Playing card games with someone you recognize implies that this person, or perhaps someone of whom he or she reminds you, is “playing games” with you and is not to be trusted. Gambling with cards is a warning to avoid financial risk of any kind.
Each playing card has a distinct divinatory meaning of its own, usually based on numerology. Spades rule conflict, hearts pertain to matters of the heart, diamonds refer to money, and clubs rule difficulties - and the numerological meaning of each number combined with the nature of the suit gives a rough meaning of the card’s divinatory nature.
The face cards rule people whose personalities are based on the nature of the suit they represent.
If the dream is of a Tarot card, or a group of them, the meaning of the card has a strong bearing on the meaning of the dream. Consult our Tarot experts for details.
Depending on the type of card being given or received, the general consensus is that the dreamer is in need of communicating with the other person(s) in the dream relative to the symbolism of the type of card.
To dream of playing cards is indicative that one needs to be open to the possibility of gambling or risk taking to gain wealth. Certain types of cards can have different meanings.
For example, Hearts represents love and relationships; Diamonds – material wealth; Spades – conflict; and Clubs – intelligence.
Cards of any type signify visual communication and the ability to convey a message spiritually.
The tarot – our inner truth – can be used as images in dream work.
To dream of giving or receiving a card such as a birthday card alerts us to the need for a specific kind of communication, perhaps celebrating our own or others’ good fortune and luck.
Psychological / emotional perspective: On a psychological level, card playing in a dream can be seen as taking calculated risks and alerting us to potential danger. Generally, our subconscious may be registering concern, either about ourselves or others. Business cards convey the idea that we are happy to give other people information about ourselves, or to receive such information from others.
Material aspects: Greeting cards are quite literally an acknowledgement of a special occasion. In a dream, playing cards highlight our ability to be open to opportunity or to take chances.
The cards that one deals, or is dealt, in a dream may have significance as to number or suit: hearts indicate emotion and relationship. Diamonds represent material wealth. Spades represent conflict, difficulties and obstacles. Clubs represent action, work and intelligence.
The king portrays human success and mastery.
The queen indicates emotional depth, sensitivity and understanding whereas the jack represents impetuosity, creativity or an adolescent energy.
Cards can appear in dreams in many different forms—such as postcards, maps, entrance cards or tickets, playing cards, and business cards.
In the case of playing cards, it implies that you do not take life seriously enough and are taking too many risks. It also may be a suggestion to look at life more as if it were a game and to be less serious. It is important whether you have good or bad cards in your hand.
If you dream about a particular card, find out the meaning by checking out books about reading cards.
With postcards and maps, refer to the place or area pictured on them.
If you can’t make any connection with the picture, postcards and maps may be an expression of a desire for travel and vacation.
Tickets and business cards point to areas that are normally unavailable to you. In the case of tickets, the specific area depicted is most important: what you are admitted to is an indication of the direction you should take in your life. In the case of business cards and credit cards it is the person who carries them who is important.
A business card shows that you are, or want to be, successful.
Folklore: Quarrels loom on the horizon.
To dream that you are playing a game of cards, symbolzies that you have successfully used skills of strategy and timing in your waking life. Also see “Poker”.
Playing at Cards in a dream, or watching other people at play, is an indication of coining quarrels.
1. Investing too much emotion in a relationship with some one.
2. Worry about gambling habits.
3. Concern over a business proposition.
Playing a game of cards socially denotes a realization of your plans.
If it is gambling, you may face economical strain.
If you are a loser, you have made an enemy.
If diamonds predominate among the cards, the signification is wealth; spades, bad news; hearts, pleasantries and fidelity of a loved one; clubs, petty quarrels with friends.
Keep in mind that life is 10% what cards you’re dealt, and 90% how you play them. This dream is about how you play the game of life and your desire to see the future.
If there is a card up your sleeve, then you are hiding something or keeping secrets.
If all your cards are on the table, then you are being honest about your intentions. Pay attention to what cards are being revealed. See Ace, Club, Diamond, Heart, Numbers, Spade, Trump Card, Tarot Cards, Business Cards and Gamble.
If playing them in your dreams with others for social pastime, you will meet with fair realization of hopes that have long buoyed you up. Small ills will vanish. But playing for stakes will involve you in difficulties of a serious nature.
If you lose at cards you will encounter enemies.
If you win you will justify yourself in the eyes of the law, but will have trouble in so doing.
If a young woman dreams that her sweetheart is playing at cards, she will have cause to question his good intentions. In social games, seeing diamonds indicate wealth; clubs, that your partner in life will be exacting, and that you may have trouble in explaining your absence at times; hearts denote fidelity and cosy surroundings; spades signify that you will be a widow and encumbered with a large estate.
To dream one plays at cards or dice, signifies deceit and craft, and that he is in danger of losing his estate by some wicked person. And yet playing at cards, tables» or any other game in a dream, shows the party shall be very fortunate, if the tables allude to love; for love is the table, fancy the point that stands open, and he that dreams of table-playing shall be a great gamester as well with Joan as my lady.
(See Gambling Games, Poker) , To dream that your sweetheart is a card player is an indication that you should be very sure that his or her attitude toward you is above reproach.
If you yourself are playing cards in a dream, it is a sign that you will be in danger of making a mistake in some love affair, unless the cards that you hold are mostly hearts, which combination points decisively to a happy married life.
(See Flaying Cards).
A deck of cards: Is the deck complete with 52 cards? If not, you may have fragmentary information about a person or situation.
Playing cards: Consider if you’re gambling on something or someone, or taking an unnecessary risk. Alternatively, having your attention diverted from more legitimate, and worthwhile, endeavors.
Playing an ace: Successfully and confidently making your move, or having an alternative plan of action on which to fall back (e.g., having “an ace in the hole”). In terms of omens and signs, this is considered a very positive dream denoting victory (see One).
Potential mental instability, or lacking thorough information or tools with which to handle a situation (e.g., “not playing with a full deck”).
If the hand you see is filled with jokers, this reflects your own sense of humor. Is it a healthy one, or do you make jokes and laugh to cover up insecurity? Also if you’re the eternal prankster, this dream acts as a gentle warning that someone might get hurt as a result of ill-conceived shenanigans.
Tarot cards in dreams should be interpreted according to their layout and images.
For more information, consult a classical Tarot deck with interpretive guide like the Rider- Waite Tarot.
Business cards may have symbolic words and phrases upon them to consider.
The names and phone numbers can also have interpretive value. Consider each separately, and the card as a whole unit, when trying to understand this emblem.
Greeting cards in dreams reflect matters of communication, particularly those missives coming from other people. Look at the card’s message (see Writing) or its art for more meaning here.
Playing or watching others play cards is a warning to be cautious with your finances.
If you’re dealing the cards in your dream, bad news is around the corner. See clubs, and you’ll have success in business. See diamonds, and good financial news is in your future. See hearts, and it bodes well for love. See spades, and trouble is on the way.