Category Archives: Playing Cards

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

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

What Does The Deck Say? June 20 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: 6 of Clubs, 6 of Hearts, & 8 of Hearts. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 20 2014

Why to ask “Why?”

“It’s good you came to me. The cards reveal the source of your troubles. A generational curse has been passed on to you. Not of your fault, but you have it. Things will only get worse unless it is broken. I can break it. But it will not be quick, or cheap. I have a candle that you can use to protect you, but it must be bought to be effective…” Tarot scams are like computer repair scams. They work only on those that never do either for themselves. Continue reading Why to ask “Why?”

What Does The Deck Say? June 13 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 their own.

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

Today’s cards: 3 of Diamonds, Jack of Spades, & Queen of Clubs Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 13 2014

What Does The Deck Say? June 06 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 their own.

For those wishing something nicer, Artiphany also has a decks of dogs, kittens, and mermaids.

Today’s cards: 4 of Clubs, 8 of Clubs, & 9 of Spades. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? June 06 2014

What Does The Deck Say? May 16 2014

What Does The Deck Say was a daily feature at the Tumblog: Three More Cards. A fun little exercise, I will be restarting the series here. Each day will have a random pull of three cards from one of my cartomancy decks for public perusal. The goal is not to set the tone of the day, nor attempt any serious prognostication, but to have a context-free, fortune-cookie style, newspaper quality phrase of the day that we can all enjoy. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 16 2014