The following text has been compiled from numerous astral preambles
outlining how to use the card game Solitaire as a divination tool. Please
forgive any awkward transitions or repetitions which are caused by tacking all
these preambles together.
Astute readers will notice that I’ve changed things in some sections –
particularly from the section immediately below, which came from the March, 2009
column. Most glaringly, I wrote in that first column that an odd number of cards
revealed a Yes answer, an even number a No. However, I have changed this (third
paragraph below) to: an EVEN number of cards means YES, an ODD number means NO.
Actually, you can use either method, so long as you establish it for yourself
and don’t vary from game to game. (Generally, “even=yes” is better for practical
and sensual questions, “odd=yes” is more suited to intellectual searches.)
Okay, here’s the divination technique: Set up playing cards for a traditional
game of solitaire. After you lay the cards out, you will be picking up (or
clicking, if you’re on a computer) one card at a time, and only once. (I don’t
recommend the computer, as it is too easy to become facile, making your answers
more and more superficial .) As soon as you’re gone through the deck once,
that’s it. No repetitions. I wouldn’t try the “every third card, three times
through the deck” style, at least not at first. One note: If you “cheat,” even a
little, then you are controlling the answer consciously -- and therefore, of
course, do not have a correct or reliable answer – you’ll have cheated yourself!
For this reason, accept any “mistakes” you make, and live with them. For
example, if you’ve placed a card in the “stacks,” (the four piles where you
place cards you’ve “freed”) but then see you can use this card better in the
“playing rows,” you can’t return it to the playing rows.
The object of solitaire is to place all 52 cards on top, in four suits, starting
with the Ace, then 2, etc. I’ll call this the “pot” or the “stacks.”
The divination part: before you even shuffle the cards (on computer, before you
click “deal,”) ask your question. The answer will be revealed in the cards you
manage to place in the pot. If your question is a yes-no one, the total number
of cards you’ve managed to place in the stacks, or pot, before the game ends,
gives your answer: an even number is “yes,” an odd number a “no.” (When you get
above 9, don’t reduce – e.g., 13 is an odd number, not a numerological “4” and
therefore “even.) If you place 11 or more cards in the stack/pot, the answer is
a strong one – a definite “yes” or “no” rather than a “sure, yes, probably,
conditionally or at first blush.” If you place exactly16 cards in the pot, your
question deals with a situation of grave destruction, such as divorce.
One caution: DON’T count the cards in your stack or pot before you finish the
game (otherwise, you can consciously engineer how many cards you place in the
pot, which makes your answer invalid).
Note how many cards fall in each suit. Generally, Clubs = work, burden or
slowness, honest but phlegmatic motives. Spades = bad action, bad motives,
selfishness, lust, even crime. Diamonds are light, social, quick, clever
motives, everyday wishes coming true. Hearts = deep affections, luck, love,
romance, love of children, good motives. (Diamonds = light, witty flirtation;
hearts = infatuation.)
As for the numbers in each suit (these meanings also apply to the total number
in the pot): 1 = self, your personality or ability to project a facet of
yourself. 2 = possession, earnings. 3 = communication, casual daily
relationships, short travel. 4 = home, security, children, real estate. 5 =
romance, adventure, risk, a “gamble.” 6 = work, service, machinery. 7 =
relationship, face-to-face, marriage, divorce, contract, fight, etc. 8 = change,
lust, financial situation (e.g., investment). 9 = legal, far travel,
understanding, cultural association. 10 = career, prestige, ambition. 11 =
social group (and justice). 12 = same as 3, but luckier. 13 = same as four, but
also transcendent concerns. 22 = a major change. All 52 cards: a final result,
can’t be changed, or is already accomplished in some manner. (Notice that if you
put 11, 12 or 13 cards in one stack – say, hearts – then the last card showing
must be a court cards – Jack, Queen, or King. These three can also represent
people affecting your answer, but I will discuss court cards and their special,
additional meanings later. Meanwhile, we will stick with their valid “number”
meanings: 11 is optimism, socializing, 12 is deeper communications – almost
subconscious! – but also seclusion, retreat, healing, while 13 is “transcendent
security” or the kind of security issues which would occupy a king, or a
governing person. In other words, a view of security that goes beyond simply
one’s own security – it is also the transcending self, one’s superego or higher
personality. Though sometimes it’s simply a man! – but that’s discussed under
“court cards” near the end of this long article.)
