Cartomancy – Card Meanings

There are two main ways to setup your cartomancy deck. First is the standard 52 stack, no Jokers. The other is the 36 card stack, with cards 2-5 removed from each suit. The 36 card spread is used for quick answers & general overviews. The full 52 card spread is for more detailed results.

UPDATE: For further reading on Court Cards, check out my new posts: Court Cards as People and Court Cards and the Zodiac.
First, some facts about playing cards:

  • There are 13 cards, Ace through King, which correlate with the 13 phases of the moon.
  • There are 52 cards in a deck, which correlate to the 52 weeks of the year.
  • There are 4 suits in the deck, which correlate to the 4 seasons of the year, the 4 elements, and the 4 cardinal directions.

Representations of the suits:

Spades Fire Summer Swords South
Hearts Water Winter Cups North
Clubs Air Spring Wands East
Diamonds Earth Autumn Pentacles West

The Suit of Hearts

Ace of Hearts – Love and happiness. The home, a love letter. This card is a particularly favorable card that indicates troubles and problems lifting. Has to do with one’s home or environment. Could represent a visit or a change of address.

King of Hearts - A fair-haired man with a good nature; or a man with Water signs predominating in his chart. Fair, helpful advice. Affectionate, caring man. This man helps you out without much talk. His actions reveal his kindness and concern. Represents an influential man, someone who has the power or ability to do something good for the querent.

Queen of Hearts - A fair-haired woman with a good nature; or a woman with Water signs predominating in her chart. Kind advice. Affectionate, caring woman. Sometimes, this card can indicate the mother or a mother figure. A trusted woman. Someone knowledgeable and faithful. One who always plays fair.

Jack of Hearts - A warm-hearted friend. A fair-haired youth; or a young person with Water signs predominating in his or her chart. Often this points to a younger admirer. A good friend to the querent, someone close, a cousin or confidant, someone they have known since childhood or for a long time.

10 of Hearts – Good luck, success. This is an important card that suggests good fortune after difficulty. A good card: means good luck, can counteract bad cards around it.

9 of Hearts – The card of wishes. A wish/dream fulfilled. Look to the card just preceding this one to determine what the querent desires. Harmony. Often called the Wish Card. If surrounded by bad cards, these can represent obstacles that need to be dealt with in order to get the fulfillment of the wish.

8 of Hearts – Unexpected gift or visit; an invitation to a party. An event, a celebration, a party/bash..etc. Some sort of ceremony that is already in the works..or is being planned.

7 of Hearts - Someone whose interest in you is unreliable; someone with fickle affections for you. This card can indicate lovesickness. A card of disappointment. Usually indicates a partner or other person failing to keep their promises. If this card comes up when dealing with some sort of plan, expect that the other person will back out.

6 of Hearts - A sudden wave of good luck. Someone takes care of you, takes warm interest in you. Warning card. Someone may try to take advantage of the querent. Also..the querent is being too generous to somebody and not getting anything in return. They are being used.

5 of Hearts – Jealousy; some ill-will from people around you. Indecisiveness: The querent’s inability to make up his/her mind on a subject. A tendency to make and break plans with others.

4 of Hearts – Travel, change of home or business. Can also represent someone who is too fussy in their selection of a partner. Someone who, by their picky nature, is destined to remain alone.

3 of Hearts – Love and happiness when the entire spread is generally favorable. In a difficult spread, this can indicate emotional problems and an inability to decide who to love. An unwise decision, made in haste and without proper background information.

2 of Hearts – A warm partnership or engagement. This is a very favorable card that indicates strength and support coming from a partner. Success, often beyond the querent’s expectations. If bad cards surround..there may be delays in reaching the goal.

The Suit of Clubs

Ace of Clubs – Wealth, prosperity, unexpected money/gain. However, in a difficult spread, this money may disappear almost as quickly as it appears. Feeling well known and being able to receive certain perks due to good looks or social status.

King of Clubs – Dark-haired, kind-hearted man; or a man with Fire predominating in his chart. A generous, spirited man. Represents a very good friend. A lifelong companion, someone who can be trusted and counted on during times of need and sorrow.

Queen of Clubs – Dark-haired, confident woman; or a woman with Fire predominating in her chart. She may give you good advice. Represents a wife or girlfriend in long term relationship for a man. For a woman, represents a sister or good friend, someone who shares a lot of knowledge about the querent.

Jack of Clubs – A dark-haired or fiery youth. Popular youth who is good-hearted and playful. Can also indicate an admirer. Represents a good friend, one who uses a lot of flattery, but only to make the other person feel better. Someone who is good at cheering the querent up.

10 of Clubs – Business success. Good luck with money. A trip taken now may result in a new friend or love interest. A card of happiness and good fortune. Can also represent a long and fun-filled journey.

9 of Clubs – Achievement; sometimes a wealthy marriage or a sudden windfall. In a negative spread, it represents arguments with good friends. A loss of a relationship, a dispute that will remain unresolved.

8 of Clubs – Work/business problems that may have to do with jealousy. This is generally thought to be quite unfavorable. A sense of desperation. An urgent need for money.

7 of Clubs – Business success, although there may be problems with the opposite sex. A change in business that may have been expected or earned, such as a promotion. A card of good luck, if other favorable cards are around. Success if there is not interference from the opposite sex.

