26 Oct Using Playing Cards For Divination: A Beginners’ Guide
I’m confident you’ve heard the age-old saying that goes, “it’s all in the cards.” However, I don’t think you knew that the idiom has its roots in cartomancy, which is the ancient art of using playing cards for divination. Way before playing cards were used to play Egyptian Rat Screw or poker, they were used for fortune-telling.
And as you will learn in today’s guide, learning how to read cards properly will award you an incredible ability to make important decisions and even have brief looks into the future.
Using playing cards for divination is more than just a coincidence
When you think about the probability of a specific spread or card presenting itself during an astrological reading, it feels strange to pass it off as a mere coincidence. As a matter of fact, someone seasoned in the art of using playing cards for divination will tell you that it isn’t a mere chance. If anything, it’s a psychic message from the realm beyond.
Playing cards possess a certain level of spiritual and cosmic power, thanks to their connection to astrology – and those who’re able to harness this power through proper reading techniques hold the keys to most of life’s questions right in the palms of their hands.
With that in mind, if you’re interested in learning as much as you can about this fortune-telling technique, what the playing cards mean, and how you’re supposed to use them, stick with me to the end.
Meaning of the 4 suits
As you may already know, all the cards in a playing card have been divided into four different suits, including diamonds, spades, clubs, and hearts. However, most people do not know that each of the suits is connected to an element in astrology, and that’s what we’re going to look at in this section of the post.
Spades correspond to the element of air
This suit also generally rules warnings, mystery, negativity, illnesses, misfortunes, difficulties, confusion, unexpected happenings, challenges, change, and the unknown.
Diamonds correspond to the elements of earth
This suit also generally rules hard work, logic, perseverance, acquisition of property and wealth, power, business, finance, money, values, and all things of value.
Clubs correspond to the elements of fire
This suit also generally rules rewards, honesty, ambitions, plans, creativity, enthusiasm, law and legal matters, the acquisition of knowledge, communications, the mind and mental pursuits, opportunities, hard work, and enterprise.
Hearts correspond to the element of water
This suit also generally rules all matters of the heart, relationships of every kind, happy times, joy, companionship, laughter, pleasure, feelings, friendships, divorces, marriages, romance, emotions, and love.
Now that you have a good understanding of the meanings of the four suits, let’s skip to the next portion of the post and learn a little bit about the spreads.
The basic idea behind laying out your spreads is to shuffle your cards as you think about the question you have in mind or the problem. Consequently, draw the cards in a specific order and lay them in front of you on a table.
From this step, you can make your divination session and process as complex or as simple as you wish. Here are the basic tips and tricks you should have in mind.
- Draw only 1 card for a fast and simple answer to your burning question.
- A common spread in the realm of using playing cards for divination involves drawing 3 cards. The 1st one represents the past, the 2nd one represents the situation in the present, and the 3rd one reveals the outcome and future of the matter.
- In other cases, some readers will draw larger spreads. This is usually the case when the reader is looking for general outlooks for a person/situation. For such sessions, draw 3 cards for each of the following categories: Your friends, yourself, your family, what you do not expect, what you expect, and the outcome.
- Lastly, feel free to use your own categories tailored to your questions.
What each playing card implies
Now that you understand a thing or two about the spreads as well as the meaning of every suit, let’s turn our attention to the individual meaning of each card.
2 of Diamonds: A change or business opportunity will present itself in your life in the near future. This might be affected by gossip.
3 of Diamonds: You may receive a legal document. With that in mind, you need to be careful in your interactions with those around you to avoid conflict.
4 of Diamonds: You could receive financial luck or some good advice.
5 of Diamonds: A positive transformation is about to bring success and happiness to your life. Note that this may involve the start of a new business project or the birth of a new child.
6 of Diamonds: A separation or relationship problems may be looming.
7 of Diamonds: A disagreement, likely involving work or money is in your future. Chances are high, however, that the situation will be resolved peacefully and happily.
8 of Diamonds: You’re likely to fall in love during an upcoming trip. You could also find a new job in the near future.
9 of Diamonds: A new business venture is in your future.
10 of Diamonds: This one signifies a financial change.
Queen of Diamonds: A lady with an Earth zodiac sign that’s prominent in her natal chart is about to make an entrance into your life in the future. The lady might be a gossip.
King of Diamonds: An old man with an Earth zodiac sign prime in his natal chart is about to make an entrance into your life in the future. This gentleman can be characterized by a sense of authority, status, or influence.
Ace of Diamonds: A major change, most likely financial is about to happen in your future.
2 of Spades: Represents deceit and heartbreak. With that in mind, the card further signifies that separation or infidelity might be looming in your future. So take the card as a warning sign that you should guard your heart.
3 of Spades: A heartbreak might be in your future. Most importantly, a 3rd individual might be trying to break into your relationship, causing the problems.
4 of Spades: This simply signifies small difficulties, including minor financial problems and other small worries.
5 of Spades: This indicates that you might run into a blessing in disguise. So expect an obstacle to loom in your near future, possibly a negative influence or person.
6 of Spades: Small changes and improvements are about to take place in your future.
