represents money, rewards, improvement, energy, electricity, intelligence and government service.

Pip Influence:

The Queen: A woman over 18 years of age.

How to Read the 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, imaginative, energetic woman who is cultured and financially secure.

An older symbolic meaning for this card is of a rich socialite dripping in diamonds and fur.  When surrounded by unfavorable cards, the Queen of Diamonds can represent a garish, flirtatious woman who manipulates men for her own ends, and then tosses them aside when they no longer serve her needs.  In a love triangle, the Queen of Diamonds often represents “the other woman.”

In modern interpretations, The Queen of Diamonds represents an intelligent, dynamic woman of authority.  There is usually 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 young relative by marriage. She might be a mother-in-law, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law, step child, step-sister, or any family bond by marriage.

Multiples and Combinations with the Queen of Diamonds:

Two Queens:  sharing confidences, gossip, can be catty talk, or rivalry with Queen of  Spades.

Three Queens: a group of female friends, a night out with the girls.

Four Queens: Girl’s school, sorority, any organization consisting of mostly women.

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.

King of Diamonds

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

The Suit of Diamonds represents money, rewards, improvement, energy, electricity, intelligence and government service.

Pip Influence:

The King: A man over 35 years of age.

How to Read the 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 an intelligent, dynamic man of authority, and there is usually money around him. He might be a wealthy politician, an account executive, real estate broker, a CPA, an investment banker, or government official.  He takes great pride in his professional persona.  If he is not careful, he can become consumed by his work, and neglect the other areas of his life.

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 oneself.

4 Kings: public recognition, and organization consisting of mostly men such as a men’s club.

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Ace of Clubs

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number  Influence:

The Number 1: New beginning, first, starting out, initiative, individuality, solitude, leader, the conscious mind and conscious control.

How to Read the Ace of Clubs:

From the symbolism of the number 1, all of the Aces represent new beginnings.  With the additional influence of the Suit of Clubs,  the Ace of Clubs indicates the beginning of a new enterprise or business venture.

In a general sense, the Ace of Clubs denotes 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 Asignifies entering into some kind of contract.  This card  represents important papers to be signed such as legal documents, contracts, mortgages, a legal will, etc.

Whereas the A represents the querent’s home, the Acan represent someone else’s home.  The Acan also represent a building or any institution – government, corporate, public, private, financial, educational, penal, etc.

Card multiples:

2 Aces – Leadership and authority.

3 Aces – an unexpected twist of fate.

4 Aces – Major changes that affect every area of life.

Combinations with the Ace of Clubs:

A+ Face Card = a photograph, or photography.

A+ A = Signing papers on a new home.

A+ 2 = An elementary or nursery school, adoption papers.

A+ 3 = A Beauty Parlor.

A+ J= A college or university.

Two of Clubs

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence:

The Number 2: duality, balance, compatibility, agreement, opposition, exchanges, partnerships and interactions.

How to Read the 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.

My grandmother called the 2Il Dono,” which means “gift” or “favor” in Italian.  This card  might represent a birthday or anniversary present, or something 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.  It may be some helpful advice, a special favor, or even a piece of good news!

From an older symbolic meaning of a clock, the 2 can also be read as a time card.  Usually it indicates something of short duration.  With the 9 it denotes a short trip.  With the 2it can indicate trivial feelings, or a passing flirtation.  When surrounded by spades, it can indicate that “time is running out.”

Card  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.

Two 2s: Things coming in pairs.

Three 2s: Can indicate lots of activity and everything happening at once.

Four 2s: Teamwork, co-operation, group activity.

Suggested Card Combinations:

2 + 2= a gift of jewelry, a wrist watch, a pair of earrings or matching necklace and bracelet.

5 + 2 = repairing or fixing something.

2+ 2 = Child care.

Three of Clubs

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence:

The Number 3 represents expansion, combinations, communications, creativity and growth.

How to Read the 3 of Clubs:

The symbolism of the number 3 combined with the influence of the Suit of Clubs signifies practical developments in business and social matters. The 3 of Clubs represents expanding opportunities, growth, and development.  It indicates the use of common sense, and good judgment.

The 3 of Clubs can denote a developing business enterprise, or a three-way deal or partnership.  This card can represent business collaborations of three or more people.

