Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Santa Marta La Dominadora,
 haz que la culebra no decienda ahora.
Salve La Morocha,Salve La Morena, Dios Salve a la Morocha,  Dios Salve a la Morena, Santa Marta la Dominadora.
Saint Martha th Dominator,
do not allow the serpent to desend apon me now.
All Hail the brunette. All Hail, the brown skinned one.
  God Save the brunette, God Save the brown skinned one,
Santa Martha the Dominatrix.

Santa Marta la Dominadora is a complicated Loa, a Misterio that pertains to various Nations of Loa.  She is a Ghuede or Ghuedesa, as she works closely within the Cemetery, protects sacred burial grounds and ushers the Spirits of the Dead, she is a Metresa, which are female Loases that govern over human emotions such as Love, desire and passion, she is a Rada Loa as ancient as time immortal, but in the new world she is a Petro Loa, because of her fierce and fiery nature, and lastly she works with the Simbi Loa family, which are the spirits of ancient life and are symbolized as serpent Spirits that pertain to the first cells that created life on earth and govern over sorcery and magic.  Santa Marta la Dominadora or Saint Martha the Dominator as she is known in English is an unpredictable Loa that is known as a Saint, a Sorceress, a witch, a healer and even a Demon.  She is like the serpent that embodies her essence, when left alone she can be a docile and beautiful creature, but tampered or disrespected she can be dangerous and deadly.  She is as the Simbi loa, such as Gran Simbi, Simbi D'l'eau, Dambalah, Oshumare, and Ayida Wedo, because she slithers like a snake, and does not communicate through her voice, but telepathically, and the sounds she does make are the hisses of serpents and snakes.  Her eyes are said to be so piercing and so dominating, that even the most powerful Demons from hell would freeze and cower back. 

There is a Spanish proverb that says.  'Con los Santos no se Juega!". "With the Saints, one should not Play!".   If this is to be true of any Saint, then with no other would it apply to as much as it would with Santa Marta la Dominadora.  To play or "work" Santa Marta la Dominadora with no proper knowledge or complete reverence is like playing alone in a dessert with a rattle snake.   My advice, do not disturb La Culebra "the snake' because quite frankly it is not as easy as most people think.  As Santa Marta la Dominadora is a powerful Sorceress many people petition her in magic often to dominate others, love magic, or controlling others.  As she is powerful, often times she gives that which we ask, but with a high price.  She slithers, drags and unleashes her wanga and bilongo magic, but it comes as a double edged sword, at any moment it can come back and strike you dead, or take away that which you value the most.   When it comes to Santa Marta La Dominadora, the saying, "be careful what you wish for" is of great importance.

As the Petro.Loa are fierce, imagine adding Guede, and Simbi into the recipe and one will get a Loa that is as unpredictable and as complicated as they come.  She is like the Medusa of Greek mythology, beautiful to look at her reflection, but one glance into her fiery red eyes would transform even the Sun itself into a cold piece of stone.  Although she is a Petro Loa she is also considered a Rada Loa, and as the Petro Loases, when angered or disrespected the Rada can harbor and unleash a fury that rivals that of any Petro Loa.

As a Sancista it is my responsibility to inform you that many experienced individuals invoke Santa Marta La Dominadora for black magic, sorcery, enchantments, evil intentions and unleashing evil spirits or demons on rivals.  Again this reminds me of a Spanish proverb, Uno no puede tapar el cielo con solo un dedo. (One can not cover up the sky with one finger, or burying your head in the sand /ignoring the gravity of a situation,  or wilfully ignore something.). Often these very individuals who work Santa Marta la Dominadora for these wicked intentions pay the high price, often illnesses reach them, early deaths fall upon their loved ones, they become mentally unstable, and paranoid.  It is in this aspect that Santa Marta la Dominadora becomes like the ancient Ouroboros or Uroborus, the serpent or dragon that eats its own tail, until nothing, not even a carcass is left.  It is my responsibility to advice in not using any Saint, Loa, or Orisha for personal gain, dominating or sorcery, especially Santa Marta la Dominadora.  One should invoke her for protection from evil spirits and demons, or healing over black magic, protection or dominating occult enemies who only wish you harm, but again one must be very careful, and with good intentions.  One can also invoke or venerate her for peace of the home, peace with family members, and within work and healing the damages caused by black magic.  What is the point of getting even on an enemy, when all they desire is your misery.  Petition her for strength, endurance, and stability, no vengeance is sweeter than that of knowing that your enemies have no power or control over you.  Even this will enrage the strongest  sorcerer and have him/her doubt his/her own abilities, it is through this that we should petition Santa Martha la Dominadora.  In dominating our very own inner demons, greed, desires, trials and tribulations. 

Many individuals who often work or petition Santa Marta la Dominadora have no idea who she is or what she represents.  They have no clue of her history, her origin or if in fact this Saint, as is with any Saint, makes up a part of ones Cuadro Espiritual.   Many who petition her especially those outside of Dominican 21 Division, Puerto Rican Sanse or Haitian Vodou, do not know how she would act in sacred ceremonies, and still often those who do not understand her completely would confuse her for a tortured soul, earth bound spirit, intranquil spirit or demon, if in fact she even would make her pressense known.  Since in fact she only works with her Servidores, because she as all Loa have little patience for games.  Often Santa Marta la Dominadora who is a fiery spirit will often scare the living hell out of those who do not know her or have a history with her.  Many people outside of those religions and traditions that properly respect and honor her, go to the internet, as you are reading this one now, and believe themselves to be experts of the Mysteries.  This is far from the truth, because not even we who are the Servidores de los Misterios know the Mysteries completely, hence the word Mysteries. 
(Definition of Mystries : a religious truth that one can know only by revelation and cannot fully understand.  A secret religious rite believed to impart enduring bliss to the initiate: a cult devoted to such rites: something not understood or beyond understanding: a private secret : the secret or specialized practices or ritual peculiar to an occupation or a body of people: profound, inexplicable, or secretive quality or character.)

These very individuals read the prayers, light the candles, and even set up altars in ways that are not respectable, not just to Santa Marta la Dominadora, but to any Spirit, Loa, Misterio or Orisha or the religions that practice them. Many say, that the Loas or Orisha work for them, that they do not need to follow the traditions that have honored them with great respect.  I say yes, they often do listen, but darkness is a thresh hold that can so easily be crossed, and it is at this very thresh hold that the furies of these ancient spirits await.  Often time the Misteries do comply, but again often times these individuals forget to give thanks, and agknowledge properly that which the Loa have given, and it is at these times when bitterness, tribulations and greater losses arise.


