This week I felt led to work with the Gypsy Witch Fortune Playing Cards (published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.) for the reading, as I haven’t picked it up since using it for the final reading of 2017.
So, 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: Ace of Spades, 8 of Diamonds, Jack of Hearts, 6 of Spades, and 9 of Clubs.
One possibility with having a face card in the middle of the line this week is that there could be a situation in which a person plays a central role or part in how that situation unfolds; it could also suggest that the situation actually focuses on this person.
As a person, the Jack of Hearts can be a young person, either a young man or a young woman. Being from the suit of Hearts, this person may be a close friend or a relative. Hearts also being the suit of love and relationships, the Jack could be a suitor or love interest.
If not a person, the Jack would represent news and messages; connected to Hearts, this could be news or messages about love or a relationship (and he does have what looks like a quill pen in his hand, as if to write a love letter or sonnet).
Jacks can also represent thoughts, so another possibility would be thinking about a relationship or loving thoughts.
Book is the divinatory symbol on the card, which can refer to education, teaching, learning, and knowledge. With the Jack of Hearts, Book can make this a knowledgeable person, someone well-read and educated, even a student.
For me personally, I see Book as a reader, and a deck of cards, so this person might even be a card reader. As a personal message, Jack of Hearts and Book is a person who’s focused on divination; this makes me want to pay attention to how this reading unfolds.
Looking at the Line
Opening up the line this week is the Ace of Spades. When I see a Spades card start off a line, I tend to read it as a problem on its way out. With that in mind, the Ace of Spades can point to a potential end stage of a problem or difficulty.
And since I mentioned the word “mind,” that’s also another meaning of the Ace of Spades. Keeping with that, the Ace of Spades can mean a decision, suggesting that we have to make our mind up to put an end to a situation or experience.
Conversely, the Ace of Spades can also indicate the beginning stage of a new problem or difficulty, and with that in mind, I point out the divinatory symbol on the card, Rapiers (or Crossed Swords).
Rapiers can indicate indecision, which is an interesting conflict with the Ace of Spades meaning decision. This could suggest the possibility of a decision needing to be made, but there’s an undercurrent of indecision with it.
If we consider the Ace of Spades to be a potential conflict, Rapiers would reinforce this idea, suggesting a disagreement, a clash of ideals, or differing opinions.
With a Heart at the “heart” of the line, we have the possibility of an emotional difficulty or problem (Spades + Hearts = emotional difficulty).
Moving to the next card, we have the 8 of Diamonds. My first association with a Diamond card is money, and the 8 of Diamonds can refer to budgeting, which is a carryover message from last week’s reading. Going with that, the 8 of Diamonds can also represent accounting, and with Book, it could also mean bookkeeping.
When the 8 of Diamonds talks about money, it usually means financial limitations and restrictions. This would make sense, since Spades + Diamonds = financial difficulty.
The 8 of Diamonds can also represent the eyes, so it could mean to keep our eyes on how money circulates (the 8 can mean circulation, and money circulates in the economy) in and out of our lives, and budgeting would help with that.
The divinatory symbol on the card is Broken Glass, and I read this as something having been shattered. In the image, the glass looks like a mirror, so it can suggest that an image we held of a person (the focus card pointing out a possible relationship) has been shattered, perhaps as the result of the conflict pointed out by Rapiers coming before this card.
If a situation, Broken Glass might suggest a change in how we’re seeing (8 of Diamonds being eyes) a situation or experience; if about money, let’s say, then a possible message is to shatter an image of seeing ourselves as being “broke” financially.
The 6 of Spades can turn up to suggest that a situation is coming to an end once and for all, and with that, it’s time to move on. This reinforces what was said with the Ace of Spades, about the possible end stage of a problem or difficulty, as well as the idea of making one’s mind up.
In terms of difficulty handling a problem, another card from the suit of Spades could suggest ups and downs contributing to that difficulty. The 6 is a number associated with responsibility, making the 6 of Spades potentially an issue of being irresponsible a part of the problem. If other people are a part of the problem (Rapiers), someone may not be accepting responsibility for his or her contribution to either the problem—or the solution.
And that could lead into another meaning I have for the 6 of Spades: a difficult conversation. There may be a need to discuss a problem or difficulty. With Book coming before, it might imply the conversation is about sharing knowledge with another person, perhaps talking about what’s been learned or “uncovered.”
The divinatory symbol here is Mice, and can indicate loss, which is gradual in nature. A possible scenario might be that a problem with money has been uncovered through bookkeeping or accounting, showing a gradual loss, perhaps due to some irresponsibility, and the decision is now being made to end the situation once and for all.
Mice can also indicate stress and worry, so whatever the problem being pointed out by the 6 of Swords is stressful and worrisome.
But all is not lost with the final card in the line, the 9 of Clubs; the number 9 can mean gain or attainment and the suit of Clubs can refer to progress being made. As the suit of work, when a Clubs card comes after a Spades card, it means that a problem is going to be worked out—but not without some effort.
The 6 of Spades is a card that can indicate moving away, and the 9 of Clubs can mean a journey; a possibility here is that after a situation is resolved once and for all, the end result could be that someone makes the decision to move on.
The 9 of Clubs is also a card of distance, so there’s the idea of moving on by creating distance between people. And this would be an ideal point to bring in the divinatory symbol on the card, Park.
Park can represent the outdoors, so if there’s a possible move or journey, Park could be highlighting an actual change in scenery or environment (think the great outdoors).
Park also represents the public, so it can point out a group or community (other people), as well as society at large. With that in mind, Book + Mice + Park could suggest stress or worry surrounding knowledge becoming public; these cards could be read as, “Knowledge (Book) about a loss (Mice) becomes public (Park).”
Summing up the line, it looks like the may be some ups and downs (Spades) with emotional rewards (Diamonds + Hearts), but the problem (Spades) can be worked out (Clubs) with some effort (Clubs). The first step would be to make the decision (Ace of Spades) to end the matter once and for all (6 of Spades), which would create the space (9 of Clubs) to move on (6 of Spades and 9 of Clubs).