6 of Clubs – Financial aid or success. A partnership card. Success based on mutual goals and friendship.

5 of Clubs – New friendships, alliances are made. A marriage card, or the beginning of a long standing alliance.

4 of Clubs - Beware of dishonesty or deceit; avoid blind acceptance of others at this time. A danger card, showing misfortune or failure. Supposed friends getting in the way, or turning against the querent.

3 of Clubs – Love and happiness; successful marriage; a favorable long-term proposition. A second chance, particularly in an economical sense. A sign of a second marriage or even a third. Or an engagement with someone, then a marriage with another, after a friendly separation.

2 of Clubs – Obstacles to success; malicious gossip. Bad luck. Being let down by those around. Opposition from friends and family. Do not count on others.

The Suit of Spades

Ace of Spades – Misfortune; sometimes associated with death or, more often, a difficult ending. Bad news, loss of someone close, possible death to someone near, or an illness, miscarriage, etc.

King of Spades – Dark-haired man; or a man with Air predominating in his chart. An ambitious man, perhaps self-serving. A man who will cause problems in marriage or relationships. One who will get in the middle, divide and conquer..and then destroy.

Queen of Spades - Widowed or divorced woman; or a woman with Air predominating in her chart. A cruel woman, one who interferes. For women, a betrayal by a good friend. For men, a woman who will use them for their own gain.

Jack of Spades – A youth who is hostile or jealous. One who will get in the way of progress. Takes and takes, but does not give back anything.

10 of Spades – Worry; bad news. A very unlucky card. If near a good card, it can cancel it out. If found with bad cards, makes them twice as bad.

9 of Spades – Illness, accident, bad luck. The querent is at his/her personal low. This is the worst card of all: Illness, loss of money, or misery. Even among the best of cards. Defeat, lack of success

8 of Spades – Temptation, misfortune, danger, upsets. False friends, traitors, someone who will betray. Most of the trouble can be avoided if caught early on. Examine all relationships closely.

7 of Spades – Advice that is best not taken; loss. There is some obstacle to success, and this indicates that obstacles may be coming from within the querent. Sorrow and quarrels. Avoid arguments with friends. Let them “win” for now.

6 of Spades – Small changes and improvements. Much planning but little result. Hard work, without much profit. Discouragements.

5 of Spades – Opposition and obstacles that are temporary; a blessing in disguise. Sometimes indicates a negative or depressed person. Also can represent success in business or love, after much time and hard work.

4 of Spades – Small worries, problems. Financial difficulties, personal lows. Minor misfortune: A short illness, a temporary setback.

3 of Spades – Breaks in relationships. Sometimes indicates that a third person is breaking into a relationship somehow. Misfortune in love or marriage. A loss of pride and hope. Do not dwell, move on in life.

2 of Spades – Breaks in relationships; deceit. A break in an important process in the querent’s life. If the question concerns a particular romantic interest, this is considered a warning card – infidelity or separation is quite likely. A complete and forced change. Sudden change of location, relationship or a death. Bound to make a big difference in the coming months

The Suit of Diamonds

Ace of Diamonds – Change; a message, often about money, and usually good news. A letter or package/gift arriving, the contents of which are very important.

King of Diamonds – Fair-haired or graying man, or a man with Earth predominating in his chart. A man of authority, status, or influence. A bitter rival, a dangerous competitor, for women it can mean an abusive man or a deceitful lover.

Queen of Diamonds – Fair-haired woman; or a woman with Earth predominating in her chart. A gossip. A flirtatious woman, one who will interfere in plans. Gossipy, very attractive to to get away with things and interfere in situations.

Jack of Diamonds – A youth, possibly in uniform. Or, a jealous person who may be unreliable. A person who brings news, generally negative, but relatively minor. A selfish person. Not dangerous to male querents, but problems for a female one.

10 of Diamonds – A change in financial status, often for the better. Money. Money being the driving force of a journey or partnership. Greed.

9 of Diamonds – A new business deal; travel; restlessness; a change of residence. Adventure: A move in the hopes of advancement.

8 of Diamonds – New job; change in job situation. The young or the old may find love on a trip. Country life, travel and marriage late in life. The querent’s life is too hectic at the moment..a need to settle down and get away..but being unable to do so at the present time.

7 of Diamonds – An argument concerning finances, or on the job. Generally expected to be resolved happily. Bad luck on an enterprise or idea. A man who is unreliable, a gambler or drinker.

6 of Diamonds – Relationship problems, arguments. Separation. An early marriage, but an unhappy one..and one not destined to last. A second marriage would also be unhappy.

5 of Diamonds – Happiness and success. A change for the better. A birth, or good news for a child. A good time to start new projects. Prosperity, long enduring friendship. Pride in family. Success with children.

4 of Diamonds – Financial upswing; an older person may give good advice. Quarrels: Forgotten or neglected friends and family. Situations that have been brewing and now come to a head.

3 of Diamonds – A legal letter. Be tactful with others in order to avoid disputes. A card of disputes and quarrels. Lawsuits, legal actions. A sign of separation or divorce.

