Your Career is In the Cards (of Destiny)
Revised January 2011
A simple deck of playing cards can reveal fascinating secrets about you, your career and your colleagues, according to Lisa Osborne, a popular radio host who began studying the science of Destiny Cards as a lark, but has now made it into a successful vocation. "Using this ancient system based on the deck of 52 playing cards, you can unlock the personality profile of any person just by knowing the day and month they were born," she says. Horoscopes are so old school!
When Osborne's not working as radio newscaster in Los Angeles or a deejay playing classic hits on a national radio network, she's busy recording syndicated daily Destiny Card features, in both English ('Goddess of Destiny') and Spanish ('Diosa del Destino').
"In business this can be a powerful tool for relationship building and career selection," Osborne says. "Celebrities make particularly interesting case studies because, over the years, I've noted that 99 percent of the time, the card profiles are spot on."
"For example, Donald Trump is a Three of Diamonds. Three is the number of 'creativity,' and the suit of diamonds symbolizes money or values. You have to admit that many of the real estate deals Trump has done over the years are the epitome of creative financing!"
Osborne explains that each card in the deck has positive and negative qualities, and it's interesting to note that Trump's Three of Diamonds has one of the more challenging life paths. But many famous people share this card, including Conan O'Brien, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Drew Barrymore.
The Queen of Diamonds is another card whose bearers face more obstacles than average; yet in spite of that -- or maybe because of it -- some of the world's most powerful people share this card, including Rupert Murdoch, Hugh Hefner and Tom Cruise. Other notable diamonds in business include: Steve Jobs, Steve Wynn, Carly Fiorino, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg (who founded Facebook) and Michael Dell.
What do Barack Obama and George W. Bush have in common? Aside from being President of the United States, each of these men are the Nine of Diamonds. You may say, "These men couldn't be more different!" But nines are on the planet to be "givers," and the Nine who is not willing to give will be miserable.
"First lady Michelle Obama and homemaking maven Martha Stewart are each 10 of Diamonds, a card that is comfortable in both big business and the spotlight. The person who is a '10' of any suit is confident, experienced and capable of doing things in a big way," Osborne adds.
Madonna and Nancy Pelosi are 10 of Clubs, another card that loves to be noticed. This 10 is the card of the teacher. And don't count on a female 10 of Clubs to be traditional in any way.
Lady Gaga is often compared to Madonna for bursting onto the music scene with an outrageous style and strong personality. And the Destiny cards of these female superstars are similar. Lady Gaga is an Eight of Clubs, a true power card. The Eight of Clubs person is extremely strong-willed and determined. TV mother of eight Kate Gosselin is also this card, since she and Lady Gaga have the same birthday (March 28). The cliche "where there's a will, there's a way" aptly describes the life of the Eight of Clubs.
Clubs is the suit of the thinker and dreamer. Oprah Winfrey and Mark Burnett are each the Jack of Clubs. This card is mentally brilliant, with an excellent memory. They are independent and don't have a strong need to fit in with the traditions of society. Many, such as Oprah, choose not to marry.
Putting the system to use
As insightful as this Destiny Cards system is as a tool to learn about others, it's even more powerful to use the system to identify your own talents and abilities. Knowing about your card can help you in choosing a career path, or capitalizing on your professional strengths and minimizing your weaknesses, according to Osborne.
For instance, the person who is a Heart is happiest being in relationships or working with people. The Club is curious with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. Diamonds are the "grown-ups" of the deck, so don't try to tell them what to do! And, Spades are do-ers; getting the job done is the most important goal of a Spade
Radio talk show hosts Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh might seem on opposite ends of the spectrum, but each have amassed huge audiences because they put a voice to what is on the minds of the public. That's a trait of the Two of Spades, which both hosts share, since they share the same birthday. Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck is also a Two of Spades.
By now, you might be wondering what YOUR card is. To discover your card, just find your birthday on the chart below. Then read the explanations of your card's suit and number.
