What Does It Mean When You Find Random Playing Cards?

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.

Hey Mystic,
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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Roxanne Frost

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Today while at work, I work for a car dealership when I was preparing car for pickup I found a old dirty King of clubs playing card in the driver side visor with the King facing the roof of the car. Does this mean anything?

Johnny E

Jan the 19th 2021, I was at a construction site and found three playing cards. I found the playing cards in this order. 8,4,5. I picked them up and just kept them in my work truck. The next day I was on a job site in Tn and looked over and remembered that I had those cards. I went to a local gas station where they sell lottery tickets and saw that they had a game called cash 3. I played those three numbers in that order for 7 consecutive days. On the morning of Jan the 26th that exact… Read more »

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Today i was just walking going somewhere, and i found this random playing card on the pavement, and is blank. I suppose it was the rain but i’m still confused of what it might mean. I woke up today early in the morning and i saw the full moon. Might this be some kind of clue??


I found a black card on my walk home. it was old and dirty and hat the patterns in the back but nothing on the face what does that mean




same happened to me today!! i still don’t know what it means..


I found a four of clubs today in an empty flower pot outside of my store. What does this mean?


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Hi, I met someone. When I first saw him, he was a synesthesia vision in yellow. I felt open and charged. That’s the best way I can describe the initial feeling. He approached and we spoke. As we walked into the building we were outside of together I picked up an 8 of spades card from the ground. We spent the rest of the evening together and I felt more safe and comforted by him than anyone in my life. All seemed to be well, but I worried that it wasn’t. I tried to make things easy, but instead I… Read more »

Peri Therian

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Emily Thorneycroft

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Well back in early July after I had broken up with my boyfriend I found a 10 of hearts and then just a couple days ago I found a 10 of diamonds. I pretty much feel like the universe is laughing at me because those are two things that I will never have in my life ever no matter how hard I try


No, it sounds like the Universe was wanting to encourage you to hold on. Your 10’s are on the way. Not in your timing, however on the way!

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Alan Ferber

I found a queen of hearts. It was standing up. I turned it sideways the next day on my walk it was standing back up. What does this mean?


I just found a Jack of Clubs in Target parking lot!

Robin Texeria

I found a Ace of spade on the ground


I was searching for an object that might have been eaten by my couch and of out of nowhere I pull a jokers playing card from one the cushions. I’ve never seen this card before nor do I even own a deck of playing cards.. can some please explain what the universe is trying to tell me ?😩

Wish Upon a Star

It represents the fool in the tarot.

New beginnings, leap of faith.

Google the fool and have a read.

It feels auspicious.


Today found a card the Ace of Spades while waiting to cross at the lights?? I picked it up and gave it to hubby who was like don’t touch it 😫 I said maybe it is a sign of luck and he put it in his pocket and now is on the fridge, we didn’t win lotto though😂 Any insight?

Jo Jo Maria

“no education, low-level secretarial dead-end job, lover of afternoon drinking…….”
????? HUGE insult to many many women. Maybe she’s just a nice person……

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

I think the point was he’d moved on with someone completely different to the author. Which is always weird, non?


Wow the synchronicity!
The other week I found a playing card on the dash of a car. I picked it up studying it, feeling it was a sort of message.
Fates are turning? The wheel spins?
It reminds me of the endless possibilities when you take a gamble into the unknown 🙂


A couple years ago I found a St. Jude prayer card in a crosswalk. A bit heavy-handed, universe.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

I honestly see the weirdest messages in car stickers and number plates.

I DO live in quite a bizzare “car town” where people are obsessed with their cars, and there are more mechanics than hair salons… but still.
Various odd car omens that spring to mind include:

A car with crop circles all over it.
A ute with “Go your own way” all over it, including custom mud flaps
PLUTO as a number plate
Goetic sigils as a car sticker
A car covered in grass/turf


Ahh Mystic, thank you so much for this fab and nuanced interp of the nine of diamonds and what it might mean! This is so positive. I feel even luckier than I did before. And as always, such beautiful wisdom and love from this awesome community. How cool to read about others who have received similar omens xxx


Dice, too. Not often, not always, but a constant random theme in my life. At one point i had all sorts of different colours and sizes of dice. Popped them in glove boxes, pockets, bags and such as i found them, but then they kept popping up again and stopping me in my trax! So I keep them in a box for children to play with if they need a roll for whatever game anytime, or are disputing a decision.


