Divining with Ordinary Playing CardsWritten by Sam Stevens
You don't necessarily need an expensive Tarot deck to divine future from cards. You can use a regular deck of playing cards. All you have to remember is that four suits equate to following Hearts represent love or equate to Cups in regular deck Diamonds represent money or Coins or Disks Spades represent hardship or Swords Clubs represent opportunity or Wands Perhaps simplest layout is a three-card spread that represents past, present and future. Or you can choose one card from deck and meditate on its meaning for day. I have found that an ordinary deck of cards is also easily adapted to Celtic Cross, as well as Horoscope Spread (which involves laying twelve cards out in a circle with each card representing what is going on in each house). Below is a quick guide to meaning of cards. Hearts (Cups) Ace: triumph in love, perfection, union, happiness King: Honesty and affection. A generous, temperamental, and passionate man. Usually fair haired or fair complexion - card can also mean unreliability or a bad decision. Queen: A loving and attractive woman, fidelity, devotion, usually a fair-haired woman. Can mean vanity or delusion. Jack: A good friend or close friend. Can mean a reunion of separated lovers. Usually a fair-haired young person. 10: good luck, satisfaction, balance, peace, happiness in family or home. 9: good news, relief, desires of inquirer will come true, 8: an approach, invitation or proposal (traditionally to a party or celebration.) 7: a severe disappointment, broken promises, cancelled promises 6: sudden windfall, good fortune, generosity (can also mean unwelcome guests) 5: indecision, insecurity, jealousy, and obsession 4: postponement of a date or important matter, can also signify a delayed or canceled marriage 3: a warning to be sensible, watch for deception, bad decisions 2: friendship, a positive connection, a loving trusting relationship Spades (Swords) Ace: bad news, a separation or split, conflicts, a doomed love affair, endings, death. Can mean an ambition but thoughtless man. Usually dark haired. Queen: betrayal, gossip, sabotage, malice, treachery. Can mean a widow or divorcee. Usually signifies a dark haired woman Jack: obstacles, laziness, and hindrances. A lazy, but indolent, young man. Self-destructive. Usually dark haired 10: emotional anguish, cruelty, worry, grief, and a turn psychologically for worse 9: delays, quarrels, opposition, conflict, bad luck, 8: secret enemies, disappointments.also a rival pretending to be a friend 7: loss of friendship, loss of trust, and a battle not worth fighting 6: gradual improvement, ambition, discipline and efficient carrying out of plans
What's Up with the Bad ReadingWritten by Sam Stevens
A lot of times when I am reading people on site I notice people talking about having a "bad reading." By that they usually mean that psychic pulled a so-called "bad" cards, such as Devil, The Tower of Ten of Swords, in answer to their question. First of all, you need to realize that there is no such thing as a "bad" reading. Usually "bad" means that reader pulled cards that don't agree with your idea of what desired answer to your question should be. Many of "bad" cards are cards that indicate change. Most people fear or resist change as we all have a basic fear of unknown. There are a few cards in Tarot that I know put fear of God into trembling clients. These are Tower, The Devil card, Ace of Swords, Ten of Swords and Nine of Swords. Of them all, possibly worst one, in terms of sheer bad luck is Ten of Swords, which can indicate cruelty from another person. The Ten of Swords usually indicates that a strange twist of fate as well as wresting of control of your life into another's hands. The Nine of Swords, on other hand, indicates an emotional anguish that may be perpetrated by questioner. In other words you may be doing it to yourself by holding on to a drama or an emotional drama from past. In some ways that card is actually lucky as it shows that you hold key to your own psychological prison and have power to let yourself out. When I see Nine of Swords in a reading, I know there is still hope for individual to regain control over his or her life. It usual indicates that person is willingly relinquishing or giving control to someone else. This is much different than Ten of Swords indicates that questioner is truly more helpless, may be suffering a genuine loss or is victim of genuine cruelty. Saturn, planet of discipline and limitations, rules Ace of Swords. Although this card can represent a loss, it is also a card that bodes swift, just and righteous conclusion of a matter. There is not usually great suffering along with Ace of Swords although changes it can bring can be a bit of a shock to nervous system of questioner. This card also has a positive twist to in sense that it can mean that you have paid a huge debt to your Bank of Karma. Ultimately, Ace of Swords represents a change. For better or worse, this change is usually right one for you. The Devil card does not always bode gloom and doom. Sometimes it means fun and games. It represents most playful part of human nature. It represents all Seven of Deadly Sins. If you don't like food, sex and material things, then you might definitely see devil card as being bad. In a love reading it can mean that a relationship will finally be consummated or beginning of an affair. It can also be seen as a good card in a business reading as it can mean signing of a contract. It can also represent a manipulative move that is about to be made that is actually to one's advantage. As it is a card that represents civilization and man's triumph over nature (often interpreted by many as God's intentions), it bodes well for creativity, innovation and invention.