JONASAJAUS TAROT GUIDE
Order of Major Arcana
- O MEIGO/ THE MAGICIAN
- A SACERDOTISA / THE HIGH PRIESTESS
- A IMPERATRIZ / THE EMPRESS
- O EMPERADOR / THE EMPEROR
- O PAPA / THE HIEROPHANT
- OS NAMORADOS / THE LOVERS
- O CARRO / THE CHARIOT
- A XUSTIZA / JUSTICE
- O ERMITAN / THE HERMIT
- A RODA DA FORTUNA / WHEEL OF FORTUNE
- A FORZA / STRENGTH
- O AFORCADO / THE HANGED MAN
- / THE NAMELESS ARCANUM
- A TEMPERANZA / TEMPERANCE
- O DIAÑO / THE DEVIL
- A TORRE / THE TOWER
- A ESTRELA / THE STAR
- A LUA / THE MOON
- O SOL / THE SUN
- O XUIZO / JUDGEMENT
- O MUNDO / THE WORLD
O TOLO (The Fool, it has no number and no correct place in the deck
I. O MEIGO. VISGO. MUERDAGO. MISTLETOE. VISCUM ALBUM.
Beginning. Everything is possible. Call to elevation. Initiation. Job. Cunning. Art of convincing Spontaneity. Selfishness. Beginning of the search for lost wisdom. Artist. Game. Will to create. Two hands appear with an egg open in half. From within comes the mistletoe. The egg symbolizes the beginning, creation, birth. With this entails the initiation, the magic is created. But magic does not work alone, we must give it impetus with our hands, our skills, our voice, pronouncing the words.
How to read
It is a positive card because it announces the beginning of a stage in life with all the illusion that this entails.But to do magic, the illusion or artifice must also be created. Every trick has its step-by-step creation process so that the deception in plain sight goes unnoticed.
Mistletoe in ancient times was used by the druids of the Celtic world. It is a parasitic, invasive plant that lives in the treetops. It is considered magical and divine because if it is born in the heavens, it has the power of the gods. In Spain, in the past, it was used to hunt birds. Its fruits are sticky and can be used as traps for small birds. At Christmas, it is used to decorate doors and windows because they attract luck. They catch everything bad and after the cycle of the year is over, it is burned and replenished with another sprig of fresh mistletoe. It is from the Viscaceae family. It is a species native to Europe and western and southern Asia and with a Eurasian distribution (Europe, including Great Britain, from Scandinavia in the south and east to North Africa, Central Asia, and Japan).
II. A SACERDOTISA. AZUCENA. LIRIO. LIRIO DE SAN ANTONIO. LILLIUM CANDIDUM.
Divine mother. Accumulation. Virgin. hidden church. Coldness. Innocence. Purity. Chastity. Loneliness. Silence. Meditation. Strictness. Inner search. Secret. Blocking. The magician's card is knowledge through action, but the Priestess is knowledge and personal development through the work of meditation and inner search. The description of the letter is a woman almost in profile dressed in a dark cassock whose head we can only guess. Her eyes are two white lilies. Below her neck a bunch of white flowers appear, and you can almost say that they are part of her being. She is in the moonlight, silent and motionless.
How to read
The eyes are the key to the Priestess card. In the Marseille tarot the woman is reading a book that she has on her knees. She is the only figure that avoids looking and can only attend to her feelings and her inner "I". In my card her eyes are covered by two white lily flowers. This plant is preferable for ecclesiastical decorations because it symbolizes purity, decorum, and honesty. The decoration of the churches is not random. As a place of worship, everything has a meaning that is easily perceived even by those who could not read. Therefore, the lily placed in the eyes means the honesty with which we can look, sincerity. And when I speak of purity, I speak of the virtue of being "clean." For this, the inner work that we can do with ourselves and redirect our gaze inward.
The lilies were already associated since ancient Christian times with innocence, purity, and chastity. In the Basilica of Sant ‘Apollinaris Nuovo, in Ravenna, Italy, the mosaics of the s. VI are represented among lily palm trees that grow at the feet. It is also associated with emblems of shields of nobles and royalty to express sovereignty, honor, and respect. The Lilium is of Eurasian and North American origin.
III. A IMPERATRIZ. FLOR DE ZANAHORIA. ZANAHORIA SILVESTRE. DAUCUS CAROTA
Creative impulse. Fertility. Beautiful woman. Funny. Lover. A famous or high-ranking woman. Businesswoman. Intelligence. Comprehension. Can. Superficiality. Lies. Vanity. Woman in perfect harmony and stability over the material world that she governs. The emperor prides himself on her intelligence, but the Empress has a sixth sense: intuition. We see a woman crowned and adorned with floral motifs, her long hair shows us only one eye with which she looks straight ahead, it is the one that she analyzes and reflects to have clear ideas. Like the priestess, wild carrot blossoms frame her clothing.
How to read
The card is positive if it appears randomly. This archetype belongs to people who use intelligence and intuition. What I represent is the elegance of the female figure and her integrity. Tranquility and moderation when opening new opportunities to know how to take advantage of them. The global vision to face the facts or problems, the force of decision. The composure to know how to get out of arduous and difficult issues. And insight for the social or family.
