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Help! Meanings of Ordinary Playing Cards?

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Help! Meanings of Ordinary Playing Cards?
I am trying to learn the basics of reading fortunes with the use of ordinary playing cards, can somebody give me the meanings of each card?

Suggestion by mhiaa
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Suggestion by Laura
Hi! I’ll just jump right in: As you probably know, ordinary playing cards of today are based on the tarot cards of earlier centuries. The hearts suit comes from a suit that used to be cups, and they represent influences in love, family, and relationships. Diamonds came from coins or pentacles; this suit represents money and financial situations. Clubs was once wands, which stood for creative pursuits. Finally, spades used to be swords, which told about logic and day-to-day problem solving.
Each number had its meaning for each suit. However, many follow a pattern. Each suit is a cycle, with a beginning, an end, and a new beginning, representing happenings starting, progressing, and coming to a close in our everyday lives. The ace is a good start, something unexpected, or encouragement to look into new things. For instance, an ace in the hearts suit would be an indication of starting a relationship, finding the one for you, marriage, or even a baby. Ace in the diamond suit would encourage new investments. 2 usually signifies a partnership or need for duality. 2 in swords may show the arrival (or need) of a reliable business partner or helpful friend, for example. 3 is most often good fortune and excellent progress, except for in the suit of spades, in which it means despair due to sudden disappointment. 4 is usually a period of rewards and security, except for in hearts, where it shows discontentment creeping into a relationship. 5 shows obstacles, pressure, and unhappiness in all suits. Thankfully, 6 means the end of the conflict in all suits, a period of triumph, generosity, and accomplishment after the battle. 7 means that you will soon have to work very hard and overcome challenges, but with the fufillment of a dream at the end, in all suits but spades, where it means lies and a need to be cautious and play your cards well. The 8, in hearts and spades, means hurtful situations and hard times. However, the 8 in clubs and diamonds is the opposite, representing a sea of opportunities and a wonderful time to start something new. 9 is accomplishment and fortunate times in all suits but (of course) spades, in which it is (of course) the opposite. 10 is completion, contentment, and a final outcome in all suits but clubs, where it is a sign that just too much is going on in your life to keep up with. The face cards usually represent people in your life. Their qualities reflect their suit. For instance, the queen of hearts would be a feminine person who is loving, sensitive, and emotional, but can be overly protective, moody, and easily hurt. The jack of spades is a good communicator and very clever, but may be manipulative or deceptive. The king of diamonds is a wonderful money handler and generous in good situations, but may be miserly or a tyrant in bad ones.
One often needs to make inferences about the numbers, suits, and how they’d relate to each other. I hope you get the general idea out of my explanation. I love using tarot and hope you enjoy using cards in divination as well!

Playing Card Divination?
First off, I would like to make sure everyone understands what I mean by “playing card”. I don’t speak of tarot cards. I am talking about regular old playing cards and their use as a fortune teller.

There seems to be very little documentation on the subject aside from the few short card “meanings” I can pick up on the net. Does anyone know a decent source for this form of fortune telling?

No, I am not looking to use the art practically as I don’t believe in magick, but I am rather intrigued by the subject.
I am particularly interested in not only the tarot related meanings, but the relation the cards have to numerology and times of the years. All of the sources (internet of course) I researched didn’t delve very far into these subjects.

I would prefer to know the mechanics that just the quick answers.

Suggestion by Mr. Bitter
Playing Card Divination.,, Sure. Why not?

The modern playing card deck is a descendant of the the Tarot.

They have the same number of suits… however the playing cards won’t have the major arcaria cards.. Death, The Emperor, The Fool,, etc.

So you couldn’t use the traditonal Tarot method.

Suggestion by morporc
There are many different methods of fortune telling with playing cards. Try a Google search.

All the available evidence suggests that standard playing cards are in fact at least a century older than the Tarot, and that Tarot fortune-telling comes from ordinary cartomancy – not the other way around.

Suggestion by Michelle D
Playing cards were actually the original Tarot deck, with an extra card (the page, as the knight was the jack.) The Major Arcana were added later, and were not originally the 22 we know today (they basically varied from place to place on meaning, depiction, and how many there were). It wasn’t until the early 1500’s that the Major Arcana were finalized into what we now recognize.

