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Planets seem to be a very strong theme in the Gilded deck. When I first started working with the deck, I wasn't sure if they represented actual members of our solar system, or alien worlds.

But as I investigated your question, I noticed that the Sun card has all the planets, in order. You can look at each one, and make an educated guess as to which full-sized planet is which.

Here's what I found:

The Sun / The Emperor

Both show an image of a zodiac disk. Both show a representation of the orbits of the planets. (the Emperor's is on his sceptre)

Many cards show different images of the moon. They range from traditional images of the moon, to large "planet-sized" moons, to symbolic moons. These cards are:

High Priestess
Moon
World
Ace of Cups
Ace of Pentacles
Two of Pentacles
Four of Pentacles
King of Pentacles
Eight of Cups
Six of Swords
Nine of Swords
Ten of Wands

Four cards show a large orange-colored planet. Based on the diagram in the Sun card, it is most likely Mercury or Mars. These cards are:

Lovers
Justice
Temperance
King of Wands

Two cards show a green-colored planet. From the diagram, I would say that this is Venus. The cards are:

Magician
Empress

Ace of Wands is Jupiter.

The King of Cups shows planet Saturn.

The King of Swords shows a blue planet with rings. From the Sun diagram, this is Uranus.

Four cards show a blue planet without rings. According to the diagram, this is mostly likely Neptune. The cards are:

Fool
Hierophant
Two of Cups
Two of Swords

This leaves the Wheel of Fortune, which shows two planets, or one planet and its moon. It's almost impossible to identify this planet, which is appropriate to a card that represents ever-changing Fate.
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