Christmas time – the time between Christmas and Baptism – in the spirit and meaning of the Church’s charter should be devoted to prayer and liturgy, to the rejoicing of one who was born to Christ and the expectation of His Epiphany. Marriages are not being made these days precisely because a believer should be at a divine service every day. Unfortunately, in prerevolutionary Russia, in an unchurched and impious environment, the holy year-old became a time of rampant, drunkenness, gluttony. And also – fortune telling.
Once at the Epiphany evening, the girls were guessing …
And also Pushkin in Onegin:
Christmas has come. That is joy! A windy youthfulness is guessing, Which does not pity anything, Before which life lies in the distance Is light, boundless; He is guessing old age through his glasses At his grave, Losing everything irrevocably; And all the same: their hope Lies a childish babble.
Maybe unconsciously, but Alexander Sergeevich caught the main thing – the false childishness of divination. And the image of old age, which has lost everything, but still wondering at its grave, resembles a lost player at roulette, who puts the last gold on the zero, and, of course, loses.
Why not guess? The question is childish and ridiculous for the believer, but, alas, relevant, for the half believer or even the unbeliever. But why. Many probably remember the story
Referring to the names of the cards. The most significant card is the joker (literally “jester”). But in the Italian version he is called “the devil” and initially on his staff he carried … a human head. The word “ace” – of Polish origin, from the Low German “devil.” It is indicative that on the map of an ace in the XVI century. they often drew a pig — an animal, to put it mildly, not kosher from a Jewish point of view . It is not excluded that the “lady” is a blasphemous image of the Madonna, and the fact remains that often biblical heroines were painted as ladies — Rachel, Judith, and so on. Finally, David and Solomon were often portrayed among the “kings”. In contrast, among the “jacks” (the word “jack” literally means “servant, serf”) was depicted a knight La Gere, nicknamed “Satan”.
It is no coincidence that soon the cards began to be subject to prohibitions and persecution due to their obvious connection with blasphemy and evil spirits. Occultists themselves recognize the occult nature of the so-called. Tarot cards, or Egyptian cards, and the connection with them of ordinary cards. Here are just some eloquent quotes from occult sites:
“The origin of playing cards is often considered together with the history of the Tarot deck (or Tarot).
Tarot is a deck of 78 cards with various patterns on them. The deck is divided into 2 parts, most of which consist of 56 cards, called small cards, and the other part consists of 22 cards, called the main (or senior) cards, as well as Arcana.
Small cards in the amount of 56 are divided into four suits, each of which consists of 14 cards, very similar to modern playing cards.
Four suits – Scepters (sticks, batons), Swords, Bowls and Pentacles (Coins, Denarii). Tarologists usually give the following correspondence of these suits to suits of playing cards. Scepters are baptized, Swords are spikes, Bowls are worms, Coins are tambourines.
Each suit consists of ten cards from a unit (Ace) to a dozen, as well as four role cards – the King, Queen, Knight and Page.
“Playing card suits and role-playing cards can be found in theories
In comparison with the Tarot cards, modern playing cards represent a smaller Tarot deck from which the Page or Knight is removed, with the result that there are 13 cards left in each suit. Even in such a truncated form, the maps are of great symbolic importance, since their accepted division corresponds to the number of seasons. Two colors – red and black – represent the two main seasons of the year, when the sun is in the north of the equator and when it is in the south of the equator. Four suits represent the four seasons. The twelve role cards (kings, queens and jacks in each of the four suits) represent the signs of the zodiac, built according to triads ”.
I think it’s enough for the reader to understand: playing cards are inextricably linked with occultism and all devilry.
From the Russian legislative monuments for the maps for the first time mentions the Code of 1649, which prescribes to enter cards with the players, “as written about tatyah” (thieves),
Therefore, dear readers, if you are offered to read the cards, stop and think: who are you with Christ or with Satan?
 Chatto V. Origin and history of playing cards. London, 1848.
 J.V. Thiers. Traité des jeux. Paris, 1686.
 Senger. Researches into the history of playing cards. London, 1848.
 Lehrs. A, 1885 .. Die ältesten deutschen Spielkarten des Königlichen Kupferstichkabinetts zu Dresden. Leipzig