Is it possible to use a normal deck? Certainly, and many hold that the Egyptians may have done this initially. Others say that Tarot reading did not come until long after playing cards were around, and that both decks originated in Italy as opposed to Egypt. We may never know for sure.

Good luck! Learn all the tarot card meanings and have the info at your finger tips with the “It’s All In The Cards” guide.

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Chariot tarot card meaning question?

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Chariot tarot card meaning question?
I’ve been trying to interpret the meaning of the Chariot card for a question I asked. I had asked if a best friend I have strong feelings for and I would end up in a relationship. I’ve asked the question a few times and always draw the Chariot card to that question. Could someone give me their interpretation of what that means? Thanks in advance!

Suggestion by lauren
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Suggestion by Sky
It represents conflicting thoughts and emotions and the initial moment when you decide whether to move forward or not. It also represents a chance at victory if you decide to harness your will and intent toward that goal.

Suggestion by Lori G
I feel this this card is telling you that your mind is in a state of struggle with contradictions, conflicting feelings and thoughts. You are being pulled in two directions and you need to learn to be in charge of life rather than life being in charge of you. With clear thinking and a sense of purpose you can overcome obstacles but also exercise control in which ever direction you choose to go.
Doesn’t really give you an answer to your question though – just gives you advice and guidance on how to proceed. The outcome is up to you.

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What is the meaning of the tarot card Justice in a love reading? Help?
I did a reading on an ex of mine and me, and the other cards were very good, but I don’t know how to read the tarot card Justice and the house it was in, “What is the true potential for the relationship?” Most meanings, seeing as we are both single, is we will get back, but I’m not sure. And yes, nothing is set in stone, I knowww. ;] So if anyone can define justice with the meaning of the question, it’d be greatly appreciated, Thank you!

Suggestion by Martin S

Oddly enough the danger of tarot cards is admitted within the ranks of tarot card readers themselves. The readers cannot explain how the tarot readings work, and the decision to use a particular system in reading the cards is entirely a matter of the personal preference of the reader. In other words, two readers could read the same spread of cards and come up with entirely different interpretations of those cards. Tarot card readers also say that the tarot can only provide a static “photograph” of a situation, and that our own choices and actions determine our future-not the cards. If this is the case, why use the tarot cards at all?

Tarot Cards: No Hope for the Future
Tarot cards represent the fact that we all want to know what the future has in store for us. One could argue that it’s actually commendable to want to make good decisions in the present based on our knowledge of the future. However, since the future hasn’t happened yet, there is no power here on earth that can tell us what’s in store. In order to have a hope for the future and gain the wisdom to make sound decisions now, we must tap into the power of the Creator of the universe – the only One who knows our future – God. Your future is written in the pages of God’s Word, the Bible; and God never changes, and His Word is not open to multiple interpretations. So, rather than basing your actions on a deck of cards and betting your future on the whims of card readers who admit that “nothing is written in stone,” why not place your trust in the unchangeable God who wants to be personally involved in your future.

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Suggestion by Stella
A friend of mine who reads Tarot said it could simply mean that all your karma has now been balanced and that you no longer have a reason to be together any more, or that will be so in the future. 🙂 Not all relationships are meant to last forever, some just exist to teach us something.

Suggestion by Matt
Hi there,
Reading just that card in the context of the question, I would say that balance is the key to any outcome that you may have with your ex. This balance will involve being openly honest with each other and sharing mutual respect. If you can maintain this balance of respect and honesty you will put yourselves in a better place to connect in a relationship whether it is platonic or romantic.

Hope this has been of some help to you. 🙂

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Cards meanings . What exactly playing cards symbolize ? What’s their creation secret ?

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Cards meanings . What exactly playing cards symbolize ? What’s their creation secret ?

Suggestion by Benji Man
The origin of playing cards is obscure, but it is almost certain that they began in China after the invention of paper. Ancient Chinese “money cards” have four “suits”: coins (or cash), strings of coins (which may have been misinterpreted as sticks from crude drawings), myriads of strings, and tens of myriads. These were represented by ideograms, with numerals of 2-9 in the first three suits and numerals 1-9 in the “tens of myriads”. Wilkinson suggests in The Chinese origin of playing cards that the first cards may have been actual paper currency which were both the tools of gaming and the stakes being played for. The designs on modern Mahjong tiles and dominoes likely evolved from those earliest playing cards. The Chinese word pái (牌) is used to describe both paper cards and gaming tiles.

