Fun with Cartomancy Combinations: Business Places

Let’s have some fun with cartomancy combinations! When I think about times I have most impressed a querent in a reading, it is when I was able to identify their place of work or business without them saying a word. The first time this happened to me I was reading for a young woman who worked as a hair stylist. At the center of her spread I saw the Ace of Clubs with the 3 of Hearts. I blurted out, “I see a beauty salon, you’re a hairdresser!” I will never forget her shocked expression. Actually, I was just as shocked as she was. These moments don’t happen in every reading, but when they do they confirm the magic of the playing cards, and never fail to thrill me.

The Ace of Clubs can represent a large building or place of business. The 10 of Clubs can also represent a place of business. The difference between the two cards can be subtle. In most cases, the Ace of Clubs will denote a large building or an institution or place where customers go to be served. The 10 of Clubs will usually represent a place where merchandise is sold. The Ace of Hearts will also sometimes represent a place of business such as a private practice. The best way to explain the differences is to show some examples…

If you need help with working out the combinations, please check out my lists of cartomancy card meanings.

3 of Hearts = beauty
Ace of Clubs + 3 of Hearts = beauty salon
10 of Clubs + 3 of Hearts = beauty supply store, beauty industry
Ace of Hearts + 3 of Hearts = interior designer, cosmetics, home vanity

6 of Clubs = book
Ace of Clubs + 6 of Clubs = library or publishing company, or factory
10 of Clubs + 6 of Clubs = bookstore
Ace of Hearts + 6 of Clubs = home library

4 of Clubs = car or a telephone call
Ace of Clubs + 4 of Clubs = car parking garage, or the telephone company
10 of Clubs + 4 of Clubs = car dealership, or phone store
Ace of Hearts + 4 of Clubs = landline phone

8 of Spades = doctor or ill health
Ace of Clubs + 8 of Spades = hospital
10 of Clubs + 8 of Spades = medical supply store
Ace of Hearts + 8 of Spades = doctor’s office or dentist’s office.

2 of Diamonds = food
Ace of Clubs + 2 of Diamonds = restaurant
10 of Clubs + 2 of Diamonds = grocery store
Ace of Hearts + 2 of Diamonds = kitchen

7 of Spades = liquor, drugs or medicine
Ace of Clubs + 7 of Spades = bar/nightclub or factory distillery or winery, pharmaceutical company
10 of Clubs + 7 of Spades = liquor store, drug store/pharmacy
Ace of Hearts + 7 Spades = home liquor cabinet, medicine cabinet

Ace of Clubs + 10 of Clubs = large corporation
Ace of Hearts + 10 of Clubs = family business
Ace of Clubs + Ace of Hearts = apartment building/complex

These are just a few of the combinations possible. Please keep in mind that many of these combinations have alternate meanings which will depend on context and surrounding cards. For example, the 10 of Clubs + 6 of Clubs can also represent a pool, or the act of swimming. The Ace of Hearts + 3 of Hearts can indicate redecorating the home. Your intuition will help you hone in on the right interpretation, and you’ll often find that multiple interpretations will be valid and meaningful for the querent.

See if you can work out your own places of business based on the list of cartomancy card meanings. Feel free to post your combination(s) in the comment section below, and I will be happy to offer comments and/or suggestions. Alternately, you can post on my Art of Cartomancy Facebook page. I’m going to post a link there to this blog article.

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Playing Cards Are Multidimensional

One of my favorite characteristics of working with the playing cards is that the cards rarely mean only one thing. I learned with other oracles that the cards should stick to answering the question, and only the question. I was taught that any divergent interpretation will invariably lead to an inaccurate reading. I don’t know if that is true of Tarot, but it is the way I was taught to read Lenormand.

The playing cards are multidimensional. They always provide a straightforward answer to any question, but with their diverse meanings they will almost always provide additional information not at all related to that question. In my experience this additional information is unfailingly valid and accurate. I find the same thing can happen when I read the Italian Sibilla, which is one reason why I love the Sibilla so much.

