In the Game of Changes, each card has a unique meaning, though pairs and placement can change their portent, to have a biography of their individual nature is helpful in divination, the following is from The Book of Changes — a sacred book to the Order, a group of pagans who consult an astrolabe and worship the sun. The game is played with 32 cards, and are ranked as follows: Ace, King, Queen, Knave (Jack), ten, nine, eight, and seven. All cards below seven are to be removed, along with all wildcards, jokers, etc. Though the game has different methods of dealing, by threes, sevens, and fifteens, the method of laying them is of equal importance, as it changes their relationship. To look at the different methods of reading the cards, click here for the Italian Method, here for the Star Method of Consultation,
The Eight Clubs
The Ace of Clubs signifies joy, money, or good news; if reversed, the joy will be brief.
King of Clubs – A frank, liberal man, fond of serving friends; if reversed, fond of serving enemies.
Queen of Clubs – An affectionate woman, quick tempered and touchy; if reversed, noticably so; jealous and malicious.
Knave of Clubs – A clever and enterprising young man; reversed, an energetic idiot with ambition. A flirt and flatterer, a courtier.
Ten of Clubs – Fortune, success, or grandeur; reversed, success, but of less grandeur. A mediocre success.
Nine of Clubs – An unexpected gain, or a legacy; reversed it is a trifling presence, or the inheritance of a house with debts and too expensive to renovate and rent.
Eight of Clubs – A dark person’s affections, which, if returned, will cause great prosperity; reversed, the dark person’s affectations foolishly wasted on a rival and attendant in unhappiness if reciprocated.
Seven of Clubs – A bit of money, some deng, an unexpectedly recovered debt; if reversed it is a recovered debt, deserved, but content to avoid. Reversed, inheriting something you would rather not have.
The eight Hearts –
Ace of Hearts – a love letter, pleasant news; reversed, it is the visit of a friend.
King of hearts – A fair, liberal man; reversed, a fair, liberal man who utterly disappoints.
Queen of Hearts – A kind, admirable woman, content to give and loan; reversed, a woman who has been crossed in matters of love or money to a loanee.
Knave of Hearts – A gay young bachelor who dreams only of pleasure; reversed, a discontented military man who dreams only of pleasures as a gay young bachelor.
Ten of Hearts – Happiness or triumph; if reversed, slightly severe to moderately severe anxiety.
Nine of Hearts – Joy, satisfaction, success; reversed, satisfaction, joy, and success.
Eight of Hearts – a fair person’s affections. Reversed, an indifference on his or her part.
Seven of hearts – Pleasant thoughts, tranquility; reversed, impotence and balding.
The Eight Diamonds
Ace of Diamonds – A later, soon to be received, and, if the card is reversed, will be poorly written.
King of Diamonds – A fair man, generally in the Army, cunning and dangerous; if reversed, an absolute threat, caused by mechnizations on his part.
Queen of Diamonds – An il-bred, scandal loving woman; if reversed, a low-born girl with the tastes of the bourgeois but not the breeding to get away with the drinking and fucking she’d get away with if she were an aristocrat or celebrity
Knave of Diamonds – A tale bearing servant, or unfaithful friend; reversed it is a tale bearing friend, but unfaithful servant.
Ten of Diamonds – A journey, a change in residence; if reversed, it will not be fortunate and the food will be awful and the weather bad.
Nine of Diamonds – Annoyance, delay, if reversed, either a family or love-quarrel with someone who is infuriatingly right.
Eight of Diamonds –Love-making; if reversed, more exciting, possibly unsuccessful; sex that starts well and everything is great but you don’t orgasm.
Seven of Diamonds – Satire, mockery, or farce. Reversed, a bad comedy that starts out as Dostoevsky and ends up as Marx Brothers.
In order to know whether the ace, ten, nine, eight, and seven of diamonds are reversed (this is dependent on the angle of the face card on any standard deck. They are sometimes called suicide kings, suicide queens; they are left or ring facing facecards. It is better to mark each with a pencil to show direction, to show which is on top of the card. – Charles Pin’on, novice and dealer in the Game of Changes
The Eight Spades
The Ace of Spades – Pleasure; reversed, grief, or the pleasure of one’s enemies / friends.
King of Spades – A man rightfully envious of one’s self, an enemy who fights one’s friends, or a law dishonest for the other side. If reversed, he is an enemy of one’s enemies, seduction maybe necessary if not impotent.
Queen of Spades(1) – A widow, a dangerous and malice woman; if reversed, a widow, dangerous, malice, and successful woman.
Knave of Spades – A dark, ill-bred young man, reversed he plots mischief.
Ten of Spades – Tears, a prison; reversed, a prison, but invisible to you. A brief affliction.
Nine of Spades – Tidings of death (see Omens & Oberies); reversed it will be some near relative.
