Playing Card Meanings

Playing Card Meanings

Did you know that playing cards could be used to predict future? Cards, if studied properly can be a great way to substitute tarot cards. This article tells you what each card means and how tarot card readers use them.
The card decks that we use for recreation on long trips, or to entertain ourselves with a game of bridge or poker, can also be a medium for predicting future. Astonished? Well if you have never really given a thought to what playing cards could mean, then this article may intrigue you, and force you to try to learn their different meanings.

Meanings of Cards For Fortune Telling

As with regular decks, even while using playing cards for tarot, the number of suits remain the same. There are four suits with thirteen cards in each suit. According to tarot principles, each of the cards in the suit is representative of one of the 13 lunar months, and each of the 52 tarot cards corresponds to one of the 52 weeks in a year. Every suit has a specific meaning attached to it.
  • Hearts: The element corresponding to the suit of hearts is water and the corresponding meanings are love, happiness, friendship, relationships, etc.
  • Clubs: The corresponding element for the suit of clubs is fire. It represents ambition, business, achievement and success.
  • Diamonds: The corresponding element for diamonds is earth. It signifies career and financial concerns.
  • Spades: The element corresponding to the suit of spades is air. It signifies gossip, upsets, challenges, etc.
In order to be able to read the card correctly it is not enough to just know the meanings. Understanding the combinations is also important. Remember that while the numbered cards are representative of phases in your life, the court cards, which are the Jacks, Kings, and Queens, are symbolic of the people who are a part of your life.

Playing Card Meanings
Card DenominationDiamondsClubsHeartsSpades
AceStart of struggle or conquestNew things in the offingChange in feelings and emotions or indication of a guest's arrivalStarting of prosperity
2Practicality to be supreme, choices to be madeUse of sixth sense in decision-makingChanges in love lifeChoosing between two options
3Creativity supreme, rewards for a good job doneEvents go well, colleagues and people around are helpfulCelebration on the cardsBrace yourself for infidelity
4Focus on establishment of homeFocus on personal values and ideologiesImportance of love, support, and securityTime to rest and make decisions
5Chances of shifting or economic troublesArguments and fightsBreakups, relationship meltdownChange in viewpoint and victory at the cost of something important
6Giving help to someoneSuccess in what you had set out to doNostalgia and renewal of relationships and friendshipsSadness ends, problems start to fade away
7Efforts work their magicStaying ahead of the competitionImpractical, dreamlike expectationsBetrayal, theft, underhand dealings
8Using a hobby or skill for profitCommunication brings in fortuneRomance in the form of a letterLife in the forces or in prison
9Recipient of inheritanceReserving thoughts and emotionsTime for wishes to come true, also a sign of over-indulgence in foodSleep and health may be affected
10Home improvement projectsWork stress increasesHome atmosphere remains happyHealth is affected
JackLack of focus but ambitious, sporty, livelyLucky, charming, not studious, interested in sportsUnrealistic, kind, immatureImmature, bossy, unemotional
QueenOrganized, practical, ambitious, efficientAmbitious, prone to selfishness, good at businessHomebody, loving, supportivePower hungry, loyal, ambitious
KingAuthoritative, protective, good at businessGood intuition, spiritualA ladies man, sincere, lovingAuthoritarian, stubborn, logical, unemotional

Try to avoid reading the cards individually. The meanings make sense only in combination with other cards that you pull out. It is important to practice this art with someone who is skilled at it.