The only Birthday that is governed by the Joker is December 31st.

The Joker cannot be read. He embodies all four suits and can therefore reflect any of the characteristics he chooses. Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, and Val Kilmer (all born December 31st) are three excellent examples of the superb ability the Joker has to be whomever he wants to be at any time.

In the whole of the Mystic Test Book by Olney H. Richmond, not much is written as pertains to the Joker — because there is not much to say:


A strange fact has been found out by the mystic brotherhood within a few months regarding the “Joker,” as it is called.

A few years; ago some unknown genius invented it with the object evidently of adding interest to certain games. The first inventor placed all the four quarter emblems, hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades upon the card and made it a universal trump card.


It really “took” but little with the general public, and is usually thrown away. Its presence in a test book will invalidate every calculation and render an emblem reading null and void. Emblematically speaking, it seems to be all right, as it was the custom of ancient kings and queens to keep a jester.

In serious affairs this joker counted as nothing, and strange to say, as an astronomical emblem it counted the same. His solar value being zero. But the brother­hood begins to see a hidden meaning to this court fool, after all the “throwing out” he has been subjected to. He represents the four quarters by virtue of his four suits and the center or place of kings by his court value, making what is called the five points. This really rep­resents five quarters, in number symbolism.

If such should be a fact, the test book would repre­sent the entire motion of the earth about the sun, or the astronomical year, 52 weeks, plus one and one-fourth days. Then from another standpoint, which seems to bear out the view already taken, we have the reckoning of the spot values of all the cards as follows:

Exactly the days in a solar year.

If this is “chance” as remarked by the immortal Kepler, “it comes so near a law as to set one thinking.” Again, we have the rulings of each card under each of the planets; 7 times 52, plus 5 quarters making up the year complete.

Richmond, Olney H. (1893). The Mystic Test Book (1st ed.). The Temple Publishing Company.