Santa Marta la Dominadora within the Puerto Rican Sanse tradition and Dominican 21 Division is known as one of el Baron del Cementerio's Nine daughters, her real name is Filomena Lubana.  Traditional African folklore states that a young orphan boy was wondering at night through a burial ground that was directly near a swamp.  The orphan was honoring the anniverery of his mothers death, who was the eldest female buried on the grounds. (Barona / Baronesa)  Filomena Lubana was also at the burial grounds that very night honoring her father's grave who as the orphan boy's, was one of the oldest of the graves, (Baron) but obviosly holding a male carcass.  Suddenly the orphan boy was surrounded by serpents who began to encoil themselves around the young boy to squeeze the life out of him and swollow him whole. Filomena Lubana who was in  deep silent prayer and meditation herd the struggle from a distance and ran to investigate.  When she saw the attack on the small boy, and being of a fierce warrior lineage, she went and attacked the serpents that were about to eat the orphan.  Filomena Lubana then asked the orphan where his father was, and he replied he had never known him.  Filomena Lubana who was known as a fierce warrior and at the time was childless took pitty on the young boy and raised him as her own. 


Many of the tradional prayers of Santa Marta have one thing in common, they are prayers of dominating a wayward or strayed lover.  The following prayer falls also under that chategory, but it is an old Spanish prayer, rarerly if ever seen written in English.  This prayers demonstrates that which people often ask of La Dominadora.
Marta, Marta, la que los vientos levanta la que los Diablos encanta la que guiso los vinos a los finados, la que quita los dientes a los ahorcados La que desenterra os huesos a los enterrados.  La que con Doña Maria de Padilla trata y conversa.. La que los nueve hijos pario y todos nueve se le desminuyeron… Asi como esto es verdad, me bayas al corazon de Fulano de Tal y me le quites tres gotas de sangre, donde quiera que estuviere melo traygas, presto corriendo, volando donde yo (nombre) estoy; asi me lo amarres y amanses y me le pongas el amor en su corazon, para que me quiera, y en su memoria me tenga, que no me pueda olvidar, ni de noche ni de dia donde quiera que estuviere, para que ninguna mujer donde quiera que estuviere no tenga sosiego ni pueda comer ni dormir sino fuere conmigo ni pueda tener otra mujer.


Martha, Martha, the one who raises the winds, the one that Demons lust over.  The one that pours then serves the wine over the deceased,  The one that pulls the teaths of the hangedman.  The one that digs up the bones of those that are buried.  The one who sits with Mistress Maria de Padilla to converse.  The one that bore nine children, and nine she buried.  As this is the truth I ask you to enter into the heart of (n.n.), and from him remove three drops of blood.  Where ever he may be I ask that you bring him to me.  Bring him walking, running but is a haist, bind and tame him and place love only for me within his heart.  May he love me and in his every thoughts may I be pressent.  May he not forget me, night nor day, and where ever he may be, may he only think of me, and with no other woman whatsoever may he find peace and comfort.  May he not rest, nor work, walk, nor run with his mind on any other woman but me.  This I humbly ask you Santa Marta la Dominadora.

Marta La Bruja

Before I go into the paths of Santa Marta la Dominadora which are known as vueltas, I would like to speak of Ezili Quenua, also spelled Sili Quenua or Sili Kenwa.  In the Dominican Republic it is this Misterio that is sinchrenized and associated with the Biblical Saint Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus. To make matters more complicated as they are with those traditions that honor the Lwa, "Loa,, Loases", in Haiti the manifistation of Sili Kenwa is Erzulie Coeur Noir, or 'Black Hearted Esili".  It is Sili Kenwa who is known as the ancient witch of the swamps, known also as Marta La Bruja, or Martha the Witch.  Sili Kenwa works wangas together with Marta la Dominadora, usually in dominating the five senses, not just of humans but of other Misterios and Demons alike.  She holds a torch which demonstrates that she is a Petro Lwa, that is very hot tempered.  In her hand she holds a Bible, which is the symbol of a Witches book of sorcery and magic and undernearth she holds a lantern which is the vessel she keeps the ingredients to her magic.  At her feet behind her stands the Dragon known as Tarasque which is ofren associated with el Espiritu Dominante.  Many people outside of Caribbean traditions associate the biblical Saint Martha with Lubana Filomena.  

Filomena Lubana

The Misterio known as Lubana Filomena is the one who is always portrayed as the Snake Charmer.  She is as Dominican as Merengue and Bachata.  Legend has it that the name Lubana Filomena comes from a Folkloric Dominican Aftican Slave by the name of Juana Saltitopa who was known as La Negra Filomena.  Who was known as a Dominican Black woman who in the 1860s faught for the independence of her people.  As with many African woman Juana Saltitopa's name was never recorded in historical texts, but her legend lived and lives on amongst the Afro Dominicans who venerate her as a Highly elevated ancestral spirit and is the base behind what is much of the folklore and legend of Lubana Filomena / Santa Marta la Dominadora Dominicana.  She is also known as Marta La Colora, or Martha the Red haired one, who was a mulatta of brown skin and blood red hair.  She in this aspect is often split into two avatars, Marta la Negra or Marta la Prieta, the more docile of the two and then Marta la Colora, the one who has a temperment that rivals that of the Furies of Hell.  Marta la Colora is often associated with Santa Marta de la Bandera.


Marta Ghede

Marta Ghede or Marta Guede is the consort and companion of el Baron de Cementerio, in this aspect she is not only viewed as the Serpent that lives within the cemetery but also as the serpent, rodants and insects that consumes the flesh of the dead when it begins to dicampose.  In this aspect she symbolizes, that from death, life is sustained, and through life so shall death follow.  In this avatar she is also know as Marta Guedelia, one of el Baron del Cementerio's most beloved children.  Hear she is seen as Eve in the garden with the Serpent on the Tree of Good and Evil known as BIBI CEIBA.


Marta Mambo

Marta Mambo or Mambosa is the ancient mother of humanity, especially the black race.  She is the first female womam, the dark skin beauty who knows all the knowledge of healing and herbology.  She is a Curandera, a Hierbera and a Bruja.

She is the one who instructs the first humans in the knowledge of herbology, through trial and error.  Herbs can save life as easy as it can take a life.  Mambosa is a stern, strict and often severe Loa, unapologetic and dangerous.

