Playing Cards Revealed as Time Machine

We are entering an era where there are no hiding places. Long held secrets are coming to the surface in every area of human life. And the deck we know as “playing” cards has been the granddaddy of secret keeping. Who knew? Playing cards are revealing themselves as a time machine with origins pointing to Egypt, as well as ties to the Mesoamerican world of the Mayan and the earliest form of astrology known to the planet.

Samples from a Mamluk Egyptian deck of cards, the 52-card predecessor of what we know today as “playing cards.”

There is so much to delve into here, it’s difficult to know where to start. The proof is really in the pudding, and the more prepared we are to receive these ancient mysteries, the more we will see. And, in fact, we are seeing. It’s all come to light for the first time in my new book and playing card set, The Doors of Somlipith.  (Schiffer Red Feather Publishing, 2023)

To give you an idea, I’d like to share with you the comparison between our beloved 52-card deck and one of the most majestic of Mayan monuments, deep in the jungles of Mexico. Have you heard of Chichen Itza? Or perhaps the pyramid “El Castillo,” named one of the Seven Wonders of the World?

Welcome to Chichen Itza!

And can you believe, the pyramid “El Castillo” has literally been called a “time machine” by archeologists and historians? Only just how to use this time machine, no one has ventured to say. This is what I am personally interested in!

And perhaps the even more interesting part is the way this time traveling stone temple is so elegantly mirrored by our very sly playing deck. Once you know the secrets, you can literally use the 52-card playing deck and enter the esoteric world of the Mayan.

Let’s take a look. Here’s the pyramid.

“El Castillo,” or “Kukulkan’s Pyramid” in Chichen Itza, Mexico.


The magical staircase of light and shadow appears.

“El Castillo” is a massive tourist attraction, way out in the middle of a profoundly dense and expansive tropical wilderness. But it’s when you begin looking at the math that the true nature of this monolith appears. And since I am really shooting for some brevity here, we’ll cut right to the chase. Here is the pyramid, as it stacks up against natural time and playing cards.

“El Castillo” Mayan Pyramid

52-card deck or “playing cards”

Natural Time

4 Sides, each with 9 tiers for a total of 36. (To the Mayan, there were 4 corners of the world, each with 9 levels of creation.)

4 Suits, each with lower numbered cards of Ace – 9 (Evidence shows that at least some early playing decks included the 10 as part of the Court. This makes sense from a numerology point of view, as well.)

4 Seasons, each with 9 Decans or Time Gates (Decans, or Time Gates, are 10 day Solar cycles recognized by modern astrologers and also the astrological practice of early Egypt.)

Each pyramid side has 9 tiers plus a crowning 4-sided upper structure, for a total of 13.

Each suit has 9 lower numbered cards plus 4 Courts* for a total of 13 cards in each Suit.
(*again historical evidence supports the inclusion of the 10 as part of the Court – a younger female, or “Lady” card, counterpart to the Jack.)

Each season has 13 weeks.

4 staircases each with 91 steps.

4 suits, each with 91 numbers (If you add all the numbers within a suit of cards, you get 91.)

4 seasons, each with 91 days.

364 total steps (91 x 4 sides), with upper platform added to make 365.

364 total numbers in the deck (91 x 4 suits), with Joker added to make 365.

364 days in a natural or lunar year (91 days x 4 seasons), plus one additional “reckoning day” or holiday added to synchronize solar and lunar year time.

52 total panels on each side of the pyramid.

52 total cards

52 weeks in a year; 52 years in a Mayan “Calendar Round”; 52,000 years in a Mayan Great Cycle.

At Equinox, the Northern staircase is broken into 7 triangles of light alternating with 6 triangles of shadow, totaling 13. (The Mayan calendar had 13 number gods, which simply repeated over and over to make the larger sums.)

Suits are broken into 7 odd-numbered cards and 6 even-numbered cards, totaling 13. These repeat to make the larger sums.

7 days and 6 nights of Mayan Creation, totaling 13.


Through cards, we shuffle time. Time is in movement with cards, as is the true nature of time – repeating itself within great cycles. And by our deepening understanding of these natural cycles, we become masters of time. We hold it in our very hands, and turn cards within the folds of our pack, revealing past and future.

Specific spreads that work with the keys of natural time are to be found, (of course!) in the newest mentioned book. When you focus on the time codes and take them into account in your work (and play!) with cards, natural time blossoms in your being. Card reading becomes highly charged, resonating with powerful harmonic forces, and you yourself  become highly charged. I can tell you from experience.

Man made time and calendars which have nothing to do with the cycles in which we actually live, and have clouded our thinking and thrown us off energetically for far too long. In this, our awakening era, false time is certain to lose it’s grip, as the cosmic time orientations which fortify and awaken us do their magic.

THIS is what playing cards were created for.

(*Note: This post appears as an updated version of an older post, which can be found here.)

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