All posts by K. Nox

What Does The Deck Say? June 25 2014

The Legacy of the Divine’s meanings read like a reconciliation between Waite and Crowley. While purists of either system will be howling at the mingling of meanings and symbolism, the deck stands for itself and Leisa ReFalo’s meanings have proven themselves over the years.

Today’s cards: King of Wandsrv, Judgement, & Queen of Wandsrv. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 25 2014

9 of Swords

A person sits up in their bed in the middle of the night and covers their face with both hands in a sign of deep distress. The quilted blanket, covered with rose squares and embroidered astrological symbols is slightly gathered at the figures waist but is otherwise undisturbed. The revealed frame of the bed depicts a wood carving of two dueling figures, with one about to strike the fatal blow upon the other in a wooded scene. Above the weeping figure are nine long swords mounted horizontally but stacked one over the other as to completely fill the scene. Continue reading 9 of Swords

The Baraja Española

The Baraja Española is a playing card deck used in Spain and Spanish influenced countries for playing trick-taking games of skill, chance, and expletives. Literally meaning “The Spanish Cards”, the deck can have as few as 40 cards or as many as 52, with a 48 card deck being the most common. Which cards are used depends on the game played. Cards are numbered from 1 to 12, including the court cards and the aces. Cards 1 through 9 are often pip-only, showing the proper count of the suit’s symbol. The 10s depict el sota, the page. The 11s depict el caballo (literally: the horse), the knight. And the 12s depict el rey, the king. (The 52 count deck includes a reina, queen, under the king and adjusts the numbering accordingly.) Each figure holds the symbol of the suit. Continue reading The Baraja Española

10 of Wands

A man carries ten long rods away from the viewer’s point of view. His grasp is ungainly and holds the rods in a fan before him with all the weight off-center, forcing him to lean forward as he walks. Though we can not see his face, it is clear the rods obscure his vision, making an already difficult task dangerous to complete. The wood rods are budding at the top with twigs. In the distance, we can see a small keep that appears to be the destination of the over-burdened man. Trees and fields complete the distant view. Continue reading 10 of Wands

What Does The Deck Say? June 23 2014

The Fey Tarot is the work of Mara Aghem and Riccardo Minetti. While the card names mostly track conventional tarot naming, the scenes differ from Pamela Coleman Smith’s renditions. Not all minors display the full pip count of their number. Rather, the scenes are meant to evoke the intuition of the reader rather than depend on long lists of regurgitated meanings.

Today’s cards: 10 of Chalices, The Stars, & Knave of Wands. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 23 2014