How to read the future with regular playing cards

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How to read the future with regular playing cards
Reading the future with playing cards is called cartomancy. (Playing Cards image by ElsSh from Fotolia.com)

Everyone has a deck of cards laying around the house somewhere, but few know that they could be used to read the future. The art of reading the future with regular playing cards is referred to as cartomancy and has been popular in Europe since the 14th century. Select one of the three methods based on how detailed a reading you want.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Deck of Playing Cards

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Shuffle the deck of playing cards while thinking of the question you have on the future, for example: “What kind of day will I have?”

  2. 2

    Split the deck in half using your left hand and put that half down. Place the other half that's in your right hand on top of it.

  3. 3

    Draw the first card. Read the drawn card based on the meanings outlined in Section 4.

  1. 1

    Shuffle the deck of playing cards while thinking of the question you have on the future, for example: “What kind of day will I have?”

  2. 2

    Split the deck in half using your left hand and put that half down. Place the other half that's in your right hand on top of it.

  3. 3

    Draw the first top three cards. Place the topmost card on the left, the second card in the middle and the third card on the right. The first card (left) represents the past, the second (middle) represents the present and the third (right) represents the future.

  4. 4

    Turn each of the cards face up. Read the drawn cards based on the meanings outlined in Section 4.

  1. 1

    Shuffle the deck of playing cards while thinking of the question you have on the future, for example: “What kind of day will I have?”

  2. 2

    Split the deck in half using your left hand and put that half down. Place the other half that's in your right hand on top of it.

  3. 3

    Draw the first top nine cards. Place the cards down in this order:

    Place the first three cards on the left–these represent the past.

    Place the fourth, fifth and sixth cards in the middle–these represent the present.

    Place the last three cards on the right–these represent the future.

  4. 4

    Read the future from your drawn cards based on the meanings outlined in Section 4.

  1. 1

    Interpret the cards as follows:

    Hearts: pertains to the emotional (family, friends, or love).

    Diamonds: pertains to the material (money, happenings, wealth).

    Clubs: pertains to achievement (plans for the future, work).

    Spades: pertains to antagonism (interruptions, troubles).

  2. 2

    Interpret the face cards as follows:

    Jacks represent the risk or messages; they can also represent innocence;

    Queens represent a woman’s influence or the maternal;

    Kings represent a man’s influence or the paternal.

  3. 3

    Interpret the colours as follows:

    Red is positive.

    Black is negative--especially spades.

  4. 4

    Interpret each number based on the meanings below:

    Aces represent beginnings,

    2s represent direction,

    3s represent details,

    4s represent roots put down,

    5s represent a glitch,

    6s represent changes,

    7s represent expansion,

    8s represent ideas,

    9s represent progression,

    10s represent completion.

Tips and warnings

  • Most cartomancers treat their decks with respect and use them only for readings.

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