I was just posting on a thread about 12/21/12 and someone got me droning on about one of my favorite subjects—11:11. I was just about to give a
brief synopsis of this thread idea to that poster, but figured why pass up the chance to organize my research and present a full-fledged ATS thread
for everyone? I've been meaning to write a thread about the Ace of Spades in a deck of playing cards for a couple of weeks. At one point I decided it
was a toss-away and that I wouldn’t write it. Funny how fate often has other ideas for us.
Bear with me on this post, it DOES pertain to 12/21/12 (kinda…I think…maybe.) Alright mods, move it if you must.
The Ace of Spades is unique in a deck of playing cards. It is the only one with an oversized symbol of its suit.
It was, in
older times, even sold separately from the rest of the deck (due to the tax on playing cards in early Amercia!)
Once playing cards became
popular in America and the local governments took notice there were either bans instituted against their use ... or there were taxes levied against
their manufacture or importation. The Ace of Spades was often used as the card that would carry the revenue stamp indicating the tax was paid on that
deck of cards.
Long before the Ace of Spades played on the superstitions of soldiers during the Vietnam War, it was already known as the “death card.”
Richard Harding who was nabbed w/ thousands of counterfeit stamped Aces ... was tried and convicted of 'forging, fabricating, and counterfeiting
the legal stamp of the Ace of Spades'. Forgery (as a second offense) was elevated to a capital crime in England in the mid 16th century. The early
18th century yielded a more stringent policy toward forgery making it punishable by death. Mr. Harding was unfortunately hanged for his offence in
1805. This could be construed as an early instance of the association of the Ace of Spades as the 'death card' ...The Ace of Spades and it's aura
about being the 'death card' really came to its maturity during the Vietnam war.
I got a deck of fresh playing cards from one of the local casinos a couple months ago (it was given to me as a gift from a relative who works at the
casino.) I gamble rarely, and when I do I usually just play a couple dollars on video poker or something. I’m not a big card player or anything.
Anyhow, I started fiddling around with the cards; mostly just learning how to shuffle, bridge, and flourish the cards for show. I would do this for
hours! While listening to music, watching a movie, or just chatting online or something. I would just shuffle, shuffle, shuffle those cards over and
over and occasionally cut the deck in half before starting to shuffle them some more. I started to notice something peculiar. The Ace of Spades was
making an unusual number of appearances. I would start seeing it about 1 out of every 5 times that I would cut the deck (it was usually the bottom
card of the top half.) I starting seeing it occasionally when I dealt a hand of 5-card. I even dropped it out of the deck onto the floor a few times.
I mean, there's 52 cards in all and I was seeing this card far, far more often than I ought to have been. Any mathematicians want to challenge the
odds—go for it—because I don’t buy it. I was seeing the Ace of Spades a lot! It grabbed my attention. Now I just needed to figure out what the
message was. My sloppy, internet-skimming research stretches from the practical to the mystical. It is a starting point only, and I’m hoping someone
else can dig up more on the subject—or possibly share similar episodes, research, discovery, and personal revelation!
I know that playing cards are essentially comparable to the minor arcana www.learntarot.com...
in tarot. (I used to be interested in
tarot cards and did study them for a time ages ago.) I know a thing or two about tarot and remember some of the meanings and symbols. I lost interest
pretty quickly though I must say. Anyhow, I had a mystery to solve!
I started with finding out which card is comparable to the Ace of Spades. It is the Ace of Swords according to the tarot suits; and is NOT to be
confused with the major arcana "Death" card.
The Ace of Swords is a symbol of possibility in the area of intelligence, reason, justice, truth,
clarity and fortitude. In readings, it shows that a seed of clear understanding has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it.
To grossly understate and paraphrase its meaning, it is essentially a card of death and rebirth. However, that’s not where I stopped my research.
I was very intrigued to learn about the highly symbolic nature of a deck of playing cards. Most people already know that the kings and queens are
based on actual royal personages. But, what interests me even more are the numbers! The four suits correspond to the four seasons and four esoteric
elements of fire, water, air, and earth. It is speculated that the 13 ranks for each of the four suits is representative of either a 13-month calendar
or the 13 lunar cycles in a year (which varies between 12 and 13.) There are 52 cards in the deck as well as 52 weeks in a calendar year; thus, each
individual card is representative of a week in the year. Even the black and red colors are indicative of the masculine and feminine qualities.
Tell me you ever thought of that while trying to bluff your opponent. It’s enough to spoil your very
best poker face.
But this is what finally made my jaw drop! At one point in my research, it was even suggested that the Ace of Spades itself corresponded to the week
of December 21st itself! Sorry, but quoting from this text is not allowed, but luckily it is right at the top of the page:
That particular date is abuzz around ATS right now and I’m sorry to add another 2012 thread. But,
this left me completely astounded! I now know a little bit more about the symbolism of the card that was so mysteriously grabbing my attention—throw
a December 21st reference into the mix and I figured it was either one for the birds, or one for ATS. This source was not only a major piece to the
puzzle for me, it is a captivating read all by itself and I highly recommend you enjoy it if you're interested in learning more about the Ace of
Spades and its history and symbolism.
Perhaps even more fascinating, I came upon a source that even posited that the large spade on the ace was likened to the eye of Horus. I regret that I
couldn’t find this particular source (I had to drum up all the sites I had researched weeks ago.) And of course google couldn’t find material on
this particular connection for me (typical!)
I...kinda see it, but whatever!