It is a flower that grows in abandoned cultivation fields and roadsides. Its small flowers can also be pink. I chose it for the empress because it is a very elegant flower that looks like a white lace mantle. In fact, in English it is called Queen Anne's lace. It is a plant that favors biodiversity because its flowers are rich in nectar and pollen and attract many insects and birds. From the Umbellifer family. Its origin is in Europe, but its distribution is in North Africa, North America, and part of Asia
IV. O EMPERADOR. CANDILILLOS. ARISTOLOQUIA DE ANDALUCIA. ANDALUSIAN DUTCHMAN´S PIPE. CANDILES. ARISTOLOCHIA BAETICA
Stability. Domineering father. Power. Base of all construction. material energy. Influential figure. Husband. sexual potency. Family boss. Intolerance. Tyranny. Instability. Archetype that means security and authority. Unmatched figure. Fame of being the good protector or guardian of their loved ones. The responsible and wise head of the family. I describe him as a very important figure, who even dead, retains respect and importance. It is surrounded by vegetation, two cypresses on the sides and at the top. The cypress is a tree that means immortality and pays homage to loved ones, which is why we can find it in cemeteries and houses. The plant of the aristoloquia is the one that wraps in the body of the emperor. From his staff to his sword and shield. Roughly speaking, we can draw a diagonal joining these two elements. Which means that I want to give the image dynamism and liveliness or even stress the look. This strengthens the image of the emperor, who, despite being a skeleton dressed in his lion armor, helmet and seated on the throne, is an image that conveys vividness or immortality.
How to read
The Figure of the Emperor in the deck is even more powerful than the kings of the minor arcana.The emperor reigns over matter and over the outside world with his influence. He exudes power and confidence. Also, mystery or respect. His shield and his sword are to one side on the ground, this means you don't need to physically defend yourself. His word and his honor go first and are part of his character. On the other hand, his head is not upright, but slightly tilted inwards, and he is even slightly hunched over. This may mean that he too can look inward and find fault. Nobody is perfect. From the outside he is a highly respected figure, but from the inside we can find an empty person. Too much power can lead to arrogance that perhaps he will not hesitate to look for the easiest path for his person.
The cypress is named after Pliny the Elder, the Latin naturalist, who comments that there were homes where a cypress branch could be found at the doors as a sign of mourning. In Catalonia, the use of cypresses was in the gardens of Roman villas, which was said to be a symbol of hospitality. At the botanical level, it is considered a plant endowed with green superpower intelligence, since it is capable of expelling oxygen in case of fire. So, it is a great plant ally that can be useful in fire barriers. The Aristolochia Baetica. The name comes from the Greek word’s aristos ("that is useful") and locheia ("birth") for its ancient use in helping with childbirth, women's rules or used anciently and in ritual against the sexual impotence of the men. It also had abortifacient medicinal use. But it is a toxic and poisonous plant. A recent study, by sequencing the complete genome, determines that it is carcinogenic and causes DNA alterations. The Aristoloquia Baetica is endemic to Spain and Portugal. Although his family includes 500 species, and we can also find it in tropical areas.
V. O PAPA. ROMERO. SALVIA. LAVANDA. MENTA. ALBAHACA. ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS, SALVIA OFFICINALIS, LAVANDULA, MENTHA PIPERITA, OCIMUM BASILICUM
Mediator.Ideal. Priest. divine authority. Spiritual guide. Sacred. Faith. Holiness. Ritual. Knowledge. Fake guru. Meet. Blessing. Secret revealed. Advice. Virtue. Trust. Clairvoyance. The archetype or representation of faith in any religion. In my card I describe a shaman-like figure surrounded by forest. I have been inspired by the druids or druidesses of the Celtic world who exercised the spiritual function and guide of the people. Much more in touch with the natural than what the pope can be in the Marseille tarot, which can be much more related to religious faith. And on the contrary, of that masculine archetype, which in my case can be a man or a woman since true faith is not a matter of sex. On his head he wears a headdress of candles that serves to give light to the dark paths where he treads in the forest. In one hand he holds a censer, or what we call in Galicia a “botafumeiro”, which is used to spread the smoke of the aromatic plants that I mention in a ceremonial way. In the other arm he carries a cane or staff that gives power and authority to the figure. At the foot of his clothing, we can find some rosemary, mint, or lavender bushes. The first editions of this tarot have the drawing of these plants, but little by little I decided to delete them because drawing them to scale seemed tangled drawings that had no detail.
How to read
The figure appears to us from the front, coming out of a forest and heading towards us.The figure appears suddenly and reminds us that we must have faith in what we do and believe positively and blindly. Because having faith is having hope and confidence in the "now" for the future. Having confidence lays the foundation of our inner strength.
All these flowers and plants that I mention are the favorites in culinary, medicinal, and spiritual uses. All are traditional and ancestral, let's say they are the 5 most used plants. For this reason, they are considered magical due to the number of positive properties. Rosemary is one of the best-known Mediterranean plants. It was already used in ancient times as a sahumerium for home purification rituals. Lavender is also found in the Mediterranean, used more than 500 years ago by the ancient Egyptians for their mummification process. Sage is also found in the Mediterranean. Pliny the elder relates it to healing or saving. Mint also linked to the Mediterranean, with a refreshing aroma, was already used by the Greeks to make purifying and strengthening baths for the body. Basil traveled the spice route until it reached Europe, so it has an Asian origin. Plinio was convinced that the seeds had aphrodisiac power. Although all these plants are found in the Mediterranean climate, they have been distributed throughout the world and they mostly like temperate climates with sun exposure.
VI. OS NAMORADOS. ROSA. ROSA. FLOR DE LA PASIÓN. PASSIFLORA INCARNATA
Union.Call to love Happiness. Love. Pleasure of doing what you love. Enthusiasm. Beauty. Consciousness of the Cosmos. conquests. Desire. Decision. The translation of this Marseille card into Spanish is "the lover", a person of the masculine and singular gender. It seemed to me that it vetoed the rest of society, and I changed it to lovers, which is more global. On the card we see two hands that could be ours or that of two people touching each other or holding onto each other. In the center of this union there is a bouquet of flowers made up of Roses and Passionflowers. This card tells us that in the state of being in love, internal struggles between desire and well-being can arise. That the heart doubts and can cause a temporary block of what is best for themselves. That the decisions we make will depend on the future. That you must weigh the pros and cons. That we must trust our instincts to progress.
