How to Read Tarot With Playing Cards

Updated on May 21, 2018
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I'm a professional tarot reader, but when I don't have a tarot deck with me, I can use a deck of playing cards to provide a useful reading.

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Playing Card Tarot

You don't need a deck of tarot cards to read the tarot. A deck of ordinary playing cards will suffice. Before you begin, it is important to remember that some people can be upset by a disturbing reading so always keep your readings upbeat and emphasize that it's just for fun. Should you want an in-depth reading, it is best to consult a professional tarot reader with a good reputation.

A regular tarot deck has an extra set of cards called the Major Arcana that give extra depth and power to the meaning of the spread (layout) of the cards. These qualities will obviously be missing when reading with playing cards.

Numbers and suits

Apart from the Court (Royal figures) cards, there are no images to guide you on your deck of cards, therefore the two most important elements of the cards are the numbers and the suits. We will get to the number properties in the next section. Meanwhile, you might be looking for a quick list of playing card tarot meanings.

The suits in a deck of playing cards correspond with the suits in tarot as shown in the following table:

Playing Cards
Tarot
Correspondence
Hearts
Cups
Emotions, feelings, relationships
Spades
Swords
Thinking, communication
Diamonds
Pentacles
Practicalities, material world
Clubs
Wands
Creativity, action

Hearts represent the realms of emotions and feelings. The cards in this suit cover the whole range of human emotion from despair and powerlessness to contentment and joy. Hearts are very often also connected to relationships because relationships engender so much emotion in human beings.

Spades are connected to all aspects of thinking and communication. 'Head-stuff', if you like. So lying would come under the rule of Spades, as would writing, studying and decision making.

Diamonds can give information about the practicalities of life including home, work, projects, money – all the things we can touch, and yes, again, relationships from a practical viewpoint. Diamonds may also indicate health issues.

Clubs are very active cards and represent creativity, business, action, adventure, risk and competition.

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The Properties of Numbers in Tarot

Knowing the properties of numbers will give you a solid framework on which to base all card readings, whether they be playing cards or tarot. Remember that each attribute has a positive and negative aspect. For example, fours mean stability but they can also mean feeling stuck.

  • Ace - Beginnings
  • Two - Balance
  • Three - Connection
  • Four - Stability
  • Five - Disturbance
  • Six - Harmony
  • Seven - Mystery
  • Eight - Movement
  • Nine - Growth
  • Ten - Completion

Applying the Suits to the Numbers

We now have two points of reference for each number card: the suit and the number. The following table will help you interpret each card. However, the effectiveness of a reader depends upon the skills of seeing a story in the cards, linking them together and judging how one might influence another. Those skills will only come with practice.

Also keep in mind that these meanings are necessarily brief and you can extend them to encompass related concepts, for example, the Three of Hearts can indicate a party, the Four of Clubs might mean a wedding or a change of residence (each event is the culmination of a period of hard work). Be creative.

 
Hearts
Spades
Diamonds
Clubs
Ace
New friendship, romance
New insights, realizations
New project, job, home, win
New idea, business, action
Two
Deepening attraction
Failure to communicate
Juggling resources, waiting on results
Planning and preparation
Three
Joy in company, friendship, celebration
Miscommunication, misunderstanding
Teamwork, improving skills
Leadership, exploration
Four
Turning inwards, apathy
Recuperation, recovery, contemplation
Miserliness, possessiveness
A goal achieved, rest from action
Five
Loss, despair
Discord, dishonor, hollow victory
Loss of possessions or job or money
Competition, disagreement, irritation
Six
Childhood, nostalgia, good memories, an old friendship resumes
Moving on, travel, mentally getting to a better place
Giving or receiving money, a pay-rise, obtaining resources
Victory, achievement, passing exams
Seven
Daydreaming, wishful thinking, choices
Lying, deceitfulness, theft, irresponsibility
Reassessment, turning point, mild dissatisfaction
Defence, conviction, strong belief
Eight
Emotional detachment, leaving love behind, making a hard choice
Illusion of being trapped, powerlessness
Paying attention to detail, focus, practice
Organization, moving quickly, pregnancy
Nine
Satisfaction, sensual pleasure, spiritual growth
Nightmares, problems, worry, guilt
Independence, self-reliance, increasing wealth
Continuing a battle, endurance, physical strength
Ten
Contentment, fulfilment, joy, family
Giving up, victim, martyrdom
Great wealth, family property, inheritance
Carrying burdens, responsibility, debt
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The Court Cards