Marta Gunguna

Marta Gunguna is the daughter of the Loa known as Gunguna. In this aspect she is a priestess and healer, she heals all the ailmemts that aflict humanity.   In this aspect she is also known as a Medium and bestows Mediumistic abilities on humans, it is in this vuelta that she is able to communicate with the Spirits of the dead.  Marta Gunguna is synchrenized with the Biblical Witch Medium of Endor, Saul and the Witch of Endor in I Samuel chapter 28

Marta Pye


Marta Pye / Marta Pie pronounced Peeh Yeh is respected and venerated on the southern border that seperates Haiti from the Dominican Republic.   Although the Pie Nation of Loa are not widely known outside of Haiti with the exception of Anaisa Pye.  Marta Pye is fastly becoming a popular Loa outside of the island of Hispañola as her Haitian and Dominican followers and children migrate to Puerto Rico and the west coast of the United States.  Although in Haitian Vodou she is of the fiery Petro Division and is seen as a dark skinned Loa, in the Dominican Republic she is part of the Airy Rada Division and is seen as having white skin.  The image used to represent Marta Pye is that of Santa Marta de Betania.


Siguelia is a Simbi  loa or the female serpent, the female snake, the one who slithers on her stomach and hisses when her servidores are possesed.  She eats only raw eggs, and raw meat.  In some Puntos and Sociedades she speaks while in others she hisses like a snake, while still in others she communicates telepathically.  Although Siguelia or Sigueloa is viewed as female, in this aspect she has no sexual genetilia but the snake itself embodies the male penis, and the venom that comes from Siguelia's fangs represent the male sperm that not only can it bring life, but if abused can bring illness and death.  In this aspect she reigns over the ground and earth.  Siguelia lives within a snake pit which symbolizes the female vigina genetilia.  Siguelia is always held up high by Metresa Loubana, and she symbolizes one having the upper hand in any given situation.  While some say that Saint Martha the Dominator is the Serpent being held bu the snake charmer, others say that they are vueltas, the two snakes are named Siguelia and Sigueloa.


Mama Chimbi

Within Puerto Rican Sanse, Sance and Espiritismo Criolla tradition of the Mesa Blanca tradition, Santa Marta la Dominadora is known as Mama Chimbi, or Mami Simbi, and is the head of the Simbi division of Loa.  Her husband or companion was Papa Guedeh who is synchrenized with Saint Expedite, but they seperated because of Papa Guedes fasination for human woman and infidelities.  They are often seperated by El Baron del Cementerio who keeps order between them, because to have them placed togther would bring seperation, quarrels and even divorce within the home.  Although Mami Chimbi is a powerful sorceress, she often suffers in matters of love, and infidelity.  Her children are those woman who loose a husband to another woman, or withstand a relationship of lies and infidelities.  In the Mami Chimbi avatar she speaks as does any other Misterio, while most Martas usually speak telepathically or hiss.
Madama Dambala

Traditionally within Sanse, Santeria and Espiritismo, las Madamas make up a Commision of Spirits of African priestesses that pracriced Espiritismo and Santeria.  While Madama or Madame Dambala pertains to the Madamas, she is more the Spirit of the old Voodoo Queens of New Orleans long passed, who are slowly climbing the spiritual latter and becoming Loases such as Marie Lavoe.  Madame Dambala is a Loa of the New Orleans, Louisianna Voodoo Tradition.  She is dipicted as a Madama, and works her magic with rattle snakes, reptiles and swamp serpents.  She is a Pitonisa in that she uses the cards to fortel future events and is an expert in venom and poisonous herbs.   Her head dress is often larger than that of the Madamas of the Caribbean and it represents a coiled snake encircling her head, which is a symbol of her wisdom of Root magic, potions, divination and communicating with the dead.  While Madame Dambala is seen as a Voodoo Queen, their is an aspect that resembles the Haitian Loa Ayizan, who is known as the Swamp Witch.  Madame Dambala is said to be the wife of the New Orleans Voodoo Loa known as Blanc Dani.


In Haiti the image of Santa Marta la Dominadora is used to represent the ancient Rada Lwa known as Ayida Owedo, or Ayida Wedo known in Puerto Rican Sanse as Yida Guedo, or Eida Gwedo.  Ayida Wedo is the first wife of Dambalah, and are viewed as the daulty of night and day, good and bad, ying and yang. 


Mami Wata, Madre de Aguas, an ancient deity Loa from Central Africa is often dipicted with the statue of Santa Marta La Dominadora.  Mami Wata in herself is as complex as time itself, and she is known to have more Caminos and Vueltas than any other Loa.  To name a few.  Mawu, Yemaya, la Sirène, Mamba Muntu, Maman Dlo, Mamy Wata, Mamadjo, Watramama, Owumiri, and Watermama just to name a few.  Mami Wata is the serpent goddess of the sea, who in the ends of time will bring all humanity back to its base of origin, Africa.  She is the Serpent Goddess who on her back brought the souls of the Slaves back to Africa where each would reign in Spirit as Kings and Queens.

The Vodou / Espiritismo / Santeria tradition of Maria Lionza from Venezuela is a mixture of African and Indegenous traditions with European Spiritism and folk magic and herbal lore.  It is similar to Brazilian Umbanda and Puerto Rican Sanse, The central figure of this tradition is known as the Goddess known as Maria Lionza, or Maria de la Onza. 

Maria Lionza or Yara as she was known by the natives of Venezuela was an indigenous Cacica, daughter of the Cacique Yaracuy, and granddaughter of the Cacique Chilua and the great-granddaughter of Cacique Yare.

As legend has it, a great Shaman of the village predicted that a girl was to be born with strange Green eyes as green as the grass, that could turn as blue as the skies.  This of course was an omen and unheard of within the indigenous people of Venezuela.  The Shaman went on to say that the unborn child was to be sacrificed and offered to the Master of the Waters, the Great Anaconda, because if not it would lead to the ruin and extinction of the Nivar tribe.
When Yara was born, she was born with the colored eyes that were only seen from the White man, but Cacique Yaracuy instantly feel in love with his daughter and could not find it in his heart to sacrifice his daughter.  So he decided to hide her within a cave that was guarded by 22 warriors to make sure she would not escape, in the hopes that the prophesize would not come to pass.

One night when Yara was a young woman the magical rays of the blue moon shown upon the warriors and  all 22 fell into a deep sleep.  Yara escaped the cave and for the first time since her birth she wondered outside of the cave.  Yara was captivated by the beauty of everything around her, the treas, the stars, the moon and the sky.  Soon she came upon a lagoon and there under the rays of the moon Yara saw her reflection for the first time.  Captivated by her own image, she was unable to move, but her presence awakened the Master of the Waters, the Great Anaconda, who emerged from the depths of the lagoon.  The great anaconda fell in love with the girl, and drew closer to take her away.  But Yara resisted the Master of the Water's  advances.  This enfuriated the anaconda and he swallowed the girl whole, taking with her the waters of the lagoon.

But the great anaconda then began to swell and combusted, and the waters  came out flooding the village below, and drowning all the inhabitants of the tribe within their sleep.
With the regergitation of the lagoon came out Yara who reamerged as the goddess Maria Lionza, thus becoming the new owner of the lagoon, the river and the waters, and the protecter of the fish the plants the animals and all the hidden tribes that now made their homes around the lagoon.

