DIVINATION USING PLAYING CARDS
Let us first see how we can help the cards to better understand the present and foretell the future.
* Good concentration is essential, particularly when shuffling and cutting the cards.
* Divination may be influenced by the state of mind of the querent and the reader- strong emotions will tend to manifest themselves as events in the reading. For a successful reading, both the querent and the reader should be reasonably calm and relaxed.
* It is important that the links between the the cards and their meaning are well established in your subconscious. The more imbued with the symbolic meaning the cards are for the reader, the better they will work to convey the message.
* Successful card divination is helped by the good energy flow from the hands of the reader. Make sure that your hands are clean, warm and free of jewelery.
* If you are giving reading to more then one person, wash your hands with cold water in between or do some other kind of energy cleansing to avoid mixing the energies. Otherwise, you may find false elements from the previous reading in the next.
* The room where divination is done should be kept free from negative influences and strong emotions, and it should be space cleared regularly. Lighting a candle and burning some incense during reading will lift the energy in the room and facilitate the reading. Apart from you and the querent, no other people should be present in the room during the reading.
* Rainy days and evening time make divination easier.
* Relax, clear your mind and concentrate on the reading and the person in front of you. Know that the cards will tell you the truth. Your job will be only to deliver their message correctly.
It is generally accepted that hearts represent relationships and benevolence, diamonds - success and money matters, clubs - work, study, travel, and spades stand for dangers, challenges and trials. Here is one suggestion for interpreting the meaning of individual cards and card combinations.
Ace Love, Affection
Three An Affair
Four Partnership, Marriage
Five An Invitation, a Party
Six Children, Pets
Seven Friendship, Friends
Eight Relatives, Family
Nine Wishes fulfilled
Ten New Love
Ace Wealth, Money
Two A Present, or Some Money
Three Pleasing Results, an Award
Four Property, a House
Five Trading or Small Business
Six Helpful people, Shared Money
Seven Good Luck
Eight Financial Security
Nine Unexpected Money
Ten Health or Recovering
Ace Success, Promotion
Two A Letter, Communication
Three News, or something New
Four A Task, a Job, a Test
Five A Change
Seven An Opportunity
Eight A Journey
Nine Study, Lessons
Ten Business, Employment
Ace Solution to a Problem
Five Delays and Postponements
Six Unreliable or Unhelpful People
Seven Overcoming difficulties
Eight Effort, Hard Work
Nine Losses, Disappointments
SOME MEANINGFUL COMBINATIONS
Two Aces with a card in between
Ten of Spades with any Ace
Four Aces (anywhere in the layout, not necessarily next to each other)
Legal affairs, Trials
Talks or Gossip
Documents, Papers, Results
A Proposal, or a Marriage
A Dangerous Situation
Many changes ahead that will turn out good at the end
apply only when the cards in the combination are immediately next
to each other in the layout, apart from the four Aces. Their
full interpretation, positive or negative, will depend on the
suits of the cards in the combination.
Reversed cards usually denote some obstacles or delays in the way. Reversing may also slightly diminish the overall importance of the card. To fully interpret such cards correctly, you need to pay attention to the neighbouring cards and to the general feel regarding the situation.
Jacks, Queens and Kings represent people bearing the symbolic qualities of
their suit. So, the Queen of Hearts may stand for a female
friend, a lover, an affectionate woman or a woman
in love, depending on the adjoining cards. King of Spades may
indicate an enemy, a rival, a bitter or ill person, and so on.
At the beginning of the reading, you will need to pick up the significator card, representing the querent, which will then be used by him or her to cut the cards before you spread them out. This card is best chosen according to the appearance of the querent, not according their qualities or character, as this is the most neutral way to represent a person and so it will not affect the completeness of the reading. The four suits roughly represent in appearance:
Hearts Brown eyes and hair
Diamonds Blond hair and blue eyes
Clubs Dark hair, blue or green eyes
Dark eyes and hair
However, if after the general reading is done, you wish to find out more details about a particular area of the querent's life, such as their love life or business, for example, you can use the same general spread, but this time picking the significator among the Hearts or Clubs respectively, in order to give the reading the desired direction.
your mind, decide which card is going to be the significator, but
do not take it out from the deck. Ask the querent to relax,
then take the cards in your hands and
shuffle them slowly, concentrating on the reading until the
significator appears at the beginning of
the deck. This happens quite soon, if you are well tuned, usually
several shuffles, but however long it takes, try not to hurry this
important step. After the significator has appeared, take it
out from the deck
and lay it on the table. Hold the deck in your hand, face side
ask the querent to concentrate and to cut the deck, using the
card on the table, face side up. When this is done, place the cards
significator underneath the deck, so that in your hands you
now have the significator (face
up), covering the rest of the cards (which are face
down). You can now
arrange the cards in your chosen spread.
Here is one suggestion how to spread the cards. Start by leaving the immediate four cards under the significator. They are interpreted before the other cards are laid out and show a situation in the present or in very near future. These four cards do not speak about important, longterm events but rather about the state of mind of the querent or short lived, albeit leaving an impression, events. After these cards are interpreted, lay the significator with the four cards underneath it on the table and then lay the next 26 cards around. In this spread, the cards are arranged in three rows, always beginning with the front or upper side of the first card. The numbers on the diagram correspond to the order of placing.
26 20 14 8 4 6 12 18 24
23 17 11 3 1 2 10 16 22
25 19 13 7 5 9 15 21 27
After the whole spread has been laid out, you will
be left with 21 additional cards in your hand. They will be needed later to clarify
the important points in the layout.
The card above the head of the subject will tell you about his or her aspirations, fears or emotions, the one underneath - where their strength, basis or background is to be found.
The inner columns (cards 6-2- 9 ; 12-10-15 ; 8-3-7 ; 14-11-13) tend to represent already existing situations, whether acknowledged or not, while the outer columns will speak about the probable unfolding of these situations in the future, as well as about unexpected future events.
The direction which the significator faces defines the front part of the layout. Generally, the cards in the front have more importance and tend to represent more of the inevitable future. The cards behind the significator tend to show possibilities or less significant events.
First look at the cards in the spread as a whole and try
to get a general feeling regarding the layout - it may be exhilarating, tense
or even one of emptiness. It may be a feeling of fast moving events or of
a quiet life. This first impression will tell you a lot about the course
of events in the querent's life.
It is difficult to give advice on how to connect the cards meaningfully in an interpretation, as this is mostly a matter of feeling. However, it is important to look around for several key cards, which have a strong meaning and provide a centre for a group of cards. For example, all Aces usually make centres, as often do Queens and Kings. You should be able to identify the groups in meaning by the coherence among the cards. Not all groups are equally important, depending on their position, the meaning of the cards in them and the size of the group.
Cartomancy is not an exact science. Symbolic meaning of the cards and their positions in the spread is merely to provide support for your imagination and intuition. Cards themselves are a vehicle for your psychic abilities. That is why just reciting the meanings of the cards one by one will not give a good reading.
(C) 2003-2007, Veronica Verai