For instance, say you manage to put 3 hearts, 1 (i.e., Ace) club, 5 diamonds and
4 spades up before the game ended. This would be, first, a 13 total = No to a
yes-no question, and a result that would involve the transcendent concerns of
security and family. (E.g., moral or spiritual angle/result of a certain action,
or concerns about a whole family, rather than about one’s own self.) But in
addition, the cards give a more precise answer when we read each of the four
suit-stacks in the whole “pot”: doing the contemplated action, or entering the
situation you asked about in your question, or already existing as an answer to
your question, would be: a) an affectionately communicative, sincerely friendly
situation, or sweet words/friendship (3 hearts); b) you would project your most
serious, responsible side (1 club); c) a flirtatiously and superficially
romantic influence – playing the field, or engaging in a romance – and probably
winning, because you’re doing it wittily and lightly – but you’d leave this
romance if the wind changed or a real love came along (all inherent in the 5
diamonds); and d) there’s something deeply wrong about the security or family
side of all this (4 spades). For example, if you were married and asking about
pursuing someone else, you’d impress them with your affectionate communication
(3 hearts) and an affair might even occur (5 diamonds) but it would be
superficial (5 diamonds). There could be grave effects on your family or home (4
spades). Your own motives, shown by the Ace of Clubs, suggests you’re being
sober and actually seeking more responsibility – perhaps deep down you want to
shoulder alimony payments, etc!
Months ago I suggested using the card game Solitaire as a divining tool. Here
are some new wrinkles: (I know, it says a lot about my love life!) I’ll assume
you’re familiar with the standard, simple form of Solitaire. Ask your question,
then shuffle. As you “free” each card (starting with the Ace) place it above the
game, in its suit. Place the first Ace on the left, so the next Ace is to its
right, and so on.
If you end the game with an even number of stacked or “freed” cards, your answer
is Yes; an odd number indicates No. The exact total of cards gives a more
specific answer: ending with only 1card (which would always be the Ace of some
suit) does mean “No” (because 1 is odd) but it also means self-conception,
self-image, the desire to be something. (Don’t confuse this with the simple
desire to romance someone [5 cards] or to be with someone [7 cards] or sexual
desire [8 cards]). Two cards means income or possessions, and/or a mild, polite,
possibly sensual relationship; 3 means communications, travel, friendliness; 4,
home, kids, security; 5, romance, creativity, a winning gamble. Six means
health, work. 7 = marriage, partners or enemies; 8 = investments, large
finances, inheritance, secrets, power plays, and intimacy/sex. 9 = far travel,
legal or educational affairs, and cultural events such as weddings; 10 is
career, prestige, ambition, responsibilities; 11 indicates social circle, wish
fulfillment and happiness; 12 means restriction, institution (jail, hospital,
etc.) spirituality, healing and burdens. 13 = rising above yourself, to make a
If you free 14 cards, recycle the 13 by subtracting it, but note that you’re now
on a higher (or inner) plane – for example, 14 (minus 13) is really a 1,
self-image, but concerns a deeper, inner self or a higher self-conception. 15 is
really a 2, 16 a 3, etc. When you reach 27, begin subtracting 26 (13 X 2) – so
27 is also a “1” – self – but in one of three ways: either “wise self” or
“self-attaching sensually-to-another” or “self sharing.” 28 (minus 26) is a 2,
so it means possessions, income and sensual contacts, but a way that creates a
new situation – e.g., that sensual contact could bring pregnancy. When you get
to 40, subtract 39 (3-13’s), and so on. The 40-52 “run” deals with the
1-through-13 meanings, but now they have an “ending” flavour (which hints that a
new situation will replace what you’re asking about. All 52 cards up = the end!
Special numbers: 11, more hope than result. 16: you might face some destruction
if you engage in the activity you asked about. 22: a life-changing action is
involved. 33 means words or travel that might lead to a loving home. 44 means
change is needed.
Let’s continue with Solitaire: remember, the total number of cards you free or
stack, of all suits, gives you an overall answer to your question. Odd = No, an
even number = Yes. But smaller, precise answers also exist within this
“stacking.” To see these, note the very first Ace (or suit) you put up, or free.
(Of course you will stack cards over the aces, in most instances.) Red means
Yes, black aces/suits mean No. Hearts are a powerful Yes, Diamonds a weaker,
superficial Yes, while clubs give a No that is not severe, and Spades a definite
No. The first Ace or suit will give a quick answer, and an “early” one – in
other words, it is speaking about the first condition, event, or response in
your question/situation. The second ace will show matters down the road a bit,
the third ace conditions deeply into the affair, and the last ace (if you get
that far in the game) shows the end result, and the complete cycle of the
situation/project you asked about.