Ha – i’ve found dice too, but only a couple of times. The first was lying in the pavement showing the 5 on top (i notice numbers). And the second one, years later, i accidentally kicked while walking coz i hadn’t seen it – and it landed with the 5 on top too – the Trickster’s number.

Wish Upon a Star

Sometime ago I did some research into Gypsy (Romani) culture as I have a strong connection with them.

Romani witches use playing cards like Tarot.

I wonder if any other culture does?


The cards i like are in a game called Black Jack.
Stopped tarot cards (Motherpeace) when they all came to life in the South Pacific Islands.
Many people seem to lose the 9 of Diamonds in their pack for so many to be found, can’t play BJ without a full deck of cards..so to speak.

‘The black cards will bring you money, so you hide them when you’re able but in the land of milk and honey you must put them on the table’.

Steely Dan ‘Do it Again’


So glad C to feel your optimism and flow. I and others here know what you’ve been through over the last few years. I’m not a big fan of the cards, either playing or Tarot, I look for messages from nature. Especially birds and other undomesticated animals. The other word that struck me here was ‘random’. My beautiful magical great grandma ( my first guide, as regulars here know ) taught me a few foundational life lessons. One of them was “Nothing is random“ , in every living moment we are being sent messages, assistance, guidance. If from early in… Read more »


DAVID! Long time between drinks. Hope they are hanging well Sailor 🙂 x

About birds….my baby sparrow is calling me from the kitchen where she walks in and wants cake. Throw her sunflower and budgie seeds and she looks up at me and mentally says ‘ i want CAKE’.My cake has poppy, chia and cranberries in it
The other day i heard her pitter pattering into the lounge looking for me, walks in not flies.
So unusual for a timid sparrow, the most humble of birds, to be so tame and so demanding!


Well, it’s like Loki-Mercury-Trickster stuff – the seeming humour disrupts and shakes (like shaking with sudden laughter, or shock) but the intent is very real and serious. Some people say sharp things or put others down as their talk-style or mateship-style then say, just joking, just their sense of humour, lighten up. But the fact is, their topics, themes and attitudes are relentless and show where their mind is at. If the universal energy sends signs that are sometimes kind of funny, or you feel a bit silly noting a pattern, then it is actually serious universal intent to tell… Read more »


*wincing and laughing* Loki is never really low key


Yes x thank you. Though if you reverse it it’s quite confronting. I use humor a lot in my conversation, when things feel too serious or should I say when people seem too serious about something I don’t see as serious I try and lighten it up. Its probably a very poor attempt at avoidance or not caring which is pretty rude when I think about it. 55 years after being told “there are no jokes” it’s about time I took it on.


Omg that’s cheeky ! It never ceases to amaze me when my so called higher guidance goes to seemingly great lengths to show me something in a humorous way. It makes me laugh, eventually, but at the time I can be so pissed off. Like really ! You take my most serious dilemma and make it into a sit com scenario ! Fuq off.! Yes later I’ll laugh and it is nice to know that humor is a multi dimensional universal thing. Maybe what nana was saying was as Mille said, behind every joke is intent, to heal or harm,… Read more »


That’s. So. Funny. Wow.
Kinda spooky too.


Thanks DL. I get bird omens too, they are super powerful imo x

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot

ohh I really believe this too! Go you! It sounds like everything is coming together for you!

I found the ace of clubs (wands) during a really difficult patch. Persisted, and yes things have developed favourably and the hard work is paying off.


An ace! That’s a big omen for sure, Lux. Glad your persistence is paying off xx

Neptunian gumbo

Whoah, what an amazing omen. Tough to go through some rough patches and it sounds like life is for the better now. Interesting timing too, as I found a king of spades just yesterday. It wasn’t mentioned in the og post: spades = swords; clubs = wands? I also had a dream of dying, I wonder what it all means! Thank you for sharing 🙂


There was an ‘urban myth’ or belief when I was younger that if you dreamed of dying (the actual moment) you actually did die — lots of dreams of being in a car crash etc. and waking up at the moment of impact. Interesting

Love Merkuri

Fantastic! But not having had to go through a rough time first, I do love how it all turned out.

I have come across playing cards on the street, but never picked them up.
This experience will make me think again if I ever come across any again.


One of my friends had a 13 of spades on displayed on her refrigerator! I asked where it came from, and she said she had found it on the sidewalk! Sometimes, the omens bring messages that don’t even seem possible.


