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I get a lot of questions about how to read the Diamond suit in relationship readings. This article is an expansion of comments I posted on the Art of Cartomancy Facebook page in answer to some of these questions.
I find that in most cases when Diamonds appear in a relationship reading, they will still talk about money and power and energy. Money and power are often at the root of relationship troubles– marital problems in particular, so I always take the Diamond cards at face value first, before I consider alternate meanings.
It’s important to keep in mind that Diamonds do not represent sentimental feelings. Even the most positive of the Diamond cards cannot assure you that you’re going to meet the man of your dreams, or tell you if your crush loves you, or confirm that your lover will return to you.
For the most part the Diamond suit represents energy– all types of energy including electricity, magnetism, nuclear fission , solar power, light, fire, heat, money (which is energy in motion), consciousness, mental energy, physical energy, sexual energy, and the body’s nervous system which controls everything we do.
Diamonds also rule how we perceive energy through our sensory apparatus: eyes, ears, nose, the senses of touch and taste, and of course the extra-sensory abilities such as intuition and psychic awareness. Diamonds represent how we communicate, and how we process information. Diamonds represent information itself.
In general, the Diamonds represent all of the activities associated with left-brain thinking such as analysis, computation, numbers, mathematics, science, logic, speech, language, information technology, computer technology, etc. In other words…
Diamonds are emotionally detached.
Despite this emotional detachment, the Diamond cards play an important role in defining relationships. They show us how we communicate with each other. They can highlight physical and sexual attraction. They can offer clues about the true motives of a prospective partner. They can show us a relationship based solely on financial interests, or one that is based on sex alone. What the Diamonds cannot do is tell us whether or not we will fall in love.
The Ace of Diamonds is a card of communication. It represents a message or an invitation. This Ace can also relate to a new beginning, or to the renewal of an existing situation. In relationship readings, the Ace of Diamonds can also represent a ring. With the right combination of cards from the suit of Hearts, it can represent an engagement ring specifically, and indicate that an engagement is taking place. But unless surrounded by Hearts, this Ace says nothing about love.
Generally, the 2 of Diamonds is a card of self-sufficiency, and the desire for independence. It can define a relationship based on financial interests. It is also the card that represents the imagination. If you are asking about the strong vibes you’re picking up from your new office crush, the 2 of Diamonds can warn that it’s all in your mind. If you suspect your lover of cheating, the 2 of Diamonds can assure you that you’re imagining things.
The 3 of Diamonds talks about stalled growth. It describes relationships that run hot and cold. It can show a lack of commitment in love. One or both parties is unwilling or unable to invest the necessary effort for the relationship to succeed. This card will often show up when the relationship has been on again/off again for a long period of time.
In relationship readings, the 4 of Diamonds represents an energy connection, or good chemistry, which is the foundation for any strong relationship. It is not necessarily sexual, although with love cards the 4 can indeed denote sexual chemistry. This card also shows an intellectual connection. It’s a great card for friendship as well.
The 5 of Diamonds is more about sexual attraction, but not necessarily reciprocal. This card reminds us that sex is not love. The 5 is also the energy that surrounds charismatic people and draws others to them. When it falls with a Face Card, the 5 of Diamonds can reveal someone who is attracted to you. Surrounding cards will usually show the nature and degree of the attraction.
The 6 of Diamonds is another card of communication. With spades it shows stubbornness, a lack of communication, withdrawal or holding back. With Hearts it may indicate shyness and timidity. With other Diamonds it usually shows nervousness or an unsettled situation. When it falls in a combination with Hearts and Spades it will highlight feelings of jealousy and possessiveness. The possessive husband or lover will usually show up as the King of Spades with the 6 of Diamonds.
The 7 of Diamonds is a card of earned success. It is about being rewarded for investing time, energy or money. In a love reading, this card can show that a motive other than love is driving romantic interest. It can show what you expect to get out of a relationship. It can show whether or not you are getting what you deserve. With other Diamonds, it can describe a financially convenient arrangement. With Clubs it can be about companionship or the services the partner provides. With Spades it can show co-dependency and the fear of being alone. With Hearts it will indicate investing emotion. The thing to remember is that some kind of a payoff is almost always assumed or expected.
