It was fun working with the Hermes Playing Card Oracle for last week’s reading; so much so that I haven’t been able to put it down, using it for my personal daily draws (much to the chagrin of that deck I couldn’t wait to arrive in the mail).
Getting back into playing card cartomancy, I had another one of my decks wanting to get in on the act, as it popped into my mind to use for this week’s reading: The Arcana Tarot Playing Cards by Chris Ovdiyenko (and published by Dead on Paper).
I’m taking the deck in hand, shuffling the cards, and asking the general question, “What do we need to know about the possibilities for the week ahead?”
This week’s video reveals the cards for our reading:
If you prefer to read the post, here it is:
The cards for the week are: 4 of Spades, The Sun, 3 of Diamonds, Ace of Spades, and 7 of Hearts.
Focus of the Reading
The focus card this week, which is in the middle of the line, is the 3 of Diamonds.
This is a card of increase and expansion (the number 3), which may be gradual. This may be an energetic expansion (Diamonds can represent energy) for the spiritually-minded; for the more practical, this might be of a financial nature (Diamonds also represent money).
The financial piece makes sense given that we’ve just come off the heels of Thanksgiving, which led into Black Friday and officially kicked off holiday shopping for the season. With Cyber Monday starting off the week, some of us may be focusing on ways to create financial increase for gift buying.
For those focusing on increasing energy levels, this may come as a result of being engaged with others for the Thanksgiving holiday, and a change in the daily routine can have an energetic effect.
Looking at the Line
Starting off the line, we have the 4 of Spades.
When I read playing cards, and a card from the suit of Spades opens the line, it can point to a problem that is moving out of our lives.
The 4 of Spades is traditionally known as the “sick bed” card, implying illness, but I tend to look at it more as a state of “dis-ease.” The 4, when attached to a Spades card, can point to limitation and restriction, a sense of being “boxed in.”
Reading this aspect of the card would make sense with the idea of increase mentioned with the 3 of Diamonds, whether financially or with feeling energetic.
The cards are encouraging us to be creative (3) in our approach, possibly thinking outside the box (4); doing so, though, might require us to step out of our comfort zones (4), which could shake up some issues regarding security and stability (4).
Moving to the next card, we have The Sun.
For me, The Sun is the best card in the deck, outshining all other cards; this is great to see following a Spades card. The Sun is a card of clarification, suggesting things becoming clear.
The Sun suggests that clarity comes when we choose to become more conscious about ourselves and how we move through and experience our lives. What are you willing to see clearly this week? What situations are you willing to “clear up” this week?
The Sun is also a card of personal freedom, again wonderful to see after the 4 of Spades suggesting limitations and restrictions. What would you be willing to do this week, as a step toward your own sense of freedom? The Sun suggests you have the energy (remember Diamonds being a suit about energy) to take that step.
Moving over to the cards on the other side of the 3 of Diamonds, we first have the Ace of Spades.
Here we have another card from the suit of Spades appearing in the reading this week. The first thing I notice is that we move from a 4 to a 1, signaling a decrease in the intensity of the problem or challenge presented by the 4 of Spades.
When the Ace of Spades appears, it can mean a decision is being made; perhaps being tired of being in a rut, that sense of limitation and restriction, leads to a decision being made to begin (Aces represent beginnings) changing things up.
It can also represent clarity (clear thinking and being clear-headed), and that an answer or solution to a problem is received; this reinforces the appearance of The Sun, as these cards mirror each other in the reading.
The Ace of Spades can indicate a triumph, victory, or success is at hand.
Aces can represent the potential for a new chapter of life to begin; with the Ace of Spades in particular, this new chapter could get off to a bumpy start. If you’re starting something new this week, don’t let the proverbial speed bumps in the road along the way deter you, having you think you’ve made a wrong turn.
Keep moving forward—the bumps will work themselves out.
The Ace of Spades could be offering the advice to keep an open mind, as you might get a big idea, have an a-ha moment, or receive an epiphany that clears up all those hurdles and obstacles.
At the end of the line, we have the 7 of Hearts.
With the 7 of Hearts turning up, there’s the possibility of being faced with many options; the only thing is, the more options that are placed before us, the more we may be unable to decide.
We’re being asked, with this card, to narrow our focus. When this card turns up, the question being posed to us is, “What do I need (from an emotional standpoint, as Hearts is the suit of feelings and our emotional nature) right now?”
The 7 of Hearts suggests the need to concentrate on a single goal to ensure success (especially with the Ace of Spades coming before it).
This card can also warn of fantasies, daydreams, and having your head in the clouds, so be sure that your decision (Ace of Spades) is grounded in practicality—or life will give you a reality check. Don’t build castles in the clouds or bake pies in the sky. Check those rose-colored glasses at the door, please!
This card, for me, is a very spiritual and psychic card. I always encourage people to write down and interpret their dreams. Since dreams can also be highlighted with the 4 of Spades, our dreams may be particularly vivid this week. We could also experience some psychic visions.
Daily meditation (being acknowledged again here, as it was with the 4 of Spades) and visualization are also highlighted with this card. Before anything we want in the outer can manifest, we first need to go within and see, with our faculty of imaging and imagination, as being/doing/having that very thing.
In looking at the line overall, we started off with a black card (Spades) and ended with a red card (Hearts) which can suggest working through a challenge that may present itself this week. A majority of the cards are Spades, and that could suggest putting energy toward problem-solving and decision-making will work in our favor.
And having the Ace of Spades and 7 of Hearts close the reading could suggest the possibility of getting some much-needed clarity (Ace of Spades) surrounding one of the big questions (7) we may have been asking about a situation in our lives.
And wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing indeed!
Hope you have a Tarot-tastic week,
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