From an older symbolic meaning of a clover leaf, The 3 indicates good luck, and fortunate circumstances.

The 3 can represent an opportunity for growth.  This card denotes investing for the future.  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.  It can represent anything growing such as plants, hair, nails, etc.

The 3 can also indicate increased  understanding, or expanding one’s knowledge base by learning new things.  It can represent both formal training and self-edification.

Card Multiples:

All card multiples indicate surprises and unexpected events.

Two 3s: a church or monastery, growing spirituality.

Three 3s:  a religious or mystical experience.

Four 3s: religious fanaticism

Suggested Card Combinations with the 3 of Clubs:

A + 3 = A garden.

3 + 10 = Investing a large sum of money.

3 + 5 = A hair stylist or a gardener.

Four of Clubs

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence:

The Number 4: Foundation, stability, balance, persistence, and endurance.

Specific Meanings:

The stability of the number 4 combined with the practicality of the Suit of Clubs signifies stability in business matters, and reliable social contacts.

In a general sense, the 4 of Clubs represents practical foundations, and stable conditions.  The 4 of Clubs can indicate laying the foundation for future progress, and denotes a stable business environment and using good business sense.

Specifically, the 4 can symbolize the four walls of a building, room, or office.  It can also represent the four legs of a table or desk.  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.

Card Multiples:

Two 4′s: a solid foundation.

Three 4′s: Fours indicate square things such as tables and rooms, etc. Three 4s can indicate places of amusement such as a restaurant or theater.

Four 4′s: Conferences, stadiums, arenas, and other large gatherings.

Card Combinations:

A + 4 = A motor home or a garage

2 + 4 = A baby carriage

10+ 4 = A car dealership

4 + Face Cards = A dinner party

Five of Clubs

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Suit of Clubs:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence: 

The Number Five symbolizes active energy, changes, restlessness, communication, the body, and the hands.

How to read the 5 of Clubs:

The restlessness of the number 5, and the progress through effort 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 a change in social standing.  The change may be positive or negative depending on the surrounding cards.

From the number 5 symbolism of the body and hands, the 5 of Clubs can also represent working with one’s hands, or making something.  It can also denote exercise, physical labor, and providing the extra effort needed 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 in a situation in order to get something done. The 5 reveals 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.

The 5 indicates taking advantage of some good luck.  It symbolizes improvement through one’s own efforts. It denotes having the ability to succeed in any endeavor.  The 5 can also represent success in a competition.  The seeker may be competing for a job, or for the attentions of a lover.  This card may also denote a sports competition.  Unless surrounded by unfavorable cards, the 5 indicates that the seeker has the confidence and fortitude to meet any challenge head on, and come out a winner!

Card Multiples:

Two 5′s – The hands or feet.  Can indicate that something is within reach, or the power is in one’s own grasp.

Three 5′s – Serving the public. Giving of one’s self freely.

Four 5′s – Major change.  Reaching a turning point is one’s life.

Card Combinations:

5 + Face Cards = with a group of Face Cards, the 5 can symbolize a sporting event.

5 + 9 = following one’s dreams, a wish is within reach.

5 + 2 = dance.

5 + 10 = swimming or fishing.

Six of Clubs

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit of Clubs:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence: 

The Number 6 symbolizes psychology, harmony, balance, communion, connection, love, romance, trust, sincerity and truth.

How to read the 6 of Clubs:

The 6 of Clubs is traditionally a card of movement, progress and completion in business or social matters.  The  6 of Clubs can reveal an opportunity to resolve problems and issues.  It indicates taking responsibility of a problem or situation, and doing whatever is necessary to move forward and ensure success.

With the practicality of the Suit of Clubs combined with the the idea of communion from the number 6, this card denotes sharing one’s thoughts and ideas with another.  The 6  is the card of communications, and can denote negotiations, banter, talk, and other forms of communications including hand gestures, body language, the media, and the written word.  The 6 signifies good counsel, and trusted advice.   It also represents listening and paying attention, and denotes knowledge, reading, study and learning.

Card Multiples with the 6 of Clubs:

Two 6′s – Things coming together or  falling into place.

