Card Suits and Symbolism

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September 27th, 2018 16:08

Card games have always been a part of Indian culture. In fact, India has been home to many card games like bridge, rummy, poker, teen Patti etc. Most of us would have played these games once in our lifetime for sure. Many people even own deck of cards at home to play with, in leisure time. Few rounds of a card game with friends or family members will definitely help calm your nerves, reduce stress levels, and lift up your mood.

Card games are not only considered as the games of skill but they also somewhere connect with us because of the deep astrological aspects veiled inside the symbols of cards. Have you ever thought of those typical symbols engraved on cards? Ever wondered about the concept of using 4 suits in a deck? What does each playing card represent? What is the spiritual meaning of a diamond? What is the spade a symbol of? Well, if you have been unaware of these mysterious facts; it’s time to explore them –

What do the four suits in a deck of cards represent:

HeartsA heart represents the season of spring. It is also supposed to be a representation of “childhood” phase of human life. It signifies the element of fire.

Clubs: The club represents the season of summer. It signifies the phase of “youth” where one emphasizes on education, irresponsibility etc. A sign of club is the epitome of an element of earth.

Diamonds: This symbol signifies the season of fall or autumn. It represents the “growing” phase of human life where a person strives for his/her career. In short, a diamond is an epitome of growth, responsibility, values, security, etc. The element of air is represented by this symbol.

Spades: A spade is the symbol of the winter season. It is considered as an epitome of “old age” when people learn wisdom, acceptance, transformation etc. This symbol signifies an element of water.

There are total 52 cards in a deck which are supposed to signify the number of weeks in a year. The 13 cards of a single suit symbolizes 13 lunar months. 365 is the total of all the value numbers on the cards.

Each value number of the card characterizes a keyword which tells us about the card suits personality.

What does each playing card represent:

  • An Ace stands for Desire
  • Two stands for Union
  • Three is for Faith
  • Four is for Satisfaction
  • Five symbolizes a Change
  • Six is for Adjustments
  • Seven is an epitome of Victory
  • Eight stands for Power
  • Nine represents New beginnings
  • Ten symbolizes Success

The cards of royal family i.e. king, queens and Jack represent various historical figures.

King of clubs is Alexander (King of Macedonia),

King of hearts is Charlemagne (King of France),

King of spades is David (King of Israel)

King of Diamonds is Augustus (Roman Caesar).

Frankly, the meaning of the cards have nothing to do with our actual gameplay; however, knowing such secretive facts add more & more interesting dimensions to various card games.

What is the order of card suits in poker?

All card suits are equal in poker. There is no role of card suits in determining the best hand.

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