How to Tell Your Fortune with Playing Cards

Did you know that playing cards have meanings that can be interpreted and divined? Tell Your Fortune with Playing Cards the easy way with guidance from this post. It’s really not that difficult when you get the hang of it – and these cards can have deep meanings for you.

I often find playing cards lying on the ground. Not often often, but often enough – once every few weeks or months I come across one and I always make sure I pick it up.

Today I found the 5 of Hearts lying on the concrete outside a shop, soggy from the rain that had been pelting down. I was quite amazed when I read the meaning of this card:

“Feeling of dissatisfaction with your current relationships or home situation. Low side: divorce, separation, trip and moving to a new home. High side: meeting new people, new important contacts.”

Last night I had the most awful fight with my partner, and the discussion of him moving out was very much “on the cards”. So to come across this card today, was a real eye-opener.

The art of divining meaning through playing cards is called Cartomancy. Playing cards have been around for a long while, since the 14th century in Europe. You can also read my updated version of this post where I take you through the individual meanings of all the playing card suits. To read it, go to this post here: Part 2: The meanings of the Suits.


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Some interesting meanings of cards:

  • Ace of Spades: “The ace in the spade suit; sometimes taken as a portent of death.”
  • Queen of Diamonds: “The Queen of Diamonds can represent a garish, flirtatious woman who manipulates men for her own ends, and then tosses them aside when they no longer serve her needs.  In a love triangle, the Queen of Diamonds often represents the other woman.”
  • 4 of Clubs: “Concentrated mental work”.

If and when you find a playing card, stop and find out what the meaning is. I even tend to save them, scribbling the date and meaning on a post-it note on the back of the card.

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Here are some great sites for you to check out on the subject of  How to Tell Your Fortune with Playing Cards

  • The excellent Metasymbology website says, “There is more to the Cards than just mere games of chance. What if their true purpose is to leave nothing to chance? What if their simple and well-preserved design is a language of symbols passed down through the centuries?”
  • Tarot Teachings is another great website. They say, “Using playing cards for Tarot reading was immortalized by Madame Marie Lenormand, a celebrated French Mystic. She was able to predict amazing events, all with a primitive deck, much like our modern-day playing cards.”
  • Serena’s Guide to Divination is probably my favourite site on Cartomancy. She says, “If you need a quick answer to your question, you simply need to draw one card. A single card can give an overall impression about your problem. If necessary, you can draw an additional card to clarify the first card.”

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Do Your Own Reading To Tell Your Fortune With Playing Cards

You can always do a reading for yourself, by picking a random card out of the deck. One I also like to do is a past, present , future reading where you choose three cards: one showing your past, one your present, one your future.

You can go into more complex spreads (see the Serena Powers site) if you like, as with Tarot. If you would like to know a bit more about what the suits mean, check out my post: Part 2: The meanings of the Suits

Whether you believe in this stuff is not really that important, but if you find a random card lying in the street – pick it up. It may have a message for you.

  1. April 12, 2013

    This is fascinating, truly fascinating.

    I bought myself a set of Tarot cards and have only dealt them once. The reason not twice is because I saw ANOTHER web site telling me ANOTHER way, which only had me question the original way… so is there only one way?

    This though, this is not Tarot, and seems pretty clear. This is heaps interesting, Alyce.

    1. April 12, 2013

      Yes yes. The meanings are not dictated by man or woman alone. These are static symbols, accessible to us all.

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