How to read
A priori it seems like an idyllic image of what love is. A loving union that shows us two intertwined hands. It could be a union between us, our passion, or a love. But the image redirects our eyes to the inside of the hands. From them we can see that open and splendid, beautiful flowers emerge. In the positive sense of the letter, we can observe that the hands are shyly touched, which could be the beginning of that young love that makes us live with enthusiasm and sweetness. On the other hand, we can also see the negative sense. The stem of the flowers is too thin and unstable, the hands rub against each other, but they do not hold tightly, wanting to appear that the union is too weak, causing the bouquet to fall apart.
In my process of drawing this card the intention was to draw a rose without claiming to be one species or another. Throughout all the editions, I have subtly changed the colors. And when it comes to defining the variant, I have found that there are more than 30 thousand from various hybridizations in all these centuries. The rose belongs to the Rosaceae family, and we can classify them as wild (those that exist in Nature), hybrid tea or old (varieties of roses prior to 1867) and modern roses (varieties of roses after 1867). The rose is of Asian origin from 4 thousand years before Christ and its meaning has always been attributed to love. The incarnata passionflower is from the Passifloraceae family. It is native to Southeast North America and Central America. It receives its name from the first settlers in America who saw in them the representation of "the passion" or the suffering of Jesus Christ. Medicinally it has sedative and tranquilizing properties.
VII. O CARRO. ARTEMISA. HIERBA SANTA. YERBA DE SANTA MARIA. MANZANILLA BOTONERA. MATRICARIA. CAMOMILA DE ARAGON. TANACETUM PARTHENIUM
Success. Determination. Journey. Action. Work in motion. Triumph. Consciousness of the cosmos. Dispersion. Lack of control. Spiral. The letter can confuse us because we don't see any cars. But in the Marseille tarot what we deduce is that the car is a comparison to tell us how we lead our lives and who takes the reins. Therefore, the car is the action that can lead us to success or triumph. The "car" of my card is the flower bed that we see at the bottom. On this bed we see a female figure resting, but from the head comes the same ethereal figure that goes towards the spiral. The Chariot announces that, if the person maintains balance, the control between the material (the earthly) and the spiritual (the air, the night) will ensure that his mind and his intelligence are on the right path until he achieves the right path. triumph.
How to read
The figure appears totally relaxed on the grass. We see this because his arms are hugging his head, his legs are bent, and his feet are on the ground. His attitude is totally predisposed to begin to relax and sleep. Through the dream, we travel through our mind and live experiences learned while we were awake. Dreams are, therefore, putting into practice what has been learned and lived. The third parts of the card are sky, and it seems that we are engulfed by a spiral in a starry sky. The spiral is one of the oldest symbols in existence. It is found in numerous Celtic stone-carved sites. It is an initiation symbol and means development, extension, rotation, and progress. It symbolizes the cyclical nature of evolution and where the rhythms repeat themselves, such as in nature, plants, and animals. The spiral starts from a far point on the chart and spreads out to cover everything, getting bigger each time. The character of the spiral in the letter is to make us believe that we are traveling in infinity as it grows outward from that distant point and what makes us think is that it is a symbol of time and growth, of the cosmos, of space, of the resurrection, restoration, life, origin, eternal... The action of the spiral is our action to advance and start up, transfer, progress, dynamism... going towards the origin of the spiral is moving towards the goal, success and triumph, victory, and progress. achievement. Reach the proposed objective due to our effort, agility, and ability individually.
Family of Asteraceae, there are more than 30 thousand species. Mugwort, in ancient times, was attributed protective, purifying, and medicinal powers. Artemis comes from the goddess of hunting, nature, and protection and therefore whoever carries this plant with them will be granted protection against diseases and bad energy. Artemis, protector of the weak and of the paths. The goddess and the plant have traditionally been considered the protector of the female body during illnesses or childbirth. Also used for meditation and lucid dreaming. She considered herself magical and very spiritual. Today, it helps to relax the body and was formerly mixed with lavender. Control migraines, lower fevers. It is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and good for digestion. It is native to Asia and Europe, North America, and North Africa. In Spain it can be found in the Eastern Mediterranean.
VIII A XUSTIZA. PENACHO BRASILEÑO. JACOBINIA. JACOBINA. CORONA DE REY. BRAZILIAN PLUME. JUSTICIA CARNEA
Universal balance. Weigh and cut Perfection. Rigor. Responsibility in freedom. Order. Reason and will. Inflexibility. Referee. cosmic laws. Lucidity. Uncertainty. In general terms, the letter of justice means equality and justice. Restore peace, harmony, and calm. Make peace, reach agreements, and establish calm. Both in the Marseille tarot, and in many pictorial or artistic representations, she is described as the female figure with blindfolded eyes, carrying a sword and scales. This representation is inspired by the Greek goddess Themis, goddess of prophecies, oaths and divine law that implemented the natural order of the world and the seasons of the year. But the symbol of the scale is the most used since the scale represents equity. Covered eyes mean objectivity and the sword, strength and compliance with the decisions made.
How to read
In my card the elements are described: weigh and cut which in broad strokes is what justice means. A right hand weighs the head, the flower of justice, which is how this plant is called: Justicia Carnea. The flower is personified by a face with closed eyes and a calm attitude. The left hand, as in the representation of justice, is the one that cuts. The one who decides to abide. It is the one that takes the action of separating the flower from the body of the plant. The decisions we make can have an impact on our lives, so it is necessary to weigh the pros and cons before the problems that come to us. The fact of cutting a flower brings consequences for the plant. And in other cases, cleaning up the plant involves pruning that can be beneficial for growth and health.
It is an original tropical plant from Brazil. It is from the Acanthaceae family and there are almost 400 species. It blooms in summer and is commonly grown indoors but can also be grown outdoors. It can be used as a cut flower for floral arrangements or bouquets. It is a plant that needs pruning and can be renewed and last for many years.
IX. O ERMITÁN. CAMPANILLA. CAMPANILLA MORADA. DON DIEGO DE DIA. CAMPANETES DE JARDÍ. MARAVILLAS. BLUE MORNING-GLORY. IPOMEA INDICA.
