The Jack of Spades

The Jack of Spades (JS) is a skillful, clever young man. In some of the older cartomancy meanings he represents an unsettled, erratic, emotionally inconsistent young man; or simply the thoughts of the Queen or King of Spades. Although Jacks can represent young people of either sex, the Jack of Spades is most often read as a young male.

In coloring, the Suit of Spades is considered the darkest of the deck, and represents people with dark brown to black hair, and dark brown eyes.

Traditional meanings associated with the Jack of Spades:

Positive Aspects:

  • A dark-haired, dark-complected youth
  • A youth from a foreign country
  • A youth in uniform; soldier or cadet
  • Skillful, clever youth 
  • An intellectual youth; math whiz
  • Young leader; knows how to take charge

Negative Aspects:

  • A youth in trouble
  • A gang leader
  • Juvenile delinquent; the bad kid at school
  • Cold and calculating youth
  • Gossiping, spying youth
  • Inconsistent, erratic, emotionally immature youth
  • Emotionally controlled and detached

Of course the meaning you choose for this card will depend on the surrounding cards as well as a good dose of your own intuition. 

Some combinations with the JS:

JH/JS: The querent’s son or brother or boyfriend is in the military or is a rookie police officer.

Two Jacks:
Quarrel or court case pending (especially with 5D)

Three Jacks:
Boys night out

Four Jacks:
Boys school, boy scouts, organization consisting of all young men

Modern Meanings for the Jack of Spades:

In modern Cartomancy, the Jack of Spades can represent watching and surveillance, in all of its many forms. This is based on the card’s traditional meaning as The Spiteful Spy.

JS + 8D = watching something or someone carefully

JS + 8D +6C = watching TV

JS + 8S = a private investigator 

JS + 10S = a stalker

JS + 8C = a security officer

JS + AH = a home security/surveillance system

AC + JS + 8S = the FBI

AC + JS + 10S = the CIA

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8 of Diamonds

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The Diamond suit is considered positive for the most part, but there are several Diamond cards that can show restriction and limitation. The 8 of Diamonds (8D) is one such card because it combines the balance of the number eight with the restless, unpredictable energy of the Diamond suit. The result is a card of caution that can reveal the need to strive for balance particularly in financial matters.

When the 8 of Diamonds falls with other cards of the Diamond suit, it most often warns of financial difficulties. This card can show a shortage of funds, or the need to curtail spending and balance the household budget.  As an example, the AD + 8D can be a bank statement that shows deposits and withdrawals, or a credit card statement that shows credits and debits.  The combination 4D + 8D would indicate a depleted bank account. With the 6D, the 8D  would show putting aside money and saving for a rainy day.

The 8 of Diamonds falling with heart cards will still advise caution. It shows the need for careful planning in order to manifest your desires. In relationship readings the 8 of Diamonds will indicate an intellectual compatibility that relates more to friendship than to love or passion. When this card turns up, he’s probably more interested in your mind than your body.  The 8 of Diamonds can also indicate an ungenerous spirit, both in the financial sense and the emotional sense. The King of  hearts with the 8 of Diamonds is emotionally guarded. The King of Diamonds with the 8 of Diamonds is a cheapskate.

When the 8 of Diamonds falls with Clubs it will advise cautious actions, or reveal business budgetary concerns.  My grandmother called this card “Money Coming and Going” because it highlights the financial flow– where money is earned and where money is spent. This card can be a warning that the money is going out as fast as it comes in. The AC + 8D refers to the tax office (IRS), which saps our earnings.

Spades intensify the restrictive and cautionary qualities of the 8 of Diamonds, and will show forced or imposed limitations.  The classic combination for heavy debt is the 8D + 9S. The 9S shows a crushing obligation. The 2C (gifts) with the 8D can show disability or unemployment benefits– someone forced to live on a restricted income. The AC is usually nearby to confirm the government assistance.

In health readings the 8 of Diamonds represents the eyes and vision. For example, the 8D with the 8S (the doctor card) would show an ophthalmologist or optometrist. The 8D followed by the 4S would denote vision problems. If the 3S is nearby, you’re probably looking at eye disease.

In physical description readings the 8 of Diamonds will refer to something notable about the person’s eyes. Nine times out of ten this will simply indicate that the person wears eyeglasses.

The meaning eyes can extend to the idea of seeing, or looking, or watching. For example, the combination 8D + 3H shows watching something artistic, and will usually refer to viewing art or some kind of performance such as a play. The 8D + 6C  is a television (viewing media), and the 8D + 2D is usually a movie (the 2D is the card of fiction and imagination). The 8D with the 4C can refer to the screen on your smartphone. In a general reading the cards surrounding the 8 of Diamonds can show what the person is looking for in life.

