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Some interesting facts and observations about Playing cards…

Did you know…?
door Tsenne Kikke - dinsdag 6 april 2021 5:36

Did you know that the Traditional Deck of the Playing Cards are a strikingly coherent form of a Calendar?

- There are 52 weeks in the year and so are 52 Playing Cards in a Deck.

- There are 13 weeks in each Season and thus there are 13 cards in each suit.

- There are 4 Seasons in a Year and 4 Suits in the Deck.

 - There are 12 Months in a Year so there are 12 Court Cards (Those with faces namely Jack, Queen King in each suit).

- The Red Cards represent the Day, while the Black Cards represent the Night.

- If you accept...

Jacks = 11, Queens = 12, and the Kings = 13, then add up all the sums of 1 + 2 + 3 + …to 13 = 91. Multiply this by 4, for the 4 Suits, therefore 91 x 4 = 364, add 1 that is the Joker, and you will arrive at the number 365 being the Days in a Year.

Is that a mere coincidence?

- Of interest is the sum of the letters in all the names of the cards...

Add up the letters in “one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King” = 52!

- The Spades indicate ploughing/working.

- The Hearts indicates Love thy crops.

- The Clubs indicates flourishing and growth.

- The Diamonds indicate reaping the Wealth.

- Also, in some card games 2 Jokers are used: indicating the Leap year.

There is a deeper Philosophy than just a merely a Game of Playing Cards. The Mathematical perfection is mind blowing.

'Deck of cards' Praying Book

Original source unknown  - version by Capt. G.E. "Hap" Hill

Upon finding that the War To End All Wars was actually at an end, a soldier wandered away from his barracks and into town. As he passed a small church, he stopped and looked in and saw that the townsfolk had gathered for worship. He wandered in, down the aisle and slid into a pew. He took his seat next to some worshippers who were at that moment sitting with their heads bowed in prayer. The soldier having no prayer book took out a time-worn deck of playing cards. He fanned the cards before him and started to mumble to himself.

His fellow worshippers, amazed at the soldier for displaying a deck of cards - the 'Devil's Tickets' - in the house of the Lord, nudged him and whispered: "Put those away, you can't do that here!"

The soldier paid little attention to them and carried on with his cards and mumblings. Soon the fellow worshippers became alarmed and sent out for the constable and the poor man was arrested. He was placed in the jail for the night and the next morning was brought before the town magistrate, charged with disorderly conduct for displaying a deck of cards in a place of worship.

The Magistrate asked what he had to say for himself: "Guilty or not guilty?"

The soldier standing before the bar of justice replied: "Not guilty, Your Honor, and with your kind permission, I would like to present this defense for my actions."

With that, he took out his old time-worn deck of cards, fanned them out before him, and then he began:

"Your Honor, to me this deck of cards is my prayer book and Bible. When I look into these cards and see an Ace, it reminds me that there is only one God.

When I see the Two, it reminds me that the Bible is divided into two parts, the Old and the New Testaments.

When I see the Three, it represents the three persons of the Blessed Trinity - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

When I see the Four, it reminds me of the four great Evangelists, who wrote the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

When I see the Five, Your Honor, I think of the five virgins who kept their lamps trimmed in waiting for the coming of the Lord.

When I see the Six, it reminds me that in six days God made this great Heaven and Earth.

When I see the Seven, it represents the Sabbath, a day of rest and worship.

When I see the Eight, it reminds me of the eight righteous persons who were saved from the Flood: Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives.

When I see the Nine, I'm reminded of the nine lepers who were cleansed of their sins, but did not give thanks, such was their ingratitude.

When I see the Ten, I think, not only of the tenth leper, who did give thanks, but of the Ten Commandments handed down by Moses on the stone tablets, each spot for one Commandment.

Now, Your Honor, the Jack reminds me of the Knave of the Devil and to shun his temptation.

When I see the Queen, I think of the blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of Heaven.

The King is, of course, the King of Heaven and Earth and All Things, to whom we should all bow down and give thanks."

He folded up the deck of card, shuffled them once, and fanned them out before him. Then he continued:

"Your Honor, when I count the number of dots in a pack of cards, there are 365, so many days as there are in a year. When I count how many cards are in a pack, I find there are 52, so many weeks are there in a year. When I reckon how many tricks are won by a pack, I find there are 13, so many months are there in a year. So that this pack of cards is both Bible, Almanac, and Prayer Book to me."

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