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 Using regular playing cards

Many professional cartomancers use a regular deck of playing cards for divination. Regular decks have been used for this purpose since their original adaptation from the tarot type decks of before. Usually there are more cards used per spread than regular tarot cards.

What follows is a (very) general guide to interpreting regular playing cards. You may still use reverse interpretation on regular playing cards if you mark the deck on the "top".


Ace: Has to do with one's home or environment. Could represent a visit or a change of address

King: Represents an influencial man, someone who has the power or ability to do something good for the querent.

Queen: A trusted woman. Someone knowledgeable and faithful. One who always plays fair.

Jack:A good friend to the querent, someone close, a cousin or confidant, someone they have known since childhood or for a long time.

10:A good card: means good luck, can counteract bad cards around it.

9:Harmony. Often called the Wish Card. If surrounded by bad cards, these can represent obstacles that need to be dealt with in order to get the fulfillment of the wish.

8:An event, a celebration, a party/bash..etc. Somesort of ceremony that is already in the works..or is being planned.

7:A card of disappointent. Usually indicates a partner or other person failing to keep their promises. If this card comes up when dealing with some sort of plan, expect that the other person will back out.

6:Warning card. Someone may try to take advantage of the querent. Also..the querent is being too generous to somebody and not getting anything in return. They are being used.

5:Indecisiveness: The querent's inability to make up his/her mind on a subject. A tendency to make and break plans with others.

4:The bachelor or old maid card. This card represent someone who is too fussy in their selection of a partner. Someone who, by their picky nature, is destined to remain alone.

3:An unwise decision, made in haste and without proper background information.

2:Success, often beyond the querent's expectations. If bad cards surround..there may be delays in reaching the goal.


Ace:Indicates wealth, fame...having many friends or acquaintances. Feeling well known and being able to receive certain perks due to good looks or social status.

King:Represents a very good friend. A lifelong companion, someone who can be trusted and counted on during times of need and sorrow.

Queen:Represents a wife or girlfriend in long term relationship for a man. For a woman, represents a sister or good friend, someone who shares a lot of knowledge about the querent.

Jack:Represents a good friend, one who uses a lot of flattery, but only to make the other person feel better. Someone who is good at cheering the querent up.

10:A card of happiness and good fortune. Can also represent a long and fun-filled journey.

9:Trouble: Represents arguments with good friends. A loss of a relationship, a dispute that will remain unresolved.

8:A sense of desperation. An urgent need for money.

7:A card of good luck, if other favorable cards are around. Success if there is not interference from the opposite sex.

6:A partnership card. Success based on mutual goals and friendship.

5:A marriage card, or the beginning of a long standing alliance.

4:A danger card, showing misfortune or failure. Supposed friends getting in the way, or turning against the querent.

3:A sign of a second marriage or even a third. Or an engagement with someone, then a marriage with another, after a friendly separation.

2:Bad luck. Being let down by those around. Opposition from friends and family. Do not count on others.


Ace:an important message. A letter or package/gift arriving, the contents of which are very important.

King:A bitter rival, a dangerous competitor, for women it can mean an abusive man or a deceitful lover.

Queen:A flirtatious woman, one who will interfere in plans. Gossipy, very attractive to males..able to get away with things and interfere in situations.

Jack:A bringer of bad news. A selfish person. Not dangerous to male querents, but problems for a female one.

10:Money. Money being the driving force of a journey or partnership. Greed.

9:Adventure: A move in the hopes of advancement.

8:Country life, travel and marriage late in life. The querent's life is too hectic at the moment..a need to settle down and get away..but being unable to do so at the present time.

7:Bad luck on an enterprise or idea. A man who is unreliable, a gambler or drinker.

6:An early marriage, but an unhappy one..and one not destined to last. A second marriage would also be unhappy.

5:Prosperity, long enduring friendship. Pride in family. Success with children.

4:Quarrels: Forgotten or neglected friends and family. Situations that have been brewing and now come to a head.

3:A card of disputes and quarrels. Lawsuits, legal actions. A sign of separation or divorce.

2:A serious love affair, resulting in a marriage or interfering with one depending on surrounding cards.


Ace: Bad news, loss of someone close, possible death to someone near, or an illness, miscarriage, etc.

King:A man who will cause problems in marriage or relationships. One who will get in the middle, divide and conquer..and then destroy.

Queen:A cruel woman, one who interferes. For women, a betrayal by a good friend. For men, a woman who will use them for their own gain.

Jack:A person who hangs around and gets in the way. Not a bad person, but a lazy person. One who will get in the way of progress. Takes and takes, but does not give back anything.

10:A very unlucky card. If near a good card, it can cancel it out. If found with bad cards, makes them twice as bad.

9:The worst card of all: Illness, loss of money, or misery. Even among the best of cards. Defeat, lack of success:

8:False friends, traitors, someone who will betray. Most of the trouble can be avoided if caught early on. Examine all relationships closely.

7:Sorrow and quarrels. Avoid arguments with friends. Let them "win" for now.

6:Much planning but little result. Hard work, without much profit. Discouragements.

5:Success in business or love, after much time and hard work.

4:Minor misfortune: A short illness, a temporary setback.

3:Unhappiness: Misfortune in love or marriage. A loss of pride and hope. Do not dwell, move on in life.

2:A complete and forced change. Sudden change of location, relationship or a death. Bound to make a big difference in the coming months.

HEARTS: Emotional, symbols of pain and suffering.

CLUBS: Friends, relationships.

DIAMONDS: Difficulties, money problems.

SPADES: Warnings.

To see a sample spread using regular playing cards,click here


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