All posts by K. Nox

What Does The Deck Say? June 27 2014

Each suit in the Bag of Bones playing card deck tells a visual story progressing from Ace to Ten. A heartwarming lamia, a persistent gardener, a spider’s catch, and a clumsy walker make for quick stories. The face cards stand alone, but have stories for themselves.

For those wishing something more pleasant, Artiphany also has decks of dogs, kittens, and mermaids.

Today’s cards: Queen of Diamonds, Ace of Clubs, & 6 of Diamonds. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 27 2014

Ace of Pentacles

A short pillar of clouds float on the left side of this card. From that pillar, a brilliant hand emerges towards the right, filling the interior of the space. It is cupped and holds a pentacle comfortably upright. At the bottom of the card is a garden scene with lilies in bloom on a grassy field. A path is worn through that field to a fence that is completely overgrown with vegetation and blooming flowers. The path is met at an unobstructed arch (also overgrown), through which two peaks of very distant mountains can be seen. Continue reading Ace of Pentacles

What Does The Deck Say? June 26 2014

The Sweeney Tarot was designed to read with reversals. Having the expected 78 cards, one could use any system of meanings with it. However Lee Bradford has put deep thought into the the meanings of the Sweeney Tarot, making sure it is approachable by all and without occult or religious concerns that would restrict its audience or use.

Today’s cards: 6 of Coinsrv, Strengthrv, & Justicerv. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 26 2014

4 of Pentacles

A man bearing a short squat crown sits hunched on a block of stone facing the viewer directly. The richness of his fur cloak and robes gives the impression he is a wealthy man of some power. His arms encircle a large pentagram and holds it close to his bosom. His posture implies if he could envelop the pentagram with the entirety of his body, he would. However, under each foot is a large pentagram and he is pressing his feet against them securely. Mounted on his crown is a fourth pentagram. He is visibly held by that which he would hold tightly. Behind him, in the near distance, are the multitudes of buildings and towers that can be found in a thriving Medieval city. He alone is in the foreground, further giving the intimation that what he holds separates him from daily life. Continue reading 4 of Pentacles

La Baraja Española: Las Escenas de los Bastos

La Baraja Española (Spanish Cards) is a playing card deck that is also used for cartomancy and divination. Each reader uses a personal set of meanings and understandings with the cards, with each family or house passing down a private tradition. Having come to the Baraja Española via external means, I did not have a formal teacher to learn from, and instead gleaned various sets of meanings from those that had published theirs. After reflection on my own practices, consultation with my peers, and steady use both privately and publicly, I adjusted the assignment of the cards into a harmonious set. The 48 cards include references to spiritual matters. A subset of 40 cards can be used if the Querent wishes to exclude the spiritual references. Continue reading La Baraja Española: Las Escenas de los Bastos

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