Fortune Telling Playing Cards
It's All in the Cards
a teenager, I came across an old fortune-telling magazine that
featured a divination method using a regular deck of
playing cards. This method appealed to me because the cards were
related to Astrology. In fact, the four suits were associated with
the four elements (Fire, Earth, Air, and Water).
before people used cards to play games, they were used to foretell
the future. In fact, playing cards were invented for divination
are different ways to approach cartomancy, we will show you a
simple method and lay out the basic meanings attached to each
playing card below.
Once you know
the basic meanings of the playing cards, you can choose a spread
that is right for you. In fact, you can even choose to select only
one card out of a deck to get a fast and easy "answer"
to your problem, if you so desire.
first, the suits (Hearts, Clubs, Spades, and Diamonds) are
associated with the four elements, as follows:
Hearts - Water
Clubs - Fire
Spades - Air
Playing Card Means:
of Hearts Love
and happiness. The home, a love letter. This card is a
particularly favorable card that indicates troubles and problems
King of Hearts
fair-haired man with a good nature; or a man with Water signs
predominating in his chart. Fair, helpful advice. Affectionate,
caring man. This man helps you out without much talk. His actions
reveal his kindness and concern.
Queen of Hearts
fair-haired woman with a good nature; or a woman with Water signs
predominating in her chart. Kind advice. Affectionate, caring
woman. Sometimes, this card can indicate the mother or a mother
Jack of Hearts
warm-hearted friend. A fair-haired youth; or a young person with
Water signs predominating in his or her chart. Often this points
to a younger admirer.
10 of Hearts
luck, success. This is an important card that suggests good
fortune after difficulty.
9 of Hearts
of wishes. A wish/dream fulfilled. Look to the card just preceding
this one to determine what the querent desires.
8 of Hearts
gift or visit; an invitation to a party.
7 of Hearts
whose interest in you is unreliable; someone with fickle
affections for you. This card can indicate lovesickness.
6 of Hearts
wave of good luck. Someone takes care of you, takes warm interest
5 of Hearts
some ill-will from people around you.
4 of Hearts
change of home or business.
3 of Hearts
happiness when the entire spread is generally favorable. In a
difficult spread, this can indicate emotional problems and an
inability to decide who to love.
2 of Hearts
partnership or engagement. This is a very favorable card that
indicates strength and support coming from a partner.
of Clubs Wealth,
prosperity, unexpected money/gain. However, in a difficult spread,
this money may disappear almost as quickly as it appears.
King of Clubs
kind-hearted man; or a man with Fire predominating in his chart. A
generous, spirited man.
Queen of Clubs
confident woman; or a woman with Fire predominating in her chart.
She may give you good advice.
Jack of Clubs
dark-haired or fiery youth. Popular youth who is good-hearted and
playful. Can also indicate an admirer.
10 of Clubs
success. Good luck with money. A trip taken now may result in a
new friend or love interest.
9 of Clubs
sometimes a wealthy marriage or a sudden windfall.
8 of Clubs
problems that may have to do with jealousy. This is generally
thought to be quite unfavorable.
7 of Clubs
although there may be problems with the opposite sex. A change in
business that may have been expected or earned, such as a
6 of Clubs
aid or success.
5 of Clubs
friendships, alliances are made.
4 of Clubs
dishonesty or deceit; avoid blind acceptance of others at this
3 of Clubs
happiness; successful marriage; a favorable long-term proposition.
A second chance, particularly in an economical sense.
2 of Clubs
to success; malicious gossip.
of Spades Misfortune;
sometimes associated with death or, more often, a difficult
King of Spades
Dark-haired man; or a man with Air predominating in his chart. An
ambitious man, perhaps self-serving.
or divorced woman; or a woman with Air predominating in her chart.
Jack of Spades
who is hostile or jealous.
10 of Spades
9 of Spades
accident, bad luck. The querent is at his/her personal low.
8 of Spades
misfortune, danger, upsets.
7 of Spades
that is best not taken; loss. There is some obstacle to success,
and this indicates that obstacles may be coming from within the
6 of Spades
changes and improvements.
5 of Spades
and obstacles that are temporary; a blessing in disguise.
Sometimes indicates a negative or depressed person.
4 of Spades
worries, problems. Financial difficulties, personal lows.
3 of Spades
relationships. Sometimes indicates that a third person is breaking
into a relationship somehow.
2 of Spades
relationships; deceit. A break in an important process in the
querent's life. If the question concerns a particular romantic
interest, this is considered a warning card - infidelity or
separation is quite likely.
of Diamonds Change;
a message, often about money, and usually good news.
King of Diamonds
or graying man, or a man with Earth predominating in his chart. A
man of authority, status, or influence.
woman; or a woman with Earth predominating in her chart. A gossip.
Jack of Diamonds
possibly in uniform. Or, a jealous person who may be unreliable. A
person who brings news, generally negative, but relatively minor.
10 of Diamonds
in financial status, often for the better.
9 of Diamonds
business deal; travel; restlessness; a change of residence.
8 of Diamonds
change in job situation. The young or the old may find love on a
7 of Diamonds
argument concerning finances, or on the job. Generally expected to
be resolved happily.
6 of Diamonds
problems, arguments. Separation.
5 of Diamonds
and success. A change for the better. A birth, or good news for a
child. A good time to start new projects.
4 of Diamonds
upswing; an older person may give good advice.
3 of Diamonds
letter. Be tactful with others in order to avoid disputes.
2 of Diamonds
business partnership; a change in relationship; gossip.
The basic idea for
laying out a spread is to shuffle the cards as you think of your
question or problem, and then draw cards in a particular order and
lay them out on the table before you. You can make your own
"fortune telling" session as simple or as complex as you
Draw only one card
for a simple and fast answer to a burning question.
A common spread
involves drawing three cards -- the first represents the past, the
second shows the situation in the present, and the third reveals
the outcome, or future of the matter.
Some will do a
larger spread when looking for a general outlook for a person. For
this method, draw three cards for each of these categories:
Yourself, Your Family, Your Friends, What You Expect, What You
Don't Expect, and The Outcome.
Use your own
categories, tailored to your question.
About Playing Cards
There are thirteen cards in each of the four suits,
corresponding to the 13 lunar months in a year. Fifty-two cards
correspond to fifty-two weeks in a year.
Hearts correspond to the element of water, and signify love, friendship,
happiness, and domestic concerns. Generally speaking, they are "happy" cards.
Clubs correspond to the element of fire, and generally signify business,
ambition, and achievement issues. They generally indicate success and happiness.
Diamonds correspond to the element of earth, and generally signify
career, and money issues.
Spades correspond to the element of air, and generally signify gossip,
challenges, messages, and upsets.
Oracle, which is based on fortune telling with playing
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.