To advance without knowing where. Crisis. Doubt and overcoming. Prudence. Wisdom. Pilgrimage. hidden knowledge. Time. Secret. Self-study. Patience. Sanity. This card calls for introspection of being. The continuous search for the true “I”. As it is obvious, learning about us takes time and continuously, and due to the problems of everyday life, we can learn something about ourselves. Having a total knowledge of our being is like walking along the path of our life. Like the hermit of the Marseille tarot, who appears to us as an elderly person with a lantern that precedes him in his footsteps. That it takes time to find our true selves. This can mean the opposite. Walking through life without knowing who we are and that we wander and advance until we have no time left to reach universal knowledge.
How to read
In my card there is a butterfly perched on the bell plant.Butterflies feed by collecting nectar from flowers. The ipomea indica is a type of flower that does not last long and that also blooms during the day but closes at night or if the sun does not hit them. It receives the name due to its short life. The survival and reproduction of butterflies depends on the flowers that can be found along the way. The Spanish expression "go from flower to flower" which means to wander without stability. So be continually moving forward, searching, to delve into your soul and find harmony. Patience can be a great ally, not rushing, taking our time as best suits us and trying as much as necessary.
It comes from Mexico from the Convolvulaceae family, between 600 and 700 species. As they are climbers, they are used to cover fences or walls. It is a plant used ornamentally also in cemeteries and is toxic to humans if ingested.
X. A RODA DA FORTUNA. ROMERO. ROMANÍ. ROMEU. ROSMARY. ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS
End of cycle. Universal wheel. Cycle of deaths and rebirths. Circulation. Alternation. The force that will put into operation. Embody the spiritual and spiritualize matter. Hand of fate the cause and the effect. Random. The card signifies a circuit of infinity. It has neither beginning nor end, neither in time nor in space, and it is in constant evolution. Fate and chance are two elements that must be accepted in the cycles, there is no need to be afraid because everything returns to its place.
How to read
At first glance what we see is a face wrapped in a nebula, if we look where the gaze is directed, we see the rosemary coming out of a lifeless body perched on a tree and lush grass.The undulating lines of the sky indicate movement and dynamism. Something moves and transforms. The cycle of life is unstoppable. From all that is dead life is born, and from life what is dead arises. This card tells us that you must take it easy because after pain, healing will always come. Or that after a long period of healing and well-being, the pain could return, but with the certainty that it is all temporary and nothing is eternal.
Rosmarinus Officinalis is native to the Mediterranean basin. It has antioxidant powers, which is why it is considered a magical plant since it serves culinary purposes as a medicine. It is very good for combating digestive and inflammatory problems. It can also be used as a skin oil, ointment, or alcohol to soothe muscles. And traditionally it is a general tonic that promotes blood circulation. The popular saying in Spain is "rosemary, rosemary flower, make the bad leave the house and the good come in" ( romero, romero, haz que se vaya lo malo y entre lo bueno).
XI. A FORZA. DIENTE DE LEON. DENTE DE LEON. MEXACÁN. DANDELION. TARAXACUM OFFICINALE.
Start of a new cycle. Spirit that controls desire. Harmony between intellect and sexuality. Self-discipline. Magnetism. Awareness. moral force. Domain. Willpower. calm strength. Weakness. Intolerance. Sometimes the force must be exerted mentally, and it is more powerful than the physical. In this letter the meaning is in the mental strength to face hasty decisions. Controlling desire is the greatest virtue. Restore confidence in yourself and strengthen the spirit. Having strength teaches us to master our emotions, impulses, and bad thoughts. It is our shield against adversity.
How to read
On the card we see a nude female figure.It means the essence of ourselves, our consciousness, and the spirit controlling matter. From her body come the stems of the dandelion. She divides the flower in two: on one side the seeds, the cottony ball, means desire. To wish for something and make the seeds fly, we must blow hard. On the other side, the flower, the matter that must be dominated and is seen half in excess by the figure of the woman. Everything together tells us that we must master the subject with grace, with kindness, without violence, delicately, calmly. From all this we can also see the negative sense. The lack of will and firmness, discouragement, inconstancy, apathy, insecurity. She is shown with her arms half crossed or hides under the dandelion leaf.
It is considered a weed due to its great capacity for propagation and rooting in any place. Its great seed propagation system, the pappus fly and move easily thanks to the atmospheric conditions of the wind, water, birds, and us to make our wishes come true. It is native to Europe and Asia, although we can currently find it all over the world. It has medicinal and culinary properties. Helps purify the body of toxins and cleanses the blood. It can be consumed both in teas and salads.
XII. O AFORCADO. CAMPANILLA BLANCA. LEUCOJUM VERNUM.
High. Meditation. Gestation. Fetus. Proof. Progress imposed by pain. Sacrifice. Wait. Intuition. Depression. Stagnation. O Aforcado means that you should not rush or act impulsively. Patience is a good ally. Pondering and meditating on things is like being in a chrysalis, silently awaiting the difficulties of the present to be released in the future with a clear mind. If we want to see the negative side of the card, we can see it as a form of inner blockage. Mental ties do not let us move forward and we feel tied to the situation.
How to read
We see on the card some bellflowers from which a thread with a chrysalis hangs.Inside there is a gestating butterfly, we can see that it is the same butterfly as in the Hermit card (O Hermitán/ the hermit). The chrysalis suggests that we must wait. Stop and think long enough to then free yourself. Sometimes it is necessary to pause on our way, to take a step back to gain momentum later.
Family of bulbous Amarillydaceae that is characterized by having white flowers. Its origin is European to northern Iran. But it can be seen even in North America. Snowdrops dangle from the stem like raindrops. They bloom in spring, in fact, the scientific name of this plant translates as "white spring violet". It can be confused with its sister Leucojum Aestivum which means summer snowflake, snowdrops.
