Each suit has astrological attributes depending on their element.
If you know anything about astrology, even if you’re not an astrologer (I’m not), it’s helpful when interpreting the feelings of the pip cards and court card personalities.
Cups = Water Signs
Swords = Air Signs
Wands= Fire Signs
Pentacles = Earth Signs
Cups = Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Swords = Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Wands = Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Pentacles = Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
The Five of Swords is all about sneak thievery and sabotage. Whether it’s an item that is stolen, trust that is broken, or nasty backbiting—malicious talk behind the seeker’s back, it’s a card that signals mistrust, and rightly so. Often, however, it may be someone that the seeker does not suspect. The slanderous bi-otch may show up in the spread as a court card. It can also signify a situation that is not of high standing or of divine purpose that may be introduced to the client by someone whom he or she trusts.
When the Five of Swords is reversed, the seeker’s name is cleared in some way. They are deemed trustworthy. The cat has been let out of the bag and the betrayer has been spotlighted in some way. Blame and guilt is removed from the seeker. This card, depending on the surrounding cards, like Temperance for instance—a healing card, can mean that the seeker has forgiven past assholishness dished out by another party.
The Ace of Cups is a strong yes card. It’s about new beginnings for love and friendships, relationships, fulfillment of emotions. Depending on the surrounding cards, the Ace of Cups can refer to renewed existing relationships or relationships on the horizon. It shows the opening of the heart chakra, it is a receiving card. It shows positive karma entering a situation. In business it can mean working with a soul group or working on a mission-based project.
When this card is reversed it can show that wishful thinking is going on in regards to a relationship or situation. Waiting for things to get better in a situation where it’s unlikely to happen. It can also mean delays in a relationship or in a situation that you wish for and that you feel would fulfill your heart’s desires. If this reversed card is paired with the Knight of Cups up, it means that a relationship may have started with a sexual encounter. If the Knight of Cups is reversed with the Ace of Cups reversed, it can indicate a solely sexually-based relationship or love drained away (love lost) depending on the surrounding cards.
One of the major Yes/No Cards
Aces are all Yes/No Cards.
Though any card in the deck can give insight as to whether a situation is Divinely purposed, the Aces reveal definite raw energy for the situation at hand.
Ace of Cups
Up: A Divine yes that is emotionally fulfilling and heart purposed.
Reversed: A no. The situation is not going to fulfill your heart’s desire.
Ace of Swords
Up: The strongest of Ace yeses. This cuts through to the higher self’s pragmatic knowing sidestepping the ego’s fears and fog.
Reversed: A strong no. Perhaps a Hell no. Don’t do it. Absolutely not. Don’t go there. Not gonna happen.
Ace of Wands
Up: A yes with creative passion behind it. A go for it with projects and situations. Usually revolving around work, hobbies, and new endeavors.
Reversed: A no—Somehow things just don’t click. The group doesn’t jive, the project isn’t sound or set up well, the foundation is not strong and flakey even.
Ace of Pentacles
Up: Woot! yes. Spiritually and Financially this is a yes. It’s a powerful yes that needs staying on top of. Keeping your mission at the forefront at all times. It works when you are aligned with intentions that stay focused.
Reversed: Intentions are not quite right for this. Money isn’t there. Mission isn’t true or sound somehow.