December THIRTY-FIRST (Joker) the Day of AESTHETIC PROMOTION:
The Jack of Clubs Club
Weaknesses: ALL-KNOWING - OPINIONATED - FIXED
The extra "Joker” card is believed to have been invented by American Euchre players who, when modifying the rules sometime during the 1860s, decided that an extra trump card was required. Originally he was called "The Best Bower” and then later "The Little Joker” or "The Jolly Joker”. It was around this time that other innovations and improvements started to appear, such as rounded corners replacing square and various types of corner indices. These Jokers, or extra cards, were first introduced into American packs around 1863, but took a little longer to reach English packs, in around 1880. One British manufacturer (Chas Goodall) was manufacturing packs with Jokers for the American market in the 1870s.
The FOOL's Card Little is really known about the JOKER. He has no Life Path Cards or Yearly Spreads from which we can make any sort of predictions. In truth, the Joker can be any card in the deck that he or she chooses to be. We cannot even make relationship comparisons between the Joker and other cards since it holds no place in any of the spreads that define the Life Paths of the other in the deck. The Joker is no card and yet it is all the cards in the deck at the same time. The Joker can assume the personality of any card in the deck at will and yet they have no personality that is truly their own. Thus, they fall into a unique category in our system of card understanding that separates them from every other card in the deck. Whether this special place is a blessing or a curse is highly dependent upon the individual who possesses this Birth Card. As in the case of the other cards, the very trait we are discussing is either used or abused by the individual and the choices that the individual makes are what mines the nature of their lives. The Joker was the Court Jester in days of old that ascended the throne on 'Fool's Day' each year and impersonated the King, Queen, and all members of the kingdom. His day, December 31st, is the time of celebration of the New Year, which in ancient times was the day to make merry and folly of our serious natures. The Joker would make fun of everyone in the kingdom and, in doing so, show them how to lighten up a little. He could impersonate anyone with ease. The ability to take on a role at will is still part of the Joker's personality.
They have the potential to be deeply spiritual, being the card that is often associated with God in the Tarot decks (the Fool Card, number Zero). Beyond this, there is little known about them. As Florence Campbell puts it, "They are a mystery unto themselves".
FAMOUS JOKERS: Ben Kingsley, Anthony Hopkins, Henri Matisse, Elizabeth Arden, Diane Von Furstenberg, Simon Wiesenthal, John Denver, US General George Marshall. Source: Robert Camp's Love Cards www.7thunders.com
Strengths: CAPABLE - HARD-WORKING - CONCERNED
Weaknesses: DOGMATIC - BOTTLED UP - TYRANNICAL
ADVICE: Let others take the lead more often. You may be wise, but remember that wise men learn more from fools than fools learn from wise men. Work hard at trying to admit mistakes when you make them. There is no particular merit in holding on to an outworn creed or outdated idea.