A friend found one under his car bonnet – freaked him out. They do exist – apparently some decks have 11, 12 & 13s – especially made for playing 6 & 9 handed poker.
He figured that some one was trying to spook him, most likely his angry goth ex-girlfriend.

sick witch

I was taught to read this way before the tarot was introduced to me. It is a part of my family’s history. Reading cards for money was outlawed in my city during 1944-1945. It is still “outlawed” in my family due to the fear. The law was created to wash out an entire population of people, who were given bare minimum rations to leave town. Now tarot and occult shops are every where in my city. To use these cards is to honor my ancestors but it is also a generational rebellion. Maybe it’s a Saturn/Uranus conjunction kinda thing…. If… Read more »


Oh you have an old old gift living in you, that is shining clear!


Love this. I find cards ALL THE TIME in the street (side note, I live in LA and there are a lot of magicians here lol) and always read them like Tarot cards. They are my favourite things to find 🙂


Same here! Constantly finding cards! I never pick them up but always take it as an impromptu tarot reading from the universe.


Yes, and i find them in really un-card-like places, like one of those quiet affluent suburban bus stops, where the bus comes maybe two or three times a day, or in a hedge 🙂 In places i have never been before but am running an errand. All the Jokers are on my fridge. The others in a drawer with a couple of Robert Buratti postcards from an art exhibition i once attended.


So cool!


I found the Eight of Diamonds this week under my bed and I was wondering of asking the same. We don’t even have playing cards in the apartment.


Reached into a special rarely worn jacket pocket and found a card punched with a casino hole. I hate casinos, and don’t go to them, certainly not the one the card came from! It was a black Knave


That is so weird!!


This is your second gift, the gift of establishing treasures. You fell into a Toro, a treasure of earth when you needed that sensuality and relationship, and that one helped you move through some very deep difficult stuff, I recall. That treasure had a lifespan. Some treasures do. Luck does grace you, Chrysalis, but luck is not lasting, it’s a simple gift. This card is DOUBLE, a very new chance, a brighter echo. Funny, isn’t it, how you gave the other away first! Here’s to lasting riches built on bolts of luck and serendipity xxxxxx


Love your work, Mille xxx you are right about the Toro. He was a particular wish I made at the time and I am better for it. And also better for its passing. xxx


I got goosebumps reading what Mystic said about the 9 of pentacles. Sounds like an awesome omen, Chrysalis! Chrysalis, know that you are not alone in spending a LOT of Friday nights and Saturday nights alone this year, and not just alone but bent over in work. Your cappy moon buddy here has been totally with you. 😆
On a separate note, I don’t think I’ve come across a playing card in the street on my life. I’m quite fascinated that it seems quite a few people here have. It’s the grey feathers for me.


Thank you my fellow Cap moon traveller! It’s been so much better having you along for the ride xxx

Sweet Sanity

Beautiful story and beautiful reply, you both lift my heart!


I too love the idea of omens and symbolism appearing in everyday life. I once lost my office security pass (complete with photo ID). At the time I was flirting with two men in the organisation and said to myself “this security pass is like Cinderella’s slipper, whoever finds it and returns it to me is my Prince Charming.” Several days later I found the pass. I muttered darkly to myself “I am my own f*cking Cinderella.” Neither of the flirtations turned into anything more serious but that line became a powerful mantra of self-reliance. It has helped me on… Read more »


Yes to all this. Yes

Wish Upon a Star

About 15 years ago I found a playing card in the street. It felt auspicious. I don’t remember what it was. I put it on the dashboard of my car.

It was a very Plutonic time in my life. Very dark. I think it was a message to be true to myself in a time where I had a lot of self doubt. It was comforting. I think it was from my passed over mum.


❤ this Chrysalis!

Can’t add anything to what already looks to be a beautiful message x


Thank you, C. I am beyond stoked at what this might mean xx


I love this! I’m a keen observer & so when I’m out & about I often look around for clues. In the last few months I walked past a single Joker card 🃏 laying on the ground in my street. I didn’t pick it up, it didn’t seem like it was for me. After a few times of walking past it I came to the realization that it might’ve been for me but only to notice it, not to take it. I’ve also had a particularly bad time physically since April & there wasn’t much chance I could actually bend… Read more »


Ah I remember you’ve talked about this before, sounds like Saturn has given you a hard time. I hope there’s some let-up for you soon BG, and the joker was a good omen x


Thanks Chrysalis! Hold onto that Nine of Diamonds 😘

Ethan DeLaPaz

The joker is a good omen? I need to know ASAP

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