The Court cards, Jacks/Knaves, Queens and Kings can be read in two ways – they can either represent personality traits or they can point towards real people. You have to work out which in the context of the reading.

 
Hearts
Spades
Diamonds
Clubs
Jack/Knave
Falls in love easily, romantic, chatterbox
Rebel, fights for a cause, intellectual, political
Reliable, hard-working, quiet, hidden depths
Unreliable, hotheaded, risk taker, athletic
Queen
Emotional, dependent, empathic
Sharp, intelligent, ruthless, insightful, organized
Practical, warm, dependable, motherhood
Energetic, career-minded, untidy, disorganized
King
Wise, tolerant, diplomatic, feeling, patient
Introspective, ethical, communicator, stern
Self-made, business owner encouraging, enjoys the fruits of his labors, jolly
Creative, forceful, entrepreneurial charismatic, hot-tempered
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The Joker

The Joker is the equivalent to the Fool in the tarot and, as such, it means unlimited potential, taking a big risk but having trust that all will be well. It would be a good idea to mark this card to indicate a 'right way up' or a 'wrong way up', so that it can show the reverse meanings of folly and foolishness.

Full List of Playing Card Tarot Interpretations

To help you learn and understand the cards, I've created this page: List of Meanings for Playing Card Tarot. By necessity they are short, but with practice, you can expand on them and learn how to interpret them to fit the question and situation.

Learning to Read Cards

Begin with one, two and three card readings. Draw cards for situations you read about in the press or on TV. Pick a random card each day and see how you can connect it to your daily trials and tribulations; triumphs and joys. Read for friends by all means but emphasize that it is for fun and practice. Don't try serious readings until you feel competent. Learn how to lay out a spread – the position of a card in the spread will modify its meaning. Above all, enjoy the learning experience and do go and buy yourself a real tarot deck!

Please note: the Question & Answer section is for queries about how to learn to read the cards. It's not for requesting free readings, or for me to interpret your cards for you. That's your job :)



Questions & Answers

  • How do I pull and lay my tarot spread?

  • How do I shuffle playing cards for tarot?

    There is no one way to shuffle tarot cards. Go with what feels best to you. Some people smoosh them on a flat surface, some hold half the deck in one hand and ease the other half into them. Others, like me, prefer the casino-style shuffle, where you cut them in half, place them face-down, and flick them so they 'mesh.' I do that a few times until they feel ready. I then cut them with my left (receptive) hand and swap the two parts over. Here's a page that might help: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/How-to-De...

  • What does the reversed Joker mean in a tarot reading?

    If you choose to use the Joker, you can mark the card so that you have an upright and reversed option.

    Should the reversed Joker turn up in a reading, it means the energy of the upright card is weakened or made negative. It depends on the situation and question. Common reversed meanings are folly, stupid risk-taking, making mistakes, impulsive, reckless, etc.

  • Where did you learn to read playing cards?

    I began to learn tarot in 2000. I read everything I could. I did free readings for the American Tarot Association; sometimes one, three or six card readings in an evening. I helped set up TABI (Tarot Association of the British Isles), and created their basic tarot course, based on Joan Bunning's teachings.

    I then set up my own website, and so on. A few years ago, I tried to read with playing cards by merely transposing my knowledge of tarot, and it worked. I gave a solid, accurate reading. I decided to write down what I'd learned, hence this article (and many others).

  • How do I shuffle and deal the cards?

