Use playing cards as a form of meditation...
This is a method of reading playing cards that I developed simultaneously with my Mexican Playing Card reading technique. Some of the individual card interpretations are similar or identical, but overall, the systems are a little different because American playing cards differ slightly in the court cards. Mexican playing cards have no distinctly feminine court cards, while American playing cards have a Queen.
There are many good books on playing card reading and I hope you will pursue this interest. Just as many people enjoy playing solitaire to pass the time, think and focus, using playing cards as a form of meditation and guided thought can be an enjoyable and interesting way to gain insight into your own ideas and solutions. My method of card reading is not intended to tell you what to do. The cards just provide you with time, focus and ideas for consideration. If you have questions or would like a professional consultation, please feel free to contact me through HubPages.
Suzanne Bennett©July 2008
DIAMONDS - MATERIAL & EARTHLY MATTERS
ACE: Ideas, creativity, luck! Appreciate your deserved good fortune! A time to manifest in the material world. Investments pay off! Rewards!
TWO: Balance between work & family. Fairness & trust in all your dealings. Flexibility & ability to change. Financial solvency & productive business partnerships.
THREE: Hard work pays off! Your achievement is a result of your personal effort & vision. You can now do what you do best! This is a time of tangible success!
FOUR: Financial security! Good management brings rewards! Be wise! Save money & resources! Make every effort count! You will gain satisfaction & personal reward!
FIVE: Face the source of your anxiety, & do what you can with what you have! Actions will change your circumstances!
SIX: Contentment & balance. That which we give a way returns threefold. Drop all pretenses, & give from your heart!
SEVEN: Potential, integrity, perception. Trust the process of growth. Be a practical dreamer! Your goal is worthwhile! Persevere!
EIGHT: Movement, change, renewal. Value yourself & feel valued. Doing what you love can bring financial success! Craftsmanship counts! Attend all details with love! Avoid perfectionism.
NINE: New energy! A new situation! Transformation! Your hard work will pay off. Seek independence & take time in nature. Enjoy leisure & recreation.
TEN: Is that all there is? $uccess leads to more. Embrace opportunities for spiritual growth.
JACK: A young person of medium complexion, prone to confusion & anxiety. News about travel, $, work & business. You are arriving at a crossroads. Avoid masking anxiety w/ bravado.
QUEEN: An attractive, fair haired businesswoman with an agile mind and quick perceptions.
KING: A mature, distinguished, helpful man. Loyal, honest, shrewd, perceptive, a man of many talents - he demands high standards.
My Favorite Playing Card Guide Book
HEARTS - EMOTIONS
ACE: Inspiration, Love, creativity & dreams. Give & accept love on a new level. Experience the heady excitement of new love even in an existing relationship. Meditation will open your heart.
TWO: Romance, partnership & friendship. Listen with your heart. Learn what romance really means - clear, nurturing, beautiful exchange of emotion. Happy agreements, love & friendship flourish.
THREE: Celebration & Action! New energy, life, creation, joy, happy times with friends & family. Play to renew your spirit & restore your health.
FOUR: Stillness. Express your finer feelings! Examine your heart. Re-evaluate your goals & priorities in relationships.
FIVE: You are being tested. Disappointment becomes experience & ensures future success. Let go of past sorrow & regain your power to heal.
SIX: Contentment & balance. Enjoy a new lease on life. Acknowledge your personal history. Appreciate what experience has taught you. Make peace with the past in a realistic way.
SEVEN: Potential, integrity, perception, Illusion-Rely upon your instinct. Make choices that are worthy of you. Recognize golden opportunities. Decide when you are sure.
EIGHT: Movement, change, renewal, turning away. You let go of a situation after extended investment. Consider carefully & choose wisely.
TEN: Good news! Past efforts pay off. Enjoy it & keep going. Be open to a break in routine.
NINE: The wish card. All good things. Unexpected fulfillment. Hopes become reality. Perfect balance in relationships.
JACK: A good looking, fair haired youth w/ sparkling eyes & winning smile. A generous, light hearted friend. Romance, folly, pleasure, the thief of hearts.
QUEEN: A beautiful fair haired woman. A supportive friend. An inspiration. The goddess of love.
KING: A mature, friendly man w/ fair hair & eyes. A kind-hearted man who enjoys a happy life. A calming influence.
CLUBS - CREATIVITY
ACE: A gift! Masculine energy, starting something new. Be instinctive, creative, & passionate. Create a good first impression.
TWO: Balance, Faith & partnership bring rewards. You are at a crossroads. Harness your power to create. Move forward with great opportunities to put plans into action.
THREE: Be your self. Create your future by visualizing it clearly. A time for personal gain & reward, opportunity & self expression.
FOUR: Pause, Stillness, home. Count your blessings. All is well. Celebrate, harvest, feel complete. Grow in every aspect of your life.
