vigilance

02-17-2019, 02:27 PM

Awhile ago I was doing some research on the major arcana of the tarot, the tradition of the "learned image", different types of "cards" (Thomas Murner, anyone?), masonic tressleboards, and all that good stuff. I've had a long-term interest in techniques associated with "The Art of Memory". I'm a huge fan of Lull and Bruno.

I also had come across some good information on older astrology and it's focus on the "decans".

I came up with some ideas about the normal, "exoteric" playing cards that we all know. I think bells starting going off when I read about the "faces" of the decans, and the associated images.

So with normal playing cards, they number 52. That is the number of weeks in the Solar Year. (it is also the value of Michael in the Roman alphabet, who represents the Sun. 52). The 52 cards are divided into 4 suits of 13 cards each, which might represent the seasons. (13 weeks each)

Within each suit, you have the number cards 1 (Ace) - 10, the number of degrees per Decan (10x36=360), and three FACE cards, Prince, King and Queen. The decans were considered "rulers" of the Zodiac.

And with the number cards, you have the Ace which is 1 and 11, which seems to "encode" a lesson of the Decad, that as you complete the cycle of the decad, you return to the Monad, 1. For example, "11" stands for "one ten, and one", And this holds true at each "dimension", 11, 101, 1001, 10001, etc. Always returning to one. (I actually prefer this explanation to what the second image shows.. I reserved the right to change my mind!)

I admit, this may be a stretch.. but it's something to think about.

http://i.imgur.com/k2IXTiB.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/90toocf.jpg

I also had come across some good information on older astrology and it's focus on the "decans".

I came up with some ideas about the normal, "exoteric" playing cards that we all know. I think bells starting going off when I read about the "faces" of the decans, and the associated images.

So with normal playing cards, they number 52. That is the number of weeks in the Solar Year. (it is also the value of Michael in the Roman alphabet, who represents the Sun. 52). The 52 cards are divided into 4 suits of 13 cards each, which might represent the seasons. (13 weeks each)

Within each suit, you have the number cards 1 (Ace) - 10, the number of degrees per Decan (10x36=360), and three FACE cards, Prince, King and Queen. The decans were considered "rulers" of the Zodiac.

And with the number cards, you have the Ace which is 1 and 11, which seems to "encode" a lesson of the Decad, that as you complete the cycle of the decad, you return to the Monad, 1. For example, "11" stands for "one ten, and one", And this holds true at each "dimension", 11, 101, 1001, 10001, etc. Always returning to one. (I actually prefer this explanation to what the second image shows.. I reserved the right to change my mind!)

I admit, this may be a stretch.. but it's something to think about.

http://i.imgur.com/k2IXTiB.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/90toocf.jpg