It is likely that the ancestors of modern cards arrived in Europe from the Mamelukes of Egypt in the late 1300s, by which time they had already assumed a form very close to those in use today. In particular, the Mameluke deck contained 52 cards comprising four “suits”: polo sticks, coins, swords, and cups. Each suit contained ten “spot” cards (cards identified by the number of suit symbols or “pips” they show) and three “court” cards named malik (King), nā’ib malik (Viceroy or Deputy King), and thānī nā’ib (Second or Under-Deputy).

The Europeans experimented with the structure of playing cards, particularly in the 1400s. Europeans changed the court cards to represent European royalty and attendants, originally “king”, “chevalier”, and “knave” (or “servant”). Queens were introduced in a number of different ways. In an early surviving German pack (dated in the 1440s), Queens replace Kings in two of the suits as the highest card. Throughout the 1400s, 56-card decks containing a King, Queen, Knight, and Valet were common. Suits also varied; many makers saw no need to have a standard set of names for the suits, so early decks often had different suit names (typically 4 suits, although 5 suits also had been common and other structures are also known). The cards manufactured by German printers used in the later standard the suits of hearts, bells, leaves, and acorns still present in Eastern and Southeastern German decks today used for Skat and other games, in the very early time suits took many vary variations, however. Later Italian and Spanish cards of the 15th century used swords, batons, cups, and coins.

The four suits (hearts, diamonds, spades, clubs) now used in most of the world originated in France, approximately in 1480. These suits have generally prevailed because decks using them could be made more cheaply; the former suits were all drawings which had to be reproduced by woodcuts, but the French suits could be made by stencil. The trèfle, so named for its resemblance to the trefoil leaf, was probably copied from the acorn; the pique similarly from the leaf of the German suits, while its name derived from the sword of the Italian suits (alternative opinion: derived from the German word “Spaten”, which is a tool like “Schüppe” and in optical sense similar to the Pique-sign; “Schüppe” is a German slang-name for Pique) [5]. In England the French suits were used, and are named hearts, clubs (corresponding to trèfle, the French symbol being joined to the Italian name, bastoni), spades (corresponding to the French pique, but having the Italian name, spade=sword) and diamonds.

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where can i find info on meanings of each card of a regular playing deck as far as card readings go?

Suggestion by Vitamin C
I read playing cards, and I just use the Tarot meanings, minus the Trumps and Pages:


Tarot reading with playing cards was quite common years ago, and the modern tarot cards are based off of the four suits of a regular deck of cards. Understand the relationship between playing cards and tarot cards with helpful information from a professional psychic in this free video on paranormal states. Expert: Rima Thundercloud Contact: Bio: Rima Thundercloud has been a professional psychic for more than 35 years. Filmmaker: Chuck Tyler

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What are the meanings of regular playing cards when they are normal and inverted in a tarot card reading?

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What are the meanings of regular playing cards when they are normal and inverted in a tarot card reading?
I am trying to learn how to learn how to do tarot card readings with regular playing cards, but every website I have gone to so far have not said what the inverted meanings of all the cards are. I know it would be a lot easier to just go out and buy a regular deck of tarot cards, but my parents refuse to allow me to get them. Help please?

Suggestion by blue chaos soɐɥɔ ǝnlq jpa
There is a website that gives the equivalent meaning. Give me a few minutes to find it.

Couldn’t find it. I starred you Q for my contacts who are better at this than I.

Suggestion by Kristen T
It means that the energy represented is hidden or not yet manifested. A lot depends on your own intuition. I read the cards & practiced some other psychic reading tools, & it backfired on me-giving me chronic headaches & a nervous condition which was cured through meditation. Best is to follow your parent’s advice.

Suggestion by KdS
Well, I think the main reason they don’t usually give the meanings for reversals, are that most modern playing card decks can’t make reversals (the cards are usually mirrored for both sides.) However, for tarot, there are three modes of deciding meanings for reversals that would work for a playing card as well, as described in the book The Cartomancer’s Key :–

Consider it to be the opposite of the upright meaning.
Consider it to be the negative side of the upright meaning (like the downside of a card meaning “success” might be “responsibility” or “hard work”)
Consider it to indicate a blockage of the card’s upright meaning (so for a card that would upright mean “success” it could mean “inability to achieve success.”)