    You shuffle the cards in whatever way you prefer. Same with how you deal them out. You can read more about it here: http://hubpages.com/fortune-divination/How-to-Deal...

    If you are looking for 'spreads' or 'layouts,' I have a selection here: http://hubpages.com/fortune-divination/Playing-Car...

© 2012 Bev G

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    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      2 days ago from Wales, UK

      You are very welcome, Carol :)

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      Carolmilne 

      2 days ago

      I have really enjoyed reading your pages I found it very easy to comprehend for me that's a 1st ha ha,keep up the good work many thanks .

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      Jessica 

      2 weeks ago

      I really liked the information here. It has opened my eyes to some insight . Thank you!

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      Bev G 

      5 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      Good luck, Janisa! Thanks for reading.

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      Janisa 

      5 weeks ago from Earth

      Thanks for the detailed post! I've been wanting to get into "fortunetelling" for a while now

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      Bev G 

      6 weeks ago from Wales, UK

      I'm sorry, but I can't do your reading for you. All the information to interpret it yourself is given in the article. Of course, if you want to purchase a full in-depth tarot reading, head over to my site :D

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      rashawn71 

      6 weeks ago

      im new starting over with the playing card been a longtime ... it regarding my friendship with a close male friend 6-diamonds,6of hearts, 5 of clubs 4 of diamonds ace of diamonds 8 of clubs ace of spades king of dimonds 9of clubs Q of spades 9 of diamonds A of hearts 2 of diamonds

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Well the Queen of Diamonds is equal to the Queen of Pentacles in tarot. As a character she is a practical, down-to-earth person. She gets on well with other people. She's maternal, a nest-builder but can also be a career woman--she would be a midwife or work in a practical, supporting role.

      In answer to your question, it's not the most helpful card to appear because it's not really a yes, or no (unless you assigned red cards to yes, and black cards to no).

      You could try repeating the reading after removing the court cards from the deck.

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      Natalie 

      2 months ago

      I keep getting the queen of diamonds when I do readings about this girl I really like. Two examples of when I got that card was in a three card spread of past present and future. It said that was her future. Another I just Did wan a one card spread and I asked if she liked me. These aren’t the only times though, I think I’ve gotten it close to 75% of the Times I do readings about her. Do you think this means anything, or am I just making it up in my head. I do shuffle the deck well before each useage, and I don’t think it is just a coincidence.

      On a side note thank you very much for this article, I love it so much.

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      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      No, that's a complete myth. You can buy your own cards with no worries at all. If you wait for a deck to find you, it might be a long time coming.

      They aren't some special, magical things made by fairies, just images on card printed in a factory. The magic happens when your intuition connects with those images.

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      Love 

      2 months ago

      Thank you for the helpful information!! I do have a question... I’ve always wanted tarot cards or Oracle

      But someone once told me it’s bad luck to buy your own tarot cards (not sure about the oracle cards) and that if it’s meant for you they will find you them selves? Is this true?

      Thank you once’s again!!

    • theraggededge profile imageAUTHOR

      Bev G 

      2 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you for reading. I have loads of tarot, spiritual and all kinds of articles here:

      https://hubpages.com/@theraggededge

      and at https://psychicelements.com/blog/

      http://lunarcafe.com/

      and my own site: http://tarot-study.info

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      alias 

      2 months ago

      Thanks for posting this! I'm rather young and want to study Tarot. I was thinking about getting my own deck but never had the time to do so. But when I found this article, I was very happy! Is there any tips for any newcomers who are just getting into spiritual and fortune-y things?

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      Bev G 

      3 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Ella, no. Playing cards don't have reversals like tarot, because they are a mirror image whichever way you look at them. It's not face-up or face-down, by the way. They all have to be face-up.

      The Joker can be marked, and that's only if it is your personal preference to do so. If it comes out in a reading upside down, then its meaning is weakened or distorted into 'folly'.