2 of Diamonds – A business partnership; a change in relationship; gossip. A serious love affair, resulting in a marriage or interfering with one depending on surrounding cards.

UPDATE: For further reading on Court Cards, check out my new posts: Court Cards as People and Court Cards and the Zodiac.

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57 Responses to “Cartomancy – Card Meanings”

  1. darkuz angeluz says:


  2. John C says:

    I really liked the meaning of the cards you wrote. Do you use regular playing cards in your readings and is there more information on this subject? I would like to be able to communicate on a regular basis if possible.
    Thank you,
    John Cardozo

    • Josiah says:

      Yes, I use regular playing cards. There are some customized Bicycle playing cards that I order from, but they’re not trick cards or anything. They just look really good during a reading. I really like the Shadowmaster’s deck and the black Arcane deck. One resource to peruse is the “Cartomancy” entry in The Element Encyclopedia of the Psychic World. Harper Element. 2006.

  3. The Lotus says:

    I really like the meanings as well. When I do my own personal readings they are accurate so far. The meanings here also coincide with some other meanings I have read. Would you happen to know a brief history of the meanings of the playing cards. Are they parallel the tarot?

    • Josiah says:

      Truth be told, there is a distinct lineage between the tarot and playing cards. One of my previous posts goes deeper into the history behind cartomancy. There are some pretty fascinting parallels between the two.

  4. kim says:

    I was done a card reading . it was a lover spread. the lady stated the king of heard represents by bf and queen of heart was me, but we was facing apart from eash other. what does that mean?

    • Josiah says:


      What does your instinct tell you? Part of practicing the Craft is being in tune with yourself and your emotions. Listen to what your heart, your gut, and your instincts tell you about the reading. That being said, there are a couple ways to interpret that. If the Court Card is facing to the left, the person in question is really focused on the past… maybe too much. If it’s to the right, it means the future. Straight-on with two-eyes showing, and it means the person is focused on what’s in front of them. When two cards are used in a spread to represent people, take note of what they’re looking at. Which card was facing left? What card was it looking at? Facing apart can indicate tension or opposition. The cards around them will indicate what kind of tension and how bad it is. Could be something as major as a bad breakup, or something as small as differing goals or ideals. Take these into consideration, and above all, follow your instinct. Good luck on your future studies!

  5. tatek says:

    great job!!thank u

  6. misha30 says:

    great meaning analysis! I’ve recently been researching cartomancy. I did a relationship reading for myself. I wanted to get your input on it. While shuffling the cards the 4 of hearts fell out. During my research, it stated that when this happens the particular card portrays and overview of the relationship. The next card was a king of hearts, seven of spades, jack of diamonds, 3 of clubs and 9 of hearts. I will appreciate any light you can shed on my reading. Thanx

    • Josiah says:

      Misha30 – Whenever I start interpreting card combos, I consider some guidelines: whatever card begins the row is the main subject for that line; the card to the right modifies the card on the left, and the final card reveals the outcome. So let’s break it down: in a relationship spread, the 4 of Hearts can represent someone who is very selective of a partner, perhaps to the point of being to “picky”. This card is modified by the King of Hearts, which represents a good-natured, influential man who has the power or ability to do something good for you. Followed next is the 7 of Spades, which represents advice best not taken… sometimes, because of internal obstacles. Perhaps the source of this bad advice is the next card, the Jack of Diamonds… “a youth, possibly in uniform. Or, a jealous person who may be unreliable. A person who brings news, generally negative, but relatively minor. A selfish person. Not dangerous to male querents, but problems for a female one.” Perhaps this Jack of Diamonds is the kind of person who would act kind to the King’s face, but would purposely give the 4 of Hearts bad advice about the relationship in order to sabotage it. The motive behind the Jack of Diamond’s actions would come from the 3 of clubs, “A second chance, particularly in an economical sense. A sign of a second marriage or even a third. Or an engagement with someone, then a marriage with another, after a friendly separation.” Perhaps an ex? Or someone who has admired the 4 of Hearts from afar? Either way, the final card represents what this 4 of Hearts ultimately wants… “9 of Hearts – The card of wishes. A wish/dream fulfilled. Look to the card just preceding this one to determine what the querent desires. Harmony. Often called the Wish Card. If surrounded by bad cards, these can represent obstacles that need to be dealt with in order to get the fulfillment of the wish.” So, my final opinion on this reading would be that the person who is represented by the 4 of Hearts will meet a good-natured man, and should be wary when accepting relationship advice from any other male close to them. Such advice may have ulterior motives behind it. Failure to do this could ruin the chances at having their dream fulfilled. Again, just my opinion. I hope this helps.

  7. Jay says:

    Thank you for this! I was taught a method of Cartomancy almost a year ago, and I’ve found that it’s truly an effective method for divination… just different tools, but it’s all the same energy (in my experience). I had forgotten some of the meanings, and also wanted to expand upon the meanings I had already associated with the cards, and so this will be helpful. Thanks!

  8. steph says:

    I asked if i was going to move and 6spades,jackof diamonds,jack of clubs,and then 6 of clubs came up in that order. Does this have a specific meaning being 2 doubles? i dont know how to interpert it.