Three 6′s – social engagement, party, or get-together.

Four 6′s – Tying up loose ends, closing the book on someone or something.

Card Combinations:

6 + A= negotiating a contract.

6 + 2 = financial advice.

4 + 6= a wedding planner, or negotiating a business partnership.

Seven of Clubs

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence:

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.

How to Read the 7 of Clubs:

In general, the 7 of Clubs denotes increased activity or changes in business or social situations. Specifically, the 7 of Clubs is a “work” card, but it doesn’t refer only to one’s job.  The 7 of Clubs represents any kind of physical or mental effort including yard work, housework, home repairs, or even fixing the car. It also represents careful planning, and attention to detail. This card can indicate carefully evaluating an issue or situation before making a decision or taking action.

The 7 indicates keeping busy, and it warns of possible a work overload, and the need for rest and relaxation. This card can denote a preoccupation with work, and it is the card of the workaholic. When surrounded by Spades, the 7 can take on some of the older, more unfavorable meanings such as a disagreement, an argument, or feelings of restlessness and discomfort.  The  7 can also indicate taking on too much. It can denote making the best of a difficult situation.

Card Multiples:

Two 7s: signify life changes. With the 7 of Spades it can be a change for the worse. Two red 7s indicate health and happiness.

Three 7s: indicate emotional or spiritual growth.

Four 7s: denote a spiritual awakening.

Suggested Card Combination:

Face Card + 7 = someone preoccupied with work.

7 + 2 = an argument and a rift or break up.

4 + 7 = working on a car.

Eight of Clubs

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence:

The Number 8 represents power, prestige, harmony, balance, reciprocation, health, thoughts and time.

How to Read the 8 of Clubs:

The 8 of Clubs represents one’s day-to-day activity or  daily routine.  It indicates how one makes practical use of their time.  When surrounded by unfavorable cards, the 8 of Clubs can represent boredom, or  being “stuck in a rut.”

Most people spend the greater part of their days working, so the 8 is also the “work” card.  It can represent a job, or what one does for a living. The cards surrounding the 8 will describe the job, and identify the influences currently affecting the work situation.  The 8 can also denote “working something through,” or “working something out.”

The 8 is also the card of business or social and sharing and reciprocation.  Hence, it is another card that can indicate conversations and discussions.  The 8  can indicate talking things out, or talking something over.  This card can denote that plans and projects are still in the “talking stages,” and that no action has been taken yet.  The 8 can also symbolize a meeting, conference, seminar, symposium, forum,  round-table discussion, etc.

Card Multiples:

Two 8s: Pleasure, having a good time.  Can indicate “music” from the symbolism of 88 keys on a piano.

Three 8s: Major change or a shift in power.

Four 8s: Weighing the pros and cons of a situation

Card Combinations:

8 + 3 = Boredom or feeling “stuck in a rut.”  Can also refer to someone who is all talk and no action.

8 + 2 = A change of jobs

8 + 6 = A job interview, or job presentation.

8 + 3 = Job growth or a small promotion.

Nine of Clubs

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence:

The Number 9 represents philosophy, metaphysics, travel, fortune, dreams, ambitions, attainment, fulfillment, accomplishment, and achievement.

How to Read the 9 of Clubs:

The 9 of Clubs is traditionally a card of luck, travel and achievement.  The 9 of Clubs denotes luck in business.  It can represent a lucrative business opportunity, a lucky break, or a successful career move.

The 9 is specifically 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.

The 9 is also a card of travel from the notions of time and distance.  This card can represent a journey for business or for pleasure.  The 9 can also represent an emotional,  psychological or spiritual  journey; or quest for self.

Card Multiples:

Two 9‘s: higher education or the travel industry.

Three 9‘s: Changes in philosophy or attitude.

Four 9‘s:  Highest level of attainment, fame and celebrity.

Card Combinations with the 9 of Clubs:

Face Card + 9 = Person going on a journey.

9 + Face Card = Person at a distance.

A + 9 = A passport.

4 + 9 = A long distance phone call.

Ten of Clubs

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Suit of Clubs:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Number Influence:

The number 10symbolizes completion of the current cycle, endings and new beginnings, reaching the pinnacle, and excesses.