      If this is confusing, then just leave the Joker as it is. Learn the cards first and then you can change things up to suit your style of reading.

      Remember that the meanings I give in the article are just the tip of the iceberg, you can expand on them as you like, and according to the question and circumstances.

      Good luck, Ella.

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      ella 

      3 months ago

      hi Bev, I am learning to read cards from your website, and it is really helpful from the few attempts I have made, even though I have not liked the answers I believe that I have read them right. just one thing though, you mentioned it depends which way the cards (joker) comes out (face up/down). does this mean I need to shuffle the cards to make all the cards face different ways???

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Rascal, if you are a complete beginner, stick with one card readings. When you are ready to try more, I have this article: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/Playing-C...

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      Rascal 

      4 months ago

      What kind of spread should I put the cards in to read them? I've seen multiple different ones and I want to know which spread would be most suitable for a beginning reader.

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      Bev G 

      4 months ago from Wales, UK

      Enjoy your study, Myridiasage. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

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      Myridiasage 

      4 months ago

      Soooo happy I found this! I'm very keen towards tarot yet for now my practice has to be easily hidden so this is perfect for where I am at transitionally!

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      Anita 

      4 months ago

      I am a born Psychic and Certified Hypnotist. I have read cards publicly for 46 years. I received the meaning of the cards from spirit. many correspond to those you have here. Others are a bit different. If a relationship between cards is unclear at first spirt will clarify for me. My favorite spread is 21 cards, in rows of 7. the first row is past, the second is present. and the third is future. It is a very thorough reading.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 months ago from Chicago Area

      I never realized you could use a regular card deck for this! Thanks for sharing!

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      They Call Me Trinity 

      6 months ago

      hahaha, Too many of these readings have been uncanny. I read that you based these meanings on traditional meanings. It seems that there is a special relationship between these cards and I. I appreciate your work and hope you live with tranquility.

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      skygal 

      6 months ago

      Ok thank you I will

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi skygal,

      I would suggest that you forget that reading and simply draw one card to answer your question. I avoid interpreting other people's readings because they are essentially a snapshot of the energy around you at that point in time. So formulate your question carefully, set your intention, shuffle (cut, or not) and draw one card :)

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      skygal 

      6 months ago

      Hi Bev,

      I just found your article while searching on how to read playing cards. Very interesting; I did a 5 card reading asking about my previous career as a Flight Attendant. I resigned in 2014 and have regretted it. I asked the cards if I will become a Flight Attendant again. I was not sure about the cards positions I was following, the cards are: 5 of Diamonds, Ace of Clubs, 8 of Diamonds, 7 of Diamonds, King of Spades. I hope you can help me understand, thanks.

      BTW, do I have to cut the cards? Cause I did not.

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      Mariah, my system is based on traditional tarot: the suits, the elements and the numbers. You can 'verify' by reading up on the structure of tarot and how it works. Cheers.

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      Mariah Ann Vogel 

      6 months ago

      The information I have in my book that you are saying it's nothing like what youre saying...

      I am just beginning this process and in current state of labeling and making my cards my own and with that I got a book in the mail and as I said the information that you're providing does not match up with what I am reading at the moment so can you explain that is there different meanings to everybody because they are not alike whatsoever

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      Bev G 

      6 months ago from Wales, UK

      You are very welcome, QoA :)

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      Queen of Ace 

      6 months ago

      Thank you so much! I have been reading before but every time I read I get upset because I want to read positively so I quit reading but will give it another try

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      Cindy Skinner 

      6 months ago

      I'm looking forward to learning to read with playing cards.

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Have you tried to work out what they mean, Kayla? This might help: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/List-of-P...

      It's better if you learn how to read the cards yourself.

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      Kayla 

      7 months ago

      6 hearts

      4 diamonds

      3 diamonds

      Can you tell me what they mean

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Firstly, Wendy, I would make sure the cards are shuffled properly. When you get three consecutive cards like that, it's possible that they have stuck together.

