Following on from last week’s post about card combinations, I thought I would run a series of posts on what tarot combinations to look out for in various situations. One of the most often asked questions of any tarot reader is, “Is he cheating?”
Mostly I would try to avoid answering directly even if I felt it was a possibility, but there are certain tarot card combinations that scream “Infidelity!”
Firstly, the appearance of a dodgy card on its own is not necessarily indicative of unfaithfulness – unless in a one-card reading in response to the direct question, “Is s/he cheating on me?” In multi-card spreads, the possibility of cheating has to make sense in the context of the reading and the question, hence it is good to look for back-up of your client’s suspicions.
Reversed Tarot Cards and Cheating
Look for reversals as they will often reveal cheaters and the possibility of relationship breakdown. Be aware of reversed Court cards, particularly Kings and Queens. Reversed ‘love’ cards like the Ace and Two of Cups, the reversed Ten of Cups, reversed Ace of Pentacles, Three of Pentacles and so on. On their own, they don’t indicate cheating but appearing with others such as the Three, Five or Seven of Swords should raise a red flag.
As always, the deeper you go and the longer you practice, the more you will get a feel for hidden undercurrents and deception.
Cheating Tarot Combinations in the Celtic Cross
Starting with, let’s say, a general reading using the Celtic Cross. Your client hasn’t asked the question about her partner, she’s just looking for general guidance. You know that she is in a relationship but not much more than that.
If the Five of Swords is one of the two central cards and the base card (root, cause, distant past) is one of the following: Queen of Swords, Queen of Wands or the High Priestess, then there could be a cheating female in the reading. She will be the male partner’s mistress.
If one of those cards appears in the recent past position, then it is likely that the affair is over or almost over.
Should the Five or Seven of Swords appear in the 7th (self) position, with any of the above as described, then the client herself might be doing the cheating.
Look at cards nine and ten. I look at position nine in the CC as a wildcard/what the client needs to know/guidance kind of card. It depends on the card itself.
Should you have a combination of the Five or Seven of Swords followed by the Three of Swords, Five of Cups, Ten of Swords or Death it doesn’t bode well for the relationship. I would probably guess that the adulterer is going to start a new permanent relationship with his/her lover.
Look at cards Five (hoped for outcome) and Ten (actual outcome if nothing changes). Look to see if they support or oppose each other. For example, if position Five turned up the Queen of Swords and Position 10 was Three of Swords, I’d be thinking that some nasty relationship connected gossip was on the way. And usually the root of that kind of tittle-tattle is because one of the partners is cheating.
Short Relationship Readings – Are they Cheating?
For a shorter relationship reading, I often draw multiples of even-numbered cards. For example, one card for the seeker, one for their partner. Or two or three cards each. This is where I am more likely to use reversals, so again look out for any reversed mature Court card (I’d discount Pages), partnered with any of those problematical Swords card.
The Ace of Swords and Cheating
When the Ace of Swords appears together with any of the cheating cards already discussed, it signifies that the truth has dawned. That the cuckolded partner has a sudden realisation that all is not as it seems in the land of love.
The Two of Swords may mean that your client knows or has suspicions about their partner but doesn’t want to acknowledge the possibility of cheating.
How to Tell Your Tarot Client Their Partner is Cheating
If the relationship is already over, then feel free to tell them that they are better off without that cheating creep. If it is still ongoing, you shouldn’t, not outright anyway. You have to gently guide them towards their own conclusions. You can use phrases like, “This card may be a sign of deception – do you know if anyone is likely to be deceiving you?” Let them reach that understanding themselves.
List of Cheating Tarot Cards
Remember that on their own, they are not indicative of cheating – you need that extra confirmation from other cards, preferably a combination of three to be extra sure.
- High Priestess (upright or reversed)
- Magician (reversed)
- Empress (reversed)
- Lovers (reversed)
- Justice (upright or reversed)
- Death (upright or reversed)
- Devil (upright or reversed)
- Moon (upright or reversed)
- Queens/Kings (reversed, but sometimes upright, depending on context and position)
- Knights (reversed)
- Threes (reversed), apart from Three of Swords (upright or reversed)
- Ace, Two, Three, Five, Seven, Nine and Ten of Swords (upright or reversed)
- Five and Eight of Cups
- Ten of Cups (reversed)
- Ten of Pentacles (reversed)
- Ace of Wands (upright or reversed)
- Five and Seven of Wands (upright or reversed)
That’s it, I can’t think of any others, but I’m sure readers have their own personal indicators of love cheats in the tarot cards.
Tarot Card Combinations – how to work out what any combination of tarot cards means.
Deck used to illustrate this post: Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti.