Thomas, Daniel Lindsay Ph.D. and Thomas, Lucy Blayney M.A., Kentucky Superstitions (excerpt), 1920, Princeton University Press.
In the telling of fortunes, the cards have the significations shown below:
Ace: house or home
Three: short space of time; 3 hours, 3 days, etc,
Four: pleasant crowd; dining, dance, extreme and “mushy” social pleasure
Eight: large number of love affairs
Nine: you get your wish
Ten: extreme love pleasures
Jack: rather blond young man
Queen: rather blond woman
King: somewhat grey elderly man
Two: new things in your life
Three: space of time longer than in hearts
Four: crowd; smaller or quieter than in hearts
Five: ring at bell, knock at door, etc.
Six: ride in carriage, motor, etc.
Seven: journey on water
Eight: business transaction
Nine: sure luck (best in deck)
Ten long journey
Jack: rather dark man
Queen: rather dark woman
King: elderly rather dark man
Ace: a letter
Two: very good luck
Three: three pieces of good fortune together
Four: pleasant crowd, less extremely so than in hearts.
Five: diamond ring
Eight: more money than six
Ten: more money than eight
Jack: young blond man
Queen: extremely blond woman
King: elderly, very white-haired man
Ace: a strange bed
Two: trouble; lie, angry words, etc.
Three: long period of time: three years or more
Four: crowd or sorrow; at accident, fire, etc.
Six: funeral, death
Eight: strong drink, d.t.’s
Nine: disaster. Worst card in deck
Ten: loss (not necessarily extreme like other tens)
Jack: extremely dark young man
Queen: extremely dark woman
King: elderly, extremely dark man.
Superstition and tradition says that fortunes told with cards should involve the use of a new deck.