Spades (from Greek spatke =
sword), the symbol for the next highest suit in the common deck of
playing cards. Spades are associated with fighting, destiny,
logical thinking, and death. Note that in the
or gypsy deck of cards the symbol for the suit corresponding to spades
was a pictorial sign for a sword.
Compare with , one of the signs for cremated in genealogical contexts.
The signs for diamonds and hearts can be looked up via the Word Index, and the sign for the suit of clubs is the second entry above in this group.