      If the deck is well-shuffled, then your cards are indicating a positive development in the material sense. They could be saying that your bf has taken a risk, but is comfortable wherever he is. He has to juggle his resources, but working with others is helping him.

      However, my feeling is that the cards are telling you to focus on other things, such as a career, or some sort of project. The reversed joker, indicates that he is a silly boy and that you simply have to get on with your life. x

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      Wendy taggett 

      7 months ago

      Hi ive asked a question about my relationship which at minute is on a break my bf asked another woman if she can put him up but she never answered but lives close i asked the cards if hes with her and i got

      Joker card upside down ace diamonds.. 2 diamonds... 3 diamonds can you tell me what they saying to me please thank you

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi TJ, I have no way of interpreting your cards. I don't don't your question or your circumstances. I have no 'special powers' that allow me to know these things. Sorry, I can't read 'blind'. Why don't you tell me what you think?

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      TJ 

      7 months ago

      Hello there.

      My cards that are in front of me is:

      3 of Hearts

      Queen of Hearts

      3 of Clubs

      6 of Spades

      Ace of hearts.

      I have a gist of what it means. I would like to reassure and make of what's spread around me.

      Appreciate it much!

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi, Annalee, if there are Court/picture cards as well, you don't need them. If not, then assign them to knave, queen, king :)

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      Annalee 

      7 months ago

      I have a deck with 11s, 12s, and 13s in them. Do these have a use in tarot, or are they unnecessary?

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      Peppa 

      7 months ago from England

      This is extremely useful. Thank you for this. I always get asked to do readings when I don't have my tarot deck, and now I know that I can read my regular deck, which I always carry around!

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi RJG, there aren't any reversals for playing cards as they look the same either way. You'd have to mark the cards. In tarot, a reversed card can indicate several things, depending on the reader, the other cards, the question and so on. Generally speaking, a reversal means a weakening of energy, so for instance, the Nine of Wands, which indicates a will to keep going in the face of resistance, would show that resolve is slipping. Please ask if you have any other questions :)

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      RJG123 

      7 months ago

      Thanks soo much for your article! I love it. Just one thing I was hoping you could help with. I noticed the only card you gave a reversed meaning for was the joker. Are there specific reversed meamings for the rest or is it more of a take and use the reverse for whats there. Like happiness turns to unhappiness and so on....any further input is greatly appreciated. :)

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      It's true, I can't read for myself at all. Always good to keep a record of the reading and revisit it later. And, of course, you can keep delving deeper, through the layers and symbolism.

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      DRA 

      7 months ago

      Thanks for the answer. I do know the Tarot card equivalent for all, and my basic interpretation was similar to yours. I saw 3 of clubs as one more try thought. Of course ten of diamonds says "all will be well at the end"

      Unfortunately, it is very hard to read for ourselves as in general, we all have a bias as to what we desire and often tend to see what we want instead of what the cards are really telling us. I guess this is the hardes part of reading for oneself.

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      Bev G 

      7 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hello DRA,

      I'm going to give you the equivalent tarot card, so you can do some more research on the meanings.

      Five of Hearts = Five of Cups: upset, bereft, feeling loss.

      Seven of Diamonds = Seven of Pentacles: mildly dissatisfied, feeling there should be more to life.

      Seven of Hearts = Seven of Cups: difficulty making choices and decisions, unrealistic expectations.

      Three of Clubs = Three of Wands: creating opportunities for yourself. Putting in the work.

      Ten of Diamonds = Ten of Pentacles: Financial security, family business, inheritance.

      Hope that helps.

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      DRA 

      7 months ago

      So I did the reading and could use interpretation help. Basically related to my work, left old good paying job for new job that did not work out.

      5 of harts - me

      7 of diamonds - why am in this situation

      7 of harts - why did i meet that person and left my old employer to joint his company

      3 of clubs - do i have a chance to work again for my former employer

      10 of diamonds - what will the outcom to my curren situation be

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      Michelle 

      7 months ago

      Your help was much appresiated.I know I'll do well.If.I need help,I'll ask

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Gypsy, it means that the energy of the 10 is reinforced and multiplied. So, extra attention should be paid to them. If they are tens, then it suggests a major ending/transformation.