    • Josiah says:

      Hi Steph. So let’s break this down. On the whole, the suit of spades has a bad rep for indicating negative outcomes, such as bad luck, separation, divorce, illness, Financial troubles, and even death. If read in context with the question and surrounding cards, however, they can be a good warning for future dealings. The 6 in particular signifies success through perserverence despite discouragements. Combinations of Jacks signify various things: two Jacks means overwhelming paperwork, three Jacks indicates legal matters, and all four jacks represent a group of nosy people. If the Jack of Diamonds was in the same spread as a queen or king, it can mean news or information from a false friend. Following up with a club, the clubs suit indicates friendships and trust, but warn of treachery, hypocricy, and deceit. The 6 in particular IS the partnership card, and signifies success through a partner or trusted friend. So, given the context of the question -if you’re going to move – my interpretation would be yes, so long as you don’t get too discouraged over the intense paperwork AND you have a strong partnership with someone you trust. Again, this is just my opinion, but that’s how I would interpret it. Just be very cautious while dealing with the paperwork… that Jack of Diamonds is still in there, signifying a fake or jealous friend/relative, and it could clash with the Jack of Clubs, the generous, sincere, trustworthy friend whose devotion is never in question. I hope this helps. Thanks for visiting.

    • Madam Ella says:


      In my opinion, I would have a back up plan to be on the safe side. Covering all your bases is never a bad thing. Also, listen to your gut instinct.

      Blessed Be,
      Madam Ella

  9. peter says:

    thank you so much for expaining the cards meaning
    do u make personal readings

  10. Richard says:

    I received 2 playing cards in the mail from an unknown person. The letter was post marked from China. One was the queen of spades and the other the 10 of clubs. I have no idea what this means. Any ideas?

    • Josiah says:

      Richard – Well, looking only at the cards, the 10 of clubs is a card of movement and ambition, related to business and travel. A bit of an older meaning for the 10 of Clubs is “a body of water”… when related to travel, it indicates by or over water. Paired with a face card, it can signify a business-minded person, or someone who is about to travel. The Queen of Spades represents a skillful and ambitious woman. Since the spades suit is considered the “darkest”, it represents people with dark brown or black hair and dark brown eyes. The Queen can refer to a woman of a foreign country, a professional woman (doctor, lawyer, etc.), possibly a divorcee or widow, or a woman who lets her head rule her heart. When paired with negative cards, it takes a different tone… the woman represented becomes deceitful and conniving. Now to step back and look more objectively at the situation, I’m not entirely sure what to make of that. Do you have any ties to someone in China? Are you living in a new place, where someone else with ties to China may have lived? Was there anything else in the envelope, or were there any marks on the cards themselves?

      • v says:

        My boyfriend received a 7 of clubs card in the mail today from an unmarked envelope. The playing card is of a nude male. The stamp on the envelope was dated 3/21/11 in the amount of $.98 from a zip code 84106, which is close to us. Any ideas or completely random?

  11. jasmine says:

    found your site and analysis very helpful. started cartomancy about a month back and am still reading. do let me know if there is any technique that makes me a better reader, i mean begining from the scratch. for amateurs what spread do u recommend that they should start with. thanks J

    • Josiah says:

      Hi Jasmine, thank you for the kind words. Much like anything else, the only thing to make you better is practice. Spend some time getting to know your cards. I suggest keeping one deck of cards strictly for cartomancy… do not play regular games with that deck. Another thing I can suggest is a simple YES/NO layout. Ever seen those surveys with 5 boxes from “Strongly Agree” to “Strongly Disagree”? This is kinda like that. Start by asking a yes/no question while shuffling. Deal 5 cards face up, then count the number of red cards. Red cards are positive, black are negative. All red cards means “Definitely Yes”. 4 red = “most likely yes”. 3 red = “probably yes”. 2 red = “probably no”. 1 red = “most likely no”. No red cards means “definitely no”. This will help get you into the habit of handling the cards, doing some simple readings, and imprinting your energies into the cards. Once you have your “yes” or “no” answer, you can go another step by interpreting the line of cards that came up. These will help tell you WHY the yes/no answer is the way it is.

      I hope this helps! :-)

  12. Gina says:

    Hi, thanks for this site. I occasionally come across playing cards on the street and collect them.
    I recently came across the 7 of hearts in the gutter in front of my right rear car door. I had just received some interesting news the day before about someone I accidentally fell in love with (they supposedly broke up with someone…but it’s a long story). Anyway, this card seems in line but I’m not certain how or even IF I should interpret a seemingly random card.

    Any insight appreciated!

  13. catherine says:

    I found this site helpful as I am a beginner in cartomancy I want to do a spread about pregnancy and which month I would concieve is this possible if so how would I go about it thanks….

  14. Susan Belen says:

    As a daily guide I’ve been reading cards for years. Your card meanings are quite similar to my lost book by a Chinese author. I may add these meanings which proved to be reliable in my experience. The 3 of spades means travel by sea or any activity near the seashore; 6 of spades is delay or slowing down of project at hand; 3 of hearts means within a week or immediately.The 10 of spades means nighttime. Before interpreting it as imprisonment, it should be surrounded by other spades such as 7, 8 of or 9 of spades. The 4 of spades represent sickness or depression. The 8 of spades has always warned me for deceit or a shocking trouble of ending a relationship with a loved one or any trusted person in my business. The 3 of clubs may hint an unexpected love or marriage proposal very late in life. The 6 of clubs means that the inquirer would be borrowing money, or it depends on how the cards are laid, which woud indicate that somebody would like to ask help from the inquirer in the form of financial assistance.

