Cups – Water – Clergy
Ace of Hearts – Love and happiness. The home, a love letter. This card is a particularly favourable card that indicates troubles and problems lifting.
2 of Hearts – A warm partnership or engagement. This is a very favourable card that indicates strength and support coming from a partner.
3 of Hearts – Love and happiness when the entire spread is generally favourable. In a difficult spread, this can indicate emotional problems and an inability to decide who to love.
4 of Hearts – Travel, change of home or business.
5 of Hearts – Jealousy; some ill-will from people around you.
6 of Hearts – A sudden wave of good luck. Someone takes care of you, takes warm interest in you.
7 of Hearts – Someone whose interest in you is unreliable; someone with fickle affections for you. This card can indicate lovesickness.
8 of Hearts – An unexpected gift or visit; an invitation to a party.
9 of Hearts – The card of wishes. A wish/dream fulfilled. Look to the card just preceding this one to determine what the querent desires.
10 of Hearts – Good luck, success. This is an important card that suggests good fortune after difficulty.
Jack of Hearts – A 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.
Queen of Hearts – A 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 figure.
King of Hearts – A 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.
Wands – Fire – Peasants
Ace of Clubs – Wealth, prosperity, unexpected money/gain. However, in a difficult spread, this money may disappear almost as quickly as it appears.
2 of Clubs – Obstacles to success; malicious gossip.
3 of Clubs – Love and happiness; successful marriage; a favourable long-term proposition. A second chance, particularly in an economical sense.
4 of Clubs – Beware of dishonesty or deceit; avoid blind acceptance of others at this time.
5 of Clubs – New friendships, alliances are made.
6 of Clubs – Financial aid or success.
7 of Clubs – Business success, although there may be problems with the opposite sex. A change in business that may have been expected or earned, such as a promotion.
8 of Clubs – Work/business problems that may have to do with jealousy. This is generally thought to be quite unfavourable.
9 of Clubs – Achievement; sometimes a wealthy marriage or a sudden windfall.
10 of Clubs – Business success. Good luck with money. A trip taken now may result in a new friend or love interest.
Jack of Clubs – A dark-haired or fiery youth. Popular youth who is good-hearted and playful. Can also indicate an admirer.
Queen of Clubs – Dark-haired, confident woman; or a woman with Fire predominating in her chart. She may give you good advice.
King of Clubs – Dark-haired, kind-hearted man; or a man with Fire predominating in his chart. A generous and spirited man.
Sword – Air – Knights
Ace of Spades – Misfortune; sometimes associated with death or, more often, a difficult ending.
2 of Spades – Breaks in 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.
3 of Spades – Breaks in relationships. Sometimes indicates that a third person is breaking into a relationship somehow.
4 of Spades – Small worries, problems. Financial difficulties, personal lows.
5 of Spades – Opposition and obstacles that are temporary; a blessing in disguise. Sometimes indicates a negative or depressed person.
6 of Spades – Small changes and improvements.
7 of Spades – Advice that is best not taken; loss. There is some obstacle to success, and this indicates that obstacles may be coming from within the querent.
8 of Spades – Temptation, misfortune, danger, upsets.
9 of Spades – Illness, accident, bad luck. The querent is at his/her personal low.
10 of Spades – Worry; bad news.
Jack of Spades – A youth who is hostile or jealous.
Queen of Spades – Widowed or divorced woman; or a woman with Air predominating in her chart.
King of Spades – Dark-haired man; or a man with Air predominating in his chart. An ambitious man, perhaps self-serving.
Pentacles – Earth – Merchants
Ace of Diamonds – Change; a message, often about money, and usually good news.
2 of Diamonds – A business partnership; a change in relationship; gossip.
3 of Diamonds – A legal letter. Be tactful with others in order to avoid disputes.
4 of Diamonds – Financial upswing; an older person may give good advice.
5 of Diamonds – Happiness and success. A change for the better. A birth, or good news for a child. This is a good time to start new projects.
6 of Diamonds – Relationship problems, arguments. Separation.
7 of Diamonds – An argument concerning finances, or on the job. Generally expected to be resolved happily.
8 of Diamonds – New job; change in job situation. The young or the old may find love on a trip.
9 of Diamonds – A new business deal; travel; restlessness; a change of residence.
10 of Diamonds – A change in financial status, often for the better.
11 Jack of Diamonds – A youth, possibly in uniform or, a jealous person who may be unreliable. A person who brings news, generally negative, but relatively minor.
12 Queen of Diamonds – A fair-haired woman; or a woman with Earth predominating in her chart. A gossip.
13 King of Diamonds – A fair-haired or graying man, or a man with Earth predominating in his chart. A man of authority, status, or influence.