The 8 of Diamonds is the counting card. It counts what we have, and it counts what we don’t have.  As such, it can represent numbers and mathematics.  In a career reading the 8D + 4D would show someone who is certified with numbers, or works as an accountant (CPA). The 8D + 6C is someone who balances the books, or is a bookkeeper.

In a reading for locating a lost item the 8 of Diamonds represents the pantry where food is stored. It makes perfect sense when you consider that the pantry is similar to a financial account. Food is deposited (stored) to be spent and then replenished– coming and going.

Lastly, when looking at timing the 8 of Diamonds points toward the future, and will show delays for the present. It says, “Don’t push things. Now is not the time for rash action. Now is the time for caution and careful planning, and future success is possible.”

 

 

6 of Diamonds

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The 6 of Diamonds (6D) combines the connectivity of the number six with the intellectual detachment of the suit of Diamonds, and brings a general sense of restriction to a reading. As such, it can be a tricky card to interpret. Of course the best interpretation will always depend on several key factors… the context of the question, the influence of surrounding cards, and the readers intuition.

When surrounded by Hearts, the 6 of Diamonds will often indicate shyness or withdrawal. It can denote withholding something, or a lack of communication. This is particularly true for questions about love and romance. If you ask “Will he/she call?” and the 6D appears, you can be pretty sure that he/she won’t call.

With other Diamonds the 6 of Diamonds will usually show nervousness, or reveal an unsettled situation. For financial questions, this card can be similar to the Some Money card in the Gypsy Fortune Telling deck. It may indicate a small amount of money, usually less than expected or less that what you need. This card can also show a small or moderate success, particularly when it shows up as the outcome of the matter. The end result may not meet your grand expectations, but the outcome could be a lot worse.

When falling with clubs, the 6 of Diamonds can indicate technology and electronic communication. This is the “computer” card, and can represent any electronic or digital device. The standard combination that represents a computer is the 6D + 6C. Specifically, the 6C represents “information or a book,” so the combination indicates “an electronic book.” If the 8C (the work card) is nearby you’re looking at a programmer, or someone who works in information technology.

This card also covers the sciences and social services. For example, the 6D + 3H = occult science or religious science. The 3H is a mystical card that represents the Holy Trinity; and mind, body, spirit.  The 6D+ 9D = psychic sciences (clairvoyance, clairsentience, etc.), and the 6D + 8D = mathematics.

When the 6 of Diamonds is beset by Spades, it can turn ugly and reveal jealousy and possessiveness at worst, or stubbornness and unresponsiveness at best.  The 6D + 2S is the classic combination for jealousy because the 2S adds anger and vindictiveness to the mix.

In health questions the 6 of Diamonds represents the nervous system. With the 2D it can indicate a nervous stomach. If Spades are nearby, particularly the 4 or 8 of Spades, it is probably a stomach ulcer. The 6D, as the technology card, can also represent diagnostic equipment in a health reading.

When appearing next to a court card it can describe that person as timid or shy. It may also reveal a techie or science guy/gal. Beware when the 6 of Diamond falls with the King of Spade. He can be very jealous and possessive. If other Spades are near, he can turn violent and dangerous.

As you can see, the 6 of Diamonds brings restriction or limitation to a reading. It also represents everything related to science and technology. Therefore this card carries many meanings, and requires careful consideration to ensure the best or most appropriate interpretation in a reading.

Three Card Draw with Significator: The Mystery Gift

I did this reading several years ago for a friend who was about to celebrate her 30th birthday. She was never one to enjoy surprises, and for an entire week her boyfriend had been torturing her with hints about a spectacular birthday gift, but he refused to reveal any details.

My friend was ready to lose her mind, so she asked me if there was a special layout she could use to petition the cards for more information about mystery gift. I advised her of a spread she could use if she was sure that she wanted to spoil the surprise. She said she was very sure.

The spread I suggested is a variation of the simple 3-Card Draw with the addition of a significator card. The significator represents the theme of the question, and provides a clear focus for the reading. My friend chose 2 of Clubs to represent the mystery birthday gift from her boyfriend.

Method:

The procedure for layout is simple. First a significator card is chosen to represent the theme or subject of the question. The significator is removed from the deck and placed face up on the table. The remaining 51 cards are shuffled while focusing on the question. Next the shuffled cards are fanned out face down on the table, and the querent chooses three cards. Each card is turned up in the order chosen to form a row of three cards below the significator. The three cards are then interpreted together to answer the question or address the specific situation represented by the significator.

