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.
First, some facts about playing cards:
Representations of the suits:
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.
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.
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
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 males..able 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.