Reading the tarot with playing cards?

Reading the tarot with playing cards?
I’m interested in learning how to. The biggest difference I’m aware of from classical Tarot is the omission of the major arcana entirely, except for the fool, and there being three court cards instead of four. Because there are fewer cards, each one seems to have their own unique subtleties and a blend of traits from some of the absent cards wrapped inside of them.

I’ve got to start somewhere. Could you give me the general meaning of each playing card when they’re used in fortunetelling? Or can you give me a link that has a description of each one.

Suggestion by Eystavros Levine

I use to do card readings. I taught myself how to read I-ching, Runes, Tarot, Tea Leaves and some other mediums

Suggestion by philebus
You can find a brief description of reading with playing cards here:

Of course, different readers attribute different meanings to the cards, so you might want to look around for those that suit you best. For example, in France it was more popular to use a pack reduced to just 32 cards!

I would like to address some points regarding your question. First of all, the lack of tarot’s trumps is not an omission – 52 card packs predate tarot, which was not created until the mid 15th century and was not used for divination for a further 350 years after that (and even then, the practice was limited to France for an additional 100 years). Up until then, they were only used for playing card games – games which are still played throughout continental Europe today. When you say “except for the fool” I am assuming that you are referring to the Joker – however, this card is not related to Tarot’s Fool in any way but was a 20th century invention by US card makers for the game of Euchre.

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Witches- what else should my book of shadows include?
I’ve added a complete list of herbs and their uses, incenses and their properties, moon phases, days of the week to cast spells, candle colors and meanings, how to cast a circle, the meaning of tarot cards when using playing cards, and some spells. I plan on adding a section on crystals and stones as well as essential oils. Anything else I should include?

Suggestion by SF
How about blood? Or animal/insect parts? I heard that witches use things like lizard tails, etc. for their concoctions.

Suggestion by Donterius J
It sound like you have just about everything I have in my own book of shadows. I’d say you have everything.

Suggestion by Dear Juliet…
my grandparents are are into this stuff as well as me, we try to create our own spells (and try not to make them corny) but its good to create your own. also add in things about the moon (which phase is when) add the horoscopes as well. those can be very inportant. Also try to find the ruin language. It will come in handy for things…my granpa has this book of witch craft that has everything you every wanted to know. It includes that stuff. I also have ruin cards and those are really amazing. so try those to. :)
good luck with your book of shadows.

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3 Responses to Reading the tarot with playing cards?

  1. Lauren May 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    How about types of techniques used in spell casting?
    -Cord magic
    -pendulum techniques
    Also, you could include definitions of different pagan faiths and what they practice :)

  2. L.a.y.l.a.h May 28, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    You mean magickal diary?
    It seems you are missing things related to Kabbalah. I’ve found kabbalah and correspondences to help a lot.

  3. Maiingan May 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Really, a book of shadows should contain information that YOU find important, not what We tell you, you should have in it.

    BUT…if you want suggestions, I suggest you look here for tips and ideas:

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