How to Read the 10 of Clubs:

Traditionally the 10 of Clubs is a card of ambition. achievement, and success  in business and material affairs.

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 and travel.  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 symbolic 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.

Card Multiples:

Two 10′s: Travel out of state or out of the province.

Three 10′s: Travel out of the country.

Four 10′s: World Travel

Suggested Card Combinations:

10+ Face Card:  Represents a person who is “business minded,” and probably runs their own business, or a business executive with upward mobility.

Face Card + 10 = a person about to embark on a journey.

5 + 10 =  a dress shop or clothing store.

Jack of Clubs

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Suit Influence:

The Suit of Clubs symbolizes business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

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.

How to Read the 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 J“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 may represent someone who uses flattery to persuade, or just to make others feel good.

The J can represent an employee, and often denotes 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.  The J may wear a uniform, such as a school uniform, or the uniform could symbolize his work. Card Combinations & Multiples:

King + Jack:  Someone from the past is returning. With the J it could be an old work associate, or friend from high school or college.

Two Jacks:  Legal action, contracts, or a court case pending.  Can indicate a disagreement or quarrel with Spades.

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

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Traditional Meanings:

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.

Suit of Clubs:

The suit of clubs symbolizes Business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Pip Influence:

The Queen: A woman over 18 years of age.

How To Read the Queen of Clubs:

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 ClubsThe 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.

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.

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 Q 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.

King of Clubs

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Suit of Clubs:

The suit of clubs symbolizes Business, work, social activity, practical matters, teaching, learning, and progress through effort.

Pip Influence:

The King: A man over 35 years of age.

How to Read the 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 ClubsThe 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. 

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.

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Ace of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts:   Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The Number 1: New beginning, first, starting out, initiative, individuality, solitude, leader, the conscious mind and conscious control.

How to Read the Ace of  Hearts:

Traditionally the Ace of Hearts is a card of love. happiness and celebrations.  As an Ace and Heart, this card can indicate a new love, or the beginning of an emotional period in the querent’s life.

The number 1 symbolizes the beginning, or source.  When combined with the suit of hearts, it denotes the source of one’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 one 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 refer to real estate and the sale or purchase of a home.  The  A♥ can also represent a specific family member, or one’s family in general.

My grandmother called the A♥ “Casa” which means “house” or “home” in Italian.  For her this card would denote wherever a person held residence.  It could be a house, an apartment, a hotel, or even a car if that was where the individual called “home.”  The surrounding card would reveal the current situation in the home, and any problems or changes affecting that area of the querent’s life.

The A♥ is also a card of protection. I can remember my grandmother sliding an Ace of Hearts inside the frame behind a picture before she hung it on the wall. She believed the Ace would protect and bring luck to the home.

Card multiples:

  • 2 Aces – Leadership and authority.
  • 3 Aces – an unexpected twist of fate.
  • 4 Aces – Major changes that affect every area of life.

Card Combinations with the Ace of Hearts:

A♥ + Face Card =  someone coming to the home, or someone who is home and family oriented.  The A♥ with the K♣ it would denote a builder or contractor. With a group of Face cards, the A♥ would represent a family reunion, or a family celebration.

A♥ + A♣ = a mortgage, or a contract on the sale or purchase of a home.

A♥ + 10♣ = real estate, or a home-based business.

Two of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts: love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The Number 2: duality, balance, compatibility, agreement, opposition, exchanges, partnerships and interactions.

How to Read the 2 of Hearts:

Traditionally, the 2 of Hearts  is a card of love and affection.  Based on the meanings of the number 2, and the suit of Hearts, this card can represent loving exchanges, and can indicate a love letter, or good news from or about a loved one.

The 2 of Hearts can also indicate affection between two people.  This card can denote a romantic relationship, but because it is a small Heart, it most often refers to a strong platonic or filial bond.  This card can indicate compatibility with someone or something.

The 2♥ can be read as the seeker’s emotions.  My grandmother called this card “L’Attesa,” which means “anticipation,” or “expectancy” in Italian.   Specifically this card denotes emotional excitement and expectancy.  The cards surrounding the 2♥ will describe what is expected, or what the seeker is looking forward to.  This card foretells that something new and exciting is about manifest in the seeker’s life.

