Mystery and History of Playing Cards


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.

Mystery, Intrigue, Cleverness, Ingenuity, Wicked Humor…