The Joker is the only card remaining from the Tarot trumps. He corresponds to The Fool in the Tarot deck and has some of the same meanings in the regular deck of playing cards. His number is zero and he is truly a “wild card.” When the Joker appears in a reading, it means that something unexpected and uncontrolled can occur. If there are two Jokers with your deck of cards, and you choose to use the Joker in your readings, you need to add only one.
Playing Card Combinations
One significant difference between reading the Tarot and reading playing cards is the strong emphasis put on card combinations when reading playing cards. Although the concept applies to the Tarot and is certainly used, the card spreads used and the addition of the Trumps (Major Arcana) makes large numbers of multiples less likely. There are some combinations shared by both decks, especially relating to the occurrence of multiple court cards. The following chart shows interpretation of multiples of the same card of different suits in the same spread.
Other Playing Card Combinations
There are many combinations of cards which various readers may find significant. Here is a brief list of some of the more common combinations:
Ace of Diamonds/Ten of Hearts – romance leading to marriage
Ace of Diamonds/Ten of Diamonds – marriage for money
Ace of Diamonds/Six of Hearts – invitation
Ace of Diamonds/Six of Spades – news of failure
Ace of Diamonds/Seven of Hearts – news of rivalry
Ace of Diamonds/Nine of Hearts – love letter
Ace of Clubs among Diamonds – success in money matters, business deal
Several Court cards – a social gathering
King, Queen or Jack between two cards of same number – support for person
King or Queen between two Jacks – protection from enemies
Queen of Spades between a King and a Queen – relationship break-up
Jack next to either King or Queen – protection
Jack among several Diamonds – message about money
Seven, Ten and Three of Diamonds – a secret wish will come true
Seven and Eight of Diamonds – do not give cause for or spread gossip, will come back to you
Eight of Diamonds and several Court cards of any suit – a social gathering
Eight and Nine of Spades (or Nine and Ten of Spades) – health problems
Nine and Ten of Diamonds – journey by sea
Nine of Diamonds/Eight of Hearts – journey for pleasure
Ten of Diamonds/Ten of Clubs – windfall
Ten of Diamonds/Eight of Clubs – meaningful journey
Ten of Hearts/King & Queen of Hearts – possible wedding
Ten of Diamonds/Seven of Spades – delays
Five and Eight of Spades – jealous rival, be careful
Four of Diamonds and Four of Spades – a decision against one’s will
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just a dumb question…
So, how many cards are we actually supposed to pick?
The spreads would be the same as those you use for the Tarot. The simplest spread is to pick three cards. The first card is the past. The second card and the card in the middle is the present. The third card is the future. This is great to answer a particular question quickly. Tarot cards mean different things depending if they are rigth side up or upside down. Upside down is almost always bad except for the Devil card. This means you need to be careful how you flip the cards. You should flip Tarot cards from side to side. This is not a consideration with playing cards obviously. A really good site about other spreads is at:
The Romany spread is the most widely used but you will soon find out there are actually many variations of the Romany spread. The Romany spread is not the easiest spread out there. You might start with the three card spread and then work your way to the Romany spread as you get more experienced. I actually prefer the Celtic Cross to the Romany spread.
A question with quick answer-1
Basic and simply reading-3(the first is the past, second is present and third is the future. In some cases)
More detailed answer-5, three in the middle one above centre card and one below.
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My first fortune telling was from a regular playing cards, I took it as a joke, Whatever that aunty told me came through now if I need immediate guidance I use Tarot.
I really should right a post comparing the regular playing cards with the Tarot. I like you use both. The playing cards give very, very specific information. There is much less room for interpretation with playing cards. The Tarot gives much more abstract, psychological information and allows for more room for interpretation. An issue largely avoided, is that in both cases one has to assume either a 1) metaphysical principle of synchronicity at work or 2) mediumship to explain how cards would work. I suspect not all people are equal in their ability to draw the right cards or interpret cards once drawn. The person doing the reading is probably more important than the cards used.
I dreamt my exs brother was giving me a tarot reading. I was very excited. He handed me three playing cards. A King, Queen and Jack, I believe of hearts because I know they weren’t black cards. Thing is about 10 years ago I was told that I should read with playing cards by my friend and medium.
Glad you are having fun. There are several advantages to playing cards. Playing cards are ubiquitous. Playing cards do not have the major arcana which is very difficult to interpret. The meanings of playing cards are more straightforward than the tarot.
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I was born on nov 5th 1988,So how does one kno,or rather wea can one get these tarot readers?