The idea of “expectancy” can also refer to a pregnancy.  As such, the 2♥ can also represent a baby, a child, or children in general.

The 2♥ is also a highly creative card.  It represents the creative power that is channeled through artists and musicians, and can denote a talent for art or music.

According to older cartomancy meanings, the 2♥ indicated that an unexpected visitor would appear within two weeks.  Hence, the 2♥  is traditionally a card of time.  It can indicate that a prediction will occur in 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months, or 2 years.

Card 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.

  • Two 2s: Things coming in pairs.
  • Three 2s: Can indicate lots of activity and everything happening at once.
  • Four 2s: Teamwork, co-operation, group activity.

Card combinations: 

  •   Q + 2♥ – pregnant woman
  •   2♥ + 4♠ – a sick child or pet
  •   A♠ + 2♥ – birth of a child
  •   A♣ + 2♥ – elementary or nursery school

Three of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The Number 3 represents expansion, combinations, communications, creativity and growth.

How to Read the 3 of Hearts:

Traditionally the 3 of Hearts represents love, beauty, fertility, happiness and celebrations. The Suit of Hearts represent the emotions, and the number 3 signifies expansion and growth.  They come together in the  3 of Hearts to symbolize developing emotions, and a growing sense of peace and contentment.

The 3♥ represents expanding love, and happy emotions.  It can indicate the beginning of a new love relationship. It can indicate a romantic date.  When surrounded by Spades, itcan denote a love triangle.  The 3♥ represents something beautiful.  It can indicate creative talent, or artistic ability.  It can denote a creative achievement 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 Wishes.”  In her system, this card  represents an immediate, or short-term, wish granted.  My grandmother used a pyramid spread, and if this card appeared as part of the initial 3 cards drawn, whatever the seeker wished for would manifest unexpectedly within 3 weeks time.

The 3♥ predicts happy outcomes. Projects and plans reach a successful conclusion, and expectations are fulfilled.

From an older symbolic meaning of a church, The 3♥ can represent an interest in religion or mysticism.  The 3♥  can indicate meditation and spiritual growth.

Card Multiples:

All card multiples indicate surprises and unexpected events.

Two 3s: a church or monastery, a growing interest in spirituality. An interest in the religious side of life.

Three 3s: Awareness on a higher plane, a religious or mystical experience.

Four 3s: religious fanaticism.

Suggested Card Combinations With the 3 of Hearts:

3 + Face Card = a developing relationship with the person represented by the Face Card.

A♥ + 3♥ = a church, a house of worship, a religious organization, or a spiritual connection to a higher power.

J♥ + 3♥ = an artist, sculptor, painter, etc.  (can represent either sex)

Four of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The Number 4: Stability, foundation, solidity, concrete, tangible, buildings, architecture, 4 walls, 4 tires, squaring off, being squared away, fair and square, square deal, etc.

How to Read the 4 of Hearts:

The Suit of Hearts combined with the stability and “squareness” of the number 4symbolizes the 4 legs or 4 posts of the marriage bed.  Specifically, the 4 of Hearts represents a physical union.  It denotes a relationship between two people, such as marriage, sexual relations, or a business partnership.  This card can predict the return of a lover, or denote mending a broken friendship.

The 4♥ can also represent a joyous celebration such as a wedding ceremony, reception, shower, an engagement party, or anniversary celebration.  The 4♥ can indicate entertaining in the home, or throwing a party and having a good time.

The 4♥ can represent comfort and security.  It can denote a festive table, a bed, or soft, cushy furniture.  From the symbolism of 4 walls from the number 4, the 4♥ can represent a bedroom, a wedding suite, or a love nest.

Card Multiples:

Two 4′s: a solid foundation.

Three 4′s: Fours indicate square things such as tables and rooms, etc. Three 4s can indicate places of amusement such as a restaurant or theater.

Four 4′s: Conferences, stadiums, arenas, and other large gatherings.

Card Combinations:

4♥ + 10♣ = A business partnership.

4♥ + A♥ = A family wedding.

5♥ + 4♥ = A wedding engagement or engagement party (can also represent the bride).

Five of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts:   Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence: 

The Number Five symbolizes active energy, changes, restlessness, communication, the body, and the hands.

