5 of hearts

Numerical Value: 5
Key Concepts: Promotion, Joy, Arousal

The 5 of hearts indicates a certain arousal moving one from *just* the comfort of the 4 of hearts. I love seeing the 5 of hearts in a reading because it tends to forecasts promotions at work! Actually, a good equivalent to the 5 of hearts in terms of opportunity is the Stork from the Lenormand deck. In geomancy, I associate the 5 of hearts to the figure Laetitia. Similarly, the 5 of hearts is a card of light-heartedness, joy, and things evolving towards an end that is perceived as good. In love, one can expect there to be a lot of joy, excitement, love and sex. In work and health, things will improve for the better. In money, there is a tendency towards flamboyance, purchasing feminine articles of clothing or jewelry. Of course, also, the 5 of hearts signifies the feminine sex/gender.

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5’s: X Marks the Spot

Numerical Value: 5

Numerical Nature: Change

Keywords: Change

General Remarks

5’s indicate movement and change. The time for organization is over, now there a time for action. Thus, the 5’s are intimately linked with the concept of time, strategy, and the assertion of the will. As such, one of the basic ways that we assert our will, solve problems, is through our own hands.

Interestingly, many have associated the 5’s with the astrological sign Virgo. While I can see how a certain specificity and understanding is needed in order to assert one’s will, and how Virgo is an mutable earth sign, I feel that the caustic nature of the fives are somewhat divergent from the nature of Virgo but works better with Martian concepts. Conversely, the care towards humane matters are divergent from the nature of Mars but are Mercurial. Thus, depending on the context of the reading, I would associate the 5 as holding either Virgo/Mercurial influences or Martian influences.

Philosophical Perspective

With the 5’s we have the goal of overcoming the obstacles and rigidity that was present with the 4. We seek to overcome the spaces that were establish through either time or travel. How do we conquer these obstacles? There is an implicit duality within the 5, granted an unequal duality, but a duality never the less. One duality is illustrated as the will of the individual vs the will of a group or organization, 1+4=5. One can either submit to the organization or impose one’s will. The other duality is to ponder a way out, waiting for an opportune time vs developing one’s own solution or creating a new system entirely, 2+3=5. The tactics and strategies needed to find the solution to the problem is to seek the advise of another, meditate upon it, and take action. Either or way, an assault is on the way, and the structure which was established previously must be overcome.

Example

Jane has been working for the company for 4 years, and she has become bored of it. She knows that her talents can be used elsewhere for socially better causes, so she had decided one of two things must happen: either she put in her letter of resignation (5S) or she obtains the promotion she has been clawing at for the past year (5H). Not only is her career and mental well being at stake, but so is her health. Sitting behind the desk and not being on the field, where she wants to be, has affected her physical health and diet, and Jane must make changes even to her diet and exercise regimen (5D and 5C). These changes alone will also reinvigorate (5H) her sleepy relationship with her boyfriend, possibly inspiring him towards a healthy lifestyle (5D).

4 of spades

 

Numerical Value: 4
Key Concepts: Obstacles, decrease, delay

The 4 of spades is one of my cards for no. If something seems to be moving quickly in a reading, and I pull this card, I know to expect some type of obstacle hindering completing, whether it be simply delays or if something has come to a full standstill. At work, this can make your environment seem almost as a prison, and it may be riddled with inefficient and slow delays. It can show that things are being withheld for whatever reason the surrounding cards dictate. With money it can represent either stinginess or a general lack of money. In love it represents a sour note in the relationship, at least on a mental level. In terms of physical health, this card sometimes can indicate illness. In terms of space it can represent filling an area with negativity or obstacles. In the latter case, it can indicate a pessimistic mindset. This is not a very pleasant card, unless you want and *need* a slower pace, which in that case could work in your favor.

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4 of diamonds

Numerical Value: 4
Key Concepts: Vaults, Storehouses, Certainty

The 4 of diamonds and the 4 of spades are two of my cards for yes and no respectively. As such, the 4 of diamonds offers a certain definable space in reality that is not present in the other 4’s. In financial matters, it can represent items representing value, aka, checks, money, dollars etc. the 4 of diamonds also represents spaces where such items are kept: safes, banks, that special desk drawer, and piggy banks. In matters of business and work it represents the line by line details involved in accomplishing tasks and goals. For example, let’s say you want to lose 40 lbs in 10 months. The exercise plan would be the 4 of clubs, the dieting plan would be the 4 of diamonds. In love, however, this card makes relationships much more tactile oriented and touchy (not necessarily feely, unfortunately). It can represent relationships based on what one can get out of the partner, and it can imply relationships where one is stuck in the “friend zone.”