Poker Faces by Zach Abel

The advantage of using a multidimensional oracle is that you can get a lot of general information from just a few cards. In the 1990’s I worked the monthly psychic fair at a metaphysical bookstore. Client expectations were somewhat different from today. Back then people expected me to dive in immediately and tell them about their lives. Questions would come later, based on the initial reading. Now clients tend to be much more focused on a specific question or area of life they want to explore. Anyway, back in the day I could give a life reading in 20 minutes with only eight or ten cards on the table. Each card would function two or three different ways in the layout and cover a lot of detailed information– most of which was immediately meaningful and valid for the client.

The following reading is an interesting example of a multidimensional spread that I did for a female client recently. Let’s call her Jan, and thank her for allowing me to post her reading publicly for educational purposes. Jan is a 42 year old female who has taken the first steps toward creating her own business. She contacted me for a 5-Card email reading to ask how I see the new business developing in the next few months. Here are the cards that appeared in her reading…

The Fortune Teller’s Deck by Jane Lyle

I first review the number of cards from each suit, and their interactions, to get a general feeling for the energy surrounding the question. The Spade jumps out immediately. It’s a small value Spade so I know it’s not a big obstacle, but it can definitely show delays or slow progress. The Spade is surrounded by Diamonds, which represent spirit, energy and optimism. The Diamonds show me the energy and enthusiasm invested in the business, and help to mollify that nasty Spade. The remaining cards are Clubs which represent progress and growth and good luck. I already have a good impression of how the business will develop just by analyzing the card suits.

In a Line of Five I next look to the center card, which I like to call the pivot card, or hinge pin of the reading. This one card alone will often answer the question, and the surrounding cards will help fill in the details surrounding the matter. The Jack of Diamonds is a good card in financial readings. It can be about profits and cash flow. But the Jack is the face card with the least value in a suit of cards. It indicates the start of something, or a small increase. The Jack of Diamonds confirms the answer. It shows a good financial start, and some small but solid progress over the next few months.

Now let’s dig into the surrounding cards to get more information…

The 4 of Spades is a card of restrictions and slow movement. It confirms a slow start for the business. The 9 of Clubs is a great card for business. It shows forward movement, and gives a sense of heading in the right direction. There can be no doubt that progress will be slow at first, but the client is definitely on the right track with her new business, and on the right road to eventual success.

Finally let’s look at the first and last cards in the spread. The first card represents the premise of the situation in question. The Ace of Diamonds shows a new beginning. It confirms the theme of the reading, and let’s me know that the cards are responding accurately to the question. The final card represents the outcome, and it shows change– all of the fives represent change in one form or another. The 5 of Clubs is a change in a social or work/business situation. It’s always a change for the better, unless followed by an unfavorable card. In this case, the 5 of Clubs ends the row of cards, showing the continued progress and growth of the business into the future.

The cards have satisfactorily answered the question. But something else jumped out at me about this reading. The Jack of Diamonds with the 4 of Spades suggests a young person who is not feeling well. The 4 of Spades can be a card of illness, and it always grabs my attention when it falls in a spread. The surrounding Diamonds suggest a nervous problem, stress, or low energy. That felt right to me. I saw a young person, probably male, who was feeling depressed or exhausted. I saw this person taking a trip (9 of Clubs) to the country (5 of Clubs)– perhaps a camping trip. This person needs to get away, and recharge (Ace of Diamonds). The 5 of Clubs promises that the trip will bring a positive change to both his social and work life.

I always share the alternative interpretations I see in a reading. I’ve learned that this additional information can be important to the client. In this case the client confirmed that her son was feeling burned out from school and his job, and had developed some health issues related to stress. He had not mentioned any plans to travel, so I advised the mom to suggest a trip for the son to spend some time in nature. I assured her that the cards suggested that the trip would be beneficial for her son, and that the young man would be fine.

When the cards show a problem, they invariably also indicate one or more solutions. The client was grateful for the alternate interpretation because she was worried about her son. The cards, in their multidimensional and helpful ways, answered the client’s question, and also addressed a matter that had been stewing in the back of her mind.

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

7 of Spades

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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.