Hindu Goddess
Mexican Virgin

Manasa the Hindu Snake Serpent Goddess, and Naga Kanya the Hindu Goddess of Snakes Naga Kanya are but some of ancient Goddesses that are symbolized as Serpent Goddesses.    Lastly with close inspection of the Virgen of Guadelupe known as the Goddess Tonantzin  one will see that the ancient Mexican Goddess appears to be standing on the head of a serpent which makes up the lower half of her dress.   To speak of Serpent Goddesses around the world, would take more than your patience will allow.  So to end this I will talk about the basic fundamentals of Santa Marta La Dominadora.

Santa Marta la Dominadora and all her vueltas feast day fall on the 29th of July.  Her day is either Monday but preferably Tuesdays.  Her Paños or Fulas are purple, red, black, green, and brown.  Often the shades of her paños are of a dark color.   In her Servicios Santa Marta La Dominadora will take candles but enjoys oil lamps with a mixture of snake oil carabanchel oil, and iguereta oil.  In Sanse and 21 Division her offerings are always placed on the ground, and she enjoys Raw eggs on freshly ground expresso coffee grounds in which a raw egg is carefully placed on top, covered in honey or molasses and given Menthol cigarettes, cigars, dark expresso coffee, grape soda and Malta Goya or Malta India.  Her associated numbers are 5 and 9.  Santa Marta is associated with the element of earth and fire and these elements should be preasent with her servicios.  She only eats raw eggs and is offended if the egg is cooked and will only drink expresso coffee, dont bother with the decafinated, again this is an offense to her and she will not consume of its energy.  Her offerings are always acompanoed with a tin or metal cup of water, a tin or metal cup of blood red dried wine and a tin cup of brown spiced rum.   The plates for her offerings can be of terra cotta, metal, woven fibers or gourds.  She also enjoys rubber, plastic or wooden snakes around her offerings.
Her servicios are always placed on a metal mug, and plate and never on crystal or clear glass. She can be offered cake, corn cakes, various dark colored flowers, swords and knives, silver colored jewelry, beads, green altar cloths, kola nuts, squash, okra,  money, coins and metal trinkets..



Martha of Bethany, also known as Saint. Martha, is a biblical figure in the Gospels of Luke and John. She is described to live in the village of Bethany with her siblings Lazarus and Mary, near Jerusalem and was a witness to Jesus' resurrection of Lazarus. In the Gospel of John, Martha and Mary are associated with two incidents: the raising from the dead of her brother Lazarus (John 11) and the anointing of Jesus at the home of Simon the Leper (John 12:3). In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus visits the home of two sisters named Mary and Martha. In Catholicism, Martha's sister Mary, is Mary Magdalene

An old mythical legend tells the tale that Saint Martha sister of Lazarus and Mary left the holy land because of the persicution of the Cristian people in the Holy Land and migrated to the land of Gaul, which is modern day France.  There she encountered an evil sea serpent that was part demon and part dragon which terrorized Gaul.

The serpent dragon made its way from the ocean to the river where a village resided and used the water as often we do as a source of survival and the transportation of goods.   The dragon was discribed as half beast and half fish which had teath as sharp and as long as swords, a horn on eather side of its head, which resembled that of a furotious lion.  The dragon had the body of a crocodile, the tail of a serpent, claws as sharp as daggers, and on eather side, demonic wings, which he used to fly with.  The Dragon was named Tarasque

Tarasque was such a fierce dragon that no warrior nor knight could subdue the beast, for it is said that he was a strong as 12 Lions and 12 Bears.  Although Tarasque lived within the murcy waters of the lagoon, it is said that any ship that disturbed his slumber or any virgin maiden collecting waters for her house chores would pay the ultimate price.  From the vowells of Tarasque's stomach came flames that smelled of Brimstone and sulfar, and could scortch and melt the strongest of swords, spears and shields. 

The pagan people of the villages had heard that a great female Cristian warrior resided amongst them, and they went to her and pleaded her to dominate and subdue the dragon that was causing havoc amongst the villages.  Saint Martha agreed and went to the shore of the lagoon, where she found Tarasque feasting on human flesh.  When Tarasque noticed her he instinctivly inhaled so that he could exhale his flames, but at that very moment Saint Martha sprayed Holy Water into his mouth which extinquished the flames within his stomach.  Then she took out a Cross and showed it to the beast which rendired him motionless.  At this Saint Martha with her own girdle and ribbons of red and white lace, binded his feet, arms, mouth and tail, and at this she dominated the Dragon, and killed it.  And this is how Saint Martha dominated, and slayed the Dragon, saving a village and giving them back peace.

Novena to St. Martha
 (pray for 9 consecutive Tuesdays)


Saint Martha, I resort to thy aid and protection. As proof of my affection and faith, I offer thee this light, which I shall burn every Tuesday. Comfort me in all my difficulties and through the great favors thou didst enjoy when the Saviour was lodged in thy house, intercede for my family, that we be provided for in our necessities. I ask of thee, St. Martha, to overcome all difficulties as thou didst overcome the dragon which thou hadst at thy feet. Amen.

Holy Virgin Saint Martha , Who entered the mountain and tied Up the beast with your ribbons, I beg you to tie up and dominate [insert name of target].

Saint Martha, Let him/her not sit in a chair, Nor lie in a bed until he/she is at my feet. Holy Martha , hear me, Help Me for the love of God.

Holy Virgin Martha , For the oil which you will consume today, For the oil which nourishes this lamp, For the wick which burns away all impurities, I dedicate this Lamp to you, So that you may relieve me Of all my Miseries And Help Me to Overcome all Difficulties. As You dominated the beast at your feet, Give me Health and Work So that I may provide for my needs.

My Mother, Grant me that [insert target's name] May not live in Peace, Until he/she comes to stand at my feet. In this way my Mother, For the Love of God Grant my Petition and Eliminate My Misery. Amen.


To name all the Misterios, Loas and Orisha that govern over or work within the cemetery, would take a book.  But I will write about them in the fututre.  Here are some.  Mama Buyita, La Barona, La Baronesa, Guedelia, Oya, Yewa, Guedesa, Centella, LLekua, just to name a few of the many Spirits, Loa and Orisha that work the Cemetery.








Thursday, August 23, 2012




One of the most important and widely used decks within the Hispanic community for divination and fortune telling is La Baraja Española.  This deck is the one used by Curanderos, Hechizeros, Espiritistas, Brujos, Gitana, Santiguadores, Santeras and Sancistas, from Mexico all the way through Argentina, the Caribbean and Spain.  If you have ever received a Consulta in a Botanica you will notice that this is the deck used by Latinos for videncia 99% of the time.  Although in recent years with the popularoty el Gran Tarot Esoterico and other Spanish titled decks, el Tarot are becoming more fashionable. 

