So you want to learn how to read playing cards? by The Card Reader


So you want to learn how to read Playing Cards but don’t know much about them ?
This article is going to give you some insights so that you can start on the right tracks.

Most of the time when it comes to divine using cards, people think about Tarot. In a lesser way, they may consider to study Lenormand cards as well.

Few people think about Playing Cards and really start to engage in such a journey. This is a shame considering all what Playing Cards have to offer.

I would like to discuss first about what are for me two misconceptions about Playing Cards :

#1 – Playing Cards are difficult to read

This statement comes from the fact that unlike Tarot or Lenormand cards, Playing cards don’t have strong visuals which can help you get the vibes of the cards.

In the Tarot or Lenormand, if you get these cards for instance, you don’t need to be a competent card reader to guess that this is not good :


On the contrary these Tarot and Lenormand cards will look good to you :


Nothing likewise with Playing Cards. What does a 10 of spades mean ? What about the 9 of hearts ? And the Jack of Clubs ?

Truth is that Playing cards are not more or less difficult to read than any other divination tool. They just have their own vocabulary as Tarot or Lenormand have. Moreover, there are many Tarot or Lenormand cards that you won’t be able to understand just looking at them, for instance this one :


And this is only one example amongst many others, and I don’t even mention Tarot Court Cards which don’t reveal anything just looking at them.

Truth is that if you want to use Playing Cards in your readings, as with Tarot or Lenormand you will have to study and learn. Playing Cards have their own language which is not more difficult than any other kind of cards, it is just their own.

Besides, if you feel attracted by Playing Cards then study them ! You will realize that the more you feel drawn to a system of divination the more it will be easy for you to learn. You might then realize that Playing Cards are actually easier for you to understand than Lenormand or Tarot can be ! It’s all about your sensitivity.

Don’t put Playing Cards aside because you feel that they will be difficult. Go and start learning and see how those cards resonate with you. Only after you will be able to draw conclusions. But try first, you might be surprised !

#2 – Playing Cards can’t handle complex situations

Many readers think that because Tarot is heavily charged with symbolism they handle best complex situations, especially when it involves psychology.

In this regard many readers will tell you that Tarot suits best with psychology issues when Lenormand and Playing Cards deal best with mere facts (ex : will I get the job, should I buy this house ? These kinds of things).

Readers usually think this way because Tarot is seen as the Cadillac of all Divination tools. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tarot and use it as well, but never will I tell you that they give more insights than Playing Cards. I can also tell you that because Tarot is seen as carrying a lot of psychology stuff, this is where you will get many mumbo jumbo readings where readers will make vague readings using a lot of generalizations which will not exactly and accurately answer to your issue.

I disagree with this view and consider that it all depends on the connection that you have with your cards. You can use Playing Cards to deal with any kind of matter, either involving money, business and work, friendship, love, social interactions, choices that have to be made, understand why does someone acts as he does etc.

I remember of this client coming to me about one of her male colleague she was feeling attracted to. She wanted to know if he was attracted as well and if there was a chance that they could start a relationship. If you’re interested with this case I invite you to watch this Love Cartomancy video

That being said, how should you start with Playing Cards ?

Making choices

The most common mistake that beginners do is to browse all the Playing Cards websites they can find and read the meanings of the cards. At the end of the day they are even more confused because of all the different and contradictory meanings.

Doing so is like wanting to improvise before learning the scales. You first have to pick up a system and work on its roots.

For instance, would you prefer to use only 32 cards as it is done in Europpean Cartomancy or the entire deck ? My advice – but feel free to do otherwise – is to use all the 54 cards. Why ? Because only using the cards from 7’s to Aces will make you miss lots of informations carried by the others cards.

Moreover, would you like to use Jokers or not ? Reversals or only reading the cards in their upright position ? Depending on your choices, you will develop a personal way to read those cards, you will create a personal code with your cards and this is because of this personal link between you and your deck that you’ll start getting accurate readings.

Besides, don’t try to copy&paste the cards meanings you can get here and there without understanding what the foundations of Playing Cards reading are.

Take time to build your foundations

What you should do is understand what are the elements of Playing Cards readings.

You don’t need to learn by heart all the meanings of the cards. Besides, which meanings ? The ones of the website A or website B ?

Start by understanding that the very first elements to take into account when you start learning Playing Cards are : colors, suits, suit interactions. This is the Holy Trinity of Playing Cards readings.

You don’t have to memorize any card meaning if you master those 3 elements, and you will then be able to start doing your own readings ! This is the reason why I’ve just released a Guide that you can find on my blog. Because I want to help beginners to study on the right tracks without spinning wheels and losing time. On the contrary, just memorizing some random card meanings without understanding the fundamentals of Playing Cards readings will get you nowhere and more often than not you will just try to make fit some random meanings to your actual situation and it won’t.

Once you’re feeling comfortable with those 3 first elements (colors, suits, suit interactions), then you can start adding numbers, court cards, and some more advanced techniques. But it will come with time. You didn’t learn how to walk overnight, right ? Baby steps, don’t rush, take time to build your foundations and core understandings of Playing Cards. Once you’ve mastered those, everything will flow easily.

What spread to use ?

 The easiest the better.

Don’t start with fancy spreads using 10 cards, it will just confuse you. This rule can be applied to any divination tool, either Tarot or Lenormand. I’m always shocked when I see beginners trying to do a Celtic Cross Tarot Spread. This makes no sense. Because a spread is simple doesn’t mean it is not powerful. More doesn’t equal better in divination. The more you add some cards the more you can (and will) get confused.

So, my advice is to start using a simple 3 card line.


This is by no mean a past/present/future spread as it often is with Tarot when readers use 3 cards. All those 3 cards will speak about the future. The advantage of this simple spread is that it allows you to train your skills without having to handle too many cards. Besides, my experience has shown to me that this simple layout is good for any kind of question and give you enough information.

Once you’re feeling more comfortable with the 3 card spread, start working on a 5 card spread. Don’t use more cards than 5, it is unnecessary and will bring more confusion than clarity. 5 cards are the maximum that I use when doing a card line.


Then you can add some others layout such as a 9 card tableau such as this one :


The advantage when you decide to do a 0 card Tableau is that you will realize that this is just a 3 x 3 card line so that if you’ve trained enough with the simple 3 card line layout you won’t find any difficulty when dealing with it !

You see, there’s a logic in the studies and the steps I’m giving you. This is the reason why you should start slow and not rush !

Then you can keep on building your skills and start adding some more exotic kinds of spreads, but only when you’ve mastered the previous steps.

 Sharing with others

One very good things nowadays is that we can discuss and share passions online with forums and Facebook groups. I really encourage you to get involved with them ! You will read how others do read the cards, their thinking process, you will be able to ask questions, submit your own spreads and see what others think about them etc. A very great way to keep on learning and this is fun !

Here are my first advices if you consider getting involved with Playing Cards. They are wonderful and you will be very happy with them if you give yourself some time to study and learn. Those little cards will become your best friends and will always advise and inform you in the best of your interest !

Angelo Card Reader

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