How to Apply the Playing Card Suits in Lenormand Readings

Lenormand card readers differ in their opinions about applying the meanings behind the playing card Suits (Clubs, Hearts, Spades, and Diamonds). In a reading with a straightforward question, I rarely pay attention to the Suits and mainly focus on the Lenormand card itself and its meaning. In fact, in one of my early editions of my Good Mojo Lenormand Oracle, I removed the playing card Suits. However, once I realized their importance in digging out more information about what is going on behind the scenes, I added them back and found a new respect for them.

After playing cards found their way into Europe, there were regional variations of the suits, so not all cards were the same. Around the 15th century, the French developed the four Suits that we still use today. When the English adopted these four suits as “standards,” there were still lingering discrepancies in the meaning behind each suit, depending on whether you were speaking to a Frenchman or Englishman. The meaning of the Hearts suit was the same. Clubs, originally called Fleurs in French, are still called Fiori in Italian (both words translate to mean ‘flowers’).

The Suit of Clubs represents money, career, physical activity, and also obstacles that stand in your way.

Hearts are primarily related to love and relationships.

Spades include cards related to communication, travel, and legal matters.

Diamonds are related to luck, danger, decisions, risk, and reward.

How the Suits correspond to Tarot Suits and elements:

  • Clubs/Pentacles/Earth
  • Hearts/Cups/Water
  • Spades/Swords/Air
  • Diamonds/Wands/Fire

Below are the cards found in a Lenormand deck and the playing card associations you’ll find on each card. Many are obvious as to why they are associated with the interpretation of each because the raw energies of their meanings match up. Others aren’t as “in your face” as some, but if you dig deep enough, you should find that can add layers to your reading.

Cross (6♣) = burden, suffering, sacrifice

Mice (7♣) = losses (health and wealth), stress, productivity

Mountain (8♣) = obstacle, inactivity, delay

Fox (9♣) = work, skills, discernment

Bear (10♣) = resources (including money), strength, protection (including mother)

Whip (J♣) = sex, conflict, physical activity

Snake (Q♣) = betrayal, complications, disease

Clouds (K♣) = confusion, uncertainty, discomfort

Ring (A♣) = commitment, partnership, obligations

Hearts/Cups/Water: the heart, love, emotions, and relationships

Stars (6♥) = inspiration, guidance, technology

Tree (7♥) = life, health, gradual development

Moon (8♥) = romance, intuition, recognition

Rider (9♥) = news, arrival, visitor

Dog (10♥) = friend, acquaintance, loyalty

Heart (J♥) = love, affection, generosity

Storks (Q♥) = improvement, relocation, pregnancy

House (K♥) = home, family, safety

Man (A♥) = male person

Spades/Swords/Air: the mind, thoughts, communication, travel, and justice

Tower (6♠) = authority, legal matters, corporation

Letter (7♠) = written communication, document, mail

Garden (8♠) = public, group, outdoors

Anchor (9♠) = stability, perseverance, base

Ship (10♠) = travel, vehicle, distance

Child (J♠) = young person, small size or quantity, student

Bouquet (Q♠) = beauty, pleasure, gift

Lily (K♠) = elders (especially males), maturity, serenity

Woman (A♠) = female person

Diamonds/Wands/Fire: energy, creativity, enterprise, risk, and reward

Clover (6♦) = luck, chance, boost

Birds (7♦) = verbal communication, companionship, negotiations

Key (8♦) = solution, certainty, discovery

Coffin (9♦) = death, depression, bankruptcy

Book (10♦) = knowledge, secrets, research

Scythe (J♦) = decision, danger, separation

Crossroad (Q♦) = choices, diversification, junction

Fish (K♦) = business, transaction, independence

Sun (A♦) = success, vitality, self-confidence