Like the Tarot deck each naipe "card" has a traditional meaning or a singular key word that is used to represent the meaning of el naipe "the card".  Usually a novice is given a deck of the Baraja with a key single word written with ink until the novice learns the meanings by heart and receives a new baraja "deck" without the written words. 

Traditionally the deck is not purchased by the reader, but given as a gift from an elder, a Padrino / Madrina or someone in the family, or inherited from one's grandmother or godparents. The old inherited decks are not used for consultas but placed on the altar within a wooden box as a ritual item believed to hold much psychic energies; and link to its previous owner or as a vehicle in which one connects with ones Pitonisa.  It is also said that traditionally Spanish gypsies and brujas stole the deck, as one who personally purchases the deck takes away from its prophetic abilities.  (This is also true with Holy Water, one never purchases it.)  I by no means am I condoning thievery, but if you purchase your own deck, then use them as an offering to your Madama or Gitano Spirits or to play the Brisca card game, as these cards should be received as a gift from an elder, family member or client.   Or you can put them on your wish list for your next birthday or Christmas gift.

When using the Baraja Española the whole deck is used, usually in piles of 6 across and 8 piles down or 8 across with 6 piles going down.  Each naipe is interpreted left to right, and if additional questions are asked after the Spiritual Consultation, then from top to bottom.  Hispanics generally do not use any popular spreads associated with Tarot cards such as the Celtic Cross or Gypsy spread, or none of the New Age spreads that are associated with the Tarot.  All the cards within the baraja are interpreted and the Consultation can last anywhere from 30 minutes, to an hour.  But one can use a three card spred, the celtic cross or any spred one chooses.

You will notice in a Botanica setting that the Consultant usually will have an empty chair near the Consultation room which often faces towards the entrance of the consultation room, with a glass of water, a lit cigar or even a cigarette.  The empty chair is usually reserved for one of the Consultant's Spirit Guide that presides over the consulta "reading" and the tobacco smoke is used as an offering to the spirits as a way of having the words of the reading reach the Spirits, or make a connection with one's spirit to help with Videncias.  (Clairvoyance)  The water is there to help with Spiritual fluids.  Some also use the cigar TOBACOMANCY  in cohesion with the deck, meaning they interpret the ashes formed on the rim of the cigar as well as the formation and direction of the smoke.

The deck is often kept in a wooden box which guards and.protects the cards when not in use, this wooden box is called a caja de muertos, cofre, or ataùd.


The various suits in a Baraja Española are known as Palos, and each Palo goes from strongest to weakest.  The strongest Palo is the Espadas "Swords" then Oros "Coins' followed by Copas, "Cups" and finally Bastos "Clubs".  They represent social classes and economical statutes.  Espadas the Warriors or the military.  Oro, the Well to Do, the merchants.  Copas, family, religion and spirituality and Bastos, the workers of the land, or peasants.  Also each represents an element, a division of spirits and a sexual gender.

Espadas. Swords, Air Male, White Division, The Rada. The Orisha, the Nago, the Ogun Division. The Belcanes.

Oro. Coins, Earth Female.  Earth Division. Las Comisiones, Las Cortes Espirituales,  Las Metresas. The Gypsies

Copas. Cups, Water Female, Indian Division, Division Agua Dulce, Native American Spirits. The Zemis, the Cemi.  Las Metresas. Female Loa and Orisha.

Bastones. Clubs, Fire Male, Preto Division, Black Division. The Guedeh. The Legbas. The Candelos.

Looking at the deck  you will notice that only two of the Palos as a whole can be completely reversible, this being the feminine Oros and the Copas,  while the masculine Bastos and Espadas only a few are reversible.   Also traditionally it is known that Copas and Bastones are palos that are of a beneficial posative nature, while Oro and Espadas are of a detrimental and negative nature.   This does not mean that Oros or Espadas are evil, they are opposing forces of nature that bring upon balance; they are like Ying and Yang, night and day.   Oros and Copas represent the influencers of the feminine Moon, or things of a nocturnal nature while Bastones and Espadas represent the Masculine Sun and Diurnal influencers.

The Copas and Oros represent human qualities and types that are usually fair skinned individuals with blond or brown hair.  While the Bastos and Espadas can represent tan or individuals of darker skin complexion with darker hair, brown, black or red.  

The Espadas refer to matters of physical, spiritual and mental health.  Usually of a negative matter, dislikes, trials and tribulations.  Accidents, battles, health matters and strife fall under this suite. Geminis, Libra and Aquarius fall under this palo with its respected dates.  Commission Spirits, and Saints Gemini Papa Legba, Luis Guede, Eleguita, Niño de Atocha. Cosmos and Damian. Los Jemelos.

Libra Obatala, Ecce Homo, Belie Belkan

Aquarius, Los Indios la Metresili, La Dolerosa, The Ogun, Marta la Dominadora

The Oros refer to economy and martial possessions, liabilities, inheritance,  investments, and capitol expenditures.  Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn and its respected dates fall under this palo.  Commission Spirits, and Saints

Taurus, Orisha Oko,  Gran Torolisa, los Congos

Virgo, Yemaya, Las Madamas, La Sirena, La Ballena,

Capricorn, Aganyu Sola,  Agueh, Papa Sobo

The Copas refer to matters of love, feelings, sentiments, emotions, matters with couples, lovers, children, family, and personal relationships.  Cancer, Piecis and  Scorpion with its respected dates fall under this palo.  Commission Spirits, and Saints.

Cancer Cachita, Anaisa Pye, Atabeira. Erzulie Dantor, Obba,

Scorpio, Centinela, Kriminel,  Santa Marta Dominadora, La Baronesa.

Pisise Los Piratas Pirata Confresi, los Marineros, La Sirena,

The Bastos refer to matters of labor, work, movement, travel, energies, and actions are also represented and Sagittarius, Leo and Aries and its respected dates fall under this palo.  Commissions, Spirits and Saints.

Aries, Ogun Belanjdo. Los Congos. Ogun Batalla, Papa Legba.

Leo, Chango Macho, San Santiago, Los Negros.

Sagittarius. Viejo Lazaro, Jose Gregorio, Pa Viejo, Legba Carefaur, Papa Sobo.

On inspecting the deck one will notice, El Rey, el Caballo and la Sota and quickly think that the female gender is not represented, this is far from the truth, as I have already stated that the Oros and Copas have feminine qualities and that the Aces of each palo is of a feminine nature, or if not feminine, influenced by it.  Although at first glance one would assume that the Aces of Batones and the Espadas are male, which to some extent they are, but deeper wisdom into the mysteries of these Aces one will see its female influences.  Also la Sota "the Jack" of each Palo is of a feminine nature and is often called La Dama.  Many people remove the Jester in the deck, this card is known as el Loco and some keep it and use it to represent el Tonto, el Loco or the Fool of the Tarot Deck.

