Further Information on Tarot

Some history and other notes.

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Normal playing deck of cards notes:



Ace.–An important card, whose meaning is affected by its environment. Among hearts it implies love, friendship, and affection; with diamonds, money and news of distant friends; with clubs, festivities, and social or domestic rejoicing; with, spades, disagreements, misunderstandings, contention, or misfortune; individually, it stands for the house.

King.–A good-hearted man, with strong affections, emotional, and given to rash judgments, possessing more zeal than discretion.

Queen.–A fair woman, loving and lovable, domesticated, prudent, and faithful.

Knave.–Not endowed with any sex. Sometimes taken as Cupid; also as the best friend of the inquirer, or as a fair person’s thoughts. The cards on either side of the knave are indicative of the good or bad nature of its intentions.

Ten.–A sign of good fortune. It implies a good heart, happiness, and the prospect of a large family. It counteracts bad cards and confirms good ones in its vicinity.

Nine.–The wish card. It is the sign of riches, and of high social position accompanied by influence and esteem. It may be affected by the neighbourhood of bad cards.

Eight.–The pleasures of the table, convivial society. Another meaning implies love and marriage.

Seven.–A faithless, inconstant friend who may prove an enemy.

Six.–A confiding nature, liberal, open-handed, and an easy prey for swindlers; courtship, and a possible proposal.

Five.–Causeless jealousy in a person of weak, unsettled character.

Four.–One who has remained single till middle life from being too hard to please.

Three.–A warning card as to the possible results of the inquirer’s own want of prudence and tact.

Deuce.–Prosperity and success in a measure dependent on the surrounding cards; endearments and wedding bells.

Meaning of the Hearts.

Ace.–A love letter, good news; reversed, a removal or a visit from a friend.

King.–Fair man of generous disposition; reversed, a disappointing person.

Queen.–Fair, good-natured woman; reversed, she has had an unhappy love affair.

Knave.–A young bachelor devoted to enjoyment; reversed, a military lover with a grievance.

Ten.–Antidote to bad cards; happiness and success; reversed, passing worries.

Nine.–The wish card, good luck; reversed, short sorrow.

Eight.–Thoughts of marriage, affections of a fair person; reversed, unresponsiveness.

Seven.–Calm content; reversed, boredom, satiety.


Ace.–A ring or paper money.

King.–A fair man, with violent temper, and a vindictive, obstinate turn of mind.

Queen.–A fair woman, given to flirtation, fond of society and admiration.

Knave.–A near relative who puts his own interests first, is self-opinionated, easily offended, and not always quite straight. It may mean a fair person’s thoughts.

Ten.–Plenty of money, a husband or wife from the country, and several children.

Nine.–This card is influenced by the one accompanying it; if the latter be a court card, the person referred to will have his capacities discounted by a restless, wandering disposition. It may imply a surprise connected with money, or if in conjunction with the eight of spades it signifies cross swords.

Eight.–A marriage late in life, which will probably be somewhat chequered.

Seven.–This card has various meanings. It enjoins the need for careful action. It may imply a decrease of prosperity. Another reading connects it with uncharitable tongues.

Six.–An early marriage and speedy widowhood. A warning with regard to second marriage is also included.

Five.–To young married people this portends good children. In a general way it means unexpected news, or success in business enterprises.

Four.–Breach of confidence. Troubles caused by inconstant friends, vexations and disagreeables.

Three.–Legal and domestic quarrels, and probable un-Sappiness caused by wife’s or husband’s temper.

Deuce.–An unsatisfactory love affair, awakening opposition from relatives or friends.

Meaning of the Diamonds.

Ace.–A letter, an offer of marriage; reversed, evil tidings.

King.–A very fair or white-haired man, a soldier by profession, and of a deceitful turn of mind; reversed, a treacherous schemer.

Queen.–A fair woman, given to gossip and wanting in refinement; reversed, rather a spiteful flirt.

Knave.–Subordinate official, who is untrustworthy; reversed, a mischief-maker.

