# The Deck of Cards

### Manly Hall, __The Secret Teachings of All the Ages__

. . . the modern deck [of cards] is of profound symbolic importance,
for its arrangement is apparently in accord with the divisions
of the year. The two colors, red and black, represent the two
grand divisions of the year -- that during which the sun is north
of the equator and that during which it is south of the equator.
The four suits represent the seasons, the ages of the ancient
Greeks, and the Yugas of the Hindus. The twelve court cards are
the signs of the zodiac arranged in triads of a Father, a Power,
and a Mind according to the upper section of the Bembine Table.
The ten pip cards of each suit represent the Sephirothic trees
existing in each of the four worlds (the suits). The 13 cards
of each suit are the 13 lunar months in each year, and the 52
cards of the deck are the 52 weeks in the year. Counting the numbers
of pips and reckoning the jacks, queens, and kings as 11, 12,
and 13 respectively, the sum for the 52 cards is 364. If the joker
be considered as one point, the result is 365, or the number of
days in a year.