Astrology uses your birth date. I have a page about Chinese Astrology at:
and a page about Western Astrology at:
While card reading and astrology are both systems of divination they are actually quite different. In card reading a higher force is supposed to be guiding how the cards lay out and the principle of synchronicity is at work. Arthurd Koestler is probably the biggest and most “scientific” of synchronicity but this idea is in contrast with the much more accepted principle of casuality. Astrology in theory could and is done by computers. You can also attempt to test out the results of astrology through demographic statitics and the following site does an excellent job of this:
Now the question is what is the causal connection? The planets cannot be affecting us directly except for perhaps the Moon due to their distance. I like to think Astrology is the filing system of the creators of your particular virtual reality:
meaning of queen of heart, 10 diamond,jack heart, and 4heart
What spread did you use? If it was the standard four card spread then a caring mother figure in your past, some good luck with money very soon, a warm hearted young guy in your future, and maybe you guys hit it off and some travel. The predominance of hearts suggests emotional issues will dominate your life.
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So we just shuffle the cards and pick four cards? whats the proper procedure? thanks!
You shuffle the cards and then decide which sort of spread you want to use. The five card spread is a good place to start:
Later you can move up to more complicated spreads like the Romany spread of which there is more than one version:
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I’m learning with regular playing cards but would like to know the best spread to use? Which is best for beginners then which is best for more advanced? I mostly find the 3 card but would like more in depth one
You use the same spreads for Tarot and Playing Cards. But… the Tarot cards have a very different meaning upside down so you flip the cards upside from right to left not top to bottom! With the playing cards it doesn’t matter but you might as well get into the habit of flipping right to left so you are ready to use the Tarot as well. Also I think it just looks better and you use less table space and that is a good habit to get into since sometimes you are doing cards on a plane or bus or wherever and table space is at a premium in those situations.
The Celtic Cross is a good one but takes a while and is not easy:
Also try the five card spread. Its kind of one step past the three card spread but easier than the Celtic Cross.
The Celtic Cross is actually a very tough spread to do!
Will u give me details directly here how to deal them out im confussed
Cartomancy, telling fortunes with cards, is a type of divination. You are getting in touch with a higher power, however you define that power. You need to shuffle the cards with an appropriate spiritual mind set and rely on your intuition. Stop shuffling when your intuition tells you to stop shuffling. I have my own personal style for shuffling the cards but that’s just me. Whatever type of shuffling the cards feels right is the right way for you. You can use any of the standard Tarot spreads but the good news is you don’t have to be careful about how you turn over the cards unlike the tarot. In the tarot upside down cards have a different meaning the right side up cards but playing cards are symmetrical vertically. In the case of Taro cards you turn over the cards from side to side not up to down but this doesn’t matter in playing cards. I hope this answers your question. Maybe I should make a video someday.
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When I downloaded the images, the text didn’t download with them, just the images with large blank spots below the images,
Ok there really isn’t anything to download in the Playing Cards post but I think are you talking about the Oversized Tarot Cards.
I am still finishing up that document and will be done today or tomorrow. Try again in a couple of days.
I’ve been trying to find info like this for a bit, mainly the cheat sheets, thanks a lot boss. great info, awesomely horrible site 5 out 5
Confused.com – I always thought Clubs equated to Pentacles in tarot and Diamonds equated to wands? They appear the opposite way in your card suit headings above? Is that a typo? or did I learn incorrectly many years ago? x
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My grandmother used to read cards this way. I am SOOOO happy to have found this site. Thank you so much. She did a thing where you cut the deck 3x while concentrating on your wish & then you pick a card & she tells you if you will get your wish. Nine of Hearts was usually an absolute yes. Then she had you shuffle again and she did 7 piles, To yourself, To your home, to the one you love, what happens next, what you least expect, whats sure to come true and your wish. Now she got the deck to only 49 cards. she’d take out the card for you, like mine was always a queen of hearts because I am blonde, then 2 others but I have no idea which 2 she’d take out. Are you familiar with this type of reading? She was from a long line of french gypsies and this was passed down but I never committed to memory, sadly. Wish I’d paid more attention. She was GOOD.
Just came across this. My grandmother used to read playing card too. Very similar to the way your grandmother did it.
Wow! Thanks for sharing.
Hello can u pls help me to predict my future? I’ve lose a job and my life is not well start from the beginning of year 2016 till now. So.i need your help. Pls tell me about my job, my money,my admire..
You can’t control the world but YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE WORLD! One guy loses his job and gets back up and learns from his mistakes and gets back in there. Another guy feels sorry for himself and loses valuable time looking for a job. Make a list of what you are going to do in terms of job hunting each day and do that list each day. Focus on the daily task. Also if you can find free yoga or free meditation classes near by then look into taking those classes. Unemployment is incredibly stressful. The more you stress then the more you look stressed out at interviews and the less likely you are to get a job. If you can do some job networking at the same time as the class then do so. If you smile then the world smiles with you!
Best of luck!