Ten.–Travelling or a removal; reversed, ill-luck will attend the step.

Nine.–Vexation, hindrances; reversed, domestic wrangling, or disagreement between lovers.

Eight.–Love passages; reversed, blighted affections.

Seven.–Unkindly chat cynicism; reversed, stupid and unfounded slander.


Ace.–Wealth, a peaceful home, industry, and general prosperity.

King.–A dark man of upright, high-minded nature. calculated to make an excellent husband, faithful and true in his affections.

Queen.–A dark woman, with a trustful, affectionate disposition, with great charm for the opposite sex, and susceptible to male attractions.

Knave.–A generous, trusty friend, who will take trouble on behalf of the inquirer. It may also mean a dark man’s thoughts.

Ten.–Riches suddenly acquired, probably through the death of a relation or friend.

Nine.–Friction through opposition to the wishes of friends.

Eight.–Love of money, and a passion for speculating.

Seven.–Great happiness and good fortune. If troubles come they will be caused by one of the opposite sex to the inquirer.

Six.–Success in business both for self and children.

Five.–An advantageous marriage.

Four.–A warning against falsehood and double-dealing.

Three.–Two or possibly three marriages, with money.

Deuce.–Care is needed to avert disappointment, and to avoid opposition.

Meaning of the Clubs.

Ace.–Good luck, letters or papers relating to money, pleasant tidings; reversed, short-lived happiness, a tiresome correspondence.

King.–A dark man, warm-hearted and true as a friend, straight in his dealings; reversed, good intentions frustrated.

Queen.–A dark woman, loving but hasty, and bearing no malice; reversed, harassed by jealousy.

Knave.–A ready-witted young man, clever at his work and ardent in his love; reversed, irresponsible and fickle.

Ten.–Prosperity and luxury; reversed, a sea voyage.

Nine.–An unlooked-for inheritance, money acquired under a will; reversed, a small, friendly gift.

Eight.–Love of a dark man or woman which, if accepted and reciprocated, will bring joy and well-being; reversed, an unworthy affection calculated to cause trouble.

Seven.–Trifling financial matters; reversed, money troubles.


Ace.–It may concern love affairs, or convey a warning that troubles await the inquirer through bad speculations or ill-chosen friends.

King.–A dark man. Ambitious and successful in the higher walks of life.

Queen.–A widow, of malicious and unscrupulous nature, fond of scandal and open to bribes.

Knave.–A well-meaning, inert person, unready in action though kindly in thought.

Ten.–An evil omen; grief or imprisonment. Has power to detract from the good signified by cards near it.

Nine.–An ill-fated card, meaning sickness, losses, troubles, and family dissensions.

Eight.–A warning with regard to any enterprise in hand, This card close to the inquirer means evil; also opposition from friends.

Seven.–Sorrow caused by the loss of a dear friend.

Six.–Hard work brings wealth and rest after toil.

Five.–Bad temper and a tendency to interfere in the inquirer, but happiness to be found in the chosen wife or husband.

Four.–Illness and the need for great attention to business.

Three.–A marriage that will be marred by the inconstancy of the inquirer’s wife or husband; or a journey.

Deuce.–A removal, or possibly death.

Meaning of the Spades.

Ace.–Emotional enjoyment; reversed, news of a death, sorrow.

King.–A widower, an unscrupulous lawyer, impossible as a friend and dangerous as an enemy; reversed, the desire to work evil without the power.

Queen.–Widow, a very dark woman; reversed, an intriguing, spiteful woman.

Knave.–Legal or medical student, wanting in refinement of mind and manners; reversed, a treacherous character, fond of underhand measures.

Ten.–Grief, loss of freedom; reversed, passing trouble or illness.

Nine.–A bad omen, news of failure or death; reversed, loss of one near and dear by death.

Eight.–Coming illness; reversed, an engagement cancelled or a rejected proposal, dissipation.

Seven.–Everyday worries, or a resolve taken; reversed, silly stratagems in love-making.

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