Deck of 36 ~ Deck of 64 ~ Deck of 100 ~ Conventions ~ Table of Contents

The Puppeteer's Cosmic Puzzle includes an original set of 48 picture cards and 6 text cards that complement an ordinary deck of 52 playing cards. Of the 48, 12 are constellations of the zodiac. These 12 are divided into 2 suits that correspond to the black and red cards in a standard deck. The remaining 36 cards are divided into 6 suits, each with a corresponding text card with explanatory verses taken from the Codex.

The Decks: Consult the Codex to learn how the little square Deck of 36 symbolically and pictographically addresses the questions: how many, why, who, what, when, and where? The big square Deck of 64 is built by adding the 12 zodiac cards to an ordinary deck of 52 playing cards. When put in order and taken as a whole, this deck divides the year into 52 weeks, 12 months and 4 seasons. The double square Deck of 100 is a combination of the previous two decks. Rectangular Decks of 42, 48, and 54 are built by adding the text cards, the zodiac cards or both to the deck of 36.


Double Square Deck of 100

This deck, "The Century", neatly sums the other two squares. 36 is a square - 6x6 - that, when stretched out into a line of unit squares, encloses the larger square, of 64 unit squares - 8x8.   Curiously, when these squares are quartered, the larger - 4x4 - (when stretched out into a line of unit squares) encloses the smaller - 3x3, a unique situation. Both these sets of three squares form a right triangle when the sides are joined end-to-end, exemplifying the Pythagorean Theorem.

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Conventions: Symbolic systems employed are cross-cultural and rooted in antiquity. The planets are limited to those that can be seen with the naked eye. Apparent motions of the sun and moon relative to the zodiac are shown as counter clockwise, as if viewed from the north. The life span is paired with solar and lunar cycles, so that life symbolically begins and ends with the southern solstice and the new moon. Elements are ordered by the number of curved or straight lines in their respective shapes. The cusp between zodiac signs is given as the 21st of the calendar month even though it actually varies a bit.
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