Most people who practice Sance, Santerismo, Brujeria or Espiritismo use La Baraja Española, the traditional Spanish deck of cards as their main source of divination for giving consultations to their clients. I personally prefer using a traditional Tarot Deck, as for some reason the Baraja Española does not speak to me.
The deck, may it be a Tarot deck or la Baraja Española, as all ritual objects is a sacred tool and viewed within Brujeria as a vessel in which a particular familiar Spirit uses as a mouthpiece to communicate with the living.
My Tarot deck to me is not just a pile of cards, but as I have stated it is a vessel in which a particular spirit speaks through.
Although I do perform many Sesiones and Misas to consult with clients or lift a Causa, this usually takes place when the sun goes down or at night and on weekends, in which the spirits use my body as a casilla to come through and give messages or perform spiritual labour. But many clients come to me for personal private consultations, and this is when I use either tobacco as a form of communicating with the spirits for my clients or use my Tarot Deck. My deck has a particular "Pitonisa Spirit" Pythoness: A female soothsayer that in life conjured spirits and for told future with a deck of cards. that walks with me, and is a part of my Cuadro Espiritual and speaks through the deck. The name of this spirit guide, is only known to me, and I never reveal the name to anyone, in fact most clients that come to me don't even notice that a spirit speaks through the deck, and to be honest, it is something most people do not need to know. They come to me seeking spiritual advice, and I seek it from this particular spirit guide, and in turn interpret what the spirit is saying to me, for them through the deck of cards.
I keep my decks in what I call an ataùd, (caja de muertos) one is a wooden box, the other is a leather box, with a red satin cloth lingering. Both the words ataúd and caja de muertos means Casket, or Casket of the Dead.
1. Within a corner of a room in your Home that will not be disturbed or noticed by outsiders, with cascarilla draw the outline of a circle on the floor. Place the Deck of cards, directly within the middle of this circle.
2. If you so wish also draw protective symbols around the circle.
3. Light four white candles that have been anointed with a Blessing Oil, and with each candle make the symbol of a circle in mid air, within the circle, make a cross.
4. Place one of the candles towards each of the four cardinal points.
5. On the West, place a Fuente with a Crucifix within it full of cool fresh water.
6. To the North, a small bowl of Cemetery or Burial Ground dirt. The dirt should not come from any particular grave, but from the entrance to the cemetery ground. If you do not feel comfortable with cemetery dirt, use a Rose of Jericho.
7. To the East, place an incense holder with incense or light a charcoal disk used to burn incense and add fresh incense resins.
8. At northwest, place an offering cup of Black Coffee. Coffee is the element of both Earth and Water, and it is the symbol that represents northwest.
9. At northeast, place the offering of a bowl of unsalted, white rice. This offering is the Element of both Earth and Air, and it represents northeast.
At southeast, place a cigar and three unlit cigarettes and wooden matches into a clear glass ashtray. This offering is the element of both air and fire. and it represents southeast.
11. At southeast place a clear glass of clear rum, or aguardiente. This offering is the element of both fire and water, and it represents southeast.
Before placing the offerings, one at a time, you must present them to the Mysteries of the Spiritual Realm as indicated below.
One by one, hold each offering in front of you with both hands, and arms extended.
Then with your left hand, grab the offering, and carefully moving it to your back, with elbows bent, ( do not strain yourself ) grab it with both hands .
Bring the offering back in front of you, with your right hand. Hold it again with both hands, and present it to the Third Eye, upon the forehead, the chest, and the torso area.
Place the offering in the proper location, on the circle.
This is done with each offering that is presented to the circle..
Next, the Holy Child of Atocha who represents the Misterio Papa Legba is invoked, so that he may, open the doors of the Spiritual Realm, and Guide the Spirit, towards you. A statue of El Niño de Atocha can be placed within the center of the circle or a cement statue of Eleggua, the Orisha spirit of the crossroads.
" May the Earth Bare witness, that in this place, I Salute the Mysteries and Powers of Papa Legba With these gestures and this offering, I forge a link with my Soul, in the present, with my dead and those who came before me, in the Past. May Papa Legba, who knows the History of my Past; chart my Future, and my Path. Oh Great Child of Atocha, I entrust you to knock down the barriers. Fill the potholes, drive away the enemies, and any instability, envy, sickness, fear, pain, and malice that blocks my road..". Oh Santa Clara, with your lantern, give light and lead the spirit towards me.
Next to the circle place a black cup of Coffee, a Cigar, three Coins, and a Bowl of Candies. The Firma, is to stay constructed for 9 days. The Ritual must take place, after Sundown, but no Later than 12:00 Midnight. This Ritual, Must be Started and Ended before that time. Every Night for the Next 9 days, return to the Firma, and light the candles, and chant the prayers that are given here. You must perform this at the exact time each night.
