Anyone here do readings with playing cards? Also known as "cartomancy"?
I've started using guides to help me do readings with both playing cards and tarot cards (I own both).
The playing cards actually compare to the Minor Arcana. You have your Kings (represents men), Queens (represents women), and Jacks which are a combo of the Knights and Pages (represents youth).
♤The Spades compare to The Swords and represent "Overcoming Obstacles".
♧The Clubs compare to The Wands and represent "Hardwork" and "Powers of the Mind"
♡The Hearts compare to The Cups and represent "Powerful Emotions"
◇The Diamonds compare to The Pentacles/Coins and represent "Material Wealth".
The Joker can also be compared to The Fool, but some readers choose to disgard this card from the deck (I prefer to use it).
I find it fascinating that something commonly thought of as a game for gambling can also be used for divination. 🙂
I feel that both tarot cards and playing cards are open for the interpretation of the the reader, because every guide I have read says something different about the meanings of the cards. 🙂
Hi Grayson. I dabbled in the tarot a number of years ago, but it was a little scary, with majors like Death, Judgment, the Tower, etc. Then I found Robert Campbell's system using playing cards, which gave me good insight into my own interpersonal relationships and life cycle influences. But after using them for about 15 years, I felt something was missing in the readings. I'm now studying tarot again.
You all might find this article helpful that I wrote on the Major Arcana or Trump's --The Tarot - Your Life in 21 Steps
Also this one is the most popular article on this site (out of dozens) -- Forty-Three Short Tarot Spreads for Reading Any Situation.
There's a whole section of Tarot articles here: https://www.jeannemayell.com/category/tarot/