XIII . MALVA REAL. MALVARROSA. HOLLYHOCK. ALCEA ROSEA. ALTHAEA CHINENSIS
Deep transformation. Revolution. Elimination of everything that does not allow us to move forward. End of an illusion. Transmutation. Death. Loss. Crops. end of something Radical changes. End of cycle. Passivity. Repression. Blocking. Card number 13 of the Marseille tarot tells us that it is the end of the cycle or the end of the stage. It does not mean death in the literal sense but is considered the symbolic end of a phase. The end brings with it a renewal or a recovery. Life goes on and you have freed yourself by putting an end to the wounds of the past. It is as if we have put an end to winter to make way for spring. The flowers grow again. Now, this can lead us to a state transition of fear and fears of the new.
How to read
On the card we see a figure lying on the ground with its eyes closed. Herskin is greyish, and we can sense that he has no life. It is surrounded by flowers that root downwards creating a dark situation, but the flowers grow upwards creating a wall or protection. Alcea derives from the Greek "to protect or defend." The card is colored dark, devoid of light, which means the state of "hibernation" to which we may be subjected. That after that darkness or winter, spring blooms and life is created again.
This plant is of unknown origin, it is thought to come from the Balkans and was imported to Europe from southwestern China in the 15th century. Much appreciated in gardens. Medicinal properties are attributed to it, but the petals are used for dyes and food coloring.
XIV. A TEMPERANZA. SÁBILA. ALOE. ALOE VERA. ALOE BARBANDENSIS.
Healing.Guardian angel. Moderation. Balance. Reciprocity. Internal circulation. Harmony. Communication. Purification of the soul. Messenger of grace Life elixir. divine help. Medicine. Serenity and spirit. Comfort. Delicacy. The card is the one that protects us from keeping the right course on our path through life. Our inner balance makes us have greater control of ourselves. We can enjoy our new situation after arcane XIII, our beginning of the cycle has begun. We flow calmly and harmoniously. Everything in our being is in total balance and we demonstrate self-control.
How to read
The winged figure shows us two cups at the same height. In one we can see water, transparent and crystalline. In another, he came. Balance is essential to keep us in well-being. The wavy shapes of the hair and the aloe vera leaves envelop the image in a scene of dynamism, harmony, and peace. The angel invites us to move forward, looking slightly to the right and towards the future, with the right state of balance to keep the spirit and soul (two opposite poles) on the right course.
Aloe vera is native to Africa, from the Arabian Peninsula. Its name comes from the Arabic term "Alloeh" which means bright and bitter substance. Aloe vera is also called aloe vera, from the Arabic word “Çabila” which means thorny. In the time of the pharaohs, the Egyptians came to name it as "plant of immortality" or "elixir of eternal life". Known as the "plant with a thousand uses", it produces gel inside its fleshy leaves that is a real treasure for cosmetics. It is healing, regenerative and soothing.
XV. O DIAÑO. FLOR DEL INFIERNO. LIRIO ARAÑA. SPIDER LILY. LYCORIS RADIATA. LYCORIS AUREA.
Great creativity.Tie. Passion. Instinct. Pleasure. Glory. Burning. Vitality. Temptation. Unconscious. egocentric domination. Handling. Perversion. The global meaning is that it temporarily invites us to impulsiveness. It could be said that O Diaño, the devil, is the antagonist of Temperance. Respond to temptations and let yourself go. This can let us see our inner strengths and weaknesses. We must find a balance between night and day; the yin and the yang; the angel and the devil. Within the light of our being there is darkness and within our darkness there is light. The figure of the devil scares us because we could succumb to temptations and live out of control, but finding a point of liberation among so much righteousness is not bad. The real danger lies in not knowing how to dose impulses and rectitude.
How to read
The female figure in profile is half covered by two flowers of the hell flower. We intuit a mischievous look and smile in the dark. The smile means happiness, fun, joy, satisfaction. But we remember that laughter is also a momentary, non-lasting enjoyment and could also be a smile of embarrassment, horror, nervousness, contempt, or anger.
Lycoris Radiata family of the Amaryllidaceae of Asian origin. It is used in gardens ornamentally because it has a very characteristic bright red. The flower is very attractive to the eye. We can also find it in yellow, blue, or white. In Japan it is associated with loss, longing and abandonment and death. But also, with positive concepts such as change or evolution. It is a toxic flower for both humans and dogs or cats.
XVI. A TORRE. FLOR CADAVER. FALO AMÓRFICO. AMORPHOPHALLUS TITANUM
The abolished tower. Happiness. Dance around the temple. Force. Thunder. Phallus. Ruin. Catastrophe. Boundary break. Accident. Divorce. Burst. Collapse. Liberation - stroke of genius. Crisis. Failure. Shock. Transformation. Change. The meaning conveys a powerful message to us and brings with it a radical change. This card is beneficial for us as it allows us to see things from another perspective and get out of our comfort zone. Sometimes seeing things from another angle makes us question our beliefs and values. Reconstructing ourselves from the collapse, damage or deterioration makes us grow with better and stronger foundations.
How to read
The card shows us the flower in its maturity period. When the flower reaches its end, it is fully open and gives off a fetid stench with which to attract pollinating insects. This would be his collapse phase. We can see how a lightning storm links to this, indicating the impending tragedy.
It is native to the tropical jungles of Sumatra, Indonesia. It can exceed 3 meters in height and its flowering is an event since it only does so every three or four times in the forty years that the plant usually lives. Its fetid stench is the closest thing to rotten meat and prevents being near it for long. The first cultivated specimen was achieved in Kew (UK) in 1889.