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      Gypsy 

      8 months ago

      What are the meanings of multiples? Such as 4 10's? In an 8 card spread...

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      You just found one, Jordan :) I have given you the basics. Start there and then you can progress.

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      Jordan 

      8 months ago

      Where can i find sites that i can learn to read the playing cards the future in reality and not just for fun?

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      Bev G 

      8 months ago from Wales, UK

      Absolutely right, Maurice. If you know the basics of numerology and can meld the meaning of the numbers with the elements of the suits, you can read the cards.

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      Maurice Glaude 

      8 months ago from Mobile, AL

      Wow, I think I could do this. I have a connection to numerology and this seems to follow similar patterns that I can understand. I may look into this further.

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      Bev G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

      Try Ctrl P, Tawnya. I use Evernote, which saves a simplified version of a web page that I can then print. It's free. I have two other playing card articles - one with layouts and the other focussed toward romance.

      https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/Playing-C...

      https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/Reading-P...

      Have fun with your cards!

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      Tawnya 

      9 months ago

      I have always felt intimidated with using regular cards. After reading this it made me feel comfortable and I had no problem with reading them. Is there an easy way to print this?

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      Alison 

      9 months ago

      I am having so much fun

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      Bev G 

      9 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Patty, here you go: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/Playing-C...

      If you are confused by your deck, it might be a good idea to set them aside and get hold of a more mainstream deck. There are a huge amount of resources for learning to read using the Rider-Waite.

      Here's a basic article: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/Tarot-Car...

      You can find more on my site: tarot-study.info.

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      Patty 

      9 months ago

      Can you give examples of spreads to use with regular playing cards?

      Do you have a post that you talk about learning to read actual tarot cards? I have the Gipsy Witch Fortune ones, but I find them confusing.

      Thank you

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Alex, I can't give one without the context of the question, brief situation and the 5th card.

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      Alex 

      10 months ago

      Hi just need a second opinion on what this spread means it's a 5 card spread,, 8heart, Qclubs,, 6hearts, Qspades

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      If you've never done a reading before, then one is fine. Otherwise you will just be confused.

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      seanorjohn 

      10 months ago

      Hi, how many cards should you deal out to do a reading. I'm guessing seven or eight.

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      Bev G 

      10 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Dashiell, thank you! Yes, some true psychics use the cards, whether playing cards or tarot, as jumping off points. They don't really need them at all. I'd recommend The Universal Waite Tarot or the Radiant Rider-Waite to start with :)

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      Dashiell 

      10 months ago

      Hi Bev...love this, its how my uncle used to read with a playing card deck it seems...it helped tho that he was psychic or the real thing , as they say...the cards where mainly a cover for him so people could handle it and have someway to rationalise his gift...it just struck me wondering what tarot to buy that it might have the way he did it on here so i googled and up you came...ty

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      Bev G 

      11 months ago from Wales, UK

      Not that I know of, Day. I don't tend to use reversals that often even in a 'proper' tarot deck, as I think that the cards can convey the necessary message without them. Let me know if you find, or devise a method, and I'll add it to the article (with credit, of course).

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      Day Shannon 

      11 months ago from New Jersey

      Hi, Bev.

      Is there any way to emulate the reversal cards with a regular deck?

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      David Baker 

      11 months ago

      Glad I found this.

      I used to have a pack of tarot cards with Native American characters on them but I lost it. I use a deck of playing cards now, mainly for everyday decision-making, a bit like some people use a die.

      After reading this I realised many of my card interpretations were incorrect (I kept mixing up the suits), so this is a very useful guide.

      Thanks for the education. Keep up the good work!

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      Bev G 

      11 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Teresa, thank you. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.

