Playing Card Divination?

Playing Card Divination?
First off, I would like to make sure everyone understands what I mean by “playing card”. I don’t speak of tarot cards. I am talking about regular old playing cards and their use as a fortune teller.

There seems to be very little documentation on the subject aside from the few short card “meanings” I can pick up on the net. Does anyone know a decent source for this form of fortune telling?

No, I am not looking to use the art practically as I don’t believe in magick, but I am rather intrigued by the subject.
I am particularly interested in not only the tarot related meanings, but the relation the cards have to numerology and times of the years. All of the sources (internet of course) I researched didn’t delve very far into these subjects.

I would prefer to know the mechanics that just the quick answers.

Suggestion by Mr. Bitter
Playing Card Divination.,, Sure. Why not?

The modern playing card deck is a descendant of the the Tarot.

They have the same number of suits… however the playing cards won’t have the major arcaria cards.. Death, The Emperor, The Fool,, etc.

So you couldn’t use the traditonal Tarot method.

Suggestion by morporc
There are many different methods of fortune telling with playing cards. Try a Google search.

All the available evidence suggests that standard playing cards are in fact at least a century older than the Tarot, and that Tarot fortune-telling comes from ordinary cartomancy – not the other way around.

Suggestion by Michelle D
Playing cards were actually the original Tarot deck, with an extra card (the page, as the knight was the jack.) The Major Arcana were added later, and were not originally the 22 we know today (they basically varied from place to place on meaning, depiction, and how many there were). It wasn’t until the early 1500’s that the Major Arcana were finalized into what we now recognize.

Is it possible to use a normal deck? Certainly, and many hold that the Egyptians may have done this initially. Others say that Tarot reading did not come until long after playing cards were around, and that both decks originated in Italy as opposed to Egypt. We may never know for sure.

Good luck!

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Whats a good site that gives indepth meanings to using tarot cards, with ordinary playing cards?
I already have a tarot deck, and book, but would like to expand my knowledge by understanding the utilization of ordinary playing cards.

Suggestion by Epona Willow
You are speaking of cartomancy.

Ace: happiness, love, friendship
King: fair haired man, affectionate and generous, but impetuous
Queen: fair haired woman, trustworthy
Jack: fair haired young person, a good friend
10: good fortune, happiness
9: the ‘wish card’, desires come true
8: invitations, but also partings
7: someone is unreliable
6: unexpected good fortune, generosity
5: jealousy, indicision
4: changes, possible travel or postponements
3: need for caution
2: success, friendship


Ace: conflicts, a difficult love affair
King: dark haired man, ambitious, usually successful
Queen: dark haired woman, seductive or unscrupulous
Jack: dark haired young man, well meaning person
10: worry
9: bad luck, can mean delays or quarrels
8: disapointments and opposition
7: a warning against possible loss of friendship
6: an improvement in the person’s life
5: anxiety, setbacks, interferences
4: jealousy, business troubles
3: partings, possibly due to faithlessness
2: scandal, gossip, danger of deceit


Ace: money, a ring
King: fair haired man, stubborn and powerful
Queen: fair haired woman, flirtatious, sophisticated, witty
Jack: a relative, someone not quite reliable
10: journey, changesm usually bringing wealth
9: opportunities and surprises, usually financial
8: late marriage or new relationship, unexpected money
7: a gift
6: a reconciliation, a warning against a possible second marriage
5: successful meetings, particularly in business
4: an inheritance, a change for the better
3: legal or domestic battles
2: a love affair becomes more important than it was


Ace: harmony, property, achievements, love
King: dark haired man, honest, open
Queen: dark haired woman, strong, helpful, attractive
Jack: a reliable friend
10: money from an unexpected source, good luck or a gift
9: a new romance
8: opposition, danger of recklessness
7: prosperity, though a danger of romantic interference
6: business success
5: help from a friend or spouce
4: bad change of fortune
3: good marriage or alliance
2: disappointment and opposition

Suggestion by lala
Go to a book store where they specialized in New Age books and you will have lots of choice . The above answer is quite correct about the meaning of each cards ;but there all the combinations who are VERY important ; like 2 kings or 3 Jacks and so on ;;

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

I have a deck of tarot playing cards by fournier does anyone no the meanings or a website?

Suggestion by Donna
When I bought a deck of tarot cards, there was a book that shown all the meanings. Wierd… Anyways, I think this is a great website:

Suggestion by Silly Salamander is Sexy!
Fournier is a publisher; it doesn’t specify what the cards are like. What type of cards are they? You might be able to interpret them like any other Tarot deck if they have the same Major and Minor Arcana.

Here’s a link to Tarotpedia explaining the Major and Minor Arcana:

Suggestion by Rev. Lynn D.
Tarot cards started in the 15th century as playing cards but they are not used for that purpose currently. They are a divination tool used by psychics to receive messages from spirit.

For meanings of traditional Tarot cards, there are many many books written on the subject that can be found at most book stores, especially the larger ones.You can also take classes at a New Age Bookstore or do a google search for ” Tarot card meaning.”

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  1. Sadhara Satguru says


    It is called Cartomancy & there is not a lot out there.

    If you use them as a tool then you will be able to use them as a stepping stone to your psychic ability otherwise you just have those simply references that you have found.


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  2. sjc says

    i have a book on it ill find it and let u no

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  3. Ms. A says

    I’m guessing that you know that spades is swords, pentacles is diamonds, hearts is cups and clubs is wands. Get a good tarot card book which has intricate, involved meanings given for the suit cards and simply use the indicated meaning. For example Eden Gray’s book on tarot cards might give 10 of swords as slander or attack, well that would be the meaning to assign to 10 of spades. Likewise for the court cards. They say the number of the card also relates to numerology if you’re interested, like 10 is completion, 1 is beginning something,etc.

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