The Reading:

Question: What gift did my boyfriend buy me for my birthday?

Significator – 2 of Clubs (gift)

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The cards the querent chose to identify her gift were:

4 of Diamonds + 8 of Diamonds + 8 of Hearts

Interpretation:

The first thing to note is that all three cards are red, and the final card is a heart. Whatever the gift turns out to be, it’s clear that this is something that the querent will enjoy.

The 4 of Diamonds can represent a fancy box, so my initial thought was be a pretty piece of jewelry. The two red 8′s represent having a good time, and also make me think of music (the 88 keys on a piano). The 4 of Diamonds can also represent a ticket window, or tickets, so the idea of a concert or musical event seemed to make better sense.

The 8 of Diamonds represents the eyes, and can indicate seeing or looking at something, and the 8 of Hearts indicates something they do together as a couple, so my best guess was be that the boyfriend bought her a pair of tickets to a concert or musical show. The 8 of Hearts would indicate that they go together as a couple, and have a wonderful time.

Feedback:

It turned out that the mystery birthday gift was a weekend getaway to Disney World Resort. The weekend included tickets to cirque du soleil ‘La Nouba,’ and two nights in a hotel on the lake. She said they had an amazing time!

Horoscope Spread: The Perfect Match?

The Cartomancy Horoscope Spread is perfect for exploring complex situations that require addressing multiple related questions. I find this spread to be particularly useful for business inquiries which may include several elements that must be evaluated. For example the spread works well for exploring all of the details involved in purchasing or selling a home.

Is He the Perfect Roommate?

I drew the following cards for my brother when he was debating over the idea of taking a roommate. He needed insight into the pros and cons of sharing his home with an acquaintance he did not know well. My brother was living alone in a three-bedroom townhouse. He knew that taking a housemate made financial sense, but he wanted to be sure that the man would be a suitable roommate.  Because this is a complex topic with several aspects to consider, I chose the Horoscope Spread to address the various concerns.

Area of focus: Would this friend be a suitable roommate?

I asked my brother to shuffle the cards while concentrating on his area of focus for the reading. Then I dealt 12 cards from the top of the shuffled deck, and laid them into the 12 houses of the astrological wheel as illustrated in the following diagram:

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Areas of Inquiry

My aim was to do the intuitive equivalent of a background check on the prospective roommate. I needed to explore the following questions in order to make a determination about his suitability as a roommate, and assess the future success of the living arrangement.

  • Does the roommate have a stable source of income?
  • How does the roommate handle his money?
  • Is the roommate emotionally stable?
  • Does the roommate have good communication skills?
  • Does the roommate keep his living quarters neat and clean?
  • Does the roommate have a wild social life?
  • Is the roommate’s life philosophy compatible?
Relevant Houses for the Questions

1st House: represents the querent himself, his attitude, and motivations.
4th House: represents the querent’s townhouse
4th House (roommate’s 10th House): represents the roommate’s career
7th House: represents the roommate himself, his attitude and motivations.
8th House: (roommate’s 2nd House) the roommate’s finances
9th House: the querent’s philosophy on life
9th House (roommate’s 3rd House): how the roommate communicates
10th House (roommates 4th House): the roommates lifestyle in the home
12th House (roommates’s 6th House): the roommate’s work ethic

Each house of the horoscope encompasses a wide range of possible meanings. For this reading I focus only on the meanings that apply directly to the area of focus for our inquiry.

Relevant Cards and Keywords

8 of Diamonds: careful planning, caution with money
8 of Hearts: sharing and cooperation, optimism
4 of Hearts: partnership, union, comfort and security
7 of Clubs: hard work, steady actions, evaluations
10 of Spades: fear, worry, ambition, heavy responsibility
Queen of Spades: authoritative, detached, conscientious
Jack of Spades: watchful, reserved, emotionally awkward
9 of Clubs: travel, good luck, distance, expansion
7 of Spades: stagnation, routines, frustration, unable to move forward

Interpreting the Cartomancy Horoscope

First I looked at the attitudes and motivations of both the querent and the prospective roommate. What is the querent looking for in a roommate? Is the roommate a suitable house companion? Or does the roommate lead a double life as an ax murderer?

The 1st House (House of the Self) represents the querent and his personality. It describes his attitude and motivations in reference to the question. The 1st house also sets the tone of the reading. The 8 of Diamonds describes my brother as cautious and deliberate. He intends to carefully evaluate all of the pros and cons of accepting the roommate.