Accuracy in a Cartomancy Reading

The querent, let’s call her Rebecca, is a 46 year old female who was shocked when her husband asked her for a divorce. The request seemed to come out of nowhere, and Rebecca wracked her brains to determine why. Sure, there had not been much action in the bedroom lately, but the marriage seemed happy. Perhaps the bedroom was the key. Could there be another woman?

Rebecca confronted her husband. He denied having an affair, and would only say that he no longer wanted to be married. In desperation Rebecca came for a reading. She wanted to learn her husband’s real reason for wanting to end their 18 year marriage.

Rebecca asks, “Is my husband leaving me for another woman?”

Other Woman

These cards can mean many things based on the context of Rebecca’s situation, but to ensure the highest level of accuracy, I have learned to follow two important rules…

  1. Keep my focus on the question.
  2. Keep it simple

I have to remind myself that the question does not deal with Rebecca herself, her thoughts or intentions. The question does not deal  with the current status of her marriage, or any past influences affecting the marriage. The question does not deal with whether or not the divorce will take place. All of these questions are valid, but they would each require a different focus in a separate spread. The focus of the question for this spread is the husband’s thoughts and intentions behind asking for a divorce, and more specifically whether he is leaving Rebecca for another woman.

I have to remind myself to keep it simple. It’s too easy to read into these cards, and wander from the focus of the question. I first notice what does not appear in the spread. If the husband is leaving for another woman, I would expect to see her represented in the cards since she is a major factor in the focus of the question. I might expect to see a Queen, or perhaps the 5 of Hearts to denote that a younger woman is leading the man astray. No lady appears in the cards. There must be some other reason for the divorce request.

Let’s look at what does show up in the cards. The first column represents the premise of the question. What is behind the husband’s decision to ask for a divorce? The King of Spades is a separated or divorced man, or perhaps a man who wishes to separate himself. This interpretation plays very nicely into the focus of our question since we know that the husband wants a divorce. The 4 of Hearts is the partnership card, and it also carries several other meanings relevant to the question: marriage, sex, the spouse, sharing, emotional stability, etc. These are the things that the man wants to separate himself from. He is not interested in being married, nor is he interested in having an affair, and probably has not been interested in these things for a long while.

The middle column answers the question, why is the husband asking for a divorce? The 5 of Spades shows the man’s intentions. The Ace of Spades says he has already made up his mind. He wants the divorce. The Ace of Spades also provides us with a clue why. It is the card of death and rebirth. It signifies lost causes and irreparable decisions leading to total upheaval, and a new situation. The husband wants to end his current conditions, and to be reborn to a new life. The Ace also corresponds to the number 1, and is symbolic of standing alone. He wants to leave his wife so he can be alone to pursue this new life.

We can look to the final column for more information about why the man seeks a new life. The 10 of Hearts tells us where his heart is, what or whom he wants to marry. The 10 of Clubs is the business card. Perhaps the man is married to his business?

No. Rebecca informs me that her husband does not own a business, and he is not particularly dedicated to his job. The other primary meaning for the 10 of Clubs is “travel by or near water,” and with the pair of 10’s, a combination signaling long-distant travel, this meaning suddenly seems very clear to me.

I ask Rebecca, “Does your husband own a boat?” The 10 of Clubs in the pivot position, the most significant card in the spread, is the clue. It can sometimes represent a boat.

She responds, “Yes he does. It’s his baby. He’s always loved that thing more than me.” Rebecca goes on to say that it has always been her husband’s dream to live in the islands and offer fishing and sight-seeing tours to tourists. She further adds that she had not been supportive of what she considered to be a silly, irresponsible pipe dream.

Bingo! The man is not leaving his wife for another woman. In the simplest terms, having a wife (4H) is an impediment (KS) to realizing his life’s dream (10H) of sailing away to the islands (10C). His motivation for asking for the divorce (5S) is to break free and start a new life (AS). This man is married (10H) to his boat (10C). He has zero interest (KS) in an attachment with a wife or lover (4H).

It would have been too easy to see intrigues and underlying drama in these cards based on what seems at first glance to be a potentially scandalous situation. But the husband was being truthful about his motivations. By keeping the reading simple and focused on the question, I was able to give Rebecca accurate and meaningful information to help ease her fears, and uncover the true reason her husband is leaving her.