Significator vs. Verification Cards


For some readings, you may want to use a significator. A significator is a card that represents the questioner and usually the card chosen is a face card. This card is usually chosen for one of two reasons:

(1) Sometimes, the reader will give the questioner the significator card to hold and focus on during the shuffling process. This allows the questioner to focus his or her thoughts so that the energies are focused on the question being asked.

(2) Often, the significator is chosen and then put back into the deck to shuffle. If it appears in the reading, it shows the questioner has a good deal of control over the issue in question. It is also important to note where the significator comes up in the reading for further clues to answering the questioner’s concerns.

Typically, Kings are chosen to represent men, Queens for women and Jacks for young adults and children. But how do you know what cards to choose? Here is an outline of a few methods:

Personality – lively, energetic, leadership potential
Concerns – business, career, goals, ambitions
Astrology – Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

Personality – warm, friendly, compassionate, creative, loving
Concerns – love, relationships, celebrations
Astrology – Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

Personality – methodical, materialistic, practical, down-to-earth
Concerns – money, possessions, home and family, security
Astrology – Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn

Personality – powerful, intelligent, crafty, melancholy
Concerns – decisions, deceit, worries, health problems
Astrology – Gemini, Libra, Aquarius


Verification cards are chosen before the reading begins and are placed back into the deck before shuffling. The purpose of verification cards is to verify and clarify information that is brought out in the reading. To choose verification cards, you must listen to the questioner’s concerns and then select cards to represent those concerns. You can choose as many verification cards as you wish, but it is probably best to choose no more than four or five.

Here’s an example:

Melanie started seeing Jeff, whom she met at a friend’s party. Jeff recently got a promotion to the position of regional sales manager and now he spends most of his time on airplanes and in hotel rooms. Melanie is very happy for Jeff but she doesn’t get to spend the quality time with him that she wants – their visits are always short and hurried. Their relationship is very steamy right now but she’s wondering where things are headed.

Verification cards can be chosen from any of the cards. Let’s choose the Queen of Hearts as a significator for Melanie, the Jack of Clubs as a verification card for Jeff, and the 2 of Hearts to represent their steamy relationship. We might even choose the 4 of Hearts to symbolize Melanie’s hope for a more equally committed relationship.

If a verification card shows up in a reading, you know exactly what it means. For example, if the 4 of Hearts shows up in Melanie’s reading in the outcome position, it reveals that she will get her wish to establish a more committed relationship. If, on the other hand, the Jack of Clubs appears as the outcome card, this shows that Jeff controls the outcome and that his footloose lifestyle will probably continue.

If you find that no verification cards show up in a reading, then there may be concerns other than the ones the questioner spoke of. This is often the case when there are underlying issues that the questioner doesn’t mention but which have a stronger impact on the circumstances than the surface issues.


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