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It's possible a deck of playing cards contains a few 'mysteries' we don't totally understand. The actual history of playing cards is not completely understood, although it is generally assumed they originated as an offshoot of Tarot cards. Authorities are in disagreement as to the years, or centuries, certain characteristics came into being... Some websites seem positive about the 'facts' they publish, but if you do your research you'll see the disparity.
The number of 'spots' on a deck is widely reported to be 365, the number of days in a year. -But- if you actually sit down and count the spots yourself, instead of taking some strangers word for it, you'll find 348 spots... not 365. Remember, you heard it here first!
A couple of 'unusual' facts we do know, and that you can easily verify, are:
- A deck of playing cards contains 52 cards... the same number of weeks in a year.
- There are four suits in a deck... the number of seasons in a year.
- There are definitely 12 picture cards, the number of months in a year.
- There are 13 different denomination of cards, the number of lunar cycles in a year.
I'm sure there are many other similarities between a deck of cards and our little 'world'. Let us know at magic.lifetips.com what you have found.