PLAYING CARD ORACLES
“There is magic in the seemingly ordinary playing card deck we all grew up with, a whole enchanted world, just waiting to be discovered. The playing card deck has slipped through our lives for many hundreds of years under a veil of ordinariness, its magic disguised by its simplicity and the fact that it can be used for games ”
This deck is an original work of art designed to facilitate Divination, evoking the mysteries of ancient oracles, created by Charles J. Freeman (1941- 2010). Charles Freeman spent many years developing a full series of illustrations which are quite different from all previous decks in this genre.
The Playing Card Oracles is an inspiring and beautifully illustrated 280-page book based around the cards, containing a wealth of insights and ideas on playing card symbolism and meanings. Written by Ana Cortez, the book also includes a section written by her father, Charles J. Freeman, with supplementary essays, notes and food for thought regarding the history of playing cards. The book is available from: www.anacortez.com→
THE SUIT OF SPADES Cards - Meanings
Interpretations for the suit of spades taken from “The Playing Card Oracles” by Ana Cortez, suitable for use with Playing Card Oracles - Alchemy Edition or with any normal deck of playing cards.
ACE of SPADES – Terra Incognita
- Something concealed, secrets
- Change, a threshold
- Potential for re-creation
TWO of SPADES – The Enemies
- Division, conflict of interest
- Inability to find resolution
- Wars, disputes
- Inner turmoil
- Need for harmony, cooperation
THREE of SPADES - The Grave
- A time to “let go”
- A burial
- A past that no longer serves
- A burden being carried
FOUR of SPADES – The North Wind
- A strong, unsettling energy
- Raw power
- Sexual motivations
- Hardship, challenge
- The need to seek protection
- The direction of North
FIVE of SPADES – Circle of Crows
- To feel trapped or ganged up on
- Uncertainty, frustration
- Dismal prospects / an unsatisfying job
- Constriction, fear of change
- Feeling a victim
SIX of SPADES – The Ruin
- A lingering past
- Something that has been neglected or destroyed
- Form without substance or life
- A past that can provide lessons for the future
- Hibernation or rest, winter
SEVEN of SPADES – Sword of Destruction
- The ability to cut off or let go of those things that do not serve
- The need to exercise control, discipline
- The power to do harm
EIGHT of SPADES – The Field of Stones
- Difficult karma
- Numerous obstacles
- Bad timing / bad luck
- Time “run out”
- The need to wait, to rethink strategies
- A threatening group, an army
NINE of SPADES – Throne of Spiders
- An energy drain / a heavy burden
- Overworking yourself
- Addiction or co-dependence
- Bad company / peers leading you in a poor direction
- A need to let go
TEN of SPADES - Terrene
- Earthy, grounded
- Serving or subservient
- Nurturing, protecting
- Meek or modest
- Tactile / sensual
JACK of SPADES – Pampero
- Reliable, loyal
- Disciplined, predictable
- Something missing, forgotten
- A whiner or complainer
- Physically strong
QUEEN of SPADES – Morgana
- Alone or lonely, isolated
- Strong, independent
- Discontent, unhappy
- Secretive, manipulative
- A disciplinarian or one who dominates
- Vanity, aging beauty
- The menopausal woman
KING of SPADES – Mardoc
- A ruler over labour and practical matters
- Stubborn, skeptical
- Cold, unforgiving
- One who terminates
- A wanderer, one without a permanent home.
Member since January 10, 2015
Ana Cortez is the author of "The Playing Card Oracles, A Source Book for Divination" and "Oracle Alchemy." Daughter of Oracle creator and illustrator C.J. Freeman, she is a self-described misfit, truth seeker, rule breaker, and freak for the supernatural.
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