  15. Mary says:

    I am interested in Cartomancy and really enjoyed reading your explanations. Just a quick query, how would I know which meaning to use in a card such as the 6 of Hearts? It’s both good and bad.
    Many thanks

    • Josiah says:

      Hi Mary, thanks for visiting. The 6 of Hearts is ultimately a relationship card, specifically related to long-term relationships. Stamina and loyalty are commonly associated with it. Check the cards immediately surrounding it. If it’s paired with a negative card, such as the 2 of Spades, it could indicate a very lengthy separation, possibly a divorce. If it’s paired with, say, the 2 of Hearts, it could represent the turning point of a warm friendship or relationship into a more long-standing and faithful partnership. Either way, if you get this card in a reading, be prepared for a tenacious and persistent undertaking.

  16. Mothervixen says:

    When I was a child I use to do something like this but I was just playing and didn’t know the meaning of it at all, so thank you for aking this site for ppl to learn from.

    • Josiah says:

      Mothervixen, thanks for visiting. I’m still learning myself, but I’m happy to share what I have learned.

  17. raymond says:

    hello kinda drawn to joshua being hes a guy and all hey im raymond and i think im comming into some gifts im not sure of what do you feel

    • Josiah says:

      Hi Raymond, thanks for visiting and for the vote of confidence. It’s entirely possible that you’re coming into the realization of your gifts. We all carry a spark of the divine within us, so it’s not too far-fetched. One of the many proverbs in the Inner Temple at the ancient temple at Luxor was “Man, know thyself, and thou shalt know the gods.” “Know Thyself” was also found adorning the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. So exercise it. Pursue it. Get to know thyself.

  18. Pam Tru says:

    Hi, I really liked your detail of information about the cards, including the addition of the four seasons etc.

    However, I thought that the Clubs represent Earth, good luck,trade, property, etc. And the Diamonds represent fire, money, energy, etc? It seems that you have them switch around? Other than that, I like everything you have to say on this site. Very informative.

    Thank you!

    • Josiah says:

      Hi Pam, you may very well be right. There are a good many ways to interpret the suit meanings. The definitions I have up here are the ones that I personally use. There are a ton of interpretations out on the internet, and I lay no claim of right or wrong to any of these meanings. My opinion for practitioners, especially beginners, is to choose one set of meanings and stick with it. There is no absolute right way or wrong way, but consistency in interpretations will reduce the confusion in readings. Ultimately, the cards are simply a tool; a catalyst for awakening and strengthening that inner talent, that “divine spark” within. If it works for you, then it works. :-)

      • Pam Tru says:

        Thanks, Josiah, for taking the time to reply. You are the one who is correct. I have read other’s interpretations on their sites and they state the same as you. So my apologies are in order.

        However, what is the use of having such a tool, if everyone can plug in their own interpretations? There is a certain set of rules to follow that give the cards their basic meanings and only then, can a person add onto those meanings. That is why I prefer Cartomancy or Lenormand to reading the Tarot, because Tarot is so open to anyone’s interpretations at any given moment. Tarot cards are very much esoteric. A great tool to use for meditating with.

        Thank you, again for all your insight into Cartomacy. A good place to learn about this fascinating subject.

  19. rebecca says:

    hi josiah! this really helps me a lot whenever i feel confused. i want to know if you do personal readings? thanks!

  20. rebecca says:

    hello josiah i got this ace of spades as my card of the day and then i picked 7 cards and i picked 8 spades,9 spades, 3 hearts, 5 hearts, K clubs facing left, J spades facing right and 7 clubs i read the meaning and makes me confuse can you please explain this to me , thanks very much!

  21. beth says:

    hello josiah. help needed. did a simple card reading today asking if the guy who has filtered in and out of my life for 4 yrs, would prefer the relationship to end. i pulled out the king of hearts, the jack of spades, the 10 of hearts, the ace of hearts, and the 5 of hearts.
    Any insite would be greatly appreciated. love and light.

  22. beth says:

    it was meant to be a simple yes or no answer, with 4 reds, i wud think that was a yes? but the cards tell differently?

    • Josiah says:

      Hi Beth. On the surface, 4 reds indicates a strong affirmative. Now let’s look at the cards themselves. You pulled the King of Hearts and the Jack of Spades as the first two cards. The King/Jack pairing, in general, shows the return of someone/something from the reader’s past, or the return to a location/situation from the past (moving back home, going back to an old job, etc).

      When this combo comes up, I look at the first King as indicative of the person in question, and the Jack as the circumstances surrounding the reader’s relationship with the subject. In this instance, the KH refers to a good-natured man over the age of 35 (or one very mature for his age) with fair/sandy hair and lighter-colored eyes, affectionate, caring, and influential, with Water signs predominant. The JS indicates youthful hostility and jealousy, someone who is always taking but never giving. Paired with the King like this, it would indicate a rival, an enemy, or a relationship (romantic or not) that ended badly.

