Cartomancy, derived from Tarot reading, involves divination with a normal deck of playing cards. The Aces and Tens of the various suits have special meanings when found in combinations with certain other cards. Learn to recognize these special meanings and what they can predict for you.
Cartomancy and the Tarot
Card divination is rooted in the Tarot, and has been performed by readers since ancient times. These early decks were hand drawn and illustrated, providing a wide spectrum of quality in their color and craftsmanship. Later, with the advent of the printing press, decks of cards could be massed produced, provided the illustrations were limited and simplified. For this reason, playing cards evolved without the highly illustrated Major Arcana of the Tarot. And since divination with cards, was a common enjoyed pastime, meanings for the new card deck were developed. These meanings were originally handed down orally from reader to reader. Later, they were gathered, printed, and sold with the cards themselves. The following meanings come from these collected sources.
Aces and Special Combinations
The Ace card of each of the four suits is the root card of that suit, carrying strong individual traits related to their suit. For example, the Ace of Hearts calls for love, friendship, and happiness in the home. When the Ace of hearts falls next to another heart, it calls for a new friendship to appear. When it falls between two heart cards, it predicts a strong love affair for the client. When the Ace of hearts falls between two diamond cards, it predicts a windfall of money and riches. And when it falls between two spade cards, it predicts quarrels and squabbles for the client. The Ace of Diamonds by itself predicts money or a communication for the client. In addition, when this Ace falls next to the eight of Clubs, it calls for a business proposal to come your way. The Ace of Spades by itself calls for emotional conflict, or a bad love affair. It can also predict Death to someone close to you. However, when this Ace falls with the King of Clubs, it predicts involvement with a Politician; when it falls next to the Ten of Spades, it predicts a serious job or undertaking on your part. Lastly, when the Ace of Spades falls with the four of Hearts, it predicts a new birth for someone close to you.
Tens and Special Combinations
The Ten of Hearts by itself predicts good fortune and happiness for the client. In addition the Ten of Hearts will cancel the affects of adjacent cards of ill-fortune, and strengthen the power of adjacent cards of good fortune. This is a very good card to drawn in a reading. The Ten of Diamonds by itself is a card of change, predicting marriage, money, or a journey for the client. But, when the Ten falls next to the two of hearts, it almost always means a fortunate marriage is in the works. The Ten of Spades by itself is a card predicting misfortune and worry for the client. In addition, this Ten cancels the power of cards of good fortune adjacent to it, and multiplies the power of cards of ill-fortune which fall beside it. The Ten of Spades next to a Club card predicts serious business troubles, while the Ten of Spades surrounded by two Club cards predicts theft, forgery, or a catastrophic business loss for the client. This is one of the worst cards possible in a reading.
Aces and Tens in the dominant suits of Hearts, Diamonds, and Spades have special meanings when they occur in a Cartomancy reading. Always look for these cards and interpret their combination meanings in order to gain complete insight into what fate has in store for you.
by Keith Abbott