In the Cards of Life, the three face cards (Jacks, Queens and Kings) for each of the four suits (Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds and Spades) creates a trinity. Each trinity governs the three months of their portion, the quarter, of the year that they rule over. Hearts are for the time from Winter Solstice to the Spring Equinox. Clubs govern the quarter from the Spring Equinox to the Summer Solstice. Diamonds rule from the Summer Solstice to the Autumnal Equinox, and Spades from the Autumnal Equinox to the Winter Solstice.

Using Western Astrology, this is how the cards are laid out for the year as shown in “The Mystic Test Book” by Olney H. Richmond, Grand Master of the Order of the Magi. Since the month/Court Card connection is based on the Western astrological year, the monthly Court Cards change when the zodiac signs change. The Western astrological year varies from year to year but usually starts on either March 20th or March 21st.

For example, let’s look at the month of August. On August 16th, when we are in still Virgo (Western Astrology), we are under the rule of the Jack of Clubs♣ (August). When we move into Libra around August 23rd, then we will then be governed by the King of Diamonds (September).

12 Court Cards Govern the 12 Months

January (Capricorn/Aquarius)
King of Spades/Queen of Spades♠

February (Aquarius/Pisces)
Queen of Spades♠/Jack of Spades♠

March (Pisces/Aries)
Jack of Spades♠/King of Hearts♥

April (Aries/Taurus)
King of Hearts♥/Queen of Hearts♥

May (Taurus/Gemini)
Queen of Hearts♥/Jack of Hearts♥

June (Gemini/Cancer)
Jack of Hearts♥/King of Clubs♣

July (Cancer/Leo)
King of Clubs♣/Queen of Clubs♣

August (Leo/Virgo)
Queen of Clubs♣/Jack of Clubs♣

September (Virgo/Libra)
Jack of Clubs♣/King of Diamonds♦

October (Libra/Scorpio)
King of Diamonds♦/Queen of Diamonds♦

November (Scorpio/Sagittarius)
Queen of Diamonds♦/Jack of Diamonds♦

December (Sagittarius/Capricorn)
Jack of Diamonds♦/King of Spades♠

Illustration: “The Mystic Test Book” by Olney H. Richmond, Grand Master of the Order of the Magi

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