What does it mean when you find random playing cards? I’m big on symbolism and omens in everyday life. Finding a playing card on the street is every bit as meaningful as an actual reading, probably more so. Signals and clues are everywhere, in waking consciousness and your dreams; the trick is to develop your consciousness so you notice them. This Ask Mystic question and my answer illustrates the point.
Had to share this story with you.
A few years ago I found a playing card on the pavement, the Nine of Diamonds. I kept it, thinking it might be an omen. Googling it I found that it represented the Nine of Pentacles in the tarot, and was officially good luck, so I hung onto it.
Earlier this year I had a bit of a declutter. On reflection it was probably around April/May, after breaking up with the Toro and when Saturn, the South Node and Pluto were on my Moon in Capricorn. I felt the card hadn’t really brought me any luck, thinking as I did that life had taken a pretty rubbish turn. My job was horrible with a toxic psycho new boss, a massive and thankless legacy project requiring all my free time, friends letting me down, and the Toro calling an ultimatum thanks to Uranus on his Sun. I didn’t want to just throw the card away, so I donated it with some other items to a charity and thought nothing of it.
Random Playing Cards In The Street Are Just As Magic As Tarot
I’ve spent the past six months finishing the legacy project, being alone on a lot of Friday nights (and a lot of Saturday nights for that matter), doing a lot of yoga, working on my sleep hygiene (with varying degrees of success), crying over the Toro moving on in a matter of weeks with someone the complete opposite of me: no education, low-level secretarial dead-end job, lover of afternoon drinking.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve finished the legacy project and, hooray, been offered a new job. Saturn-Pluto is kicking the arse of the toxic psycho boss. I’m making lovely new connections with new friends. I’ve also started dating again – no Mr. Right so far but I feel good about ‘putting myself out there’ as a signal to the universe that I’m ready for something new.
The Nine of Diamonds Or Pentacles Is Material And Psychological Ease Through Metamorphosis
Today I stopped in at my usual cafe to grab a coffee on the way to work at the new job. What was on the pavement in front of me? A playing card. The Nine of Diamonds 🙂 This time I’m not giving it away!
So, Mystic, what is it with finding random cards on the pavement? I don’t live or work near a casino. Does this happen to other people? I once found a Queen of Hearts at the bus stop on the same day I’d had a tarot reading and chosen the Queen of Cups to represent me in the reading. I’d love your take on the Nine of Diamonds and what this weird omen might mean!
Love your work,
A Magnificent, Trickster-level Flourish
I love this. It’s such a good example of a repeating sign or timely affirmation. Switch random playing cards to synchronicity cued playing cards for the real answer. The Nine of Pentacles is one of my favorite cards and really the playing cards just evolved from Tarot, the symbolism stripped but still apparent to those in the know. She is a woman of means, depicted in the garden she created, a falcon on her wrist. But I think that the bird is a phoenix, symbolic of the metamorphosis she made to gain both material and psychological security.
The months since April have been such a challenge, with the Saturn, South Node and Pluto being heavyweight life and love challenges that demand an equally forceful or substantial response. I said this for Cancerians in the Horoscopes but it is broadly relevant for many of us: the Saturn-Pluto conjunction can’t be lightened but we can build strength. Clearly, you’ve done this.
When people move on shortly after a break-up and especially with someone so hilariously non-you, it is a fantastic affirmation that you were right – SO right. Give thanks for this!
And so in a magnificent Trickster-level flourish, the card reappeared right after you made the exact dazzling transformation that it was inviting you to do in April. At the time, it was hard but now you look back and realize you could only have stayed in that relationship if you had wilfully congealed. Would it have been worth it? Who knows? But the Nine of Diamonds seems to be saying no and so am I.
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