Symbolism behind Playing Cards

If we could expound the symbolism behind playing cards, then probably we can get many. A lot of thoughts and experiment has gone behind designing the playing cards, before narrowing it done to down to its present form. If we dig the pith and core of playing cards, we can draw many aphorisms. Here, we present to you some of the interesting similarities between playing cards and calendar.

Facts – Playing Cards

  • 52 playing cards represent 52 weeks in a year. Interestingly, the sum of letters all cards from one to King is also 52!
  • The four suits – Spades, Clubs, Hearts, and Diamonds — represent the four seasons. Each week has 13 seasons and each suit have 13 cards.
  • 13 cards in each suit represent the 13 phases of the lunar cycle.
  • We have 12 months in a year, there are 12 face cards. Face cards are those cards which that has a face rather than the number. All 4 suits have 3 face cards (K, Q, and J) which make it (3*4=12) cards. There are twelve hours in each day and each night
  • The two colours of the suits (red and black) symbolises day and night respectively.
  • The sum of all cards in a suit assuming the value of J, Q, K as 11, 12, and 13 is 91. For 4 suits it would be 91*4 = 364, Adding one joker that comes along with the deck, you will get 365, which is exactly the number of days in a year. Sounds pretty unbelievable, right
  • Also, in some card games 2 Jokers are used which indicates the leap year (365 + 1 joker) = 366!

We’re sure this cannot be a mere coincidence!  Do you know 70% of magic tricks are performed with cards?  How hard it would be for modern day magicians to perform tricks without cards? Who doesn’t like a nice little card trick? Keep watching this space for other interesting information about card games.

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