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      Teresa cotrone 

      11 months ago

      I love this site . I plan on visiting it everyday loving and learning

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      Teresa cotrone 

      11 months ago

      You know it every day I will be study playing cards the love of my life I mean one of the loves I love you

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      Bev G 

      11 months ago from Wales, UK

      That's fascinating, justarose. Have you any plans to delve into your family history? I write a lot of articles about psychics and spirit encounters on another site and some of the comments are very similar to your own. Others are from young people who are terrified out of their wits and with no idea how to get help without appearing to be mentally impaired. It's tough for some indeed.

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      justarose123 

      11 months ago

      When I was a young child my mother used to read on playing decks all the time. She showed me, but I didn't have much interest then. I remember 3 card spread with yes, no, maybe the higher cards in heart suit ...compared to spades, clubs, (diamonds weren't used in this easy reading) would tell you how high yr yes, or no, or maybe answer was also,

      It wasn't until 3 yrs after my mom passed while talking to my 3 sisters and Aunt-moms youngest sister -(My serious Aunt") and discussing why my mom's knew how to read cards, and spirits, and alot of things unusual, but not usual for her ,and my grandmother too,

      Anyway my Aunt interrupted out conversation.

      She said It's because our ancestors were witches, do yr family tree?

      That was it. No more information which doesn't surprise me, my family had always been so closed mouth and secretive.

      My grandmother was very superstitious.

      I wonder because I grew up seeing spirits and other things and thinking it was totally normal, it wasn't until I was a teen, and mentioned calmly to a girlfriends family, You have a ghost, after noticing it one day, only to be met with complete silence? I was so confused. I didn't know what I did wrong, but I knew it was because of me because I could tell they were afraid. and no one asked or talked about there house spirit.

      Of course I asked my grandmother when I went home. And she explained alot of people don't see spirits either because they reject the idea right out, or they are too afraid.

      She told me our family were more open because we always believed. And left it at that. With a warning to bite my tongue before I scare people next time.

      It was the first time I felt different from others and it was uncomfortable for me, going though teenage angst and all the good teenage emotions, lol

      Years later about 29 years old this time. while working with a few woman on a esemble line, we were in conversation and somehow or other I mentioned a ghost family that had died in a fire in 1800 century.

      That lived in my house and a young boy ghost had upset my 3 year old son while riding his rocking horse that very morning. ( yes I forgot to heed my grandmother's words)

      But the girls I worked with just skipped over what I said and conversation moved to another subject.

      At break time one of the girls I don't remember her name, it was the first time we ever talked to each other. But she approached me at break and said is it true? Do you really see ghost? and you admit it?

      I said yes, not knowing which way this conversation was heading. But I wasn't going to lie.

      She looked relieved. Told me she saw ghost too. Told her parents about it, and they were upset brought her to a physhicist , and now they had her diagnosed as schizophrenic and on medication that she hated.

      That really brought it home to me. That someone at 17 could be put on medications because they saw ghosts?

      What if I was born into a family like that.

      I reassured the girl that she was not crazy, but my stomach was sick about it all.

      I wondered about my kids? How should I bring them up, outwardly knowing like I was raised. Or quietly unless they brought it up. But never I decided like this poor girl was.

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      Julia Mitton 

      12 months ago

      The is very helpful site because I only use cards and pendulums that I know have not been used for some kind of black magic

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      Bev G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Lori, all well, thank you for asking. It's tarot-study.info, click on the Readings tab. x

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      lori811 

      12 months ago

      Hey theraggededge - Hope you are well May I have that tarot url again - I have a question and a "sharing" - many thanks:))

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      Bev G 

      12 months ago from Wales, UK

      Glad you think so, Sanjiv :)

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      Sanjiv Guptaa 

      12 months ago

      Wonderful...you have made it so easy.

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      I'm not sure which part of the article you are referring to, Chance. You can use whatever spreads you like, in the same way as when reading with tarot cards. You can find some suggestions here: https://exemplore.com/fortune-divination/Playing-C...

