There are fifty-two cards in a deck, one for each week of the year. The thirteen cards in each suit can represent the lunar months in a year. The two RED suits can indicate the warm seasons and powers of LIGHT; the two BLACK suits then representing the cold seasons and the powers of darkness. All four designs on the cards can be symbols of life: the spade, a leaf; the heart, the center of life; the diamond, the feminine principle; the club, a masculine principle. Cards can also represent luck, either good or bad: "the hand that fate dealt me."
The suits also have more specific correspondences (DeVries, 82):
|spade||discrimination between error and judgment||leaf, autumn||
|heart||receptacle||source of life, spring||priesthood|
|diamond||material force, ring of eternity||vulva, feminine, summer||commerce, intelligentzia|
|club||power and command||3-fold aspect of life, winter||agriculture, government|
Unlucky cards - 4 of clubs, jack and ace of spades, 9 of diamonds (deadly), two black jacks (poverty and unhappiness), two red jacks (hidden enemy).
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