Cartomancy Mailbag – Questions from Emails
Is it possible for more than one court card to represent the same individual in a spread?
Theoretically anything is possible in cartomancy, but in a smaller spread such as the Answer Spread, I’ve found that rarely will the same person be represented by multiple court cards. I don’t mean to say that it can never happen, but I always try to exhaust all other possibilities first. The court card in question could represent another person involved in the situation– perhaps playing an unseen or unexpected role. The court cards can also denote qualities in a reading based on their rank and suit.
NB: Having said all that, I’m a firm believer that intuition and psychic impressions should override any textbook rules or guidelines. If your gut is telling you that a court card represents someone already symbolized by another card in the spread, always go with your gut!
Is it possible that a King may represent a woman, or that a queen may represent a man?
I have seen this happen, but only on rare occasions. For example, I have a long-time male client who is female identified, and he always shows up in the cards as a queen. In most cases when it makes no sense for a king or queen to represent a person, the cards will indicate a quality, such as authority or mastery (king), or protection and nurturing (queen). But please be warned that I have found that at least 90% of the time a court card will end up representing a person, even if the person’s presence in the situation makes no sense to the querent at the time of the reading.
What does it mean when court cards show up in pairs or groups?
There are specific meanings for when the court cards appear in combination. For example, two kings may represent a man in uniform, or shaking hands on a business deal. Two Jacks may represent a court case, or a joint venture. Two queens may represent gossip or rumors (sadly sexist ). Groups of court cards will usually indicate a social event. The card suits will provide a hint as to the mood or purpose of the gathering. In a grouping of courts, their directions can indicate a lot about the dynamics of the group. The direction a Court Card faces will usually indicate where that person’s interest is focused. For more specific information on the meanings of court cards in pairs and groups, please see the links in the Basic Cartomancy menu in the right-hand sidebar.
Is it possible that the Jack of Spades, King of Diamonds, and King of Hearts all represent my husband in my reading? My question was: Will my marriage improve?
It seems unlikely to me that all three court cards in the spread would represent your husband. Let’s take a quick look at other possibilities…
The First Column: Premise, Recent Past, Basis of the Question
The cards in the first column represent the premise of the question, or what is already existing in the situation in question. The Jack represents “right action, thoughts and messages,” but the spade brings challenges, false statements, and bad judgement. The 3 of Spades is a a particularly nasty little spade which brings out the worst in the Jack of Spades. The three of Spades indicates deceptions, lies, confusion and misunderstandings. These cards show clearly that there are trust issues in the marriage.
The Jack of Spades (messages) and the 3 of Spades (deception) suggest lies and hidden thoughts. The 3 of Spades can indicate interference from a third party, and the Jack of Spades is obviously an unwanted influence. Can these cards indicate infidelity? Notice that the King looks toward the Jack of Spades, and the Jack looks back. It is certainly possible that the Jack of Spades could represent a young female rival for your husband’s attentions. We need to rely on our intuition to help us determine the right interpretation, but regardless of how we decide to interpret this first column, it is obvious that the marriage is in trouble, and has been for some time.
The Middle Column: Answers the Question, Present Influences
The King of Diamonds is a educated man who is focused on his professional career, and easily accumulates wealth. He aggressively pursues his goals. He may be older with gray or graying hair. He is restless and highly independent. If these attributes describe your husband, it makes sense that the King of Diamonds would represent him. The Eight of Spades is a card of disappointment and hurt feelings. These feelings can be attributed to both the King of Diamonds and the yourself since this is your reading. As an answer to the question, these cards indicate to me that your husband will continue to be a source of pain and disappointment for you. These card can also suggest that your husband may be investigating options outside of the marriage, which is not surprising based on the information we find the first column.
The final Column: Future Conditional Influences
The Ace of Spades is the death card, but it rarely indicates a physical death. More often this card represents transformation, change, death of an old situation and the rebirth of a new one, an ending and a new beginning. The appearance of the Ace of Spades suggests that the King of Hearts is someone entirely new. He is a husbandly man. Home and family are important to him. He is romantic and kind and and loving and protective and generous. The Ace of Spades suggests that he has experienced his own life transformation. The King of Hearts looks toward the 8 of Spades. He has had pain and disappointments of his own. Is he widowed? Divorced? Use your intuition to help you fill in his story.
Sadly, these cards do not show improvement in the marriage, and you have a difficult road ahead. The Ace of Spades reveals the need for decisions and decisive action on your part. If you are willing to embrace the coming changes, there is the promise of a new love in your future.