Just saw this in my logs and I want to clear something right up: You can play carrick with any garden variety deck of cards as long as you keep in mind that jacks, queens, and kings are actually 11s, 12s, and 13s.
As Manly Hall says in The Secret Teachings of All Ages:
“The two colors, red and black, represent the two grand divisions of the year—that during which the sun is north of the equator and that during which it is south of the equator. The four suits represent the seasons, the ages of the ancient Greeks, and the Yugas of the Hindus. The twelve court cards are the signs of the zodiac arranged in triads of a Father, a Power, and a Mind according to the upper section of the Bembine Table. The ten pip cards of each suit represent the Sephirothic trees existing in each of the four worlds (the suits). The 13 cards of each suit are the 13 lunar months in each year, and the 52 cards of the deck are the 52 weeks in the year. Counting the number of pips and reckoning the jacks, queens, and kings as 11, 12, and 13 respectively, the sum for the 52 cards is 364. If the joker be considered as one point, the result is 365, or the number of days in the year.”
OK? Easy peasy. Bust out a deck at Thanksgiving and play a few rounds. Grandma might surprise you with a gravy boat to the head if you doubt her even for a second.