The 8 of Diamonds will describe someone who is guarded and wary. It can represent the need to take things slowly. In relationship readings it can indicate making careful plans for the future. This card is cautious, and lacks any kind of spontaneity.
The 9 of Diamonds is often a person card in relationship readings. It is a card of strong attraction, and will usually represent someone who is attracted to you. This can be your husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend, or it can be someone with a secret crush on you. This is also the card of thoughts, and it’s an important card to look for if you’re asking about what someone thinks of you. Pay close attention to surrounding cards. This person wants something from you.
The 10 of Diamonds can be tricky because it is such a great card. It’s big money and security and success and victory. But it is not about sentimental feelings. In relationship readings it can show a union based on financial security. It often shows up as the reason a couple stays together despite serious problems in the relationship.
The Diamond Face Cards can represent people you are attracted to, whereas the Heart Face Cards are people you love. Remember, if you use the suits to describe the Face Cards, they will reflect your (the querent’s) perception of them, and not their true state or character. With other Diamonds they are attractive and intelligent and optimistic, restless, nervous and chatty. With Clubs they are helpful, and may offer both advice and financial assistance. With Hearts they can be thoughtful, quiet and shy. With Spades they can be taciturn and stubborn and jealous.
Just because a super positive card appears in a reading, it does not automatically mean that you get your wish. You have to read the card. When in doubt I always ask myself, why did this particular card fall in this position instead of any one of the other 51? There is always a good reason. If you have to fudge or stretch, chances are the cards are not saying what you think (or hope) they are saying.
The 7 of Spades in Modern Cartomancy can warn of a challenging situation. It is not a card we hope to see, particularly in a love reading. Generally the 7 of Spades represents a setback or a reversal of fortune, and in relationship readings it invariably shows a cooling off of affections.
For example, the 4 of Hearts with the 7 of Spades would show a marriage or partnership on the rocks. There is a cooling of affections, and one or both parties feel frustrated and unfulfilled. This combination can also suggest that the partner drinks too much.
The 7 is Spades is the “drinking” card. It can denote imbibing alcohol or partaking of any kind of intoxicating substance including both prescription medications and illegal drugs. The combination 7 of Spades and Ace of Spades (the mind) can show intoxication. If the 4 of Spades is nearby, it can denote a hangover.
When surrounded by positive or neutral cards, the 7 of Spades can refer to social drinking or recreational drug use. With cards indicating a party or social interaction, the 7 of Spades will usually indicate that liquor will be a part of the celebration. The combination 7 of Spades with the 3 of Hearts can denote a cocktail party.
When the 7 of Spades falls between two Face Cards it shows the two people going out for drinks. If the 7 of Spades appears surrounded by multiple Face Cards, it shows a night out on the town with a group of people. A predominance of Clubs would indicate celebrating with co-workers. A predominance of hearts would show a night out with friends.
When falling with cards from the Club suit, denoting career or profession, the 7 of Spades can describe someone who works as a bartender, a barback, or a cocktail server. If the 2 of Diamonds is nearby, it would indicate that they work in a restaurant where liquor is also served.
The 7 of Spades is also the Card of addiction. Alcoholism or drug addiction is commonly represented by the combination 7 of Spades and 9 of Spades. The 9 of Spades shows something harmful (although this combination can also indicate that your prescription medication is causing you harm). If the 5 of Spades is nearby, it will show that others (family members, friends, etc.) can be hurt as well by the substance abuse.
The 7 of Spades is also a “water” card, but usually only in a negative sense.* It can predict anything from a faucet drip to a leaky pipe to an inconvenient rainstorm.
If you’re looking to purchase a home, and the cards show the 7 of Spades near the Ace of Hearts along with a money card, you can be sure that you’ll find a problem with the plumbing that will be costly to repair.