For example, say your first Ace (suit) was hearts, second spades, third clubs,
and the fourth a diamond. Then you would have a lucky start (hearts) suffer a
major set-back (spades) work your way out of it (clubs) and end with some gain
We can also read the character of the suits. The earth HHearts represent love,
affection, benevolent emotions, and generally give a strong Yes to a question.
The diamonds (weaker Yes) indicate social and money situations. Two lovers are
hearts. But two people attending a prestigious dinner would be a diamond. If
your first two piles of freed cards are red (i.e., diamonds and hearts) the
answer is a direct Yes, even if the total number of cards is odd. (In this case,
your answer is Yes, but in a larger context, it is No. E.g., Romeo falling in
love with Juliet.) If the total number is even, with two red aces freed before
either black ace shows, this is a very strong Yes. If the two red aces are freed
first, and you free all 52 cards (i.e., “win the game”) it is almost like
saying, “It is already so.” But if one red ace appears first, and the next ace
is black, then the answer is Yes only IF the total number of cards is even.
Otherwise, the answer is neutral or mixed, or even “failure after a promising
The Clubs stand for duties, restrictions caused by practical affairs, patience,
caution, diplomacy, hard work, etc. The Spades are not good. They stand for bad
motives, plans that will fail, rejection, enmity, etc. But in representing the
death of a matter, they do open a doorway to higher spiritual planes. If the
first pile of cards is black the answer is “No,” even if the card total is even.
Okay, more solitaire as a divination tool. We use solitaire because the game is
complex enough that we cannot pre-determine the results, or affect them with our
conscious mind. (Of course, if you cheat, you won’t get the correct answer!)
Remember, if the total number of cards you free is even, the overall answer is
Yes; if odd, No. (You can reverse this method if you want to). But if the first
ace you free is red, the immediate or “short” answer is Yes; if black, No.
(Heart Ace = strong Yes, diamond a weaker Yes, Spade a strong, definite No, club
ace a weaker No.) Two red aces first (before any black ace shows) = a definite
Yes, even if the total card count is odd. (Sometimes the odd total count with
two first red aces means “Start Anyway” – you’re lucky, but you might change
your objectives halfway through.) A red ace followed by a black ace, and the
total card count is even, indicates a Yes; if the first red is followed by a
black, and the total count is odd, the answer is still No, after a promising
beginning. Two black aces first, a major No, despite the total card count.
If you only manage to free one ace, then its answer is stronger, but it also
shows you are only conceiving of the beginning of a project, relationship, etc.
If two aces are freed during the game, you will reach a stage wherein you will
possess or grasp the situation more fully. If three aces, you will take this
relationship, project, action or situation very far, but not to its end. Four
aces indicate that you will fully experience the maturation and end-point of the
project. If the last ace to be freed is the Ace of Spades, then the
project/relationship really will end, probably permanently, and perhaps with
rancour, regret, sorrow, etc. If the fourth and final Ace, however, is, say, the
Heart, then this “end” could be satisfying to all, and the basis of a new
beginning. (However, if the entire answer began with an ace of spades or clubs,
the project, though perhaps ending well, won’t have been worth the effort.) For
example, if the question was “Will I marry Joan?” and the hearts are the last
stack (i.e., the Ace of Hearts was the last ace freed) then – if the ultimate
answer is Yes (determined by the total amount of cards stacked –odd, No, even,
Yes) then this marriage will lead to ongoing joy – IF the answer began with the
other red ace. In the same example, if this answer began with a spade ace, and
ends with the heart, you probably will not marry Joan, but you will reconcile,
become friends or forgive each other at the end.
To continue the solitaire method of divination: Last time we discussed the order
in which the Aces are freed, and what that means.
Now, except in rare cases, most of your Aces will not simply sit there by
themselves – as the game progresses, they will be covered by other cards: first
the 2, then the 3, the 4, and so on, depending how far you get in the game. The
number of cards in each of the four stacks (hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades)
is very significant. So is the order of the suits you stack.
For example, if your hearts stack, at game’s end, has a 3 of hearts showing
(i.e., is the last heart to be freed) then in the area of affections you will
experience a loving communication, possibly even a trip based on friendship or
romantic inclinations. But it does not promise the romance or friendship – only
the travel or communication. (In addition, all 3’s indicate some indecisiveness,
or changeable conditions.) If the last heart freed is a 5, it indicates powerful
attraction, romance, deep love of children, a successful gamble or creative
project, etc. The 7 of hearts can indicate marriage.
