2 of Clubs.
When you are doing a reading using a standard deck of playing cards it is important to understand just what each card means. These meanings can have a range and often change during your relationship within the practice of cartomancy.
I have found at least 2 dozen systems of reading playing cards. About 10 of these systems are unique to the creator, the others are spin offs, copycats or a merging of several rolled into one. What I don’t like is when people do not give credit to the original designers of these systems.
Way too many people assign meanings from the Tarot to the playing cards – how is that unique?
We all know that 2 of something means cooperation or partnership is possible. There is someone or some thing else involved. In the Tarot (Rider), the man is holding onto a wand suggesting a choice was made.
Clubs can be wands but in the older cartomancy books they are worse than the modern spades. So what do clubs mean? Are we going to give them the same meaning as the wands? If that works for you go for it. I think part of the energy is the same. For example: action, impulse, bluntness, speed and so on. Many readers have given clubs the dominion of all that is business related, commerce, trade, work and even travel.
I have found that many people want plain old fortune telling without any deep esoteric symbolism. They do not care what relationship the playing cards have with other systems. All they want is a reading.
How would you interpret the 2 of clubs in a layout? There are several ways to do this. Forget everything you have ever read on this card and start with a new meaning. Trust me on this. The brand new meaning you assign will materialize in the exact same way as all those hundreds of meanings for 2 of clubs.
I once had an interesting dialogue with 94stranger (Rainring cards) about reading a bag of popcorn. It is the same concept. You read the meanings you assign.
NOTE: In order for this to be successful, grab a magic marker and write 2 keywords on every card in the standard playing deck, even the joker(s) if you want. Allow yourself a few hours to do this and wait for the marker to dry, because it will smudge. This happened to me when I did this exercise.
Next: Shuffle the cards and do your favorite layout. You can remove any numbers you want to downsize the deck into 25, 32, or 40 cards. You are in control. The less cards in the layout the better at the beginning. 5-7 cards is good enough. Look at the cards in front of you, link your own keywords and tell a story. Now, really… did it matter if it was a 7 of hearts or 10 of spades you were reading?
Be a little adventurous try something different :)