      The 10 of hearts can indicate good luck and success. This is an important card that suggests good fortune after difficulty. When paired with another card, it indicates what the person loves most. Next to the Ace of Hearts (indicating a loving and happy home), indicates a person “married” to the idea of all their problems lifting away and having a happy, loving home.

      “5 of Hearts – Jealousy; some ill-will from people around you. Indecisiveness: The querent’s inability to make up his/her mind on a subject. A tendency to make and break plans with others.” When relating to a person, it indicates a familiar female; a sister, a daughter, a mother, a former lover, or a friend whom the subject views as family. In this, I see a female contributing to the subject’s indecisiveness, out of jealousy and ill-will.

      All that said, let’s revisit the overall reading. Your question was if this man would prefer the relationship to end. We have 4 out of 5 red, which is a strong (but not a definite) yes. This is something that your own free will could influence, but there’s not much of a margin to work with. Overall, he’s a good man, but there’s been some jealousy and hostility tied to him. One feels used by the other… either you by him, or him by someone else. Ultimately, it sounds like you both want a happy home (who doesn’t, right?), but a female emotionally close to him (physically distanced) has contributed to his indecisiveness in the past. Right now, it looks like that influence is prevailing in his decision. The reading would indicate that he wants to end it, but his good nature prevents him from hurting those he cares about.

      Again, this is just my interpretation of the cards as they are presented. I don’t know you, or your situation. I make no jugements, and I don’t claim to be a psychic. I may very well be wrong about my interpretation. But I hope that, at the very least, my analysis gives you some food for thought… even if that thought is “Josiah’s full of crap”. :-)

      Further Reading: IT’S WRITTEN IN THE CARDS by Leo Louis Martello and THE CARD READER’S HANDBOOK by Regina Russell.

  23. beth says:

    hello josiah. thank you so so much for that, it did in fact fill in a few gaps. Just needed some clarification on a few points, especially when it was a yes no question. love & light

  24. April says:

    Hi there i am wanting to request the King of spades which kept Popping up in my future a few times last month. i just need to know who that might be whilst im already in a relationshipbut my Partner who is a King of Hearts will be moving away i am curious who the King of spades migjt be?

    • Jason says:

      Hi April! As I have come to experience it, the King of spades can be a powerful male authority figure (a person), OR… It may represent government, legal situations, politics, and other organizational or bureaucratic situations. As I have been practicing Cartomancy more, I have come to see that the face cards are not always representative of people. That seems strange to me, but it’s proven true on my end, at least.

      Be well!

    • Josiah says:

      Your comment inspired me to create a couple of new posts about Court Cards: Court Cards as People and Court Cards and the Zodiac.

  25. April says:

    I am a Queen of Clubs Thanks by the way ;-)

  26. elizabeth says:

    hello josiah. what a great blog,found it few weeks ago. Just did a 5 card spread for myself with the question ( how do you see my relationship with mr x turning out?) i pulled 5 clubs, 4 spades, A hearts,9 spades, 10 hearts. this person has been in and out my life for 5yrs, never commiting, but never leaving me either.Always contacting me. it is coming to a point now where i dont know what to do. My question is? in an otherwise good spread? apart from minor difficulties! why did the 9 spades come between 2 fab cards? any clarification on this spread would be gratefully recieved. thank you in advance.

  27. Kate E. says:

    Hi! I’ve been looking through different websites for almost an hour now trying to find what the 4 of clubs mean. Last year, I came home for a vacation and my cousin-in law read my palm. He’s done this to other people and my cousin, his wife confirmed that his readings are usually correct. Even seeing how her co-worker would meet someone else even though she was currently engaged. Turned out, she broke the engagement and what he predicted was right. Now, he told me that I will have 3 relationships. I am currently in my 1st as I was able to confirm the clue(about bf1) he gave me before. He also told me that my 2nd relationship would devastate me emotionally, even financially. That this person will just use me and my resources and will then leave me for someone else. I am very much in love with my bf right now and all of these make me think that if I leave him, which he said I will, then I will eventually meet bf2.

    After some time, he made me draw a card from the deck. I remember he made me do all the cutting of the deck and towards the end he told me to choose the card that I wanna least that’s what I remember. Anyway, the final card was the 4 of clubs. And we did this 2 or 3 more times.. The results were the same. 4 of clubs. When I left home and got back to my university dorm, he sent me a picture of the 4 of clubs and a book about being successful beside it. Aside from betrayal, he also mentioned me having a late marriage which what I have been reading what the card meant from different websites.

    Sorry for the very long comment. But I am scared. I want to be with the man I love and have a good life. But this card and his reading, it seems like I am doomed to have a very difficult path.

  28. Manda says:

    Totally random, but im a server and the other night a group of kids were playing cards for hours..Anyway they said something about being proud of how long they haf that deck. Well i found an 8 of diamonds face down when they left.. mean anythng?