As for the upright meanings, the same book lists a method for reading them.

Hope this helps.

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What are the personality meanings behind playing cards?
Does anyone know of a website where they describe personality meanings by date and playing cards?
I went to a new age store the other day and found this section where they had a chart of the calendar with assigned cards and every suit symbolized a different part that is more pronounced in a personality type, sort of like the elements.

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♦ Books & Authors: If your character was a playing card, what card would they be? ♠ + BQ?
♥ I was creating an ‘About Me’ for Facebook when I realized that I should use a symbol for each thing I listed. When I used the ’diamond’ symbol I thought of a deck of playing cards. I began to wonder what the meaning behind each card led me to analyzing Ezra. It turns out Ezra would be an Ace of Diamonds, because he has a struggle of conquest. =)

If your character was a playing card, what card would they be?

You can use this link to find out what card defines your character.


BQ1: What playing card if your favorite?
{ I like The Joker. }

BQ2: What is your favorite poem?
{ Fire and Ice by Robert Frost. }

BQ3: What is your favorite type of weather?
{ I like rainy weather. }

BQ4: What do you have planned this summer?
{ I’m going to write, a lot. :3 }

BQ5: What is your favorite time of the day?
{ Midnight. :3 }

BQ6: Do you prefer dark or light colors?
{ Dark. =) }


Suggestion by Remus D’Duck, Roman Duckigod
I’d say the Jack of Hearts fits Remus perfectly–unrealistic, kind, and immature.

BQ1: The Joker. Or if I’m allowed, that card that tells you the order of poker hands.
BQ2: Don’t know any specific poems…
BQ3: Cloudy, about twenty degrees Celsius.
BQ4: Writing, gaming, and slacking.
BQ5: The evening.
BQ6: Generally…dark.

Suggestion by ♥Sterling Knight♥~Team McLaina~
Anna is queen of ♠ (club) because she is ambitious and can be selfish. She is daring and ready to do things…
Lachlan is a King of ♦(diamonds) he is very protective and very good at manipulating people.

This is an amazing question by the way. 😀

BQ1: I like the Ace
BQ2: I will not go to school today says little Peggy Ann McKay. Shel Silverstein (not sure what’s its called)
BQ3: Rainy
BQ4: Write go to missouri, do Geometry (ick), do summer homework (ick too)
BQ5: Sunset
BQ6: Dark 😀

Suggestion by Israel Blaine
She would be the Ace. Right when you think you’ve got everything under control, she pops up and down you go.

BQ1: What playing card if your favorite?
The Ace or Queen. The joker mocks me whenever it pops up.

BQ2: What is your favorite poem?
I dont really read poetry so if i do read one i can’t remember the name but i heard one on def poetry jam (if that’s how its spelled) called Yellow Rage.

BQ3: What is your favorite type of weather?
Rainy or sunny. or both together.

BQ4: What do you have planned this summer?
Hang out with my friends, write read, idk random nonsense.

BQ5: What is your favorite time of the day?
Night, I’m a night owl.

BQ6: Do you prefer dark or light colors?

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I need help with certain tarot card meanings?

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I need help with certain tarot card meanings?
This reading is related to love. Positive answers only please.

The High Priestess Reversed

Four of Swords Reversed

Four of Wands Reversed

Four of Cups Reversed
@ Mert Thank you….@ Leslie if it was a joke I wouldnt have asked for help. If you didnt have the answer why the hell would you waste your time asking the damn question?

Suggestion by mert
High Priestess R = too much arrogance, cocky, not considering advices, emotional unstability, “just fun guy”, domination of superficial information

Four of Swords R= confinement, hard isolation period, you need to be cautious, depression, cowardy, a new enterprising, social activiy

Four of Wands R= Disappointments, not accepting facts, arrogance, restricted life

Four of Cups R= hunger, unsatisfaction, illness, needing rest, a start of new relationship, not new oppurtinities..