The 4th House (House of the Home) represents the querent’s townhouse. The 4 of Hearts is the card of partnerships, and confirms that the cards are in tune with the question of bringing a roommate into the home. The 4 of Hearts also shows that my brother loves his home. It is a place of comfort and security.

The 7th House (House of the Partner) represents the roommate and serves as the roommate’s 1st house. It describes the roommate’s attitude and motivations in reference to the question. The 8 of Hearts describes the roommate as companionable and cooperative. He is honest, and open-minded and willing to compromise. He is motivated by a willingness to share.

The 8 of Diamonds suggests that for my brother, the decision to take a roommate is a very serious matter. He is motivated by the prospect of reducing his monthly expenses with the supplemental income from the roommate. But he wants to be sure that taking on a roommate will not upset the harmony and tranquility of his personal space.  The 8 of Hearts suggests that the prospective roommate is friendly and trustworthy. In terms of his personality, attitude and motivations, he seems to be a perfect match.

Then I wanted to take a look at the roommate’s finances to determine if he spends his money wisely, and if he will have enough to cover the expenses each month.

The 8th House is the Roommate’s 2nd House of finances. The 7 of Clubs indicates a steady income. The roommate works hard for his money, and he is careful with his spending.

The 4th House is the roommate’s 10th House of career. The 4 of Hearts shows that the roommate loves his work. He feels comfortable and secure in his job. We could even say that he’s married to his work.

The 12th House is the roommate’s 6th House of service, which can tell us something about his work ethic, and his attitude toward work in general. The 10 of Spades indicates high ambitions. He takes his work very seriously and worries about meeting his responsibilities.

The cards indicate that the roommate is conscientious about his work and about his spending. He should have no trouble covering his monthly expenses.

Next I needed to evaluate the roommate’s lifestyle at home, and assess how he maintains his living quarters. Is he a slob? Will he be negligent with the furnishings and fixtures?  I also wanted to look at the kinds of people he may potentially entertain in the townhouse.

The 10th House is the roommate’s 4th House of house and home. The Queen of Spades is meticulous about her appearance and surroundings. She is authoritative, and not afraid to take responsibility. She is detached and private.

The 5th House is the roommate’s 11th House of friendships and social activities. The Jack of Spades is watchful and reserved. He can be jealous and spiteful when provoked.

The Spades can be negative influences, but their significance must be weighed against the 8 of Hearts which describes the roommate’s basic demeanor. The Queen of Spades indicates that the roommate will be respectful of the townhouse and of my brother’s property. The roommate will clean up after himself, and accept any chores or responsibilities required of him. He will keep to himself, and not infringe on my brother’s personal space.  The Queen of Spades further suggests to me that the roommate is not going to bring women into the house. The Jack of Spades suggests that the roommate may experience social anxiety, and probably has a few close friends. He isn’t likely to host wild parties in the townhouse.

Finally, I needed to evaluate whether the roommate and my brother will get along together. There are two houses I can look at to help me determine compatibility. First, good communication is crucial in any relationship. Next I can evaluate each person’s basic life philosophy to see if they share a common ground.

The 3rd House shows how the querent communicates his ideas to others. The 9 of Clubs indicates that my brother is an expansive communicator. He enjoys participating in conversations on a wide-ranging topics. He is straightforward, and he is not afraid to speak his mind.

The 9th House is the roommate’s 3rd house of communication. The 7 of Spades warns that the roommate is more reserved. He holds back his thoughts and opinions, which may cause resentments to brew under the surface. He is easily frustrated in his communications, and isn’t always willing or able to hear the other person’s point of view.

The 9th House represents the querent’s philosophy of life. The 7 of Spades suggests that my brother espouses traditional values. He is set in his ways. He follows established routines, and does not accept change easily.  He is slow to take action, and he avoids making rash decisions.

The 3rd House is the roommate’s 9th House. The 9 of Clubs suggests that the roommate is more broad minded. He enjoys culture and travel and learning new things. He is impulsive and spontaneous. He is not afraid to dive head first into unfamiliar territory, and explore all that life has to offer.

It struck me that the opposing perspectives on life, and the contrasting skills with communication, could result in the two men having a beneficial influence on each other. The prospective roommate could inspire my brother to rise above his limitations, and more readily embrace spontaneity and change. My brother might help the roommate learn to communicate more freely, and to better manage his social awkwardness.

I advised my brother that the prospective roommate would be a wonderful fit. He is honest and dependable, and will respect my brother’s property and personal boundaries– the perfect match for a roommate.

After weighing all of the information, my brother decided to move forward with taking on the roommate. They have been living together for several months, and both are pleased with the arrangement.