Hearts live through emotions and relationships. These are the children of the deck, often maintaining a youthful exuberance even into later years. The positive Heart is friendly and affectionate; the negative Heart is self-indulgent or flirtatious. Hearts excel in people-oriented careers. They make good nurses, teachers and counselors, as well as artists and musicians.
Clubs are creative and experience life through talking and learning. As the students of the deck, Clubs are curious, always thinking, and love to talk, read and teach. The positive Club is brilliant and well-informed; the negative Club can be a dishonest know-it-all. Great careers for Clubs include teaching, writing, law and journalism.
Diamonds are on the planet to clarify values. Diamonds like to spend money and like nice things. As the adults of the deck, Diamonds can't stand being told what to do. Diamonds on a positive path are generous and philanthropic. The negative-minded Diamond can be greedy or miserly. Careers for the diamond person include banking, investing, politics, retail or merchandising, producing and big-business.
Spades are confident, strong-willed and wise. Even when they are young, Spades will often act more mature than their age. These are the workers of the deck. Spades are more interested in doing their jobs well than talking about them or becoming too emotionally involved with others. Spades can be stubborn and don't like it when others try to control them. Spades find satisfaction in careers in construction (building), broadcasting and health care. And, as the symbol of "transformation," Spades can also be successful in industries that deal with death or dying, and mysticism.
The "odd" (active) numbers represent a person who is restless, on the go, and thrives on change.
The "even" (receptive) numbers are balanced and logical, attracting things and people to them.
Ace (One) is ambitious, active and driven. You are a self-starter who is excited to experience all that life has to offer. As a "One," you may sometimes appear self-centered.
Two is sensitive, logical and comfortable in partnerships because you enjoy having someone to talk to, or bounce ideas off of. Avoid being insincere or becoming too dependent on the opinions of others.
Three is curious, restless and enjoys trying new things. You are extremely creative, so channel your gifts in a positive way to avoid worry and indecision.
Four is fortunate, organized and efficient. You are a hard-worker and good at bringing people and plans together. Avoid stubbornness or being small-minded.
Five is adventurous, restless, and hates routine or anything that limits your freedom. As a "people person," you are comfortable around all kinds of personalities. Learn to commit.
Six is easygoing, peaceful and fair. You prefer to avoid confrontation, but won't hesitate to stand up for what you believe in. Avoid stubbornness or falling into a rut.
Seven is the most mystical of all numbers. You have a mental sharpness that, when combined with your intuition (hunches), will serve you well. Have faith that you are being guided. Avoid being indifferent or skeptical.
Eight is the number of power and abundance. You enjoy attention and have special talents in the area of your suit (Hearts -- charm; Clubs -- knowledge; Diamonds -- leadership; Spades -- wisdom). Avoid power struggles.
Nine is intelligent and happiest when you give in and are willing to let go. Beware of being too overbearing, stingy or bullying.
10 is ambitious, capable and confident. You like to do things in a big way and may be obsessive or take on too much responsibility.
The "faces" are natural leaders who need to be respected. Even the Jacks, who may be less mature and serious than the King and Queen, need their talents to be recognized.
Jack is clever and playful. This youngest member of the royal family is creative and charming. There may be a tendency to stretch the truth or avoid responsibility.
Queen expresses power and leadership with compassion. Just as powerful as a King, you enjoy pleasing and taking care of others. Beware of being too demanding.
King is a natural leader. Authoritative, powerful, and wise, you prefer to do things your own way. Use caution when it comes to being too pushy or dismissive of others.
Joker is the wild card! A sneaky trickster who can take on the personality of any card in the deck, but most often acts like a Jack. Dec. 31 is the only day of the year that's linked to the Joker. People born on this day cannot be read using this system.
Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award-winning multi-media journalist and author of Career Comeback--Repackage Yourself to Get the Job You Want. Her work has been translated into 20 different languages, and she is a frequent expert guest and commentator on news and talk shows. She has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on the CBS Early Show, NBC Today, CNBC, Fox Business News, Dr. Phil, Oprah.com and many other media outlets. Lisa discusses her AOL pieces each week and interviews vital guests on the web TV show, This Week in Careers. Learn more on LisaJohnsonMandell.com.