    • Josiah says:

      There’s no telling if one of the kids in that group had any knowledge of cartomancy or divination. It’s possible, given the availability of information online. Be that as it may, the 8 of Diamonds does symbolize a change of environment. Overall, the Diamonds suit often relates to money, finance, and business. Cross that with the Eights being related to periods of evaluation, you can see where the implication of an employment change comes into play. Factor that you also found this while you were at work, I’d say that’s a fairly straight-forward interpretation (though there’ve been times that I’ve seen this card indicate a late-in-life marriage, due to the surrounding cards). Now this could mean actually changing jobs, receiving a raise/pay cut, a bonus, a transfer, some kind of change in job situation. Change may be coming. Either you’ve been contemplating it, it’s been contemplated by outside parties, or it’s just time. That’s just my opinion, though. Let me make this clear: I AM NOT TELLING YOU TO QUIT YOUR JOB, OR THAT YOU WILL BE FIRED BECAUSE YOU FOUND A PLAYING CARD. No rational person should make a decision that impacts their financial stability based solely on the presence of a playing card and some guy’s comment on the internet. But the fact remains that finding that card on the table said something to you. It motivated you to search the internet looking for a meaning. Out of the millions of sites out there, your search lead you to our website. And even after reading our page, you took the time to comment. The least I can do is offer a “Thank You!” for stopping by, and provide my opinion on your situation. I wish you well, friend. :-)

  29. Julius says:

    Hey Josiah,

    thanks a lot for those short, yet deep, explanations of the regular cards divinatory meanings.
    I been dealing with cartomancy for a while, trying to get a better way to expand my contacts with my higher-self, and other forces in the universe, and I been seen this working for real.
    I mean, many and many times the spreads I got, translated the reality of the things as they were happening and/or would happen in my life and the life of other people of my concern.
    I am a total amateur, so, sometimes I have to look for help with ways to better analyze a spread.
    Usually I request help from one of my religion priests or priestesses, and they use dilogun or epuele to get insights from the spirits. I also use runes and tarot when I can, to reinforce my interpretations over a spread.
    As I see you replying to people here, and being so kind and helpful, I would like you to, please, give me your brief input on this series of spreads I got.
    See, I have this situation. I been with this girl and our sexual connection was (and still is) really strong, since the beginning. However, I am getting older and finishing Law School, so I am not in the party life anymore. And she is just starting college, and loving the party life. I asked her if we could commit a bit more, as we been pretty much monogamous for a while, but she said that she doesn’t want commitment right now. I backed off, and won’t put pressure on her. But she still wants to keep the sexual side of our relationship.
    Our astrological sinastry show patterns that reinforce this sexual side of our relationship, which is very explosive. But also shows that we have a strong possibility to commit on a long term relationship, if we are able to communicate better and fight less (we argue a lot, as we are both very impulsive and, sometimes, over-dramatic).
    So, a couple of weeks ago, I got drunk and we had a terrible argument, as all my frustration because of her not willing to commit exploded, and that was really, really harsh.
    Since then, we are pretty much barely talking to each other. I restrain myself to good-mornings and good-afternoons when we meet in the campus. But she keeps telling, THROUGH FRIENDS in common, that she still likes me, and that she wants to be with me, but that she thinks that we are becoming too different and living in two different worlds (also, my family is somehow well-to-do, and I had the opportunity to live and study abroad, while her family is a Latino working class family, and she got to college on a scholarship. This is one thing that doesn’t matter to me, but seems to matter a lot to her, always mattered. My family is Latino as well, even if we been in the U.S. for more than a century now).
    Well, lets get to the spreads and I apologize for this long preamble.
    She is the queen of diamonds, a flirt that likes to party, but that is good-natured and strives to protect and care for the people she loves.
    I was the king of spades (because the spreads used to say so, and because I was in the military for five years), now I am becoming more of a king of diamonds.
    Well, I keep getting 2 of cups, ace of cups, and 2 of diamonds in the spreads related to our relationship. Those are all good cards as far as I can see.
    Also, I keep getting runes as Mannaz, Gebo and Wunjo, all good as well.
    We have a friend in common, a gay male, that is working somehow as cupid between us, and trying to mend the broken ties. I am straight so I don’t have any romantic or otherwise interest on him. And he is gay, so I don’t think he may have any romantic interest on her. He seems to be the jack of hearts, on my spreads.
    Also, the 2 of diamonds comes up so often because her friends are totally against our relationship (while taking the opportunity to hit on me, on the side, and ask me out every time me and her get on a fight. Women are very competitive beings).
    But today, I got the following spread for our situation: 5 of hearts – 6 of hearts – 2 of hearts. This spread is pretty much two factors and outcome, and not the regular, past-present-future. That is the way I intend them to be, and charge the cards when parting them.
    I also take a second spread, along that first one, to explain each one of the cards. So, this time, for that explanation spread I got: 2 of diamonds for the 5 of hearts, 10 of hearts for the 6 of hearts and ace of hearts of the 2 of hearts.

