Under, Over, King German: Unter, Ober, König Croatian: Unter/Dečko, Iber/Kraljica, Kralj
All these decks have been used for fortune telling purposes over the years.
The meanings can vary drastically from one area to another. Unlike the often standardised meanings
of the popular Tarot decks (usually based on the Rider-Waite deck), regular playing
card meanings still come from a long oral tradition.
The following table shows how the meaning of the 7 Hearts may differ between traditions and authors...
Comparison of 7 Hearts
Traditional English (52 cards)
False hopes and broken promises, an unreliable person.
Traditional English (32 cards)
Contentment. (Reversed: Boredom).
Traditional French (52 cards)
Close lady friend.
Traditional Italian (48 cards)
Jealousy from a lady.
Traditional Spanish (40 cards)
Joy. Happy events. Things work out well despite bad beginnings. Things work out after being at a standstill.
Card of disagreement, lover's quarrel. Temporary altercation between two people.
Reunites people from the past. Joy, spontaneity and romance.
A pleasant surprise. A repeated occurrence. Peace.
Romantic dreams come true; wisdom and inner peace follows.
Difference of opinion between sweethearts. Gullibility.
The card of emotional fulfillment. Emotional energy.
A successful new idea, a period of 7.
Hazel Whitaker (32 cards)
A fickle admirer.
Unfaithful or unreliable person. News.
King Midas cards
Arguments with people close to you. Avoid hasty words.
Keep plans flexible: you could be let down at the last moment. Romance is well-starred.
Spiritual love, letting go of personal attachments.
Chita St. Lawrence
A deep and often disconcerting level of intimacy and communication.
Good relationships. Peace with self.
The power of love, forgiveness, sickness, surgery.
Your wishes for romantic love are fulfilled on the 7th of a month, in 7 weeks or in July. Positive card. Triumph over adversity.
Mlle Lenormand (36 cards)
Issues of health, energy levels
Camille Le Normand
The thoughts. A weapon. A jewel. (Reversed: A package. Desire.)
Waite (32 cards)
Marriage, if the Querent is a lady, and the issue will be daughters only; if a man, it is destined that he will make a rich and happy marriage.
For a full list of the meanings for a 56 card deck, click here.
Ultimately, you should not worry that these different systems
exist. You simply need to decide which system you will use and stick to it!
As long as you are consistent and have banished all doubts, it will produce good results.
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