7 of Spades: A huge obstacle to success might be lurking in your future. You might also experience a loss or receive some bad advice that will put you in a tight spot.
8 of Spades: Being one of the trickiest cards in the deck, the 8 of spades represents danger, a possible heartbreak, and temptation.
9 of Spades: The 9 of Spades is an anxious card, representing an illness, accident, or other misfortune lurking in your future. This card could also predict a personal low looming in the future.
10 of Spades: Another undesirable card, the 10 of spades also symbolizes something bad that will happen in your future. The card also indicates future anxiety and worry.
Jack of Spades: A hostile or jealous youth might be in your future.
Queen of Spades: A widowed or divorced woman boasting an air zodiac sign predominant in her natal chart might be in your future.
King of Spades: An ambitious gentleman with an air zodiac sign dominant in his natal chart might make an entry in your future. This man is also likely to be self-serving.
Ace of Spades: An undesirable card to be drawn, the ace of spades indicates misfortune and an unwanted ending (sometimes even death.)
2 of Clubs: An obstacle to your success might be lurking in your near future. This will particularly be caused by gossip.
3 of Clubs: A favorable draw, the 3 of Clubs can suggest love and happiness, particularly in marriage, as well as second chances in finances and business-related issues.
4 of Clubs: This draw indicates a warning that betrayal and dishonesty might be lurking in your future. If you happen to draw this card, be wary of those around you as they may be deceitful.
5 of Clubs: A new ally or fiend might be in your future.
6 of Clubs: Another favorable draw, the 6 of Clubs is a lucky card predicting success and financial fortune.
7 of Clubs: Drawing this card could have two different meanings. On one hand, it may suggest business success, for instance, a promotion. That said, it might also symbolize complications with love.
8 of Clubs: Drawing this card is a warning that work and business-related problems could be looming in your future. They might also be related to envy or jealousy.
9 of Clubs: This card foreshadows an achievement, usually related to marriage or money.
10 of Clubs: Drawing the 10 of clubs indicates business and financial success. It can also predict fortune with travel and finances. I suggest you take a trip because you never know. It could result in finding a romantic partner or a new friend.
Jack of Clubs: A playful, fiery, and good-hearted youth is in your near future. They might be your young admirer.
Queen of Clubs: This card indicates that a confident woman backed by a fire zodiac sign in her natal chart may make entry into your future. She’ll likely offer you helpful advice and tips that help you move forward.
King of Clubs: A gentleman with a kind heart and backed by a fire zodiac sign in his natal chart may make entry into your future.
Ace of Clubs: Drawing the Ace of Clubs indicates prosperity and wealth. Note though, this wealth might be fleeting if the card presents itself in unfavorable spreads.
2 of Hearts: Drawing the 2 of Hearts predicts emotional stability, strength, and support from your significant other. As that suggests, it’s a highly desirable card.
3 of Hearts: This is arguable one of the trickiest cards when it comes to using playing cards for divination. If it presents itself in a generally favorable spread, then you can rest assured that it predicts happiness and love. However, if it presents itself in a mostly negative spread, then the card likely means the exact opposite, signifying some sort of emotional indecision or conflict in your relationship.
4 of Hearts: Some type of physical movement is in your near future. This could be changing jobs, moving homes, or even an expedition around the world.
5 of Hearts: Drawing the 5 of Hearts indicates jealousy. Presenting itself in a draw shows that someone in your inner circle might have resentment or ill wishes for you.
6 of Hearts: this card indicates a wave of luck and a possible new love interest in your future.
7 of Hearts: Also known as the card of “lovesickness” in the realm of astrology, the 7 of Hearts is an inconsistent card that can indicate an individual you believe in your inner circle is untrustworthy or that their affection for you is faltering. Generally speaking, drawing the card is a warning sign against a betrayal or heartbreak.
8 of Hearts: Drawing this card predicts an unexpected visit, gift, or invitation in your future.
9 of Hearts: Also affectionately known as the “card of wishes”, the 9 of Hearts will predict the fulfillment of a dream or wish.
10 of Hearts: Drawing the 10 of Hearts exemplifies the luck of the draw – predicting success and good fortune in your future.
Jack of Hearts: The Jack of Hearts predicts the presence of a friend, admirer, or young person with a water zodiac sign in dominant in their chart.
Queen of Hearts: The Queen of Hearts is a sign that a lady backed by a water zodiac sign in her natal chart might make entry into your future. She’ll be of good nature and offer kindness, helpful advice, and affection. What’s more? This lady will be extremely nurturing and will sometimes feel like a mother or a mother-like figure.
King of Hearts: Drawing the King of Hearts suggests that a gentleman backed by a water zodiac sign in his natal chart will be in your future. The individual in question will likely be of good nature and might offer kindness, helpful advice, and affection. He will also be wise and quiet, only using his action to come to your rescue in times of need.
Ace of Hearts: This is one of the most desirable and powerful cards in the realm of using playing cards for divination. Drawing it during a reading represents happiness and love ahead.
Now that you understand the basics of using playing cards for divination, you can feel free to start predicting the fortunes of your loved ones as well as reading your own. And if you’d like to learn more about astrology and divinations, check out this detailed guide on a beginners’ introduction to tarot reading.