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meaning of the spade

Posted by skully on 11/09/05
Ontario, Canada

I have a spade tat (as in ace of spade), on my left hand, between my thumb and 1st digit, usually where you find the jail house cross. Does anybody have any idea of the meaning?



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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by topcatt@rogers.com on 11/09/05
Ontario, Canada

nobody has answered me yet, so to alleviate my lonliness, here's my answer.....I have no clue.

lol


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by erlich on 11/09/05
colorado

SPADE
although the word spade today is mostly used as a synonym for a shovel,the suit in playing cards is more likely derived from the greek word for SWORD (spatke). as a suit in a deck of playing cards spades are assoiated with fighting,destiny,and death.in the tarot deck they are actually the pictorial sign for sword


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by aaron 'kick ass' clayton from IP: 86.10.64.88 on 03/05/07
england UK

im 17 years old and getting a spade tattoo, in world war 2, soldiers had the spade painted on there helmet as a symbol of good luck, seemed to work for us because we defeated the germans, hope it works for me and i would like to honour troops that gave their lives.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by taz@paintedangel.com from IP: 24.121.203.95 on 03/05/07

Ummm yeah but it didn't do too much for all the grunts in Viet Nam who wore the SPADE did it?


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Posted by danger from IP: 75.208.204.32 on 11/22/07

just a comment about the post saying that the spade was used as a symbol of good luck in WWII. I also have a spade tattoo, but just so you have the knowledge im going to correct your information. the spade was originally used in vietnam because of a rumor that the vietnames were superstition about the ace of spades card and would run the other way when they saw it. the U.S. Govt. spend huge money to send crates and boxes of the card to troops. In reality the vietnames were not afraid of the ace of spades, it was later said that they didnt even recognize the card besides the fact of knowing it was a symbol that the american troops were using. so more or less the spade was used as a moral booster for american troops, it was an effective way to pump up young soldiers and get them ready for battle. The card also has a morbid history as well, many american soldiers would place the card on the faces of massacred villagers and vietnames soldiers. All this information can be looked up in greater detail on "The History Channel" website.


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Posted by callibesh77@aol.com from IP: 75.179.16.58 on 12/23/07

the soldiers in WW2 with he spades on their helmet were from the 101st aiborne. the 4 suites represented the four regiments that made up the 101st aiborne not good luck.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by viperman from IP: 24.56.241.207 on 12/31/07
Charlotte, Michigan

Danger, you are correct! Give the man a cigar! I work for the U.S. government and I asked a group of vietnam vets and they, indeed, confirmed for every VC they killed, they would put a spade on their person. Yes, morbid indeed, but that's an undeclared conflict for ya!


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by saint one from IP: 149.101.1.124 on 02/05/08
US

the spade is the symbol for the thief. even so, i hope you're not one.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Sixx from IP: 99.247.180.59 on 11/25/08
Canada

Correct but they still believed in WW2 that the spade did mean good luck.


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Posted by Sixx from IP: 99.247.180.59 on 11/25/08
Canada

Correct but they still believed in WW2 that the spade did mean good luck.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Foxfan from IP: 68.80.3.113 on 12/11/08
PA

Someone close to me in the military just had the Ace of Spades tattooed on his shoulder and then took his own life. Is there a symbolism in this or is this just coincidental?


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by pgsaksucks@hotmail.com from IP: 71.105.84.196 on 02/07/09

its purely coincidence, however most people who have spade tats probably should kill themselves


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by youdontknow@aol.com from IP: 24.177.28.178 on 08/14/09
Secret

To Recon Marines, the symbol of the spade is used as a kill count. After your first combat tour, you get to Recon Jack tattooed somewhere on your body. After each kill, you get a small spade. Changes in the color of the spades represent different missions or tours.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by apinkpony@gmail.com from IP: 98.203.204.138 on 08/27/09

The spade is pretty prominent in the Army Rangers. I believe its one of the symbols on their crest, and many of them have spade tattoos. I'd like to believe it's good luck.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by funkybabydog from IP: 66.171.31.38 on 09/24/09
West Covina, Ca, USA

The spade stands for: nobility. A noble person. Worthy of honor or respect.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Tatted up from IP: 64.88.11.89 on 10/16/09
port huron mi

you people are so dramitic but rite about the wwII.. but so if you got a spade tatooed on you for goodluck that dont mean you should kill yourself i think some one has low self esteem about the spade i have ten different spades on me


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Shortyy from IP: 114.77.38.211 on 12/05/09
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I have a tat of the spade - not the playing card, just the spade.
when i got it it was because to me, it was a symbol of a part of myself that never died. I simply loved it since i was a toddler because it was the most beautiful card, it looked like an upside down love heart (my fav shape was and is a heart) and the A is the first initial of my first name. That was the innocence behind my choice of which one was my favourite at that time, and now it includes whole other depths to it which include the ace of spades history and meanings and link back to myself.