XVII. A ESTRELA. THE STAR. JAZMIN. JAZMIN COMÚN. JASMINUM OFFICINALE.
Gift of yourself to the world. Reception. providential help. Universal love. Nostalgia. Funny. Muse. altruistic action. hallowed place. Peace. Harmony. Music. Fragrance. Paradise. Serenity. Hope. Ascent. A star wants to convey a message of peace and well-being. It is a moment of pause and recompositing. After the collapse of the card of the tower, it is time to recover the most affected areas of our mind. This card invites you to listen to the silence of a summer night, the stillness of the leaves and the soft scent of jasmine in bloom.
How to read
Vertically we can separate the letter into two parts. The right shows us a serene face of a jasmine trunk with its small flowers that rise to the sky. The left side, the night with its only star tinkling for us. As if it were a guide of hope that shows us the way. He tells us to move forward, but to wait, to rest, and to gather our strength.
Very appreciated for its aroma in perfumery, or as a flavoring in infusions. In the time of Al-Andalus, it acquired its greatest development, and the Arab poets described it like this: “the jasmine arbor is heaven; on it there are small white silver shields and small spears… They are silver stars that reveal a sky of chrysolite” Jasmine is synonymous with kindness, sincerity, and sensuality. It is a symbol of identity of the southern Spanish and Mediterranean peoples. It is originally from South Asia.
XVIII. A LUA. THE MOON. FLOR KADAPUL. FLOR DE LA LUNA. REINA DE LA NOCHE. DAMA DE NOCHE. EPIPHYLLUM OXYPETALUM
Maternal archetype.Cosmic mother. femininity. deep intuition. Dream. The unconscious. loneliness. Evening. Sadness. Stagnation. Gestation. Depression. Secret. Mystery. Secrecy. The letter tells us that we must see ourselves within. Introspect what we currently feel. To look into our unconscious. How we are inside. The letter will help us trust ourselves and our intuition. We should never put this card aside; it will help us in our evolution and allow us to make calm and reasoned decisions. The moon is the light that guides us from within and from our night.
How to read
The card shows us a female figure looking straight at us. From her crown and surrounded by flowers we can intuit that she is someone from royalty. But even more, her appearance makes us think of a more tacky, more primordial, and ancestral form of deity. She is shown to us from the front and, first of all, covering the moon behind her, making her figure allow us to observe that the moon is already in its waxing phase. This means that it is more than half full and that its illuminated surface continues to increase. It's time to start something new and perfect to manifest your dreams. The phases of the moon indicate to us a reminder of a cycle in life. For this reason, she shows herself to us so that we can take her into account and pay attention, putting our intuition ahead.
The lady of the night belongs to the cactus family. It is native to Sri Lanka and grows in different regions of Central America. It is a delicate and majestic flower but also ephemeral because it blooms at sunset and closes before dawn, and that is where its name comes from, the lady of the night. It gives off a sweet aroma like jasmine.
XIX. O SOL. THE SUN. LANTANA. LANTANA, BANDERA ESPAÑOLA. LANTANA STRIGOCAMARA. LANTANA CAMARA.
Father archetype. Cosmic father. Fraternal love. Success. Happiness. Light. Harvest wealth. Glory. Consciousness realized. Clarity. Doubt. Excess. Blocking. The sun tells us that it will be our guide in our development. That with their light and radiant rays they will illuminate and vitalize us. From the point of view of ancient civilizations, he has been a great reference, a god who feeds nature and human beings and allows them to develop. It is one of the luckiest cards in the deck and the most heartwarming. The sun is a symbol of success and improvement on all fronts. The sun does not deny heat to anyone and has the ability to make us enjoy the day to day.
How to read
The sun's rays occupy everything. The lantana flowers radiate with their vitality and look cheerful and vigorous. It makes the flowers initially yellow, then orange, and finally red. Coexisting the three colors in the same flower. The sun tones are the warmest in the deck. The alternation of colors indicates dynamism and movement so that it gives that sensation of heat. The flowers change their colors when exposed to the sun.
It belongs to the Verbenaceae family, and its origin is tropical and subtropical America. It can be seen growing spontaneously in Italy and the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Although it is considered invasive. Fruits and flowers without problems and grows very fast. It can withstand high temperatures, which is why I chose it to describe the sun card because it blooms from spring until well into autumn.
XX. O XUIZO. THE JUDGEMENT. ROSA DE JERICO. FLOR DE MARIA. PLANTA DE LA RESURRECIÓN. ANASTATICA HIEROCHUNTICA
Irresistible desire. Called to the divine and the spiritual. Resurrection. Advertisement. Message. Renewal. Birth of consciousness. Wake up. Revelation. Faith. Virtue. Initiation cycle completed. This card teaches you to analyze things with perspective or distance. It is the card that helps us to rethink and question ourselves, to reflect and see the situation as it really is. This card represents the call from within, to judge our situation as if we were seeing it from the outside, as if we were seeing it objectively or as a third person. And with the use of reason, we can make an evaluation of ourselves, forgiving or absolving ourselves of "sins". Forget or overcome those things that oppress us. This card is a way to reconcile with us and with others.
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The image represents the resurgence to life. We see a grave in the ground surrounded by weeds that have grown over time. In front a hand rises from the earth as if the person had come back to life. As if he had heard the divine call and had been given a second chance. Or as if the time had not come for him to finish. At the base we see a fully open Jericho rose.
It is not a rose, properly speaking, not even a flower. It is a plant that extends its branches in the form of a rosette when there is humidity and folds inwards forming a ball in times of drought and it seems that the plant is dying. This “drying” and greening process is completely reversible and can be repeated many times. It belongs to the Brassicaceae or Cruciferous family. Its Latin name is Anastatica, from the Greek anastasis which means resurrection. And from the Greek hero which means sacred. Its origin is from the deserts of Arabia and the vicinity of the Red Sea, also from Egypt and Palestine.
