Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Exploring The Playing Card Oracles Divination Deck

In addition to my 75 Tarot decks, I own a great many oracle decks. I love these decks, but don't use them as often as I would like. Every now and then, I am going to share a card from one of these oracle decks here on the blog. I hope people will enjoy seeing cards from various decks and will gain something from the interpretations of the cards!
For this episode of oracle card exploration I am using The Playing Card Oracles Divination Deck by Ana Cortez and C.J. Freeman (U.S. Games Systems, Inc.)

Our card for today is the ACE OF DIAMONDS.

The Playing Card Oracles Divination Deck

Aces represent the number one, the lowest number. However, in the many card games I have learned to play over the years, the Ace of any suit is very often the top card a player can hold. Numerology helps us understand the importance of the number one, as we can see in my "Take a Number" series on this blog.

In The Playing Card Oracles deck, the Ace of Diamonds is titled "Ignita," which is the feminine form of the masculine ignito in Latin. The word can mean (1) heated, lit, (2) flaming, bright, or (3) impetuous, ardent. As I'm sure you can tell, the English word "ignite" comes from this.

Ana Cortez asks us to notice that "the large red diamond in the center looks more like a gem than a traditional suit sign." When we gaze deep into the middle of that diamond, we can see "a figure silhouetted within its core." To me, it looks like an embryo, which would certainly make sense given that this is an Ace, representing "a beginning".

Oh yes, and there's a dragon -- a fire lizard, to be precise. He is not a cutesy cartoon dragon, but a fairly intimidating one. He guards the stone "Philosophicus" which is depicted as holding the secrets of the element Fire.

Like all elements, Fire can be helpful or harmful, depending on how it is used. Among the positive aspects listed by Ana Cortez are "the creative ability to will our dreams into reality as well as attract money and resources." Undesirable qualities include "greed, egotism, and insensitivity." In his story "The Diamond Ace," C.J. Freeman writes: "The fire lizard, Philosophicus, can be a deadly, unstable force that rampantly destroys everything it touches. However, as the ancients also deduced, this is a divine agent that can benefit those who have wisdom and are prepared for its effects."

To read my review of The Playing Card Oracles Divination Deck, click HERE.

2 comments:

  1. What an interesting image this card is. An what an interesting post it was to read. ^_^

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    1. Glad you liked it, Helen!

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