Having actually researched the meaning of the spade, and the Ace of Spades, everybody talking about WWII is correct. It's also the card worth the most in MOST card games, but not all.

Other meanings behind it are Honour, Loyalty, etc.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Ruckus from IP: 98.124.82.76 on 01/29/10
South Carolina

what you all are sayin may be right but according to http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_does_a_spade_symbol_stand_for the symbols meaning is: 1) When the Apex or point of the Spade points up in the reading it means a conclusion, an ending. Considered the Death Card, meaning the death of circumstances, not people, 90% of the time. Remember, with death, there is always a new beginning. Death in reading cards is a door offering a new beginning. 2) Apex pointing down: The card is telling you about someone or something at a distance, not in this location, usually quite far away.


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Posted by txcwgrlup23@aol.com from IP: 76.233.111.93 on 02/26/10

I am not sure if it has a different meaning where you have it, but the ace of spade in chinese means death, but not really death itself it was brought in world war for the chinese on the american helmets making it seem to them as death was coming, but what they did not know was that the spade to them meant any kind of death, real death, death of a belief, death of something it didn't just mean death death. So I guess that is the best answer I can give you


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Gejay from IP: 205.56.129.195 on 07/28/10
Norfolk, VA, usa

An ace of spades that i am formiliar with has a in jail racist meaning. Spade is for Supremacy, white supremacy, Ace or the A on the card is Aryan, which is in association with one of the aryan brotherhood gangs...Don't ask how i know this


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by azg from IP: 209.65.242.166 on 10/21/10
Lincoln, CA, USA

The spade is derived from the sword in the tarot deck. It is not the death card, which would be part of the major arcana. Death is always an ending of one thing and the beginning of another, often a transformation. The meaning of each spade depends on the number of spades or, if used in a card, which card it is. Upside down does not always mean one thing, nor does point upward - again it depends on which card you have and where it falls in the reading as to what it means and how it affects your life. The spade symbol itself to me depicts a warrior. One who fights for liberty, honor, integrity, etc. A book of spiritual wisdom in one hand and a sword of honor in the other. The point upward to me symbolizes the striving to attain higher wisdom and purpose and to stand upright. To be an upright person, but well grounded (given the strong base of the spade.) The club to me symbolizes growth, health, knowledge and prosperity / abundance in general. The diamond symbolizes wealth and external abundance / prosperity in relation to wealth and prestige. The heart symbolizes love and relationships and the connection we all have to one another - our life force.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by SHADOW from IP: 50.51.163.177 on 09/09/11

It means the unforgiven.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by SHADOW from IP: 50.51.163.177 on 09/09/11

It means the unforgiven.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Jon from IP: 99.51.232.163 on 09/16/11
SE michigan

There is a controversal meaning summed up as follows... "If you are a woman who prefers sex with black men, now there is a simple, inexpensive and discreet way to advertise your preference. A Queen of Spades Temporary Tattoo will help potential black lovers identify you at parties, at nightclubs, or even at the supermarket. It will also let white men know they would be wasting their time with you. Place a tattoo in a conspicuous place on your body when you go out on the town to pick up black men, then remove the tattoo before you go to work next Monday morning!"

See link: http://www.queenofspadestattoos.com/


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Robp from IP: 50.51.144.56 on 03/01/12

Back in the late 80s or early 90s an illegal combat training camp did similar markings on kids. They tattooed a cross there and upon completion they covered it with a spade. Ran by mercs, those people were dangerous and they put those kids through hell. The kids came back knowing how to kill and warped enough to do it! The parents complaints were met with intimidation. I quit being friends with my best friend because he returned changed and scary calling himself Lazarus. He talked about a Knavesis and Cashmere he referred to as fellow prongs saying crazy things.


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RE:meaning of the spade

Posted by Todd K from IP: 70.190.158.78 on 03/21/12
Arizona

I have done some research & the original meaning behind the spade is that it represents death, but not in a morbid way more of a circle of life kinda way. a deck of cards has 52 cards 1 for each week in a year, 4 suits = 4 seasons, 13 cards per suit = 13 weeks per quarter year I think?. the spade is the death of the year which comes each year allowing a new beginning for the next year. so the spade is like a symbol of death in the same way winter is death and spring is life. hope that helps.


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