XXI O MUNDO. AMAPOLA. ADORMIDERA. AMAPOLA REAL. OPIUM POPPY. PAPAVER SOMNIFERUM
Realization in the world. Termination. cosmic center. universal soul. Trips. female sex. enclosure. Belly of a pregnant woman. Birth. Come to the world. cosmic egg. Happiness. Success. Fullness. The card represents the beginning of a new cycle. The completion of processes, travel, and much success. Victory is yours and so is luck. It means that the efforts made during the cycle have paid off, and now is a time to reap what has been sown. Your wisdom, experience and confidence are stronger. It is a moment of great plenitude of well-being in all spheres of your life. It is a satisfactory overview of everything you have acquired along this path. It represents the maturity of the person.
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The image shows a pregnant female figure in profile surrounded by poppies and poppy seeds. She represents the deposited seed, confidence in yourself and the imminent birth. She is represented as the center of the universe, surrounded by planets under bright white light, which are the spheres that surround you in your life: love, work, health, spirituality...
It belongs to the Papaveraceae family, Papaveráceas. It comes from the Balkans, the Middle East and China. Cultivated to extract opium, morphine, codeine and papaverine which is highly addictive, but also has analgesic, narcotic and astringent properties. It is also an ornamental plant in gardens. In Europe, an unsaturated oil was cultivated to obtain its seeds to include them in breads or sweets. The opium poppy dates back 4,500 years to when the Sumerians called it the plant of joy or happiness.
O TOLO. RAIZ DE ORO. RODIOLA. ROSA POLAR. RAÍZ DEL ÁRTICO. RHODLOLA. RHODIOLA ROSEA.
Original energy. Indefiniteness. Freedom. Craziness. Chaos. Anarchy. Desire. infinite dimension. Delirium. Search for the truth. Prophet. Visionary. The arcane without number has no position in the deck. It can be positioned behind all the major arcana, it can be in the first place, it cannot be. In the Marseille tarot he is presented to us as an individual lacking in conscience. He is a person without reason. He is the person who advances without knowing where and without having a specific objective or goal. It means the movement, the displacements, the changes in an improvised way. It is a representation of living in the present moment and the immediate. It is the lack of control and the lack of discipline, but also the expression of freedom. From the trust of instincts and change of mind. It is the image of a person who anticipates his time, who anticipates events in advance, who does not follow a trend or style. He is an idealist, a dreamer and an enlightened one.
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In the middle of a field of yellow flowers we see an owl with piercing yellow eyes that stares at us.This means that you keep your eyes on the now, on the present. The owl is an animal revered since ancient times for its immense power. From the colloquial point of view, to be an owl is to be a lonely and unsociable person. Here I refer to the individuality of O Tolo, to the selfish person who follows his own instincts. On the other hand, the owl also makes symbolic reference to prophecies and omens. It is a nocturnal bird and can see in the dark. That is, they see what others cannot in the dark and that gives them a clear advantage for their survival. Behind the owl figure we see a female face from which, instead of having eyes, rays of light come out. This means freedom, liberation, acting or looking without conscience without thinking about the consequences.
Golden root or Rhodiola belongs to the Crassulaceae family, which is known for having developed mechanisms that allow it to survive in extreme conditions. It is a plant that grows in the cold and elevated regions of the northern hemisphere, hence the name, polar rose. It grows in Siberia and has medicinal properties such as improving physical performance. Reducing fatigue and strengthening the individual and as a whole helps to better withstand harsh weather conditions.
OS OUROS. LOS OROS. THE COINS. BOTON DE ORO. BOTONCILLO DE OURO. BUTTER CUPS. RANUNCULUS ACRIS.
The golds are related to the material aspects of life. The body, the needs, the job, the fortune, the physical realization, the domain, the banal materiality. The union of the conscious with the unconscious. The stick represents the outer physical world as we are related to it.
The buttercup is from the Buttercup family and comes from Europe and Asia, preferring temperate regions in humid mountain places. It is called that way because its flowers are rounded and intense yellow. When the flower closes it is the closest thing to a button. It is a suitable forage plant for feeding ruminants, cows, sheep, goats, or buffaloes. The petals of the buttercup shine like a mirror and reflect the light, it is "designed" to stand out among the green meadows and attract bees.
AS COPAS. LAS COPAS. THE CUPS. MARGARITA. MARGARITA MAYOR. MARAGRITÓN. PAMPILLO. MARGARIDA DE CAMP. DAISY. LEUCANTHEMUM VULGARE
Cups are related to love, relationships, and human emotions. Happiness, fertility, intellect, pleasure.
From the Asteraceae family. It is of origin of the mountain ranges of the Pyrenees. It is easy to see it along the roads and in the meadows. This is the large daisy that can reach 40 or 60 centimeters in height. Daisies are known as the oracle of love as their petals are shed one by one. It works as an ornamental plant, but also as tea preparations. Its cousin, Bellis Perennis, is smaller in size and easier to find on the lawn.
OS BASTOS. THE WANDS. BASTÓN DE EMPERADOR. ROSA DE PORCELANA. BASTÓN DE REY. ETLINGERA ELATIOR
It represents creativity, sensuality, and experience.Trust and authenticity of the person.
From the Zingiberaceae family and from Indonesia, Malaysia and Asia. It is an ornamental flower that can reach 6 meters in height in the wild. Its flowers are mainly pollinated by birds. It has anticancer, antibacterial, antioxidant medicinal properties and has been used to clean wounds.
AS ESPADAS. THE SWORDS. BOCA DE DRAGON. BOCA DE LEÓN. CABEZA DE CONEJO. ANTIRRHINUM MAJUS.
They symbolize intellectual struggle, conflict, and spirit. Intelligence, mental aggression, courage, legal force, ambition, hypocrisy, conscience...
Plantaginaceae family from the Mediterranean area, Morocco, Portugal, southern France, Turkey, and Syria. It is named for its mouth shape or dragon nose in the flowers
OS ASES. LOS ASES. THE ACE.
BASTOS. WANDS. Creation. Domination. Sex
ESPADAS.SWORDS. Trust in herself. Intellect. Victory for courage.