How to Read the 5 of  Hearts:

Traditionally the 5 of Hearts is a card of restless love. It can denote positive changes, pleasure and enjoyment, unless surrounded by unfavorable cards.

My grandmother called the 5♥ “Donzella,” which in Italian means damsel, or young unmarried woman.  This card can  refer to an unmarried, female loved one in the seeker’s life such as a girlfriend, sister, daughter, etc.

From an older symbolic meaning of a woman’s thoughts, the 5♥ represents the female gender, the “feminine side,” and all things female. This card can denote anything associated with the female gender such as frilly undergarments, makeup, dresses, skirts, panty hose, etc.   The 5♥ can also denote sewing, knitting and embroidery, and it can represent clothing in general.

The 5♥ card can also denote female sexuality,  intimacy, tenderness, sympathy, compassion, and physical displays of affection.  The 5♥ represents the right hand or right handedness.  From this also comes other meanings such as being right or doing the right thing-being truthful, fair and just.

the 5 also represents a desired opportunity, offer or proposal that brings happiness and success.  It could be a marriage proposal, the offer of a dream job, or any chance or opportunity to fulfill a dream, or satisfy one’s desires.

In questions about the gender of an unborn child, the 5♥ would indicate a female.

Card Multiples:

Two 5‘s – The hands or feet.  Can indicate that something is within reach, or the power is in one’s own grasp.

Three 5‘s – Serving the public. Giving of one’s self freely.

Four 5‘s – Major change.  Reaching a turning point is one’s life.

Suggested Combinations with the 5 of Hearts:

2♥ + 5 =a female child

5♥+ 2♥ = a single mother, or unmarried pregnant woman

5♥ + 3♥ = being asked out on a date.

Six of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts:   Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence: 

The Number 6 symbolizes psychology, harmony, balance, communion, connection, love, trust, sincerity and truth.

How to Read the 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.

My grandmother called the 6Il Scapolo,” which means “bachelor” or “single guy” in Italian.  This card represents the male gender, the “masculine side,” and all things male.  The 6 can  refer to an unmarried, 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, beard or moustache, as well as items that are unisex today, but were considered manly in olden times, such as pants, razors, etc.

Il Scapolo denotes the potential for an attachment, and the 6 can represents an emotional connection, and may indicate a romantic relationship or a love affair.  This card can also indicate feeling emotionally safe, and protected  It denotes a sense of emotional security, gallantry, courage, faith, trust, sympathy, sincerity, and compassion.

In questions about the gender of an unborn child, the 6♥ would indicate a male.

Card Combinations with the 6 of Hearts:

Two 6′s – Things coming together or  falling into place.

Three 6′s – social engagement, party, or get-together.

Four 6′s – Tying up loose ends, closing the book on someone or something.

2♥ + 6♥= a male child

3♥ + 6♥ = a new romantic relationship

Seven of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The Number 7is 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.

Specific Meanings:

The 7 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 symbolism of the number 7, the 7 represents second chances with a more positive outcome the second time around.  This card denotes the happiness and peace of mind that comes from getting a second chance at something.  It reveals an opportunity to do something over, or to complete a task that was left undone.  The 7 can represent that something is doubled, or that it occurs twice.

Card Multiples:

Two 7s: signify life changes. With the 7 of Spades it can be a change for the worse.  Two red 7s indicate health and happiness.

Three 7s: indicate emotional or spiritual growth.

Four 7s: denote a spiritual awakening.

Suggested Card Combinations:

2♥ + 7 = a second child, or twins.

A♥ + 7= a second home, or two-family dwelling.

4♥ + 7 = a second marriage.

Eight of Hearts

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Suit Influence:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The Number 8: Balance, adaptation, harmony, equilibrium, yin/yang, power, money, status, strength, infinity.

How To Read The 8 of Hearts:

Traditionally the 8 of Hearts is a card of celebration and good tidings. The combination of the Suit of Hearts and the number 8 brings 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♥ can tell you if the object of your affections is feeling the same way about you.  In a business spread, the 8♥ can indicate a fair deal or a mutually beneficial venture. The 8♥ can also represent an existing relationship, or a specific loved one in the querent’s life.

