Scholars have debated it…magicians hold it to be true…I can’t help but marvel at it.
There are two types of playing card – red ones for the heat of the sun and black ones for the cool of night.
Fifty-two cards make up a complete deck, much like the number of weeks in a year.
The clubs, hearts, spades, and diamonds correlate to the four seasons of year – winter, summer, spring and fall.
There are three royal cards – Knave (Jack), Queen, and King – in each of the suits (of which there are four), which make twelve picture cards in total…just like the number of months in a year.
If you give every card a value (Ace would count as one, Two would count as two, three would count as three, etc, etc. – since the Knave is after the ten it would count as eleven, the Queen as Twelve, and the King as thirteen) and add them all together, the sum total of a deck of cards is 364. When you add in the Joker, you get 365 – much like the number of days in a year.
That is a small taste of the colorful history of playing cards. The mysteries are too numerous to list in one place. One of them, though, is right here for your enjoyment.