How to Read Regular Playing Cards as Tarot in a Horseshoe Layout

Here is my long-awaited, most requested, most clicked on post continuation of How to Use Regular Playing Cards to Predict the Future.

I think the reason my original post was so successful was its ease of directions! (Maybe because this is a Plant-Geek blog, and not a blog about Tarot reading?) Tarot reading is not something you just pick-up in a day. It takes years of training and the ability to channel your inner self. I have seriously backed off on the definitions of the cards, making it a bit easier to read a fortune. However, because of this, you will be able to pick-up a deck of playing cards right now and find out what’s in store for your future!!

In my original post, I described a 4 card layout that is great for yes or no questions; “Am I pregnant?”, “Should I change jobs?” or “Is he going to ask me to marry him?”.

The layout below, called a Horseshoe layout, gives a bit more perspective on what the future may hold. This time you will not be pulling out any cards ahead of time to represent yourself or the person you are reading for. Be sure to have the Jokers removed and shuffle the deck. If you are reading for another, allow them to shuffle. While shuffling, think of the question you would like the cards to answer for you.

Cards can be dealt from the top or chosen randomly throughout the deck. Whichever you choose, lay the seven cards you picked in the order drawn like below:

horseshoe layout

Card 1:  The Past

The card will indicate how important the past has been on this issue. Sometimes, there is no straightforward subject for this card, however it may relate how you have been feeling in the past about the subject.

Card 2:  The Present

This can refer to thoughts, feelings or actual events influencing the present situation.

Card 3:  The Future

Secret influences that could alter the outcome of this question or surprise you with their impact. Maybe a person knows more than they have admitted to you. Perhaps a decision has been made without you.

Card 4:  Advice

To facilitate the outcome predicted in card seven, this advice should be heeded or not, depending on the wanted outcome.

Card 5:  Your Influences or Environment

Your immediate environment, including family, friends and home, which can influence you on this issue. Sometimes they can be helpful or hurtful.

Card 6:  Obstacles

These mental or physical barriers must be overcome in order to resolve the situation.

Card 7:  The Likely Outcome

The most likely solution to your question, based on what was suggested by the fourth & sixth card.

Remember, this is only one possible future, among many, that are possible in your life. What is being suggested in these readings is that if you were to follow (or to not follow) the advice, the future outcome will change.

Just like anything involving the unknown forces of nature, forces have their ways of messing with our heads. If the layout makes no sense for the question being asked, reshuffle and ask again.

Here are a couple of examples of how this layout can be interpreted.

Should I change careers?

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Should I change careers?

 

  1. Past -Hearts 10 = Peace.
  2. Present – Diamonds 2 = Work success.
  3. Future – Spades 10 = Loss, depression, broken goals.
  4. Advice – Diamonds A = New business or social affairs.
  5. Influence – Spades King = have brown to black hair and dark eyes. They are usually in some form of authority, gives good advice, witty, helpful, yet, not too family orientated.
  6. Obstacles – Spades 3 = Separation from a loved one, or possible fighting.
  7. Outcome – Clubs 2 = Copping with two problems, need to make decision.

Fortune = So far, you have had happiness and success at work, however it is not fulfilling. A dark-haired gentleman may be able to help you with a new career, but not without some problems at home or traveling. In the end you must choose if you enjoy your work success without fulfillment over domestic peace to reach goals.

Should I continue the friendship?

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Should I continue this friendship?

  1. Past – Clubs 7 = Growth through hard work.
  2. Present – Spades 5 = Lack of sensitivity, possibly a theft.
  3. Future – Spades 8 = Inability to think clearly.
  4. Advice – Hearts Queen – have light to medium brown hair and hazel eyes. They tend to be family orientated, happy, romantic, artistic and reliable
  5. Influence  – Spades 9 = Sorrow, misery, sad circumstances.
  6. Obstacles – Hearts 5 = Divorce, loss of a loved one.
  7. Outcome – Clubs 10 = Secure; yet feeling detached.

Fortune: You’ve known this friend for many years and have worked hard at the relationship. Perhaps you’ve felt like the friendship has been one-sided and you’re the one doing all the giving. This has bugged you for awhile. A wise woman (Mom, Aunt, boss) has told you this friend is not good for you, but you don’t want to believe it. In the end, if you choose to detach yourself from this friend, you will feel better about yourself and have less stress, but miss them terribly.

Interpretations of the cards:

Each card has a specific meaning and has to be interpreted with the reader’s mind just as much as the written meaning. Each suit represents four areas in life. Aces are low, and low cards symbolize a beginning, as opposed to a ten representing more of a conclusion. Face cards have the same meaning as before, representing people as opposed to events.

