Nine Lives Playing Cards (bridge)

$15.00 AUD

Inspired by the combined symbolism of playing cards and tarot, Nine Lives Playing Cards (bridge size) features Kings, Queens and Knights from Nine Lives Tarot, which have been drawn and clothed to match their corresponding playing card suit.

  • Original illustrations and design by Abolina Art
  • 54 Cards including 2 (identical) Jokers
  • Bridge card size: 57mm x 89mm
  • Printed on 300gsm stock | Rounded corners


Nine Lives Playing Cards - bridge size

The Journey

I discovered the talkative side of the court characters while I was creating the artwork for Nine Lives Tarot. An imaginative and busy gathering of Kings, Queens, Knights and Pages; each happy to strike up a conversation, while throwing themselves into the offering of advice, the telling of stories, and even what some would refer to as the Royal art of Persuasion … Once they had my attention, I was easily convinced to incorporate the court characters in a deck of playing cards.

In this deck you will find Knights gracing the card, which in modern times has become known as the Jack. With the connection to tarot, I was reluctant to tamper with knighthoods (as you know, knights are proud guys…), and I decided to keep their titles intact. Though, curious by nature, I did some research and discovered that in olden days, playing cards did in fact use Knights or Knaves. The Jack is a relatively modern ‘name’ in the realm of playing cards and he appears to have been brought in to avoid confusion and cheating at the card table … given that K (King) is similar to Kn (Knight), players with adept fingernail skills could remove the n on their Knight to land themselves with a ‘better’ hand. There are always two sides of a coin … so, in this first edition you have Knights and, in the second (poker size) edition, you have Jacks … :)

♥  Hearts (cups)
♣  Clubs (rods)
♦  Diamonds (pentacles)
♠  Spades (swords)

Bridge refers only to the size of the cards, which can be used for any game involving playing cards – and with the subtle connection to tarot, you might be inspired to read the cards as well …

Additional information

Weight 100 g
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1.8 cm