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      Chance 

      13 months ago

      Do you split in three then lay them out in rows of 8?

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      Practice with one card at a time, Leah. Start simple :)

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Arianna, you can get a free one/two card reading on my site, tarot-study.info.

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      Arianna 

      13 months ago

      i am so into this stuff i went to a medium and it was the best experience of my life. i would love to have a card reading session but dont have alot of money so im hoping i can teach myself but i doubt it. thanks for this hopefully i can figure it out.

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      Leah 

      13 months ago

      Okay so I'm still confused on the meaning of the cards and how to connect it to my life.

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      Arif, you need to read the article :)

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      Arif 

      13 months ago

      I want to know that...... how I learn my future by playing cards?????.....And....are tarot card and playing cards same.....?????

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Gabriel, it's personal choice. I don't often read reversals in tarot, so I wouldn't do it with playing cards. I happen to think that all we need to know can be conveyed by the 'upright' meaning. However, if you regularly read with reversals, then try it :)

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      Gabriel Larrivee 

      13 months ago

      On the "fool" section you said to mark the right way up and wrong way up to know if it as the reverse meaning. I was wondering if you should mark every card this way. For example should I mark the ace cards with a right side up and wrong side up to know if the meaning us reversed?

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      Excellent, Steve.

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      Steve. 

      13 months ago

      I've did a few readings and feel that the cards were right on for the situation at hand.

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      Bev G 

      13 months ago from Wales, UK

      That's quite common but still interesting. Often it means something - sometimes it's confirmation you are doing things right, or it could be a sign to start noticing other signs. I wrote an article about repeating numbers here: https://psychicelements.com/blog/repeating-numbers...

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      Sandra 

      13 months ago

      When ever I play Solitaire most times it shows 3 of the same number. I see matching number alot.

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      Bev G 

      14 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Shayla, you can use any tarot spread with playing cards. Try the simple Past, Present Future, or just draw one or two cards for a quick answer.

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      Shayla Vega 

      14 months ago

      I would like to know the different spreads.

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      Gloria 

      14 months ago

      A friend taught me to read them differently removing 8-10 cards.

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      Bev G 

      16 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you :) I have several - one is when I was giving a short reading to a girl who was having difficulty choosing between two guys... and was seeing both of them. Her cards were all about pregnancy. Couldn't be more obvious, so I gave her a bit of a telling off (in the nicest possible way) and saying she had to get her life sorted out, blah blah... A week later, I found out it was me who was pregnant. My daughter is almost 16 now :D

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      Rayno Pon 

      16 months ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Hi Bev,

      Your interpretation and analysis on Tarot cards are absolutely marvelous!

      I was wondering, during your 17 years experience in Tarot reading, what's the most unforgettable tarot reading moment for you?

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      Shonna Boyd 

      16 months ago

      For years I've looked into reading to hear one different thing after another,

      Maybe I can learn and help

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      Bev G 

      16 months ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Maggie, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Yes, multiple cards do have significance - there is more 'weight' to them, if you like. Three sixes are excellent and would show that some challenge, or challenges have been dealt with (remember that fives are challenges, so six hints that they are in the past). The two sevens would suggest that choices or a decision about a certain direction may face you either now, or very soon. Of course it depends on whether you had a question in mind, so my explanation would have to be adapted to fit the actual question/situation. xox

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      Maggie 

      16 months ago

      Great, easy to read information...thank you!

      My Mum was fantastic at reading cards, and tea leaves! :o)

      I just tried a 'bed' as Mum used to call it, and I turned up three 6's and two 7's - do multiple cards of the same number have any significance?

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      Bev G 

      18 months ago from Wales, UK

      Thank you for your kind words, Candace. I'll definitely give some thought to creating some playing card tarot spreads.

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      Candace Garcia 

      18 months ago

      Thank you,I have just started reading cards and you simplified it so well for me. I would like to know about some of the other spreads.

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