My fiance’s grandmother used to read playing cards very well. Her mother was even greater. The local police turned to her regularly, which her insight and abilities were so advanced that news travelled and eventually the FBI became regular visitors as well. My fiance and I cannot remember the exact meanings of some cards and combinations, but we always saw the cards read straight across using the entire 52 card deck. I remember the 8 clubs was medicine/drugs, 10 diamonds was money, 10 hearts wad true love, 6 spades jealousy, A diamonds phone call, 8 diamonds job…I have some cards I cut and they’re very strange…the way they line up. Everytime I cut, there are always cards paired…such as two 3’s or two 5’s…this last time I had three queens, but then a little further, there were three tens as well. Please email me, I will send u the pic. I need someone to read them for me. Thanks so much.
Thanks for sharing the incredible story of your fiancé’s grandmother!
Am still confused l wanted to find out about the meaning of a dream l had ..I was going to a meeting and wen I got thr it was a man wearing the jokers white suit and he was selling gold ornaments to a man dressed in black with a #2 on his back..and one of my friends was sitting in the middle wearing white waving #3 at me…will u pliz tell me the meaning of this dream
This was an actual dream? Wow! I do have a master’s in ed. psych and would say there is some sort of “life is a game” theme at work here. The Joker might represent the Jungian trickster and signify major changes in your life. Gold signifies wealth, so perhaps major change in income. 2 represents duality. 3 represents a triad. Maybe one option means less choices and the other more choices. Black versus white? A stark choice?
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What does the R mean after the aces in the cheat sheet above?
Reverse! Normally playing cards don’t have an up or down unlike the tarot but the ace does!
Not RED, reverse! basically if the ace is upside down then its bad fortune and only the ace can be upside down.
Hi Mr. Hugh! Please can you help me with my card spread? I did a gypsy web for myself, but I can’t read 2nd and 3rd rows well. I will very appreciate it. 2nd row (present) – 2 of Diamonds, Ace of Hearts, 3 of Hearts, 5 of Spades, 6 of Hearts, 3 of Spades, Jack of Spades. 3rd row (future) – 10 of Clubs, King of Diamonds, 6 of Spades, 8 of Clubs, 5 of Clubs, Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Spades. Thank you.
I am completely new I just started today actually and I am still really confused about a couple things any advice ?
Hi, I drew an Ace of Diamonds which signified a Beginning – when ! continued laying the cards right I got 4,5,6,7,8 of Spades. In a poker game that would be a straight flush. Any significance cartomancy wise?
Progression! You are on the right path! Good luck if you stick to your plan.
Thank you for this it’s sooooooo true!
May I kindly ask you to provide us with more details on the combinations? They were very helpful!
Thank you so much for this!
What are ahr, acr, and asr?
a=ace, h= hearts, r=red, s= spades
ahr=ace of hearts red, acr=ace of club red, asr=ace of spades red
L to R
Ace Hearts, 5 Clubs, J Spades, 4 Spades, King Hearts
Use the reference materials that’s why I created them! I was a teacher and when kids wanted to know how to spell I gave them a dictionary! Sorry but that’s 40 years of teaching experience and habits that’s not going away this lifetime!
how many cards do you lay down after you have your past present and future
different spreads for different purposes
I had a reading today in which the lady used playing cards which I found intriguing. What I am wondering is how did she decide what card represented me. She took the card that represented me (queen of clubs) out of the deck before doing my reading so I did not choose this card. Then she asked me to shuffle the deck, choose 31 cards and afterwards she took the queen of clubs and asked me to put it anywhere in the cards I had chosen and then she laid them out and read the cards based on where the queen of clubs was in the layout and what the other cards meant because of this. I’m just wondering what kind of reading/spread was this and why did she choose the queen of clubs for me or how would I know if I decided to read for myself which card represents me?
Not sure but sounds like quite the show! Might be her own system and if so kudos for originality!
Thanks so much for the info shared
Please I’m into football betting, is it possible to use the CARDS to predict which team will win a match? If YES, kindly give me a guide please
You ask a question before doing a spread! That way any spread generated is question specific!
This will definitely help me play my cards right. Now I can read and be at peace in a way finally. Thank you!
This is one of precious ancient wisdom I have been looking for. In our tradition and culture, as most call it “black magic” for us is divine wisdom from God, those practicing it sometimes they use deck cards.
I always wondered how they discover you fate…… but somehow I can relate.
Do you believe that some people do not use a particular spread. My grandfather used all 52 cards when reading his deck. I sometimes do 3 recent past, and then a 9 card spread 3 present and 6 future. I have been very accurate so far as what I hear and see on my life currently.
Whatever works for you!
I would like to know in a spread of 3 a 6 of spades then a jack of diamonds and finally a 2 of hearts would mean. Can u help I’m separated from my husband and I’m trying to figure out if we’ll get back together or is this a message about him helping me with money or just what this means in general, Ty.
The 3&6 of spades symbolize problems in the past. The jack of diamonds in probably your ex- now and the 2 of hearts is a good sign for the future. This assumes that the order of the cards is as given.