The Eights and Nines of each suit are Los Espíritus (The Spirits). For my set of interpretations, they are not required for a complete deck and can be removed at the Querent’s request. Depending on the Querent’s worldview, these cards can represent spiritual entities, ancestors, their personal protectors, or merely archetypes to consider.
Los Espíritus (The Spirits)
- 8 Bastos: “The Old Woman” Grants deep knowledge and wisdom. Delights in overcoming stale tradition in favor of living and vibrant spirituality.
- 9 Bastos: “The Thunderclap” Gives explosive strength in time of need. An unexpected source of help.
- 8 Oros: “The River” Facilitator of movement and migrations. Remover of obstacles.
- 9 Oros: “The Seeker” A helpmeet on long quests granting endurance to meet the dedication.
- 8 Espadas: “The Psychopomp” Smooths the way for the dead, helps to release burdens and lifts hope.
- 9 Espadas: “The Child” Grants growth spurts to the subject of the petition. Brings laughter and excitement.
- 8 Copas: “The Loved” Blesses with fecundity and perseverance in harsh conditions. Love for all things.
- 9 Copas: “The Priest” Guards the mysteries and reveals only as much as the seeker can bear. Knows the unknowable.
I will admit that I have other names for these cards, but they are used only when the Querent shares that worldview. Otherwise, it is a private matter, and these public names are what I speak. The names are significant only to those that place weight upon them. The meanings are all the same, only the nuances that the different sets of names bring change. Much like the nuances between different tarot decks by different artists.
This concludes my introductory posts to La Baraja Española. As the source material I used as a framework to determine these meanings were publicly available, so do I make what I have rendered publicly available as well. You are free to take them, and use them as is, or base your own meanings off of them. All I ask is that if you use them as is, to acknowledge I am the source for this set.