This is a deck of playing cards I designed as a personal project. I teamed up with fine folks at CollectiblePlayingCards.com, who launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund it. 2,500 decks were printed and are now almost completely sold out.
“Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths.” – Joseph Campbell
I’ve always had an interest in mythology and I loved the challenge of creating my own playing card designs. I made a conscious choice to keep the general look and colors of traditional playing cards, but used some well-known gods from world mythologies in place of the traditional face cards.
ZEUS – KING OF HEARTS
Greek king of the gods, he is the lord of the sky and the thunderbolt is his weapon.
ATHENA – QUEEN OF HEARTS
Greek goddess of wisdom, crafts, and war, she was better known for being a diplomat and mediator. She carries a spear, a shield, and wears a warrior’s helmet.
APOLLO – JACK OF HEARTS
Greek god of light and truth, Apollo is also the god of music and he carries a golden lyre. Apollo is also known as The Archer.
ODIN – KING OF CLUBS
Chief Norse god, the All-Father and ruler of Asgard, Odin is associated with war, victory, magic, wisdom and poetry. Odin has one eye, having sacrificed the other one for knowledge and wisdom. His spear is called Gungnir. His ravens Huginn (“thought”) and Muninn (“memory”) bring him information.
FRIGGA (or FRIGG) – QUEEN OF CLUBS
Norse goddess of love, marriage, destiny. She sits at her spindle weaving the destiny of men and gods.
THOR – JACK OF CLUBS
Norse hammer-wielding god (his hammer is called Mjölnir), associated with thunder, lighting, strength.
NEPTUNE – KING OF DIAMONDS
Roman god of the sea, Neptune traditionally carries a trident.
DIANA – QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and childbirth. She carries a bow and arrow.
MERCURY – JACK OF DIAMONDS
The Roman messenger god, he is also the guide of the dead and protector of merchants. His staff is a caduceus.
OSIRIS – KING OF SPADES
Egyptian God of death, the underworld, the afterlife. His green skin symbolizes rebirth. He wears an Atef crown with two ostrich feathers and holds a crook and flail.
ISIS – QUEEN OF SPADES
Egyptian goddess of the earth, the moon, magic, giver of life. She carries the ankh, which symbolizes eternal life.
HORUS – JACK OF SPADES
Egyptian sky god, the falcon-headed god, child of Osiris and Isis, he wears the red and white crown (pschent) to symbolize kingship over all of Egypt.
ERIS – JOKER (RED)
Eris is the Greek goddess of strife and discord. She holds the golden apple of discord and keeps a dagger hidden in her cloak.
The central element on the card backs is The Eye of Providence. This symbol has origins in Egyptian mythology and has been used in many religions to represent the all-seeing eye of the gods watching over mankind.
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(Bicycle logo is used with permission from USPCC and the Bicycle brand)