COPAS. CUPS. Communication. Love. Talent. Mysticism.
OUROS.COINS. Material success. Silver. Health. Wisdom.
BASTOS. WANDS. Immaturity, strength in gestation, sexual weakness. incompatibility
ESPADAS. SWORDS. lazy intellect Dreamer. Unstable balance. Disloyalty. Lies.
COPAS.CUPS. Contained affectivity. Inside preparation. Want to love without knowing how.
OUROS.COINS. Union that does not progress. Message. Material wealth that must be used.
BASTOS.WANDS. enthusiastic action. wish new. Develop ideas or projects.
ESPADAS.SWORDS. mind fight. Victory over the physical. Idealism that can lead to disappointment.
COPAS.CUPS. idealized love. Comfort. Healing. Lack of appreciation.
OUROS.COINS. Luck. Elevation. Ability. Contact with a new dimension.
BASTOS. WANDS. Recent prosperity. Wishes would come true. Fear of not being up to par.
ESPADAS.SWORDS. Principle of spiritual peace. Slow expansion of a realization
COPAS. CUPS. Quiet love. Agreement for balance. new knowledge
OUROS.COINS. Avarice. Desire to mature.
BASTOS. WANDS. Desires to obtain anything without abandoning what is already possessed.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. It struggles to penetrate the higher spheres. Jealousy.
COPAS. CUPS. Heart opening, euphoria, imbalance.
OUROS. COINS. overflow. New interests in materiality.
BASTOS WANDS. Conquest. Sexual pleasure but unstable.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. Fertility. Success. mind positivity. Force.
COPAS. CUPS. Nostalgia. plans. Wishing something strongly, but not acting.
OUROS. COINS. Success in companies. Generosity. Dominant psychic force.
BASTOS. WANDS. Success. Energy. Realization. Violence.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. negative magic. mind destruction.
COPAS. CUPS. True love that transcends to the next level.
OUROS. COINS. cosmic balance. Balance between matter and psyche. Humanistic affairs.
BASTOS. WANDS. inexhaustible activity. Purity. Authority without sudden movements.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. creative void. Crisis. Mental concentration.
COPAS.CUPS. Unceasing effort to achieve success. Happiness of living.
OUROS. COINS. Pole balance. Harmony of the worlds, perfect job.
BASTOS WANDS. Relentless domination. Transition between life and death. New life.
ESPADAS.SWORDS. Faith renewed. spiritual light. mind change.
COPAS. CUPS. Success of emotional aspirations. Abundance. Health. Love of humanity.
OUROS.COINS. cosmic consciousness. Unrealizable agreement between the spiritual.
BASTOS. WANDS. psychic power. Instinct.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. Principle of harmony between evolved and mental matter. Objective vision of reality.
COPAS. CUPS. Evolution of the spiritual, universal love. emotional success.
OUROS.COINS. Prosperity. Success. Holiness. Balance between conscious and unconscious.
They are the latent forces of doubt, they do not know which way to go or which action to take.
BASTOS. WANDS. Bearer of great accumulated energy. He doubts whether to use it or continue keeping it in reserve. Hard work that can pay off. Loyalty. He shows us his symbol that he offers us to share.
ESPADA. SWORDS. Spy. defensive intelligence. Person who can discover the unknown but does not have enough self-confidence. He draws his sword with his right hand, but with his left he grabs the scabbard. Defiant attitude that shows the masculine and feminine side of him.
COPAS. CUPS. shy love. She wants to give it up, but she fears rejection. The figure is shown from behind, hesitating whether to turn around or stay with his back turned.
OUROS. COINS. Person far from reality. Selfless work. Immature person, who appears as in another world thinking about his projects, objectives, or triumphs.
RAIÑA. REINA. QUEEN.
They own the symbols, but they don't deliver it.
BASTOS. WANDS. Capricious, independent person. Dangerous opponent. Grab your symbol in a winding way.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. Quick comprehension. Elegance in pain. Objectivity. Perversity. The queen carries her sword but protected by the scabbard.
COPAS. CUPS. Ability to love but fears the conquest. She offers and defends at the same time. Good friend and mother. Inner vision. He grabs her symbol, but his attitude is distant, arms crossed.
OUROS. COINS. She has a hard time keeping. Rich but greedy woman. Power over the body. severe. Powerful lover. She can be seen sitting but very upright in her posture. She is a strong person of character, and her self-sacrifice is unwavering.
REI. REY. KING.
They dominate symbols and share it with nothing but their kingdom.
BASTOS. WANDS. Moral and paternal force. Dogmatic. Powerful lover. He shows his symbol before his face.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. Meticulous man who does not make decisions lightly. That he knows how to control himself. Bright. Cruel man. Sitting on his throne is another level higher. He shows his sword as a challenge.
COPAS. CUPS. Good man but domineering. Great mystic surrounded by a large mysterious nebula. great lover Possessive.
OUROS. COINS. Rich man. Good trader. Bigoted miser. Sage. Vicious.
CABALEIRO. CABALLERO. KNIGHT.
They project the symbols and are the messengers that connect with other realms.
BASTOS.WANDS. Eager to help humanity. Protective. Support and strength. Energy capable of defying fate. He stands between the future and the past with a defiant expression, resting his cane on the ground.
ESPADAS. SWORDS. Man, who fights for a spiritual cause. Spirit that transmits his beliefs and can launch himself into the unknown with only his sword and his shield.
COPAS.CUPS. Man guided by love. Cups and daisies are his flag. Transformer of individual love in cosmic. Protector of love
OUROS.COINS. Person who allows himself to be guided by his inner god. A person who knows himself deeply and acts with efficiency and wisdom. He always carries in his hands a bouquet of buttercup. He is a materialistic person.
This tarot is inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky's 30-page guide,"el tarot de Marsella restaurado, o el arte del tarot".
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