( Important Note, the interpertation of any given card can be enhanced or degraded, or diminished, by the surounding cards. )


Ace of Swords: Legal Matters

This card talks of court cases, lawsuits and all legal matters.  It speaks of being careful in signing papers or contracts, it advices to read all documents carefully.    Reversed means scams, fraudulent scheme, especially for making a quick profit; swindle or trickery.  Others are trying to.cheat, defraud, hoax or trick you into doing something, be careful.  

Two of Swords: Surprise

This card speaks of unexpected surprises, and the surprise depends greatly depends on the surrounding cards.  The surprise can be good or bad, expected or unexpected.  To strike or occur to with a sudden feeling of wonder or astonishment, as through unexpectedness,. to come upon or discover suddenly and unexpectedly. An unexpected assault from a friend or an enemy.  Or it can be as simple as a surprise birthday party, a surprise message, or surprise information.  Negative cards around it speak of back stabbing, two faced individual or revenge.  The image of two swords can warn us of a fight wearing the mind causing intense pain and many tears.

Three of Swords:  Long Term Events

This card alone or the first card to comes up can be negative, a third party interfering in your life or relationships, an ex wife, ex lover or mother in law.  An individual that will be around for the long run.  It can represent arguments and not being able to make an agreement.  Great demands placed on a person, which predict major conflicts and rifts.  The card can also predict break ups or separation caused by outside influences.

Four of Swords: Obstacles and  Poor health

This card is often compared with the Death card of the Tarot, it speaks of a period of deception, difficulties and scams.  Health issues arise and diseases which could lead to isolation, loneliness and withdrawal.  It speaks of a forced exile, either by an illness, a substance abuse, or a controlling partner that will lead to illnesses, weakness, fatigue, abuse or even physical death.  This is enforced with other sword cards next to it.  Positive cards surrounding it mean overcoming a difficult situation, strength, bravery in taking charge over your life.  Going through a hardship that will bring inner strength, along with peace of mind and clarity of thoughts to get ahead and face the future bravely,  changes for the better.

Five of Swords: Karma

This card is the card of Karma, action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in a reincarnation.  Karma the cosmic principle according to which each person is rewarded or punished in one incarnation according to that person's deeds in the previous incarnation. It speaks of one's fate or destiny.  In this world nothing happens to a person that he does not for some reason or other deserve. it is the result of our own past actions and our own present doings. We ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own Heaven. We create our own Hell. We are the architects of our own fate.  This card speaks of the Sins of the Father will be paid by his children,  You reap what you sow, whatsoever a man soweth, that he shall also reap.  For what we do "for good or for ill, shall be returned to us threefold, loath to cause any harm, lest it be returned to you in spades!

Six of Swords: Weakness and Pains

This card represents inner conflicts, inner demons, skeletons within the closet, secret or hidden agenda, malicious motives.  the possibility of hurting others, as well as being hurt.   The mental aspect of this card speaks of weakness and it is recommended to be very careful.  This card also speaks of setbacks, and potholes in the persons path.  It can also represent a dependent person, who needs to depend on others in order to survive, sometimes over dependent.  The card also speaks of patience or impatience. 

Seven of Swords: Short Term Events

All things of short term, such as a small vacation, a short love affair, a job that won't last.  A short trip not long distance, or a message, letter or information one has been waiting for will come soon.  It could represent minor health issues, or moving into a place that will not be for long or even an argument or a problem that will find its solution soon.  Better times are coming and one should save money for those days when there is none.  As with all cards this one will be affected by its surrounding cards. 

Eight of Swords: Evidence

Evidence sufficient to establish a thing as true, or to produce belief in its truth, anything serving as such evidence:  The act of testing or making trial of anything; test; trial: to put a thing to the proof.  The card can also speak of overcoming problems calmly and with perseverance. There is a period of crisis that is coming to an end, where you can take criticism, slander and some bad news which generated into confusion and intense desire to get away from it all. Can predicts an unexpected trip or getaway.

Nine of Swords: Events for the worse

This is a negative card in all respects and it predicts suffering caused by jealousy, slander or deceits.  Despair, conflicts confusion and fear.  Insecurity, imminent dangers, contracting some kind of illness, addiction or some other health issues. Operations, complications, accidents, theft, and even hospital stay.  The evil eye and envy is also represented within this card, as is black magic, curses, and hexes or one paying back for ones wrong doings. 

Jack of Spades: Lady of Thoughts

A woman with dark hair, brunette, who could be of a darker completion, may it be a tan or natural skin tone, usually young, and often arrogant. Aggressive and determined character is for told within this card,  Spiteful, deceitful, back stabber, two faced and canyving, always plotting and revengeful.  The card can represent an enemy.  Reversed the card is an older woman with the same qualities but not as intense.  Very knowledgeable in the things she does or says, an individual who always gets what they want at any cost.  If it is an older woman, she could be a widow or divorced or not currently with a mate.  The card can also represent a male with these

Knight of Swords: Knight of Conflicts

This knight deals with a young man of courage and endurance, it could also represent a person of a destructive nature with an ill temper.  Could be a moody individual, quick to anger, treacherous, with much conflicts, disputes and aggression.  Reversed would represent an individual who takes risks, and charge of situations and matters.  Could represent a victim of injustice who turned his/her life around for the better.  Once this person was in turmoil or despair and has literally turned their life around

King of Swords, Lord of the initiative

Older man, with dark brown hair, dark eyes, dark complexion.  Also grey hair is represented within this card.  Strong character, intelligent,

May be an executive or someone in a high position of  importance.   Readiness and ability in initiating action; enterprise:, one's personal, responsible decision: to act on one's own initiative.  Reversed  loneliness, illness or separation who has known happiness and is going through a period in decline. lack initiative, can represent legal matters or problems with the law. 


Ace of Cups: The Home

This card speaks of matters of the home, moving to a new home or apartment. This card talks about moving in with a partner, starting a new relationship in which you will move in together.  Purchasing a new home, or renting a new apartment.  If the card is reversed, problems in the home, separation, break up, moving, on from a relationship. 

Two of Cups: Fertility

This card speaks of all things of growth and fertility.  Abundance, new children, pregnancies, birth, and child related issues.  Can also speak of children expenses and child support.  Reversed miscarry, unable to conceive, abortion, not receiving financial assistance from child's parent.

Three of Cups: News

This card speaks of messages, letters, unexpected news, information,, and conversations. The information, may be good or bad depends on the surrounding cards. 

