Friday, June 17, 2011

Freak Fun Friday #6

Did you know that EACH of the King cards in a deck are being represented by a REAL king from history??!!

The King of Spades represents King David!

The second king of the united Kingdom of Israel according to the Hebrew Bible and, according to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, an ancestor of Jesus Christ. He is depicted as a righteous king, although not without fault, as well as an acclaimed warrior, musician and poet, traditionally credited for composing many of the psalms contained in the Book of Psalms.

  • It is representative of a person who is intelligent and authoritative in judgment, and is not easy to get along with.

  • In the art of card fortune telling it is viewed as a dishonest lawyer.

  • Originally, Western cards were supposed to teach ancient history. The King of Spades, with his lyre and sword, represented King David, while the queens represent Rachel and Judith.

  • The King of Hearts represents Charlegmagne!

    He was the King of the Franks from 768 and Emperor of the Romans (Imperator Romanorum) from 800 to his death in 814. He expanded the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign, he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III on 25 December 800. His rule is also associated with the Carolingian Renaissance, a revival of art, religion, and culture through the medium of the Catholic Church. Through his foreign conquests and internal reforms, Charlemagne helped define both Western Europe and the Middle Ages.

    • Doesn't need to speak to communicate strength, passion and commitment. Sometimes he is robed like a priest or shaman. Intense and intuitive, he is a force to be reckoned with.
    • Representing the energy of a King.
    • Intense and intuitive, he is a force to be reckoned with.
    • The king of hearts is the only one of the kings without a moustache.
    • Sometimes referred to as the "suicide king" because he appears to be sticking his sword into his head.
      The King of Diamonds is represented by Cesar!

      Gaius Julius Caesar (13 July 100 BC – 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman general and statesman.

      He played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

      In 60 BC, Caesar entered into a political alliance with Crassus and Pompey that was to dominate Roman politics for several years

      A group of senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus, assassinated the dictator on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, hoping to restore the constitutional government of the Republic.

      • Displays one who has accomplished a lot in life and has arranged his or her affairs so that he has much good to show for it.
      • Possessing a practical genius in the ways of the world, he loves to build things.
      •  Good at deal-making, this character is privy to the biggest deals in town.
      • The power to make or break people financially.
      • Does not always win him love, it certainly earns him respect. 
      • Understands the value of wealth, including the burden it produces.

      The King of Clubs is represented by Alexander the Great!

      Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a king of Macedon, a state in the north eastern region of Greece, and by the age of thirty was the creator of one of the largest empires in ancient history, stretching from the Ionian sea to the Himalaya. 

      He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of the most successful commanders of all time.

    • Has the meaning of good character and loyalty and the realization of ideals
    • One who has great power, but one who is not aware of this.
    • Is outwardly cheerful but inwardly reserved.
    • A charismatic leader, entrepreneurial and ambitious, always creating new adventures.
    • Would rather lead than follow.
    • It could be said that he has a bit of an ego.
    • A benevolent despot, he makes life wonderful for those he loves, and just the opposite for those who displease him.
    • In private he wants to be served and adored like the head lion of a pride.