Divination, Got any Playing Cards?
There are a lot of different decks of cards used for divination . Tarot, Lenormand cards and oracle decks are everywhere, with new versions published every day. But if you want to do divination with what you’ve got, a standard 52-card deck of playing cards will work just as well as a fancy, expensive, or hard-to-find deck, and they have been used for that purpose for centuries.
There are several ‘layers’ to playing card divination. If you’re looking for yes/ no answers or fortunate/ unfortunate indicators, all you need to do is pull out one card at random and look at the color of the suit. Red is considered favorable, or ‘yes,’ and black is considered unfavorable, or ‘no.’ In general, people represented by red court cards are fair-haired, while people represented by black court cards are dark-haired; but this is not a hard and fast rule.
The next layer are the suits themselves. They have evolved their own meanings over the years as people have used them for divination:
Hearts signify emotions; love, friendship, happiness, and domestic concerns. Generally speaking, they are “happy” cards.
Diamonds signify career and money issues, power and success, hard work and affairs outside the home.
Clubs signify business, ambition, achievement and social interaction. They generally indicate success and happiness.
Spades signify gossip, challenges, messages, obstacles and upsets. They can be considered warnings.
Then there are the meanings of the card numbers. You can combine the meaning of the suit with the meaning of the card number to figure out the meaning of each individual card. There are also specific meanings for each card, and these are included below the general meanings.
Kings and Queens are older people or people in authority
Jacks are younger people with more vigor and less authority
Aces show you alone, making decisions and first steps in a particular direction.
Twos are about relationships; meeting another person or force in agreement or conflict. A popular picture used to explain the idea is marriage.
Threes are about the synthesis or two creating a third: a child, a project, or an idea. The picture here is family — mother, father and child.
Fours are about structure, safety, the work it takes to make a life. The picture is a home, the four walls that keep the family safe.
Fives are about stepping out from structure: destabilization, advancement, and sometimes (but not always) conflict. The picture is leaving home.
Sixes signify communication and messages.
Sevens are inspiration, intervention, spiritual matters, and benevolent outcomes.
Eights are about gates; like a three, but setting forth as an adult. Swift activity, new enterprises.
Nines show taking the final steps to completion of an idea or project.
Tens signify completion of a full cycle, something ending at the same time something new is beginning.
Divination with What You’ve Got