    As I interpret it:
    – 5 of hearts is gossip what is confirmed by the 2 of diamonds, like her friends barrage against our relationship, because “we live in worlds apart”, and “I am too good for her” (They said that, with “friends” like those she doesn’t need enemies). However, that can be her indecisiveness (5 of hearts) on regards of a more serious commitment (2 of diamonds).
    – 6 of hearts is a change for the better in the state of our relationship, as confirmed by the 10 of hearts. But, that I have to wait until she breaks the ice and asks for us to talk, and not pursue her to scare her away.
    – And 2 of hearts shows that is a great probability that she will agree to commit and that we can even get on a more serious and mature relationship, as the ace of hearts is there to confirm it.
    And, if that was not enough, I got the following tarot spread to confirm it: The magician and the queen of pentacles bound together by a eight of wands (which in tarot doesn’t share the meaning of the eight of clubs, being a “cupid” card instead, and also a card that foretells quick completion of pending tasks for the good).
    So, I don’t know, Josiah. That seems all good to me, and that it is something that is meant to be. But, I have my hands tied and can’t take the initiative right now, as ball is in her court.
    I really like her but I can’t compromise anymore.
    So, what do you think? And sorry again for this enormous post.

    • Madam Ella says:


      I see your problem. Although I am not as good as my husband Josiah with cartomancy, I do divine with Tarot cards, runes, tea leaves, etc. Now mind you, this is not advice. I do not give advice. I will give you my opinion and nothing more.

      Looking at your spreads I see a trend. I see you changing and growing as healthy people do. I also see She has not hit her time of growth yet. Her time of growth can be determined by numerology. That might be a good resource for you to use in the future.

      As for the outside influences in your relationship, friends should never be in your personal relationships. Although friends can mean well, it is not wise. You might want to remove the outside influences from your relationship equation.

      The overall feeling I get from your comment is that the two of you met too soon. You both have to grow as individuals first before you can grow together. Be honest with her about your feelings. Then you can take the next step that will make you both happy.

      • Julius says:

        Thanks Ella for taking your time to reply.

        I been thinking around those lines too. Even if I like her very much, I am sort of stepping in to the adulthood, and she is still a kid, with lots to grow and learn.
        I still have much to learn and grow myself, but that seems to be the main difference.

        Perhaps, there will be a queen of diamonds coming into my life? Perhaps, that won’t be her? Or perhaps, that is her, but I will have to let time take care of it? I don’t know.
        I had a gera rune as an outcome on a reading yesterday, and seems that I have to wait for time to follow its natural course, as the seasons go, time to sow, and time to reap.
        So, I will let time pass and see what happens.

        And thanks for your opinion! Don’t worry about the advice thing. I know that is something complicated as you and your husband are always being sought by people looking for advice, and they would probably think they have the right to come back and blame you for their shortcomings. People are just like that, unfortunately.
        I know that I have to listen to all opinions, but I also know that I have to build my own way, myself. And if that fails, I will be the only one to blame.
        We have an old Cuban saying that goes like: “if an advice was any good, it would be sold, not given”.
        We, Cuban-Americans, understand that. So, don’t worry.

        Thanks again.

  30. Erik says:

    Hi, my name is Erik, French 36 years old, and I always see myself as the joker [jolly joker] in the deck of cards, does this have any meaning? Your site have been very helpful so far, but I searched all around the web and there is no information regarding the joker. Thanks for all the help beforehand and tell me if you need any more information!

    • Josiah says:

      Hi Eric, thanks for visiting. I’ve been asked about Joker cards in person, and I’ve just never put anything up about it. I like Joker cards just fine, but I personally don’t use them in my readings. Some do, however, as they add a whole new dynamic to the reading. The consensus among readers in my circles is to attribute it to “new beginnings”, “a turning point”, or “second chances”, a fresh start of some sort, wiping the slate clean and starting over. If indicating a person, someone who is a risk-taker, perhaps a bit naive. The Fool of the tarot is linked to the Joker; sources are unclear which derived from the other, though the correlation is obvious. As they’re wildcards, I’m of the opinion they can be used how the reader chooses. I know one reader who includes a Joker when the querant is selecting a significator card, then removes it from the deck before reading. Others I know use both Jokers, equating one to positive “Joker” qualities (the innocent fool), and the other to negative (the manipulative trickster). I hope this helps. Take care!

      • Erik says:

        Thanks for your answer, it was very helpful, and, by the way, thanks for uploading this site, it is helping me out in more ways than I can describe by hand or word. Take care you too and thanks again!

  31. Adam says:

    Hello Josiah! I would like some insight on the seven fates spread. The subject running through my mind at the time was, “What is going to happen in the near future when I will join one of the military branches?”.The cards drawn; 1.four of spades 2.eight of clubs 3.nine of spades 4.five of diamonds 5.eight of spades 6.five of spades 7.King of hearts and the eighth card placed on the number one slot four of hearts. Your insight would be much appreciated.

  32. nic says:

    Was curious to know how do you figure out the correlations with the correlations13 phases of the moon, as well as the 52 weeks..can it actually be broken down to a certain time of the season or certain week or possibly an exact date

  33. Broken says:

    Hi there I’m a total beginner with caartomancy and I’ve taken your advice just to start easy and ask yes/no q with 5 cards. Majority red is yes and vice verrsa. I recently stopped seeing a guy I really liked because he said he wasn’t ready and he couldn’t commit and obviously that broke me to pieces because I really believed in him and thought we had something. I asked if this is the end for us and pulled black 4, 2 spades – 4, 10 clubs and one red 9 hearts. I am really confused as to how to interpret this as 4 blacks means no but the card meanings seem as If he was lieing to me.

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