The absence of a big money card may simply indicate that the water heater needs replacement, especially if the 7 of Hearts is also present.
With Diamonds, the 7 of Spades will show financial setbacks. The surrounding cards will usually indicate the cause. If the 3 of Spades (loss) is nearby with a money card, it would show a gambling or trading losses.
In a general sense, the 7 of Spades is a card of stagnation and frustration.
When this card begins a line of cards, it indicates a long delay before the events outlined by the following cards can play out.
When the 7 of Spades ends a line of cards, it can show a lack of progress, or a stalled situation. It will usually indicate that events will not play out as you hoped.
When it appears in the middle of a line of cards, the 7 of Spades indicates that the preceding cards are blocked, and the following cards are delayed. If the subsequent cards are positive, the situation will require patience and perseverance to achieve the predicted outcome.
Whenever and wherever it appears, the 7 of Spades is rarely a welcomed sight. You can bet that patience and perseverance will be required to overcome a difficult period of setbacks and frustrations.
* The card that represents water in a positive sense, such as swimming or boating, is the 10 of Clubs.
In traditional cartomancy, the Ace of Clubs is the card of marriage. In olden days, marriages were often arranged based on money and prestige. You could lift your social status by marrying your daughter off to noble family, or to a wealthy landowner. In many cultures the girl was expected to bring along a dowry as well, to add to the husband’s holdings. Based on the marriage contract she was usually considered to be the property of her new husband.
Today very few marriage are arranged this way in the western world. It is perhaps for this reason that the Ace of Clubs in modern cartomancy has lost the meaning of marriage. These days, most marriages are based on love, and may be better represented by cards in the suit of Hearts.
The Ace of Clubs does retain its meaning as a “binding contract.” The primary meanings for this card include important papers, a legal document, and a contract to be signed. With the Ace of Hearts, the Ace of Clubs can denote a contract to buy or sell a home. With the 10 of Clubs, it would show signing papers on a business. With the 2 of Hearts, representing a child, it would show a legal adoption.
The Ace of Clubs also retains the meaning of “property,” and it’s the card that represents “a building” in Modern Cartomancy. The Ace of Hearts is the home, but the Ace of Clubs can represent anything from a friend’s house, to the workplace, to a commercial establishment, to a large institution.
Here are a few fun combinations to consider…
Ace of Clubs + 2 of Hearts = elementary school, nursery school, or dance studio
Ace of Clubs + 3 of Hearts = beauty salon, flower shop
Ace of Clubs + 5 of Hearts = furniture store, clothing store, department store
Ace of Clubs + 4 of Spades = a hospital, or jail
Ace of Clubs + 7 of Spades = a bar (with the 2 of Hearts to show dancing = nightclub)
Ace of Clubs + 8 of Spades = doctor’s office, dentists office, medical clinic
Ace of Clubs + King of Spades + any other King = police station, also joining the military
Ace of Clubs + Ace of Diamonds = the post office
Ace of Clubs + 2 of Diamonds = a restaurant
Ace of Clubs + 4 of Diamonds = a bank
Ace of Clubs + 5 of Diamonds = the courthouse, shopping center
Ace of Clubs + King of Diamonds = a college or university
Ace of Clubs + 3 of Clubs = garden center, barbershop
Ace of Clubs + 6 of Clubs = a bookstore, a factory (manufacturing plant)
Ace of Clubs + 7 of Clubs = a shoe store
Ace of Clubs + 8 of Clubs = the building where you work
Ace of Clubs + 9 of Clubs = a passport, but it can also represent a hotel
Ace of Clubs + 4 of Clubs = a car garage
Another way to look at it would be to consider that the Ace of Clubs refers to a service organization, whether it’s a retail shop or a large corporation or a staunch institution. In fact, this card can even represent the military. Two Kings falling together would generally indicate a police officer. If the Ace of Clubs is nearby, the combination could refer to a soldier. The combination Any King + King Spades + 4 of Spades would show someone being arrested. The combination Any King + King of Spades + Ace of Clubs would show someone joining the military. If the Ace of Clubs falls first, it would show being conscripted into the military. The King of Spades must appear in the combination to show “duty.” Queens in place of the Kings would indicate that it’s a female.