Face Cards:

There are four elements to work with; age, gender, hair/eye color and personality. Kings represent mature men, Queens represent mature women, and Jacks represent children of both genders. I go with the personality over the looks if someone splits the difference here. IE, I am a redhead with green eyes, however I am not family orientated. I choose myself to be a Queen of Spades for this reason.

♥ Heart personas have light to medium brown hair and hazel eyes. They tend to be family orientated, happy, romantic, artistic and reliable.

♦ Diamonds have fair hair and blue eyes. Their personalities are more business orientated, attractive, impetuous, and strong.

♠ Spades have brown to black hair and dark eyes. They are usually in some form of authority, gives good advice, witty, helpful, yet, not too family orientated.

♣ Clubs have white or dark hair, any color for eyes. Their personalities tend to be patient, strongly intellectual, creative, serious, secure, and moody.

The following lists the meanings to the rest of the cards:

Hearts meaning love and happiness:

A = New happiness and joy. Spiritual insight into new or present home.

2 = Love between a man and woman, new relationship.

3 = Marriage, good tidings, possible pregnancy.

4 = Boredom, lack of motivation.

5 = Divorce, loss of a loved one.

6 = New job or meeting an old friend.

7 = Difficulty in making a choice.

8 = Searching for a deeper meaning to things.

9 = Wishes will come true.

10 = Peace.

Diamonds symbolizing enterprise and distinction.

A = New business or social affairs.

2 = Work success.

3 = Someone offers help.

4 = Job well done.

5 = Stress, possible competition.

6 = Good news coming, success is near.

7 = Job pressure, inner strength.

8 = Business trip or messages coming soon.

9 = Maintaining control but shaky.

10 = Under pressure and experiencing life changes.

Spades represents struggle and animosity:

A = Successes are starting to begin.

2 = Stalemated in your decisions.

3 = Separation from a loved one, or possible fighting.

4 = Time to plan for the future.

5 = Lack of sensitivity, possibly a theft.

6 = Journey, moving on with future plans.

7 = Plans not working out as expected.

8 = Inability to think clearly.

9 = Sorrow, misery, sad circumstances.

10 = Loss, depression, broken goals.

Clubs denote money interests:

A = Beginning of prosperity.

2 = Copping with two problems, need to make decision.

3 = Well informed.

4 = Strong pursuit of materialistic endeavors.

5 = Review what’s happening in life.

6 = Promotions, fruits of labor enjoyed.

7 = Growth through hard work.

8 = Stability or possible schooling.

9 = Seeking goals, feeling of being incomplete.

10 = Secure; yet feeling detached.

Telling the future does have its rewards, yet it always should be respected as the gift it is. The future that’s foretold isn’t always the way things turn out. The cards will offer one story to the query’s life, but its up to the person to make it come to pass….. or not.
© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

27 thoughts on “How to Read Regular Playing Cards as Tarot in a Horseshoe Layout

  1. What a lot of fun. I played with the cards for a long time …. and only believe they can give you insights to think about. This layout is interesting. I always considered the queen of swords as my card. lol Suppose to have mental clarity. (For me that is probably wishful thinking.) A bit steely and opinionated and like to have the last word. 🙂

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  3. Great post. I must say that was long and took lots of your time. I’ll admit that I am too lazy to read all of that and actually don’t have time to read a deck of cards. But I’ll remember your post and maybe I can refer folks to the card info.

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  4. If you can read cards, I’m really impressed. In high school I had a very good friend who was very skilled at card readings. I was amazed at both her insight and accuracy. I’ve tried for years to learn, but sadly, I have no skill at it. No matter how hard I tried, the cards simply don’t talk to me.

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    • Here’s a secret (shhh)…
      Here’s how I feel about reading cards. ..
      There is a bit of memorization. With regular cards, there are 52 meanings. With tarot, 156 meanings, hence more variety & possible meanings in tarot.
      A reading will only show one of the many paths a life can go. This sometimes presents readings that have no obvious relevance. (Haven’t you ever babbled before? 😉 Cards do too!) The person that you read for must be observant. . They can also change the outcome of a reading by changing a moment in their lives. This is why many think readings are false. A person hears they will get money soon, finds a quarter that day, but doesn’t win the lottery, forgets about finding that quarter and poo-poos the reading.
      I read cards like a book. No fancy wizard hat… Just reading the 156 meanings I’ve memorized.

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  5. At the top of this page you mention the following….”In my original post, I described a 4 card layout that is great for yes or no questions; “Am I pregnant?”, “Should I change jobs?” or “Is he going to ask me to marry him?”.”
    Could you please repeat the layout, I cant find a post where it is talked about or described.
    Thank you 🙂

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