Cartomancy is the art of divination using a common deck of playing cards. Spades is the suit of warning of danger and troubles ahead. Take care to learn the meanings of the various Spades in a clients reading, or even your own.
Cartomancy roots in the Tarot
When we think of cards and divination, we thank of the Tarot. In fact, modern playing cards are descended from the larger and more ornate Tarot deck. With the Major Arcana stripped away, excepting the fool, now transformed into the modern Joker, playing cards became simple to mass produce, and were a common pastime in most homes. It only stands to reason, that divination with cards would also pass to the new simpler deck. Originally, the meanings ascribed to the cards were an oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation. Later, with the advent of the printing press, these meanings were tabled and printed, becoming a fixture with parlor games, and with actual believers in this power.
Spades and the Client Card
When we perform a reading for someone, we pick a card to represent them in the layout. This placeholder or client card is by tradition either the King or Queen card from one of the four suits. The King of Spades is the usual card chosen to represent a dark haired older man. Likewise, the Queen of Spades is the preferred card to represent a dark haired older woman for a reading. Of course, if you use a card to represent the client in a reading, its inherent meaning as a reading card should be ignored. The new meaning of the card is to serve as a place holder to determine the distance of other cards and their corresponding influences from the client. Cards which fall next to the client card have their affects magnified, and will tend to happen sooner than cards which fall far away from the client card.
The Spade suit and its Meanings
Here are the common meanings of the cards in the suit of Spades. Keep in mind that Spades warn us of dangers, and troubling influences in our lives. The Ace of Spades predicts a highly emotional conflict or a failed love affair. It can also predict the death of a friend of loved one. The King of Spades calls for an encounter with an ambitious dark haired man, he will not have your best interest at heart. The Queen of Spades foretells a meeting with a dark haired woman who will act selfishly against you. The Jack of Spades predicts an encounter with a friend or acquaintance who is ineffective in aiding you; he means no harm, but his laziness holds him back. The Ten of Spades is a card of general ill-luck; it foretells misfortune due to your own attitudes or actions. The Nine of Spades is the “Bad Luck” card. It predicts failures for you due to events and actions outside your control. The Eight of Spades is the card of Ill wind; it warns of troubles in the future which may yet be avoided by quick action on your part.
The Seven of Spades is the “Break Up” card; it predicts the loss of a friend. The Six of Spades foretells a calming of troubled waters; troubles are passing, and things are looking up. The Five of Spades predicts setbacks and temporary problems; it also calls for eventual success once these problems are overcome. The Four of Spades predicts problems of a personal nature; Jealousy, worry, and minor illness are all possible manifestations of this card. The Three of Spades is foretells some kind of personal betrayal; someone has chosen to not keep faith with you. Lastly, the Two of Spades is like the root Ace card but to a lesser degree. This card foretells a possible scandal, and deception by someone close to you. It can also predict a separation between you and someone you trust.
The Spade suit can predict possible troubles and dangers for you in your life. These cards, along with the other three suits provide clues as to where your life will take you.
by Keith Abbott