To the Mysteries of the south. I call upon the power of the Transforming Flame. Transform, my mistakes, sorrows, fears, into Ashes, and carry them away."
"To the Mysteries of the West, I call upon the power of the Universal Cleansing Waters. As I cleanse and wipe my head, and my Aura, help me to feel the Spiritual Fluids and clean from me the sorrows I burned in the flame."
"To the Mysteries of the spirits of the north. I call upon the power of the Productive Powers of Earth. With this bowl of grains, I will speak in prayer of potential. Called for change, and I will make a commitment of growth."
"To the Mysteries of, east. I call upon the powers of the Cosmic Winds, that will carry my messages and desires to their source, may they bring forth blessings
Four White Candle
Dish of Candies
Glass Fuente of Water
Dish of raw rice
Dirt from the entrance of a Cementery or a Jericho Rose
Intense resins, cones or sticks
3 Wooden Matches
2 cups of Coffee
Glass of white rum or aguardiente
1 Bottle of Florida Water or Kananga Water
A Metal Cross
On the Last Night of the Ritual sit in front of the circle and Meditate. Rub your Hands, to create heat, and place them over the Deck. Do not Force a Name to Come, the Spirit will Guide you. Next Pick up the Deck, and Shuffle them. Go through them one at a time, until one particular card calls out to you. This Will be your Face card. Look at the card, is it a Masculine card or a feminine card, what element does it represent? Meditate and Concentrate upon the card, the Spirit will whisper the name in your ear. When the Name has been heard, you will place the face card on top of the deck, and dress it.
Clip a bit of your finger nails, toe nails, and hair from your head, and pubic hair. Place this in a small, clean, empty (oil tube) and cover it with the lid. (( Use a Glass Jar, or natural fibers, Never Plastic. )) Place this on top of the deck. Now cover the deck with a cloth that best represents the Element of the Spirit. Brown for earth, blue for water, red for fire, or yellow for Air. Place this in a pouch, and then place it in a dark area in the home, where it will not be disturbed for 9 days, or bury it within a plastic zip lock bag in your back yard for 9 days. It is important that you do not bother the deck within the following 9 days. After the 9th day. Place the Deck on the Boveda, Mesa Blanca altar,. She / He will be ready for readings.
The ritual ceremony of birthing the Tarot Deck, and dedicating it to a specific spirit should begin on the night of the Full Moon, for 9 days. The waning of the moon is symbolic of the unknown, and although traditionally used to dispel or for ending and removing, in this case it can be used for Change, as well as a symbol of the unseen mysteries of the invisible realm, taking over that which is visible to the eye. (The Spirits manifesting their essence into this plane. 9 days is the sacred number of the Dead, and it is for this reason that 9 days is used.
Divinando desde la obscuridad, Voy Divinando hacia la Claridad. Constantemente los Seres me dan la Facultad para poder ver el mas alla.
San Cipriano, Santo Patron de los Brujos. En el nombre de la Santisima Trinidad. Yo (N.N.) purifico y cargo a esta Baraja detro de tu benditas manos. Pueda ella servirme como un oràcùlo; y con ellas podre ser capaz de ver el pasado, el presente y el futuro. Deme las Facultades y el Don de adivinar para mi Familia, mi Futuro y mi Fortuna.
Que esta Baraja nunca me fallen, ni hoy, ni manana ni en el futuro. Papa Legba, espiritus de la Comision de las Gitanas, espiritus de la Comision de las Madamas. Bendiga cada una de estas cartas dentro de esta baraja, con la Bendicion que Dios ha concebido hacia ti.
San Cipriano, Santo Patron de los Hechizeros. En el nombre del Padre, del Hijo y del Espiritu Santo. Bendiga y Purifica a esta Baraja dentro de tus benditas manos. Amen.
Divining for the Darkness, Divining into the Light. Constantly the Spirits bless me with the Spiritual Faculties, so that I May see what is unknown.
Saint Cyprian, Patron Saint of the Witches, in the name of the Holy Trinity; I (N.N) purify and charge this deck of cards within your blessed hands. May they serve me as an Oracle tool, and with them may I be able to see the Past, Present and Future. Bless me with thr faculties and spiritual gifts to divine for my family, my future, my fate and my fortune.
May this deck of cards never give me false information, today, tomorow nor in the future. Oh Papa Legba, Commission of the Gypsies, Commission of the Madamas. Bless each and every card within this deck with the blessings given to you by God.
Saint Cyprian, Patron Saint of the Sorcerer. In the Holy Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Bless this deck of cards as an Oracle within your blessed hands. Amen.
At the end all the offerings with the exception of the Jericho Rose, are to be placed into a brown paper bag, rubbed all over the aura of the body and burried in the ground with 9 coins. The Jericho Rose is kept near the Tarot deck.