FIVE: Constant challenges to your position. Respect your opponent & maintain your position. Attend to every detail. Continue with your plan & be flexible.
SIX: Victory & deserved rewards. All your hard effort feels truly worthwhile. Pay attention to detail. Fulfill all promises.
SEVEN: Potential, integrity, perception, courage. Obstacles can be overcome by confidence & experience. Go forward in spite of your fears. Defend the things you love.
EIGHT: Wonderful news, movement, change, renewal. Offers will come. Set goals, prioritize, focus your energy. It is time for you to SHINE!
TEN: Bonus! New beginnings. Enrich your life with dreams from the past. Embrace challenges, excitement & adventure.
NINE: Conserve resources, work smarter, not harder. Schedule carefully. Pay attention to detail. You will have strength, support, & financial help for you tasks.
JACK: A dark haired youth. A reliable, helpful friend who sends good thoughts your way. Value this friend.
QUEEN: A lively, dark haired woman. A charming, sociable survivor prone to highs & lows. An outwardly social woman of great depth.
KING: A dark, robust man. Energetic, lively, a faithful partner who cheers everyone up. Publicly social, he is hard to know well.
SPADES - INTELLECT
ACE: Triumph, inner vision, mental agility will bring you success. Mindful energy will fuel new projects & help you deal assertively. Victory over struggle, strength in adversity, the power to win, change for the good.
TWO: Balance. A truce or stalemate, courage & intellect will bring success. Be diplomatic. Consider alternatives.
THREE: Let go of a sad situation. Confront a person or problem directly, then move forward. Focus on solutions & seek new perspectives.
FOUR: Stillness brings healing. Rest & recuperate after a barrage of stress. Ground & recharge yourself. Look inward for real change.
FIVE: The power of choice. Freedom is found in accepting your limitations. Turn away from your struggle. Let go of pride. Withdraw from conflict.
SIX: Passage, discovery, transition, contentment & balance. You will move from difficulty to smooth sailing! Breathe, renew, regain energy & enthusiasm.
SEVEN: Potential, integrity, & perception. Your creative intellect is your best ally. Use brains not brawn to prevail in a difficult situation.
EIGHT: A project or dream falls through. Have a lion’s heart. Stay courageous. The power of choice will liberate you. Seek help & wisdom within & from others.
NINE: Be patient, rest, recover, regain your equilibrium. Replace every negative thought with a positive alternative.
TEN: Disillusionment. Step back, take a breath & strike out in a new direction. Build a new future.
JACK: A striking young person w/ very light or dark coloring. Cocky, adventurous, always bounces back. A younger version of the King/Queen of spades.
QUEEN: A woman of inner sorrow/sadness. Widowed/abandoned - she has great depth & loyalty. Look beyond appearances.
KING: A dark haired influential man w/ strong character. Sharp, witty, intelligent, willful, well-liked, straightforward - he is a loyal, honest friend.
FACE CARDS: Kings & Queens could be you or another. Use your judgment in the context of the reading. Jacks facing hearts/clubs may be opposite your gender. Facing spades/diamonds may be you or someone of your gender.
JOKER: It is not necessary to use a joker. If you do, use only 1. Its appearance Indicates the start of an adventure or spiritual journey.
REVERSED CARDS may be read as a delay or as something that needs special attention. Use your intuition!
You can use any standard layout with playing cards (found in many books on the topic of card reading) or you can create your own. The simple 3-card layout is amazingly flexible and suitable for any situation. Simply shuffle your cards while thinking of your question & cut the deck into three piles from right to left using your left hand. The three piles can represent whatever you want them to: eg. Past, Present, Future, or Love, Money, Work, or Morning, Afternoon, Evening…etc. You may also wish to add a topic card or significator. This is a 4th card drawn to represent the subject of the reading or the person being read for.
Suzanne Bennett©July 2008
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on July 02, 2011:
Thank you, Cogerson! Have a look at my Mexican Playing Cards HUB also. It is the counterpart for Mexican, Spanish or Italian playing cards.
UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on July 02, 2011:
Wow awesome hub, I really appreciate you breaking down the cards with their meanings....I am bookmarking this hub as a great reference point....voted up and useful.
justmesuzanne (author) from Texas on July 01, 2011:
Thank you, Dannette. Yes, I enjoy using the playing cards - especially since my method is not "fortune-telling". I use the cards to stimulate thinking and help me see things from a variety of perspectives, so the simplicity of the playing cards leaves more room for my own thoughts. Additionally, it is super easy to carry a deck of playing cards and a one page sheet of memory joggers! ;D
Danette Watt from Illinois on July 01, 2011:
Years ago I saw a tarot reader who used a regular card deck for her readings. I was surprised at first because I had expected to see the Rider-Waite deck. Regardless, she gave me a good reading. I thought this was a very interesting hub; I have always been interested in the tarot. Voted up