Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Spade, The Hearts, The Diamonds and The Clubs

How do you want to live your life like playing cards?

Many have heard about playing cards. A deck of cards contains suits of four - spade, heart, diamond and club - with each suit consists 13 cards: An ace, a Jack, a Queen, a King and 9 numbered cards always impress me in terms of its arrangement and how significant they are to model human life. Not to forget, this deck includes 2 more cards, oftenly recognized as the wild cards of the whole deck known as The Joker.

Popular legend holds that the composition of a deck of cards has religious, metaphysical, or astronomical significance: typical numerological elements of the explanation are that the four suits represent the four seasons, the 13 cards per suit are the 13 phases of the lunar cycle, black and red are for day and night, the 52 cards of the deck (joker excluded) symbolizes the number of weeks in a year, and finally, if the value of each card is added up—and 1 is added, which is generally explained away as being for a single joker—the result is 365, the number of days in a year. If the other joker is also added, that makes 366 days, the amount of days in a leap year.

Triumphant Wild Card, 'The Joker'

The Casino Royale as it is, I see those cards represent pure basic instincts and occurrences in life - the elements, cardinal points, lunar cycles, virtues, heavenly spheres, temperaments, taxonomies and hierarchies - and many packs of playing cards have been designed as such a system, a practical 'mnemonic' or device for representing life's basic facts, a memory aid or teaching tool, a means of condensing knowledge.

Ian Fleming's 007: Casino Royale

We have all them around us in both color: the aces, the queens, the kings, the jacks and the jokers. These characters might be human - we might see a king in many alpha dogs around us; a queen in powerful women; a jack in less confident men; and a joker in every laughter we hear - but they might as well be as non-human too, like feelings, daily events and the likes. Using simple knowledge these cards can be associated with our lives as a line of history or a future plan, a reminding note or a warning, a symbol of pride or an insult in disguise, and so on.

Even the symbols club, heart, diamond and spade can be associated in many events, let alone their colors. Each combination have different interpretations following someone's understanding.

What matters is how you see them in your imaginations.

Use them as ciphered guides that only you or certain others understand the meanings. But if you see that the system is failing, you better have a backup. Who knows, others may interpret wrongly when you flash the Queen of Heart in front of them.

Here's the catch. The Queen of Heart means admiration beyond imagination when flashed towards a woman, but when flashed towards a male you might have just declare a personal war in between the both of you.

Or you're just gay. Either way, you're dead anyway.

p/s: I am learning to play Chris Cornell's You Know My Name with my guitar. It's addictive.

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