A Guide to Card Values


The ace of Clubs signifies joy, money, or good news; if reversed, the joy will be brief.

King of Clubs – A frank, liberal man, fond of serving friends; if reversed, fond of serving enemies.

Queen of Clubs – An affectionate woman, quick tempered and touchy; if reversed, noticably so; jealous and malicious.

Knave of Clubs – A clever and enterprising young man; reversed, an energetic idiot with ambition. A flirt and flatterer, a courtier.

Ten of Clubs – Fortune, success, or grandeur; reversed, success, but of less grandeur. A mediocre success.

Nine of Clubs – An unexpected gain, or a legacy; reversed it is a trifling presence, or the inheritance of a house with debts and too expensive to renovate and rent.

Eight of Clubs – A dark person’s affections, which, if returned, will cause great prosperity; reversed, the dark person’s affectations foolishly wasted on a rival and attendant in unhappiness if reciprocated.

Seven of Clubs – A bit of money, some deng, an unexpectedly recovered debt; if reversed it is a recovered debt, deserved, but content to avoid. Reversed, inheriting something you would rather not have.

The eight Hearts –

Ace of Hearts – a love letter, pleasant news; reversed, it is the visit of a friend.

King of hearts – A fair, liberal man; reversed, a fair, liberal man who utterly disappoints.

Queen of Hearts – A kind, admirable woman, content to give and loan; reversed, a woman who has been crossed in matters of love or money to a loanee.

Knave of Hearts – A gay young bachelor who dreams only of pleasure; reversed, a discontented military man who dreams only of pleasures as a gay young bachelor.

Ten of Hearts – Happiness or triumph; if reversed, slightly severe to moderately severe anxiety.

Nine of Hearts – Joy, satisfaction, success; reversed, satisfaction, joy, and success.

Eight of Hearts – a fair person’s affections. Reversed, an indifference on his or her part.

Seven of hearts – Pleasant thoughts, tranquility; reversed, impotence and balding.

The Eight Diamonds

Ace of Diamonds – A later, soon to be received, and, if the card is reversed, will be poorly written.

King of Diamonds – A fair man, generally in the Army, cunning and dangerous; if reversed, an absolute threat, caused by mechnizations on his part.

Queen of Diamonds – An il-bred, scandal loving woman; if reversed, a low-born girl with the tastes of the bourgeois but not the breeding to get away with the drinking and fucking she’d get away with if she were an aristocrat or celebrity

Knave of Diamonds – A tale bearing servant, or unfaithful friend; reversed it is a tale bearing friend, but unfaithful servant.

Ten of Diamonds – A journey, a change in residence; if reversed, it will not be fortunate and the food will be awful and the weather bad.

Nine of Diamonds – Annoyance, delay, if reversed, either a family or love-quarrel with someone who is infuriatingly right.

Eight of Diamonds –Love-making; if reversed, more exciting, possibly unsuccessful; sex that starts well and everything is great but you don’t orgasm.

Seven of Diamonds – Satire, mockery, or farce. Reversed, a bad comedy that starts out as Dostoevsky and ends up as Marx Brothers.

In order to know whether the ace, ten, nine, eight, and seven of diamonds are reversed (this is dependent on the angle of the face card on any standard deck. They are sometimes called suicide kings, suicide queens; they are left or ring facing facecards. It is better to mark each with a pencil to show direction, to show which is on top of the card. – Charles Pin’on, novice and dealer in the Game of Changes

The Eight Spades

The Ace of Spades – Pleasure; reversed, grief, or the pleasure of one’s enemies / friends.

King of Spades – A man rightfully envious of one’s self, an enemy who fights one’s friends, or a law dishonest for the other side. If reversed, he is an enemy of one’s enemies, seduction maybe necessary if not impotent.

Queen of Spades(1) – A widow, a dangerous and malice woman; if reversed, a widow, dangerous, malice, and successful woman.

Knave of Spades – A dark, ill-bred young man, reversed he plots mischief.

Ten of Spades – Tears, a prison; reversed, a prison, but invisible to you. A brief affliction.
Nine of Spades – Tidings of death (see Omens & Oberies); reversed it will be some near relative.

Eight of Spades – Slight annoyances that annoy you more than large injustices; reversed, a foolish intrigue, that is more intriguing than more noble intrigues.

The Court cards of Hearts and Diamonds usually represent persons of fair complexion; Clubs and Spades, the opposite.

Signification of Different Cards of the Same Denomination.

Four Aces, coming together, or following each other, announce danger, failure in business, and sometimes imprisonment. If one or more of them be reversed, the danger will be lessened, but that is all.

Three Aces, coming in the same manner.—Good tidings; if reversed, folly.

Two Aces.—A plot; if reversed, will not succeed.

Four Kings.—Rewards, dignities, honors; reversed, they will be less, but sooner received.

Three Kings.—A consultation on important business, the result of which will be highly satisfactory; if reversed, success will be doubtful.

Two Kings.—A partnership in business; if reversed, a dissolution of the same. Sometimes this only denotes friendly projects.

Four Queens.—Company, society; one or more reversed, denotes that the entertainment will not go off well.

Three Queens.—Friendly calls; reversed, chattering and scandal or deceit.

Two Queens.—A meeting between friends; reversed, poverty, troubles, in which one will involve the other.

Four Knaves.—A noisy party—mostly young people; reversed, a drinking bout.

Three Knaves.—False friends; reversed, a quarrel with some low person.

Two Knaves.—Evil intentions; reversed, danger.

Four tens.—Great success in projected enterprises; reversed, the success will not be so brilliant, but still it will be sure.

Three tens.—Improper conduct; reversed, failure.

Two tens.—Change of trade or profession; reversed, denotes that the prospect is only a distant one.

Four nines.—A great surprise; reversed, a public dinner.

Three nines.—Joy, fortune, health; reversed, wealth lost by imprudence.

Two nines.—A little gain; reversed, trifling losses at cards.

Four eights.—A short journey; reversed, the return of a friend or relative.


Three eights.—Thoughts of marriage; reversed, folly, flirtation.

Two eights.—A brief love-dream; reversed, small pleasures and trifling pains.

Four Sevens.—Intrigues among servants or low people, threats, snares, and disputes; reversed, that their malice will be impotent to harm, and that the punishment will fall on themselves.

Three sevens.—Sickness, premature old age; reversed, slight and brief indisposition.

Two sevens.—Levity; reversed, regret.

Any picture-card between two others of equal value—as two tens, two Aces, etc.—denotes that the person represented by that card runs the risk of a prison.

It requires no great efforts to commit these significations to memory, but it must be remembered that they are but what the alphabet is to the printed book: a little attention and practice, however, will soon enable the learner to form these mystic letters into words, and words into phrases; in other language, to assemble these cards together, and read the events, past and to come, their pictured faces pretend to reveal.


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Brandon K. Nobles

Brandon is an author, poet and head writer for Sir Swag on YouTube. With 630k subscribers. Since February 2021 he has written for the most important and popular series, News Without the Bulls%!t and the least popular work on the channel, History Abridged. Brandon joined the channel in late January, since then his work has been featured every month in News and History. His novels and works of fiction have also been well received, and he continues to be a proficient and professional chess player. In his spare time he like to catch up on work.

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