Gold, information about finances, depts, and money expenses, with other cups information about family or friends.  With clubs may speak about work, promotions or loosing a job, while with swords it may speak of health issues.  Reversed, malicious gossip and slander.

Four of Cups: Instincts

This card speaks of human instincts such as maternal instincts and the "survival instinct, and to a lesser extent sexual instincts.  If the card is of a negative or positive nature it depends on its surrounding cards, remember, some women do not want their children, some commit suicide, and are sexually ambivalent, and this would be apparent if this card was reversed".  This card can also speak about intense human emotions such as anger or lust. 

Five of Cups: Celebration

This card speaks of celebrations, gatherings, parties, and reunions.  A period of joy, celebration and optimism.  If the card is next to a a page, it has to do with a female, a caballero speaks of a man, while a King speaks of the consultant.  Next to Cups speaks of  celebration of a birth, wedding, or family reunion.  With Clubs, speaks of employment, Coins speaks of income, while Swords tells of a successful operation, healing from an illness, or a successful court case.  Reversed, Divorce, Breakups or Separations, loneliness, feeling of abandonment.

Six of Cups: Melancholy

This card speaks of a state of sadness caused by a traumatic experience from the past.   Memories from the past that bring upon a state of melancholy, fears or other emotional problems,negative thoughts, bad dreams or nightmares.  Reversed health issues arise because of ones depressions, mental issues or psychological disorders.

Seven of Cups:  Satisfactions

Periods of great satisfactions where our deepest desires will be full filed.  Time to pick the fruits of our labors.  Rewards the person feels full of health and vitality.  Reversed, dissatisfaction, unhappiness, not being for filled, empty heart, void.

Eight of Cups: Influences

This card is the card of Influences, and as its name implies the card will be influenced for good or for bad with its surrounding cards.  A person can be influenced in both positive and negative ways.  Ones actions and thoughts are being influenced, and if negative cards surround it, the person is being manipulated into doing things they would not normally do. 

The person could be influenced by a parent, a friend, a lover, a coworker, a teacher, a boss, a doctor, a witch or a godparent.  If the cards around it are good its a positive influence, if the cards are negative, a negative influence bordering on manipulation.  If the cards around it are of health issues, ones doctor is trying to influence us into taking better care of ones health.  Reversed, Manipulation, physical or mental abuse.

Nine of Cups: Giving

This card speaks of a giving individual, a selfless person who gives to others without self-interest. This person gives to a cause without economic motivation and is always there to help those in need.

Reversed, a selfish individual,  disconnecting or detaching; separation. The state of being separate or detached. Indifference to or remoteness from the concerns or needs of others; aloofness.  Often a greedy individual.

Page of Cups:  Lady of Romance

This card speaks of a pale woman of blond, light brown hair, or reddish haired woman often of the signs of Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio.  Motherly instincts, a mother figure, big sister, a close friend.  The character of this person is a hopeless romantic, very sensitive, often dreamy, loving, creative and would do anything to for fill a lifelong dream.  If these charactetics portray a male figure it can represent a man.  Reversed, could represent a male or female who is unstable in relationships, unstable in the home, or unstable with the family, rebellious, and angry.

Knight of Cups: Errant Knight

This card depicts a man with fair skin, brown eyes and hair.  He often strays from his proper course or standards.  He is a wanderer, a vagrant such as a stray dog.  He is a lover of women but not one to commit to one single partner for to long or be faithful in the long run.  Reversed would represent a female of the same qualities.  Signs of Pisces, Cancer or Scorpio.

King of Cups: Lord of Dreams

This King represents an older man, often in midlife as is with all kings who is a dreamer,   This person is more a dreamer than a person who will do it.  Often he reminisces of times long past and compares his life to how things, usto be.  The card can also speak of unattainable dreams, or a person who lies so much they often believe the very lies they say.  Reversed would represent a female, or a person who has lives in illusions, and unfocused..


Ace of Wands: Remoteness

This Card speaks of things yet to come, or events that may happen within a long term, future plans.  A Journey or travel within the future.  One must work hard to make these events come into being as they will prove to be beneficial to the person.  A holiday or a needed vacation, a getaway.   The individual needs to get away, and enjoy some needed relaxation and rest.  This card can also indicate plans that the person has yet to for fill and should.work hard in making it happen.  A delayed project, dream, or carrier.  If the card is reversed, the person has no motivation, plans do not come into being.  Delayed movement, issues and problems with individuals from the past.

Two of Wands: Distance

This card tells us of things to come in the not so distant future. Such as a weekend getaway, a short trip, to visit friends or family members.   It talks about ones relationship with partners, neighbors, friends or siblings.  It talks about those little joys in life that gives us strength and inner joy.  Conversations, communications, with those around us.  It speaks of searching for those simple joys that surround us instead of looking far away in a distant place.  Enjoy and appreciating what you have.  New relationships are coming, new bonds, new friends.  Can speak of flirtation or a relationship that one has will change.  This card speaks of hope in the not so distant future.

Three of Wands Fraternity

This card speaks of brotherhoods, bonds, relationships, fraternities.  Deep relationships, love, mutual respect, growth and strength in numbers. Clans, family, groups.

Four of Wands:  Strength

This card speaks of strength, endurance, power, stability, it can also speak of intelligence and physical force.  Emotional stability in.conquering obstacles and setbacks.  Strong and stable relationships, inner strength during hardship, especially the strength needed from the problems caused by loved ones.  Healthy and stable relationships.

Five of Wands:  Wisdom

This card refers to knowledge and the inner wisdom that we have acquired through studies and life experiences.. Academic training, initiations, or learning a new trade. The act of learning, study, concentration and analyzing.

Six of Wands:Depression

The card is referred to as one of the most negative cards within the deck. Depression, sadness, despair, weakness, fatigue, lack of desire to move forward.  Very hard to move forward because the person feels paralyzed.  The cause can be from outside influences such as an abusive partner, or black magic.  The person can only change by changing their outlook on life, and how they view situations and treat others.  The mood of the client is very melancholy and they feel as if there is no coming out of it, it is reflected on themselves and how they treat others and any given situation.  As with every card, it is greatly enfluenced  by its surrounding cards. 
With Coins, finances in the home, family problems, with clubs,  professional failures, or failures in home and relationship. Sword around it for tell of failures in life caused by outside influences such as envy and witchcraft, while cups problems with relationship or children.

Seven of Wands: Work

This card speaks of work or professions in general, obligations and earnings.  Opportunities for promotion, job advisement, labor, achievements, goals.

Eight of Wands: Dependencies

This card refers to some form of dependency. It can be a dependency on a partner, family member, or other.loved ones.  It can be substance abuse such as alcohol or narcotics.  This card speaks of unhealthy relationships, especially when it comes to one controlling or dominating the other.