The Ace of Clubs can represent a legal will, and it can also represent one’s personal power of will. This card shows a personal choice backed by determination. When the Ace of Clubs falls in a reading about someone’s intentions, it shows that they have already made up their mind on a course of action, and have no intentions of deviating from their chosen direction. The surrounding cards will usually offer a clue about the choice. If the Ace of Clubs is surrounded by Spades, it can show someone who is weak-willed, and unable to follow-through on their plans.
I drew a random card today for contemplation and study. I got the King of Diamonds. Who is he?
Here are some of my musings on the King of Diamonds…
The King of Diamonds has a quick wit and a keen mind. He is very intelligent, and he isn’t afraid to use his mind to his own advantage. He might be a scientist or an inventor. He may be a mathematician. Perhaps he’s a techno-wizard. He could be psychologist or a social worker. He may be surrounded by money like a banker or even a millionaire. He may be a government official or civil servant. Whatever his line of work, he is independent and dynamic. He is always cultured and professional in his dress and demeanor.
The King of Diamonds brings positive energy to a reading. He has a sunny disposition. He is the eternal optimist. He is generous with money and his expertise. He’s edgy and innovative, and he is filled with energy and enthusiasm. He enjoys the luxuries of life, but is always tasteful.
When surrounded by negative cards, he may display his more unfavorable characteristics. He may be shy and withdrawn. He can become restless and impatient, and filled with nervous energy. He can be overly extravagant and self-indulgent on the one hand, and selfish and miserly on the other. When crossed he may become aggressive, and his behavior can be impulsive and unpredictable.
I associate the suit of Diamonds with the element of fire. Diamonds are quick moving, and restless and represent both physical and spiritual energy. Specifically, the suit of Diamonds represents both the spark of a flame, and the spark of life. If you are familiar with astrology, you can consider the King of Diamonds to be a fire sign: Aries, Leo or Sagittarius, both in nature and literally speaking.
The King of Diamonds is a scholar. This is important because he can represent formal education in a reading. Whereas the 3 of Clubs can indicate taking a class or receiving training, the King of Diamond would show pursuing a degree, usually from a college or university.
The other important meaning of the King of Diamonds is that he can represent government in a general sense. For example, the K♦️+ 2♦️shows receiving a payment from the government (social security check, tax refund, etc.). But be careful if the same combination appears reversed. 2♦️+ K♦️can show a payment made to the government, but it can also represent paying tuition to a college or university.
In a daily draw, the King of Diamond may represent a man who will play an influential role in your day. He may also represent the general trends you can expect to unfold. When I see the King of Diamond in my daily cards, I know it will be a busy day filled with energy and opportunity. If I take advantage of this positive energy, I can take the next step toward reaching my goals.
I’m excited to discover Hessler’s Enhanced Playing Card deck. For a long time I have been searching for a custom four-color playing card deck for divination. My ideal would be a deck with the suit of hearts colored red, clubs colored green, diamonds colored yellow, and spades kept traditionally black. Hessler’s enhancements meet all of my expectations except for the black spades. In the Hessler deck the spades are colored blue, but I find I don’t mind that at all. In fact, I rather like the blue spades. So I’ve finally found my soul deck.
Hessler’s deck has also given me the opportunity to experiment finally with adding the jokers to my divination deck. The deck does not actually have any jokers, but it does contain two specialty cards, the Black Maria and the Omnibus Knave, which are used specifically in the game of Hearts. I’m in love with these two cards, and have decided to use them for my jokers.
The Omnibus Knave will serve as my red joker. For me he symbolizes an angel, and will bring an angelic presence to my readings. He will represent blessings and magic and divine protection. The Black Maria will serve as my black joker. For me she symbolizes a shadow of negativity. She will represent bad luck and black magic and evil intentions. These are basic meaning which I’m sure I will expand on over time.
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