(The numbers meanings will be found in the May 9,2010 column preamble. They
refer to total cards freed there, but you can use the same meanings for each
If the hearts stack is the first one (meaning the Ace of Hearts was the first
card you freed) then a matter of affections, of love, is the most important
element (or event) of the entire situation asked about. But were, say, an Ace of
Clubs your first freed card (and therefore your first stack is clubs) then the
most important, and first, element of this situation is duties, or age,
practical considerations, etc. (If the Ace of Clubs comes first in a romantic
question, it can indicate a significant difference in age between the two, that
practical matters interfere, or that at least one participant is conservative,
cautious, sceptical, or otherwise not primed for true passion.)
If your first stack is diamonds, it indicates the question and the situation is
not extremely important – though in social climbing and money, “diamond luck”
If your first stack/ace is a spade, the entire question, situation, and your
motive for being in it, should be examined. You should not be in this situation,
should not enter it, and perhaps should slap yourself for even asking about it!
The final number of cards stacked in this pile will show you in what specific
arena the Spade’s bad motive/bad luck will likely operate: for example, if you
end with the four of spades, don’t buy that house. The five: failed romance.
Seven: bad marriage or business partnership.
Okay, this is the last solitaire fortune-telling preamble, I promise! If any of
your stacks end with a court card – Jack, Queen or King – it usually indicates a
person involved with your question. These cards can also represent general
meanings (see # 11,12 and 13 meanings in the May 9 column) as well as urges in
yourself, or parts of your own personality. In this regard, the Jacks represent
your hopes and urges toward friendship/socialization. The Queens are your softer
inner side, your dreamy, intuitive side, your need for communion, sexual
satisfaction, nurturing (and can denote seclusion or imprisonment on some
level). The Kings are your desire to rule, to govern your life as you want to.
These urges apply whether you are male or female.
But, addressing the strictly “people” side of the court cards: When a stack ends
with a Jack (i.e., a Jack is the last card freed in that stack before the game
ends) it shows the presence or influence of a younger, active person, male or
female. This person can be wooing, loving (heart) witty but tricky (diamond)
conservative, hard working or somewhat unfriendly (club) or definitely not to be
trusted, perhaps a thief, or someone depressed or of bad morals/motives (spade).
These interpretations indicate this person’s effect on you, rather than
everyone’s opinion of this person. For example, if a witty, social person whom
everyone would describe as the Jack of Diamonds plans to invade your on-line
bank account, you’ll see the spade Jack, not the diamond.
The Queens and Kings follow the same suit qualities. A heart King is a loving
father and mate. A diamond King is talented in business, and can talk you into
anything with his good-natured charm. A club King is probably your boss or
father, strict and demanding – but there’s a good side to demanding. A spade
King is bad, should be avoided – though it can mean that a mature man in your
circle might die soon, in which case it might not indicate bad morals. Some
commentators say the spades – Jack, Queen and King – can also represent magi, or
people who have left the ordinary paths of life to seek other spiritual planes.
I’ve never met one – so don’t “excuse” the spades too often!
Which stack(s) end with a court card, is also significant. If the first stack,
he/she is a prime mover and instigator in this affair. In the second stack,
he/she plays a somewhat passive and usually benevolent role. In the third,
he/she helps communicate your needs/desires, or speaks against them (if a spade,
perhaps secretly). If a court card tops the fourth stack, he/she is “there at
the end,” involved with the final success or failure of the matter in question:
he/she might even be your final destination!
Well, that is the end of the preambles. One could write much more on the
meanings of the cards. You’ll notice that in various places I emphasize one
meaning that seems completely different than the meaning I assigned a number or
a card elsewhere. But if you look closely, you’ll see that those meanings share
a common thread (or two). There are only 52 cards, and they represent the entire
world of feeling, event and perception – so of necessity each card carries a
pregnant burden of multiple meanings. It is up to you to discover those meanings
as you “divine.” (Now you can sense what the word “divine” means!) But, at the
same time, keep the meanings you discover true to the basic truth of the card.
Check and re-check your interpretation: is it true to the card’s “personality,”
or is it wishful thinking? I hope you can use my method – but that you don’t
play so much you intellectualize life rather than living it. Remember, Solitaire
and “solitude” have a similar meaning!
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