Eight of Spades – Slight annoyances that annoy you more than large injustices; reversed, a foolish intrigue, that is more intriguing than more noble intrigues.
The court cards of Hearts and Diamonds represent persons of fair complexion; clubs and spades, the opposite; where one have the short hair in the women, the Southern Russians, and of dark complexion – the Clubs and Spades, Northerners, the opposite. Strangers; people who are born enemies. – Changing Master General Peng.
Seven of Spades – A slight annoyance, or a key to the changing card if paired with a knave; reversed, compared with a knave before changing.
The court cards of hearts and diamonds usually represent persons of fair complexion; clubs and spades of dark skin, the opposite. But it wasn’t racial; it was geographical. Russians from St. Petersburg and Russians from Moscow would play the changing game with themselves as the white Reader, the narrator of the consultant, the character seeking guidance by the wisdom of the game of Fates.
Four aces, coming together or following each other, announce great danger, failure in business, and maybe prison. If one or more is reversed, the sentence may be inflicted on a loved one for the crimes of one’s self.
Three aces coming in succession, in the same manner – good tidings, lucky by definition, reversed, a fool’s luck and fallacy of pareidolia, seeing omens and oberies in the auspicies were literal.
Two aces – a plot; if reversed, an unsuccessful plot, or successful plot by the diviner’s Knave of Spades, the Consultant’s Mover.
Three kings – a consultation may needs be called to consult important business; the result of which should be pursued until satisfied; reversed it denotes only a friendly, but valuable meeting with an old friend who is not family.
Two kings – A partnership in the bedroom or boardroom; reversed, a dissolution of the same. Sometimes this only denotes friendly projects.
Four queens – company, society; reversed denotes the conversation will not be well received by anyone as, so on eggshells about the uncertainty of official not-talkers, no one is able to comfortably talk to anyone.
Three queens – Friendly calls; reversed, chattering of scandal and deceit that does not benefit oneself.
Two queens – a meeting between equals, friends; reversed, meeting an equal who needs to borrow money. Poverty will be the omen for one and will seek to bring it to another.
Four knaves – A noisy party of people who aren’t ones friends; mostly young people drinking; reversed, dangerous brats drinking and ranting about working service rifles.
Three knaves – False friends who ultimately serve you to earn your trust that they may later betray you; reversed, a true friend who won’t serve you in the short turn because they have your trust and plan to betray you daily.
A note on the behavior of knives in facecards; A changing card, as different arrangements of knaves change the betrayal and the movement of knives – face cards, of Queen, King, Knave, are all facing in certain directions; two knaves have knives to their heads. These are called suicide knaves. Kings are face cards and of four, like of four queens, two of the suits have face cards with swords pointing at their own heads. A queen without a sword dealt between two knaves with swords facing denotes her murder; while two queens with right moving swords to their heads drive away these plotting knaves with their knives, only if the knaves themselves don’t have opposing knives, to the left side of their face, the changing canceled out by mutual goal and strategy. – Magister Ludi Rudolf Hansa.
Two knaves – Evil intentions in the minds of men incapable of carrying out their schemes; reversed (by the knife of a faceless card), danger.
Four tens – Great success in proected enterprises; reversed, the success will be less brilliant, but more widely recognized. It will be sure.
Three tens – Improper conduct that will succeed; reversed it is failure caused by improper conduct not previously agreed upon.
Two tens – A change of trade or profession; reversed you change companies but do the same job. Between a knife this becomes a more serious issue.
Four nines – A great surprise, as it is not often to have four cards; reversed, a public dinner with people you are trying to match to facecards to test the prophesies.
Three nines – Joy, fortune, health; reversed, joy, fortune, health to one’s enemies.
Two nines – A little gain; reversed, or in front of a moving card and facing knife, can hold with trifling losses a desperate situation. (See the Circle of Nines)
Four eights – A short journey; reversed, a short journey that ends with love, though shortly.
Three eights – thoughts of marriage with a knave of diamonds; reversed, marriage to a knave of diamonds with a knife facing himself with an Ace behind him.
Two eights – a brief love dream; reversed, small pleasures and trifling pains that leave lasting dependences
Four Sevens – Intrigues among servants or ill-bred, low people, threats, snares, and disputes; reversed, these same things that, through chance, proves impotent to harm you, and in the end bring punishment on themselves.
Three sevens – Sickness, premature old age; reversed it is the feeling of being old in the young, restless in the old, and lethargy in children. A brief indisposition.
Two sevens – Levity; reversed, regret. A movement pair.
Any facecard (a card bearing the face of a queen, king, knave) or picture card between two others of equal value – as two tens, two aces, etc, denotes that the person represented by that card runs the risk of having their crimes discovered.
It requires some effort to commit the individual pairings to memory, but I is easier to look at it by method.