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4 of clubs

Numerical Value: 4
Key Concepts: Plans, processes, verdicts

The 4 of hearts and the 4 of clubs both have a “tentative” nature about them in which, depending upon its placement and the question, can result in an outcome that can go either way. In playing card cartomancy, the 4 of clubs takes on a more formal and organization type of tone, indicating applications and documents that may be up for review. On the plus side, so long as other impediment or shady cards don’t appear after it, it will indicate that that the application or document will pass the vetting process (eventually). It may also indicate something being delayed due to processing problems. In love, this could mean making solid plans for the future. With regard to wealth it means developing and creating a long term plan. 4 of clubs represents spaces where ideas, plans, and information is generated and organized.

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4 of hearts

 

Numerical Value: 4
Key Concepts: Steadfastness, titles and labels, and comfort

The 4 of hearts and the 4 of clubs both have a “tentative” nature about them in which, depending upon its placement and the question, can result in an outcome that can go either way. In playing card cartomancy, the 4 of hearts represents anything physical thing that brings one comfort. In love it can represent a relationship that’s going steady, either becoming #facebookofficial as another’s boyfriend or girlfriend, or finally being married, or crossing sexual thresholds. As you can see with each of these, there is a sense of attainment, a new emotional desire fulfilled, so things involving the 4 of hearts indicates a level of subjectivity. At work it can represent work that is not physically taxing, and as it pertains to finances, it can also indicate expenditures on items that bring one lasting comfort (or, on the dark side, it can represent hoarding…).

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4’s: Stability and Foundations

Numerical Value: 4

Numerical Nature: Structure, Fixity, and Familiarity

Keywords: Plans, Stability, Pause

General Remarks

4’s indicate some sort of foundation as is indicated by the suits. It can be a bit of a hum drum number in a reading sometimes. On one hand, things are somewhat stable, and on the other hand, there’s not much change going on. In addition to representing general foundations, it can also represent containers of various sorts. While initial instincts will dictate that 4’s will represent square containers specifically, definitely keep an open mind. It can represent any type of container.

As mentioned before, the 4’s can be a little humdrum in a reading. There’s not a lot of movement going on, and this in itself can be an issue in situations where you need some change in your life.  As such, all of the 4’s and some of the 8’s can sometimes indicate obstacles.

Philosophical Perspective

Fours are the twos squared. If there were four people in a room, each person would be able to establish some sort of relationship with one other person without anyone  being left out. Furthermore, each person could also change partners and there would be an implicit understanding of the nature of each of the 4 people. In this sense, we have a sense of community or organizational rules and structures.

Example

The mistress of the household was sitting comfortably on her couch (4H) as her husband sets aside money to be deposited into his bank account (4D). They were trying to save up for some vacation plans that they had made (4D), but they had experienced a setback last month when their son became sick (4S).

 

3 of spades

Numerical Value: 3
Key Concepts: Spite, unwanted interventions, rumors

Remember when I said that I perceive the 3 of spades having its charm in a sadistic way? Well for starters feelings like sadism would classify as a “3 of spades” type of feeling. This is the card which indicates betrayal, back stabbing, back biding, and all of those terrible social feelings which result from the tactical application of confusion and deceit. This is the card that you’re likely to see often if you’re in high school and your friend group is super shady: it indicates gossiping and sometimes duplicity. It’s the card of cloaks and daggers, and it is often quite yucky. In love it represents cheating and lying. In terms of wealth it can indicate money being missing or misplaced. Whenever you see this card, just know you may have a situation where nasty little vices (usually, in my opinion, social in nature) are at play and have the potential to undermine your status and reputation.

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3 of diamonds

Numerical Value: 3
Key Concepts: Inconsistency, incremental, organizing

My baseline reading of the 3 of diamonds includes one who is just straight up scatterbrained and unfocused, indicating a person who’s ideas go every direction that sometimes sabotage their own goals and cause unnecessarily delays and accidents. In work  and money it represents a part time job or making a little money here and there. In love it represents someone who is fickle and doesn’t really know what he or she wants. Like the 3 of hearts it can refer to one who is a bit of a flirt, but with even less intention for commitment or stability; the individual doesn’t take matters as seriously as he or she should. When you see this card, think of Katy Perry’s song:

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3 of clubs

 

Numerical Value: 3
Key Concepts: Growth, production, organizing

Where the 3 of hearts can be a card of all play and little work, the 3 of clubs can be the opposite: work and little play. It is the card of the busy bee, one who is handling his or her business. You know how at work you have that sweet spot where you are in this lovely mellow hum of focus resulting in a very productive day? That is the nature of the 3 of clubs in working situations. In love, it may indicate working with other’s outside the relationship on a task, a lover that is focused on work, or a couple working on building an empire. In terms of wealth, it may indicate doing that which is needed to ensure financial stability in the long run, kind of like a side hustle. On its worst side, it indicates that you’re not doing enough in the situation to accomplish your tasks and goals, whether it be financial, at work, or in love.

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