"Reading Cards is an Intriguing Pastime"
Article brought to you by "The Queen – The Lady’s Newspaper" and their Christman Issue from 1935.
Is it not tempting when a pack of cards is laid on the table to try to "make them speak"? A pleasant pastime to which one attaches nothing but to which one returns willingly, for all the little signs seem to mean something. Will you try ? To do this, take 32 cards, classing them by suit, i.e., Clubs together, etc., ‘ then in order taking the Ace, King, Queen Knave, ten, nine, eight and seven. Look at the table below which will give you the meaning of each card. The five cards with a number should be marked with a cross in one corner as they have a double significance, according as to whether they are the right or the reverse way up (see table).
You carefully shuffle your cards, then cut them and take them seven by seven, putting each seventh card on the table, from left to right, which will give you four cards. You do this twice more, which gives you twelve cards. If you are a blonde and the Queen of Hearts is not in the hand of twelve cards (see illustration above) you take her from the pack; if the opposite is the case take a card at random from the pack. You will thus have thirteen cards. Besides their own significance when several cards of the same denomination are in the hand, they have another significance.
How to tell what each card means
How to tell what the cards represents to you
|Cards||What they stand for|
|3 Kings||Success in business|
|2 Kings||Good counsel will be received|
|4 Queens||Much gossip|
|3 Queens||Deceits by women|
|2 Queens||Feminine friendships|
|4 Knaves||A contagious illness|
|3 Knaves||Laziness; neglect of business|
|4 Aces||New sorrows; a death|
|2 Aces||An enemy|
|4 Tens||An unpleasant event|
|3 Tens||Change of situation|
|2 Tens||Loss of money|
|4 Nines||Good things; good deeds|
|2 Nines||A windfall|
|4 Eights||Boredom, reverses|
|3 Eights||A happy thing; a marriage|
|3 Sevens||Joyous happening; diversions|
|2 Sevens||Love affairs|
Meaning of the hand
One Ace; signifies nothing
Two Kings; Good counsels you must follow
Four Queens; Much gossiping
Three Tens; Change of situation
Two Nines; A windfall
One Eight; signifies nothing
Interpretation of the group of cards above
You will have an important windfall (2 nines), resulting in a change of position (3 tens) sufficiently advantageous to excite the jealousy of people round you, and you become the butt of gossiping tongues (4 Queens). Not being used to these slanderings you seek wise counsels (2 Kings), which will not be denied you. If this general interpretation is repeated in the detailed interpretation this signifies that the presaged destiny will very promptly come upon you
(1) Obstacles hinder a good intention.
(2) Unavailing efforts.
(3) Lose all will.
(4) Become jealous.
(5) Attempts which will come to be considered as useless
Detailed interpretation card by card
according to the table abowe
If you now read the hand you will learn of a succession of steps (8 of Diamonds) which you will be obliged to make, bringing you into contact with a lovely lady (Queen of Spades). This will have for its result an unexpected marriage (10 of Diamonds); the latter will be envied by a wicked woman (Queen of Diamonds), jealous of your success (10 of Clubs). But chance is bringing you a pleasant surprise (10 of Hearts); indeed, your future is certain, you are assured of success in love (9 of Clubs) in spite of obstacles (9 of Spades), which you will be able to overcome with the help of a good and helpful person (Queen of’ Hearts) who you love (Queen of Clubs). Finally, advised by an honest man (King of Hearts), you will have assured good fortune (Ace of Clubs)