Throughout centuries, in all cultures, numbers have carried hidden meanings. In China, the number eight is considered hugely lucky since in Mandarin it sounds like the word for "wealth", and in Cantonese it sounds like the word for "fortune". However, mention the number four to a Chinese person, and you'll get them running for cover as it's considered the unluckiest number due to sounding like the word for "death". In Judaism, three and seven are both considered perfect numbers while Muslims believe 786 is sacred because the Arabic letters of the opening phrase of the Quran add up to it.
If you are learning the Tarot or are studying cartomancy it is advisable to get familiar with the hidden meanings behind the deck numbers. Each suit in the minor arcana as well as in a traditional pack of cards has 10 numbered cards - one through to 10. To improve your readings it is essential that you understand what each of the number values means or represents.
Here's our guide to number meanings:
One: When this number appears in a spread it often is referring to an individual. This could be the person you are reading for or someone connected to them. It is also associated with creating and casting influence. This is an enabler, it gives permission to move on with a goal, ambition or simply to acknowledge that the ability and will is there.
Two: There are two sides to every story. This number asks you to question that which is before you. Whether it's a situation that needs to be viewed from another angle or a person who is saying one thing but, maybe, means another. Two says do not take anything in your current world at face value.
Three: A magic number that celebrates the collective. This number is about shared goals, working together to achieve. This number says you don't have to go it alone; there are others willing to support and help you move forward. It is also the number of expansion and fertility. This offers an opportunity to grow an idea, a business, a cause, and even an addition to the family.
Four: Although feared in Chinese culture the number four in Tarot and cartomancy is associated with integrity and stability. When this number appears it is asking you to look at the structure of your life. Do you need to be more organised or to follow a daily regime to make things run more smoothly. It is reminding you that from order comes power and stability.
Five: There is an air of mystery around the number five. When it appears it often means a shift in perspective is required. It invites you to be more curious about the world and gives you permission to be more adventurous. It is often associated with children and their playful energy and enthusiasm for life. Tap in to this number's spirit and the world will become a more joyful and magical place for you.
Six: Some numbers are considered more special than others (don't tell the others though) - and six is one of them. It is linked to love, harmony and peace. If this number appears positively in your reading it is saying that all is good in your world. You are loved, you are valued. If its is negatively aspected it is asking whether your good nature is being taken advantage of. Are you giving too much? Are you overlooking your own needs and requirements at the expense of giving to others?
Seven: One of the most mystical numbers in the deck seven is associated with completion and perfection. When seven appears in a spread it usually denotes a period of good fortune. It says all is good in the universe. You have worked hard and now you will be richly rewarded. This could be on a professional footing or an emotional one. This is a time to sit back and give thanks for all that you have.
Eight: The Universe is always testing us; it is part of our spiritual journey in this realm. If we pass, we are given permission to move on. If we fail, we will need to go back to the beginning, and start again. Eight is the number of infinity. If it appears in your cards it is often asking whether you have successfully completed your latest challenge. You will know because if you haven't you will be facing an old problem/ circumstance/situation in a new setting. The same but different. Until you learn your lesson, you will be repeating the same cycle.
Nine: Every nine years a new cycle begins so this number is associated with completion. Lessons should have been learned in order for you to start the next chapter in your life story, the next nine-year cycle. Any lessons not learned will be carried over and repeated in the next stage. But for now, nine says you are in a good place. It symbolises strength, confidence, success and good fortune. Step boldly into the next adventure.
Ten: This number reminds you of what has been and invites you to be positive about what is to come. It is a number of calm reflection. You are being given permission to enjoy this period, to explore new possibilities and to consider what it is you truly desire. When 10 appears it is saying that you have all you need to manifest the life you wish to live. There is no pressure at this time. Do you want to change anything in your current world? Is there something that you have always wanted to achieve? Ten says a journey starts with a single step, so begin today.
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