If surrounded by swords it speaks of dependencies towards alcohol or drugs, or other bad habits.  With Coins it speaks of gambling habits and the need to steel others belongings to support their habits. With clubs it speaks of weak minded individual who likes to dominate and control others, while with cups it speaks of loosing control of anger towards loved ones because of their dependencies. 

Nine of Wands: Satisfactions

This card speaks of personal satisfactions, may these satisfactions be beneficial or departmental towards the individual, and as always the surrounding cards enhance or deteriorates its meanings. 

Page of Wands: Lady of the Passion

This card symbolizes a woman with brown hair and eyes with dark skin  Energetic personality, passionate, impulsive, charismatic, creative self-confident and often temperamental.  Zodiac signs are Aries, Leo or Sagittarius.  Reversed would be sluggishness, slowness, indifference, intolerance.  

Knight of Wands: Charismatic Knight

A man of dark complexion, dark hair and brown eyes.  Very athletic active and energetic, with high ideals, standards and a bit proud.  Leadership qualities and very determined. If the card is speaking of a woman then the same is true as above.  Zodiac signs are Leo, Aries or Sagittarius.  Reversed, competition, rivalries.

King of Wands: Lord of Experience

A strong older man or woman.  Hard worker, experienced, energetic and charismatic.  A boss, a leader.   Zodiac signs are Leo, Aries or Sagittarius. Reversed, addictions, dependencies, down ward spiral.



Ace of Pentacles: Triumphs

The card of success, triumph, prosperity and happiness.  Although at first the card speaks of financial stability, with other cards it can represent overcoming advisories and obstacles in one life. 

With cups, love, relationships and the home.  With clubs, work, profession  job related and health.  With swords overcoming rivals and setbacks.
If the card is reversed, represents over indulgence, over spending, greed and gluttony.

Two of Pentacles:  Rivalries

This card represents rivalries, envy, jealousy or competition often of material belongings, work positions or finances gain.  Resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage., or against another's belongings.  Feeling resentment against someone because of that person's success, or advantages.  a marriage ruined by infidelity, rivalry and jealousy,   Reversed, Bode moments of intense emotion accompanied by lack of clarity and agitation.  An amount owed to a person or organization for funds borrowed. Debts can be represented by a loan note, bond, mortgage or other form stating repayment terms and, if applicable, interest requirements. These different forms all imply a lack of intent to pay back an amount owed by a specific date.  Two roads are present and one does not know the correct path to take, a feeling of being overwhelmed.

Three of Pentacles: Fortune

Fertility, fortune prosperity, success, and abundance, starting a successful venture, a potential pregnancy.   In business, ability in being responsible, power, recognition and generosity.  Reversed symbolizes levity, mediocrity and lack of maturity. Depending on  accompanying cards could indicate unexpected concerns in ones personal economy.

Four of Pentacles: Welfare

Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being, prosperity.   The condition of being contented, healthy, or successful.  Reversed.  Dangers ahead, problems, ill being, bad health, disorders, trouble with the law that may culminate in an arrest and incarceration.

Five of Pentacles: Resolutions

This card speaks of resolutions, finding answers to a problem, joining with others to communicate and finding answers or a solution to a problem.  Reversed,  Rifts or separations within a relationships, such as a friendship or a partnership.  Lack of communication, debauchery, and economic loss.

Six of Pentacles: Difficulties

While this card represents difficulties, it is through these difficult times that we learn, we grow and learn to tolerate those things from others that may make us upset.  Things will resolve themselves with patience.  Being able to overcome obstacles.   Reversed, trials and tribulations, greed, a run of bad luck, envy and jealousy that can disturb smooth roads that could have lied ahead.

Seven of Pentacles:   Gratifications

Being grateful, Appreciative of benefits received; thankful.  Expressing gratitude. This card can also speak of recognition, awards, prizes, good news.  Reversed, ungratefulness, selfish, not feeling or exhibiting gratitude, thanks, or appreciation.  Speaks of an unpleasant or repellent individual.  As well as Impatience and apprehension.

Eight of Pentacles: Reflection

This card is related to ones surroundings, and periods of disagreements, instabilities or even a hostile environment that requires maximum inner reflection of the person to get back on track for healing, moving forward and on with their life.  The person must restore balance and harmony within their life, to make up for lost time.

Reversed, the person is suffering from soul loss, or a traumatic experience from their past that does not allow them to move forward.  Insecurities, mental and or emotional abuse.  A traumatic experience that does not allow the person to heal or move forward.

Nine of Pentacles: Instability

This card speaks of an unstable person, it could be the person getting the reading or it could represent a person within their life.  The quality or state of being unstable; lack of stability or firmness, the tendency to behave in an unpredictable, changeable, or erratic manner: emotional instability, anger, rage, fury.  Being taken advantage, loss of money, being robbed. Reversed announces deceit, deception infidelity, lies, loss of a friendship, unpleasant surprises and broken promises.

Page of Pentacles: Lady of Materialism

This card can be a younger white woman, of blond or light brown hair.  She is in a very good financial position but has an uncontrolled spending money habit.  She can be generous, passionate, loyal, and wants to live the fairy tale life.  She is a good friend to those she has but can be a snob who imitates, cultivates, or slavishly admires social superiors and is condescending or overbearing to others. It represents a person who believes himself or herself an expert or superior connoisseur in any given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those who hold other opinions, are in lower ranks or have different tastes regarding her field.  Materialistic. Reversed, means great news or announcements, and also charity, a person who gives freely of themselves to those in need.  A charity or a cause. 

Knight of Pentacles: Knight of the Order

This card represents a man of middle age, or graying blond hair, friendly temperament, smart, rebellious and curious. Portrays a mature young man with ambition and  success orientated.  It can speak of economic success and wealth that is gained from ones strong will, efforts, maturity and responsibilities.  Can also announces the arrival of an old friend who is disposed in assisting in overcoming obstacles. Foreshadows a possible trip, favorable news and good prospects.  Reversed predicts laziness, resistant to work or exertion; disposed to idleness, slow-moving; sluggish. Conducive to idleness or indolence.  Greed,, hard headed, arrogant and stubborn. 

King of Diamonds Lord of the Game

As all cards the Kings can represent a male or female with masculine qualities who is older, often mid life.  This king is often white in complexion with gray hair or a light colored hair.  He enjoys a solid financial position, with a huge capacity and ability to follow several businesses at once, embodies the experience, intelligence and aptitude typical of a banker, a broker or a millionaire.  The card speaks of collaborations, working together, and partnerships. It speaks of a good harvest, growth, wisdom, knowledge and kindness.  Reversed speaks of a corrupted individual, who will scam, lie and cheat to get what he desires, an individual of unspeakable