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« Topic Start: January 03, 2008, 12:27:35 am »

I have been reading about divining with playing cards. This sounded really cool, until I found out that they have the same meanings as Tarot decks (just without the major arcana). So I was wondering: are there other, original, ways of divining with playing cards?
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« Reply #1: January 03, 2008, 08:25:33 am »

This sounded really cool, until I found out that they have the same meanings as Tarot decks (just without the major arcana).

The ways I learned (back in the late 1960s) really did not have the same meanings as Tarot Cards. Similar meanings for some cards, of course.  My favorite methods used a 32 card deck and the card meanings were quite distinct from those of tarot cards.
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« Reply #2: January 03, 2008, 08:46:29 am »

The ways I learned (back in the late 1960s) really did not have the same meanings as Tarot Cards. Similar meanings for some cards, of course.  My favorite methods used a 32 card deck and the card meanings were quite distinct from those of tarot cards.

This is interesting.  Could you tell us more?  Grin  Is there a good website to explain how to use playing cards in divination?  I've heard of using them before, but never talked to anyone who actually knew how.
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« Reply #3: January 03, 2008, 09:37:39 am »

This is interesting.  Could you tell us more?  Grin  Is there a good website to explain how to use playing cards in divination? 

I second that. I was actually looking up how to do it. I used to use playing cards way back when, but I don't remember what they all mean exactly. And I need to find the layouts again. Sheesh, go six years without reading, and let me tell you, it ISN'T like riding a bike.

I was never very.... skilled at it. I still say that my dreams were my best divination tool. But I am really interested in playing cards. It was either that, or runes for me.
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« Reply #4: January 03, 2008, 03:39:19 pm »

I have been reading about divining with playing cards. This sounded really cool, until I found out that they have the same meanings as Tarot decks (just without the major arcana). So I was wondering: are there other, original, ways of divining with playing cards?
My grandfather used to do this.  One of the many things I wish I'd learned from him before he died.  The suits, as I remember, were similar to, but not the same as, Tarot - Diamonds = money, Hearts = love, Clubs=?, Spades=?. 

Books I've seen equate the suits exactly with clubs being wands and spades swords, but I don't remember how he did it.  I only remember the first two were more specific and more, um, "fortune-teller-y".  But that could have just been him; he had a flair for drama and could have been hamming it up for the little kids. 

I do remember the ace of spades was supposed to mean death, which is very different from Tarot.  Come to think of it, I think the spades were general misfortune? 

The court cards were all people.  Which is similar to some interpretations of Tarot, but not the way I read the cards myself.

I was 10 when he died, so my memory is dodgy at best.  Not very helpful as it turns out, I guess.  Sorry 'bout that.
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« Reply #5: January 04, 2008, 11:58:16 am »

I have been reading about divining with playing cards. This sounded really cool, until I found out that they have the same meanings as Tarot decks (just without the major arcana). So I was wondering: are there other, original, ways of divining with playing cards?

They do? Well color me surprised...then again, I've only started reading Tarot in the past few months, while I've been reading playing cards since college (about what, 5-6 years now?). I did pick up a book on it (crap, can't remember the title), but ditched it pretty quick. For the most part, I made up my own meanings to the cards, especially the face cards. Instead of representing people, they represent types of personas, characteristics that might be needed for a situation or something. Example, my Jack of Spades I call the Maverick and I describe him as the James Dean of the deck, a rebellious spirit. Depending on the reading it might indicate a desire to break the rules, or maybe a new wild fling on the horizon or maybe a need to break rules to get a result. For the number cards, I used a kitchy fortune-telling site (I think it's still up- here as a jump off for the meanings of the number cards. They've changed over time of course, but I've had good results so far.
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« Reply #6: January 05, 2008, 12:31:41 am »


My friend, Ana Dragon, provided me with how-to information and walked me through reading playing cards a while back. However, since I don't currently have the information in front of me, I'll have to find it before I can post it up here.

As I'll be away tomorrow, it will probably be Sunday at the earliest before I can look for it, get it wrote up and posted.
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« Reply #7: January 05, 2008, 11:57:58 am »

My grandfather used to do this.  One of the many things I wish I'd learned from him before he died.  The suits, as I remember, were similar to, but not the same as, Tarot - Diamonds = money, Hearts = love, Clubs=?, Spades=?. 
Books I've seen equate the suits exactly with clubs being wands and spades swords, but I don't remember how he did it.  I only remember the first two were more specific and more, um, "fortune-teller-y".  But that could have just been him; he had a flair for drama and could have been hamming it up for the little kids. 
I do remember the ace of spades was supposed to mean death, which is very different from Tarot.  Come to think of it, I think the spades were general misfortune? 
The court cards were all people.  Which is similar to some interpretations of Tarot, but not the way I read the cards myself.
I was 10 when he died, so my memory is dodgy at best.  Not very helpful as it turns out, I guess.  Sorry 'bout that.

I have been using Tarock cards lately. I love them. They are very old type of playing cards and have the major and minor Arcana.

For me spades mean work/difficulties/trials. Clubs are luck/chance/change.  Diamonds are fortune/wealth/abundance. Hearts are family/love/friends.   I do consider the ace of spades to be death as well.

My grandmother had these decks and I used to play with them as a child (although I never could figure out any card games, I would make mine up) My great-grandmother told fortunes for a living in the 1920's, so they could have been her cards, I don't know.

Tarock are the cards that Tarot originated from. Before there was Tarot, there were Tarock cards. Tarot were designed for divination purposes stemming from how the original playing cards were used for divination.

There is really no right or wrong way, just whatever works for you.  But maybe some of that will jog your mind about you grandfather's readings?
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« Reply #8: January 05, 2008, 02:34:21 pm »

Tarock are the cards that Tarot originated from. Before there was Tarot, there were Tarock cards. Tarot were designed for divination purposes stemming from how the original playing cards were used for divination.


Hm, I think I remember hearing something about Tarock in a special I was watching on the History Channel once. It was about playing cards. It's been a while now, so I don't remember.

I've found a couple sites of interest, some of them look fluffy though. But appearances can be decieving as we all know.

This one makes me wonder because of how it looks, but the meanings make sense to me.

I also found this one that despite it's looks seems to be informational.
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« Reply #9: January 05, 2008, 02:59:21 pm »


Those links appear broken to me, but I think the sites you mean are

http://www.talisman.net/tarot/regcard.html

and

http://www3.sympatico.ca/terrir/divination_index.html

based upon the addresses in the links.
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« Reply #10: January 05, 2008, 03:52:05 pm »


Thanks. I'm having a bad coding day I think. Been ages since I've used BBCode.
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« Reply #11: January 05, 2008, 03:53:03 pm »

Thanks. I'm having a bad coding day I think. Been ages since I've used BBCode.

It's ok, I still have trouble with it half the time, always going back to my posts to fix broken code.
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Thanks. I'm having a bad coding day I think. Been ages since I've used BBCode.

I think what happened was that you put quotes around the address--perfectly normal thing in HTML, but in BBcode for some reason it makes things go a little wonky.  Wink  I've edited your post to fix the links so that they work.
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« Reply #13: January 05, 2008, 11:10:15 pm »

I think what happened was that you put quotes around the address--perfectly normal thing in HTML, but in BBcode for some reason it makes things go a little wonky.  Wink  I've edited your post to fix the links so that they work.

Thank you! I'm much more familiar with HTML, if you can't tell.
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Thank you! I'm much more familiar with HTML, if you can't tell.

You're welcome!  And yeah, me too.  I'm kind of learning BBcode's little quirks the hard way for the most part.   Undecided
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