Suggestion by Cindy
The High Priestess reversed indicates you are blocking your intuition – “refusing to see”. Listen to your heart and your head about this question.
The 4 of Swords reversed – if you are currently in a relationship, you may need to put extra effort into “being with” your partner. You may be distracted or tired and you need to relax and focus on your relationship. If you are looking, try something new – fixups, new clubs, a different crowd.
The 4 of Wands reversed – unexpected good fortune. If in a relationship, it grows stronger. If looking, your chances are good to meet someone.
The 4 of Cups reversed – Stop looking back – it’s holding you back. This might mean it’s time to move on from an ended relationship, or that you need to forgive and forget something in a current relationship. Again, I would look at the first card and search your heart.
I hope this is helpful to you.

Suggestion by Gypsy
The High Priestess Reversed – It might be difficult for the quarrent to tap into the energy and or vibes around their partner or love interest. maybe they are not sure how they feel for them. This card urges you to ask questions before assuming anything. If asking whether a certain someone likes you, they do.

Four of Swords Reversed – Effort must be made in the relationship to re connect maybe one of you is feeling distant.. If single and you want to find love, change your tactic. You might have to go into unchartered territory to find love or outside your confort zone.

Four of Wands Reversed – A relationship will become more commited and or serious in the near future. You might be invited to a wedding or special occassion. Celebrations are near. This card also urges for the quarrent to think positive, what you want is around the corner, don’t give up.

Four of Cups Reversed -Comingf out of a rut. Living life again, moving on with your life, leaving the past behind.

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tarot card meanings that are really simple?
can someone type or send me a link that give me the meanings for the cards but in the most simplest way? including the upside down ones aswell? thank you:))

Suggestion by Slighly Amused
Lay the cards out in a seven card spread one after another.

Card #1 represents the root of the issue
Card #2 – What bring s joy to the situation
Card #3 is what give the issue power
Card #4 is love and how it presents itself
card #5 is communication
Card #6 is pysche or the inutitive process
Card #7 is widsom or the spititual nature of the question

Hope that helps. This is the spread I use mainly.

Suggestion by vid
Tarot meanings vary from reader to reader and book to book. I suggest you buy the book “Power Tarot” as that is one of the best books I’ve seen for beginners. However, it does not include reversed–upside down–cards. Many advanced readers suggest to those that are just starting to not use reversals. Shuffle in a way so the cards do not get turned around. Many advanced readers will shuffle in a way that they do not get reversals, but if one pops up it is significant and should be looked at.

There are some very good resources out there, but nobody could possibly type all 78 meanings upright and reversed=156 meanings total to be inclusive and to fit in YA!

I suggest you get a good book or two. Also, almost anything by Mary K. Greer is good. She also has a book about reversals. Hope that helps…

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Tarot card meanings….quick reference guide online?? ?
Okay so I just started doing tarot cards ijust learned and am still learning. I don’t know all the meanings yet….so if you have a website with a quick reference guide to them then that’s would be wonderful. And a website that tells me what it means when like….2 or more or the same symbols are together. And it doesn’t even have to be a web site. Please just tell C:

Suggestion by advancedmaster
The deck should have come with a text of sorts to help guide and should have given examples of different ways to do readings. There are many different ways to spread and read – too many to just explain.

What you want to “generally” is follow the spread and get key words from each cards meaning and then find the “flow” that brings them all to tell one story or lead in one direction. The simplest is three cards in a row representing “past, present and future”. Before selecting the cards, shuffle your question into them (shuffle til you sense you are done) then put the three cards down. The first represents what lead you to the question the second = the situation as it seem now and the third represents where it will lead if you do not change your path. With new insight, you can shuffle and spread again to see where your changed path may take you.

The larger spreads take more time, but if you just use the book to see what it represents and then incorporate that into what the cards position means then the story unfolds. It’s better to have someone read for you than to read for yourself – that way judgments and biases are eliminated (do not let the reader know what your question is).

here’s a site with some book suggestions

Suggestion by IntuitiveImpressions
A good book to get is “The Tarot Handbook” by Angeles Arien. While it does track the Crowley deck, it gives good information on numbers and the tarot meaning. all cards are assigned a number.

Suggestion by Biddy_Tarot

Lots of different Tarot card meanings, including upright and reversed cards.

If you want to learn more about card combinations, what a card means in particular types of readings, etc. then check out:

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