The Suit of Spades is associated with action, change, force, power, oppression, ambition, courage and conflict. Action can be both constructive and/or destructive, sometimes resulting in violence. This suit can also mean hatred, battle, and enemies, and of all the suits, this one is considered to be the most powerful and dangerous. The Suit of Spades deals with the mental level of consciousness that is centered around the mind and the intellect. Spades mirror the quality of mind present in your thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs. Spades themselves are double-edged and in this way the Suit of Spades symbolizes the fine balance between intellect and power and how these two elements can be used for good or evil. As such, the Spades must be balanced by spirit (Clubs) and feeling (Hearts). The negative aspects of the Suit of Spades (i.e. when the Spades cards appear reversed) include anger, guilt, harsh judgement, a lack of compassion and verbal and mental abuse.
Timing: When looking for time sensitive answers, Spades generally means moderately fast, often a matter of days to weeks.
The number Eight in the Cartomancy deck describes boundaries, limitations and situations that are inherently intractable. As we search and seek and gain desire for things to be a certain way, we often ignore boundaries. It is good to know your limitations and accept what can and cannot be done. Those who resonate with the vibration of eight are extremely successful – particularly in business where success relies on a period of time that allows progress to unfold. These people see trends and the bigger picture, and are able to ride a wave to their great gain. If the eights could be described in one word it would be ‘action.’ These cards illustrate moments of dedication, movement, and commitment. Often growth-oriented, the eights show us how deciding to put our noses down and do the work can be in turns satisfying, galvanizing, and intimidating.
Upright Meanings: theft, cheating, strategy, lies, underhanded, adaptable, enemy masquerading as friend, resourceful, cunning, mental manipulation, flexible, courage, insolence, escaping detection, daring, dangerous ways, risky behavior, deceit, betrayal, spying, unwise attempt, trickery, getting away with it, sharp wit, scheming, lack of conscience
theft, cheating, strategy, lies, underhanded, adaptable, enemy masquerading as friend, resourceful, cunning, mental manipulation, flexible, courage, insolence, escaping detection, daring, dangerous ways, risky behavior, deceit, betrayal, spying, unwise attempt, trickery, getting away with it, sharp wit, scheming, lack of conscience
Reversed Meanings: healing, oppression, standing up to abuse, paralysis, escape, finding solutions, options, hopeful, end of punishment, relaxation, new beginnings, freedom, overcome obstacles, release, relief, prison release, facing fears, facing the truth, releasing anxiety, clear mind, empowered, severe depression, survivor, mental strength, self-belief, taking control
Getting The Reversed Eight of Spades is a good sign, since it shows maturity and self-acceptance and a recognition of one’s own power and responsibility – especially after a long struggle of doubt. It means that one is capable of making conscious decisions because they are confident in who they are and their power to affect change in both themselves and the world. It’s time to free ones self from the past and proverbially clear out their closet, creating room for new things and experiences.