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Cartomancy Combinations; Tarot readings where Nines or Eights Appear

by Keith Abbott

Cartomancy, the art of divination with modern playing cards, is rooted in Tarot reading. One of the differences in this art is the special meanings of certain combinations of cards when dealt together. The Nines and Eights of the various suits are among those cards with combination meanings. Learn to know these meanings, and what they can spell out for you.

===> Cartomancy derived from Tarot

The Tarot deck has been used for determining fortunes since ancient times. These decks were originally hand made, with the history of their symbolism passed down from readers from generation to generation. With the advent of printing, card decks became more common for the average person to own. They also became simpler, with the Tarot's Major Arcana dropped, excepting the fool or joker. However, people still desired the ability to read fortunes with the new decks. Readers created new meanings drawing from the Tarot suits, and modifying them to fit the new suits. Additional meanings were added to combinations of cards to help take the place of the missing Major Arcana. And finally, printers gathered these meanings and published them, leaving them for us in modern times. The meanings shown below are taken from these early collected sources.

===> Nines in Combinations

The Nine of Hearts by itself is the "wish" card, designed to make dreams come true. However, when dealt next to a card of ill-fortune, these dreams will be delayed by quarrels and temporary setbacks. And when the Nine of Hearts falls next to the Five of Spades in a reading, it foretells loss of face and status for the client. The Nine of Clubs in a reading when dealt alone predicts that your friends will be stubborn and hold you back. However, when it is dealt with the Eight of Hearts, it predicts gaiety and happiness instead. Your friends will joyously aide your endeavors. The Nine of Diamonds when dealt by itself predicts a surprise concerning money matters. However, when it is dealt with a Jack, Queen, or King of any suit, it predicts failure due to a lack of focus, or distractions. And, when the Nine of Diamonds falls next to the Eight of Spades, it foretells a bitter quarrel for the client. The Nine of Spades by itself foretells general bad luck for the client. However, when it falls next to the Seven of diamonds, it predicts a serious loss of money instead.

===> Eights in Combinations

The Eight of Hearts by itself foretells invitations and parties, while the Eight of Diamonds by itself foretells either a late marriage, or a journey leading to a new relationship. However, when these two cards fall together in a reading, they predict a significant dowry from a woman in marriage related somehow to the client. And when the Eight of Hearts is dealt with the Five of Hearts, it foretells a present of Jewelry will be either given or received by the client. The Eight of Diamonds when dealt with the Five of Hearts foretells a present of Money to be given or received instead. The Eight of Spades, when dealt by itself foretells a warning of troubles or disappointments ahead. And when this card is dealt directly to the right of the client card in the layout, it is a clear call to abandon your current plans and seek another path.

===> Other Lesser Card Combinations

The Four of Hearts when dealt by itself, foretells many changes and delays in your plans. However, if it is dealt next to a King, Queen, or Jack, it predicts that the client will have many love affairs in the future. The Four of Clubs when dealt by itself calls for a downturn in the clients fortunes. However, when the Four falls next to a King, Queen, or Jack of any suit, it predicts a loss or injustice upon the client. The Two of Clubs dealt by itself foretells disappointments, and the Two of Diamonds when dealt by itself calls for a serious love affair. However, when these two cards are dealt together, their meaning changes; they predict an unexpected message who's meaning may be either good or bad.

===> Conclusion

Specific combinations of Nines, Eights, and Fours with other cards in a reading will have special meanings outside the normal ones for the cards alone. Never overlook these cards, instead interpret their combination meanings to gain complete insight into what the fates will bring you.

Keith Abbott is the developer and owner of 'Numerology 4 You' where you can order your own Numerology reading, as well as the free Numerology Chart of over 500 celeberieies. Visit him on the web today at

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