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Cards of the Cosmos
by Karyn Marie Chabot
The original playing cards were actually once a stack of tiny, loose-leaf, unbound pages; perhaps papyrus, seaweed or banana leaves. The actual size of the paper was based on a precise, sacred geometrical size, later called a “deck” of cards. These cards are coded with archetypal shapes with hidden meanings that we now call suits. Each day of the year is assigned a specific natal and ruling card that gives rise to unique tendencies, patterns, and personalities. Based on one’s birthday (natal) card, we can depict its unique mathematical resonance, which can be used with cryptic formulas to calculate past, present and future happenings in one’s life, as well as see the characteristics expressed in the layers of one’s personality.
“Until we make the unconscious conscious, it will rule our lives and we will call it fate.” —Carl Jung
The suits, numbers and royal cards are cosmic images and symbols designed to expand consciousness, as well as align with the human experience on Earth. Some consider it to be The Book of Time. Though this is a concise science, it is also a mystical art form that magnifies intuition and harmonizes the concept of free will and prayer. The Sanskrit language has one word that describes such a theory: vidya. Its translation is the merge of science, art and magic.
52 cards in a deck = 52 weeks of each year.
4 suits = 4 seasons.
12 months = 12 court cards.
13 annual lunar cycles = 13 cards within each suit.
When we add up the solar values of all the cards, we get exactly 365¼; the same amount of days inside one year.
The joker is involved with the ¼, which is no coincidence.
The deck of cards was actually an oracle and sacred mystical calendar cognized by an enlightened, highly evolved civilization. Later it was hidden in plain sight for centuries because it was under persecution due to its accuracy and power, which posed a threat to egoist kings, churches and other governments. There is nothing evil, or “gypsy” about it unless the reader has evil intentions. Some believe there are assigned angels of the light and gatekeepers of this sacred science that have protected it through the dark ages of persecution, awaiting the time when people would finally wake up to receive this oracle with the dignity and power it was designed to embody. Thankfully, the cards were kept alive under the guise of game playing like Go Fish, bridge, poker, and so on.
“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” —Randy Pausch
This tiny book has its own symbolic language outlining and defining each of our personal blueprints, genetic coding, gifts, challenges, future options and potential life experiences based on personal and global consciousness and the magic of the moment. Each card we play and how we play that card, create the fabric of our future. Once we fully understand this tiny book as it relates to ourselves, we can begin to understand that life is play. The great mystics from India refer to this as the “Lila” of life, a Sanskrit term meaning the playful relationship between the absolute field of all possibilities and the relative world.
“In the sunlight of awareness, all things are sacred.”— Thich Nat Han
This concept gives rise to the two main card templates, which are time-space continuums and the foundation of this entire science: 1. Absolute Spirit Spread. 2. Relative Earth Spread. Both spreads contain all 52 cards in a specific order for a specific reason. Having awareness of these two templates, their order and how to interpret them, we can begin to understand our relationships and ourselves, where we have been, our current situation and where we might be going. These spreads are simultaneously static and dynamic and express the genetic fabric of life as our soul’s blueprint. With this knowledge, one can transcend illusion and suffering, live in gratitude and play in the “Lila” of life with more bliss and peace of mind.
Karyn Marie Chabot, M.Ay, LMT, RYT teaches Card Cosmology classes at The Power of Juice in Middletown, RI as well as online. She also is owner of Sacred Stone Academy of Metaphysics and Ayurveda (S.A.M.A.). For more information, visit Vedicosmology.com.