Tarot with playing cards

Tarot with playing cards

Common playing cards have their background in tarot and thus astrology. This is still visible in certain aspects. There are 4 suits(seasons) with 13 faces(moons) creating 52 cards(weeks) in total. And this is just the surface.

If you count up the values of all cards, with the ace being 1 and jack till king 11 through 13 you'll get (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 + 13) * 4 = 364 days.

So interestingly enough you could use a playing card deck for a 13-moon calendar. Missing only one day to complete a full year which is neatly filled up by the Joker(the Fool).

If the essence of tarot is true, the laying itself instead of the cards should be the effective quantity. Mathematically there is a huge support for the entropy that cards contain, there are over 8000 vigintillion(1063) possible combinations for a deck to be shuffled. Nobody uses a full deck though so here is table for the amount of cards you take from a deck(keep in mind that you cannot reorder once you pick them) and their effective 1 in x chance it ever happened before:

Amount x=52! / (52-Amount)!
1 52
2 2652
3 132600
4 6497400
5 311875200
6 14658134400
7 674274182400
8 30342338208000
9 1335062881152000
10 57407703889536000
11 2411123563360512000
12 98856066097780992000
13 3954242643911239680000
14 154215463112538347520000
15 5860187598276457205760000
16 216826941136228916613120000
17 7805769880904240998072320000
18 273201945831648434932531200000
19 9288866158276046787706060800000
20 306532583223109543994300006400000
21 9809042663139505407817600204800000
22 304080322557324667642345606348800000
23 9122409676719740029270368190464000000
24 264549880624872460848840677523456000000
25 7407396657496428903767538970656768000000
26 199999709752403580401723552207732736000000
27 5199992453562493090444812357401051136000000
28 129999811339062327261120308935026278400000000
29 3119995472137495854266887414440630681600000000
30 71759895859162404648138410532134505676800000000
31 1578717708901572902259045031706959124889600000000
32 33153071886933030947439945665846141622681600000000
33 663061437738660618948798913316922832453632000000000
34 12598167317034551760027179353021533816619008000000000
35 226767011706621931680489228354387608699142144000000000
36 3855039199012572838568316882024589347885416448000000000
37 61680627184201165417093070112393429566166663168000000000
38 925209407763017481256396051685901443492499947520000000000
39 12952931708682244737589544723602620208894999265280000000000
40 168388112212869181588664081406834062715634990448640000000000
41 2020657346554430179063968976882008752587619885383680000000000
42 22227230812098731969703658745702096278463818739220480000000000
43 222272308120987319697036587457020962784638187392204800000000000
44 2000450773088885877273329287113188665061743686529843200000000000
45 16003606184711087018186634296905509320493949492238745600000000000
46 112025243292977609127306440078338565243457646445671219200000000000
47 672151459757865654763838640470031391460745878674027315200000000000
48 3360757298789328273819193202350156957303729393370136576000000000000
49 13443029195157313095276772809400627829214917573480546304000000000000
50 40329087585471939285830318428201883487644752720441638912000000000000
51 80658175170943878571660636856403766975289505440883277824000000000000
52 80658175170943878571660636856403766975289505440883277824000000000000


If you took roughly all the humans that ever lived and they would shuffle a deck every second for 100,000 years you would have 1 in 40000000000 * 100 * 365 * 24 * 60 * 60 = 126144000000000000000000 chance of picking the same cards in that order. Thus picking 14 cards would be more then enough to predict a completely unique situation in human history.

The conversion and meaning of cards changed a lot and have been reiterated over time. This is the most accurate table I could gather:

Suit Latin Suit Essence Element Season
Hearts Cups Love Water Autumn
Diamonds Coins(Discs, Pentacles) Fortune Earth Spring
Spades Swords Hate Air Winter
Clubs Wands Magic Fire Summer
Hearts Ace Good, Happiness, Joy, Love (Prophecy)
King Generous
Queen Pleasing
Jack Loyal
10 Good news
9 Good luck
8 Rare occassion
7 Faith (Piety)
6 Good fortune
5 Indecisive
4 Postponement
3 Hope
2 Friendship
Diamonds Ace Importance, Valuable
King Powerful
Queen Sophisticated
Jack Jealous
10 Journey
9 Opportunities (Discovery / Invention / Realization)
8 Expected
7 Criticism
6 Early end
5 Profit
4 Betrayal
3 Disagreement
2 Separation
Spades Ace Hate, Evil (Free will)
King Ambition
Queen Threachery
Jack Lazy
10 Bad news
9 Bad luck
8 Disappointment
7 Loss of friendship (Equillibrium)
6 Improvement
5 Success
4 Sickness
3 Faithlessnes
2 Division, Conflict
Clubs Ace Harmony, Perfection
King Honoust
Queen Attractive
Jack Sincere
10 Blockage, Obstruction
9 Unexpected
8 Opposition
7 Prosperity / Advancement (Health)
6 Partnership
5 Help
4 Failure
3 Eternity
2 Combine, Join

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