My grandmother read the 8♥ 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, when asking about a potential love interest, if the 8♥ turned up in the reading, it would signify 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♥ 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♥ would indicate that the person is not emotionally available at this time.

The 8♥ can also represent a couple when referred to as a unit.

Card Multiples:

Two 8s: Pleasure, having a good time.  Can indicate “music” from the symbolism of 88 keys on a piano.

Three 8s: Major change.

Four 8s: Weighing the pros and cons of a situation.

Suggested Card Combinations:

Face Card8♥ = someone involved in an existing relationship.

9♣ + 8♥ = going on a trip with a loved one, double occupancy.

8♥ + A♥ = roommate.

Nine of Hearts

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Traditional Meanings:

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.

Suit Influence:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The Number 9 represents fortune, dreams, ambitions, attainment, fulfillment, accomplishment, and achievement.

How To Read the 9 of Hearts:

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 “Small Wishes.”   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♥-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♥.

For example, if a woman wishes for the love of a specific man, the 9♥ may appear surrounded by spades to indicate that her destiny is not to be with this particular person. But the fact that the 9♥ 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.

Card Multiples:

Two 9‘s: higher education or the travel industry.

Three 9‘s: Changes in philosophy or attitude.

Four 9‘s:  Highest level of attainment, fame and celebrity.

Suggested Card Combinations:

10♠ + 9♥ = a secret or subconscious wish.

9♥ + 10♦ = the desire for financial security.

Ten of Hearts

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Number Influence:

The number 10 symbolizes completion of the current cycle, endings and new beginnings, reaching the pinnacle, and excesses.

How to Read the 10 of Hearts:

The 10 of Hearts symbolizes the pinnacle of happiness and success.  It represents  all of the good things in life.  Specifically, this card denotes possessing the things most wished for, such as emotional security, love, peace of mind, and success in all endeavors.  This is an especially positive card that favorably influences all surrounding cards.

The 10♥ can represent “marriage,” which represents the pinnacle of success, love and happiness for most people.  This card can represent marriage in general, or the marriage partner specifically.  Unless surrounded by Spades, this card denotes a happy, 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, summer time, and the southern regions.

Card Multiples:

Two 10‘s: Travel out of state or out of the province.

Three 10‘s: Travel out of the country.

Four 10‘s: World Travel

Suggested Card Combinations:

10♥ + 9♣ = a honeymoon.

10♥ + 6♣ = marriage counseling.

Jack of Hearts

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit Influence:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Pip Influence:

The Jack: A young person of either sex. A man of any age who is young at heart. A child.

How to read the Jack of Hearts:

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. Although Jacks can represent young people of either sex, the Jack of Hearts is most often read as a young male.

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-in-law, brother, cousin, etc. The Jack of Hearts can also indicate a boyfriend, a male lover, or close male friend.

The J♥ 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 J♥ “Giovin Biond,” which translates literally into English as “Blond Youth.” But the title also carries the connotation of “golden child” or “fair-haired young man” 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 J♥.

For an older woman, the J♥  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:

King  + Jack = an old friend returns.  With the J♥, it can be an old lover.

Two Jacks:  Legal action or court case pending (especially with 5♦)

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

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Traditional Meanings:

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.

Suit of Hearts:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Pip Influence:

The Queen: A woman over 18 years of age.

How to Read the Queen of Hearts:

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 querent herself.  She can also represent the querent’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.

King of Hearts

Meanings furnished by The Art of Cartomancy

Suit of Hearts:

Hearts: Love, romance, happiness, peace, contentment, the emotions, family, friends, honesty, trust and goodwill.

Pip Influence:

The King: A man over 35 years of age.

How to Read the Queen of Hearts:

Traditionally, the King of Hearts is a kind, loving man.  In coloring, he traditionally represents a man with sandy, dark blond, or light brown hair and brown, blue or hazel eyes. He is a male loved one.

The King of Hearts represents a family man.  He is usually a male loved one in the querent’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 querent 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. In my experience, 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.

Suggested Further Reading on Cartomancy:

Playing Cards: Predicting Your Future (Astrology Complete Guide)

This book interprets each playing card’s significance, and offers a variety of fortune telling spreads.