"Everything in the universe is number and that number has a meaning."
~ Pythagoras (570-c.495 BCE), a mathematician, mystic and scientist
Numbers are not simply to count, label, measure or judge. Numbers have "value" and each playing card, except the Joker, has a number or "face value" too. These values are reflections of the underlying structure and complex systems that make up life itself. In Cardology, Face Value is part of an infinite fractal system that reveals the code of creation for our lives. Face Value plays an integral part of this secret and highly revered system of ancient knowledge made up of emblems, colors and numbers, containing the very structure of time, our thoughts, and our experiences in life from birth to death.
Creative, fun, multi-talented and can show us all how to lighten up. They are above it all, a law unto themselves and should not be discarded.
Symbols of desire, ambition and a quest for self-expression and recognition. Positively applied, they can supply the motivation necessary for progress. Negatively, they can be symbols of greed.
Symbolically, Twos frequently represent two or more people, cooperative efforts, or partnerships. Negatively expressed, they represent lack of cooperation and fear.
Symbols of choice and decision, which more often than not become symbols of indecision. Threes can also represent a bright, personable, expressive quality.
Fours are usually considered to be a positive and constructive influence as they represent enclosure, completion and foundation. Like a square or a solid cube, they usually offer security and protection.
A symbol of change, moves and travel, frequently an indicator of uncertainty. Restlessness, dissatisfaction, variety, opportunity, escape and fluctuating experiences.
A calming, serene influence, often to the point of monotony; inertia. Also a karmic influence (law of cause and effect). You may be forefronted with past good and bad investments. What you sow, you may now reap.
The most mystical of all numbers. Sevens often symbolize challenges in the nature of the suit with which they are identified. If met and overcome, this can indicate a victory over one’s weaker self; a spiritual victory.
Symbols of power, accomplishment, and the ability to overcome obstacles in health, work, relationships, etc. Usually a fortunate influence.
Symbolic of completion and fulfillment. Actually all too often this number indicates disappointment and frustration. Much self-discipline and perseverance is needed to obtain the accomplishment and fulfillment contained in this powerful number.
The symbol of success, usually considered very fortunate. Benefits may be minimized by a too casual attitude encourages by this auspicious influence.
Creativity and young men are symbolized by the Jacks. A dynamic influence, but a challenge of maturity and responsibility. Most are willing to learn by experience or adventure or become a power through training the mind. Otherwise, they may become tramps and wanderers.
Symbolic of women and mothers. Queens are co-rulers with the Kings, only their rulership is expressed in a more passive sense. Often in the position of authority, without the name or recognition. Sensitive power is indicated because they are the receptive, intuitive and cooperative aspect of royalty.
Symbolic of leadership, responsibility and authority. Kings represent the ultimate potential of the quality represented in each suit. They may also represent older men, father, boss, often someone in authority.
Source: “What’s Your Card?” by Arne Lein and “Sacred Symbols of the Ancients” by Edith L. Randall and Florence Evylinn Campbell