For those who don’t know who this amazing lady is: Carolina Gonzalez is a veteran Tarot reader, spiritual practitioner and artist from the Canary Islands. Her website is here: http://caminodeyara.indiemade.com/
I must say I’ve read this e-book twice. Not just for the learning opportunity (being a Tarot reader myself, I’m always interested in various card decks – and not just Tarot decks – and techniques ) but also because I got immersed in the reading – her style is flowing and very easy to read and enjoy and the pictures and illustrations are a beautiful addition which adds to the reading pleasure.
Chapter 1 - Origin and Particularities of the Spanish Baraja introduces you to this interesting deck with a load of tasty tidbits of information –origins, meanings, a preview of each suit and even the possibly puzzling Joker card.
Chapter 2 is a presentation of each card of the four suits (Oros – Pentacles, Copas –Cups/Chalices, Bastos –Wands/Clubs and Espadas – Swords) complete with meanings and various correspondences attributed to each card/suit. This also includes the Joker card (which doesn’t belong to a particular suit but is sometimes used in readings).
Chapter 3 deals with three suggested readings, explained in details and with tips, advice and pointers.
Chapter 4 gives a Spirits’ perspective on reading the Spanish Baraja and it’s deals with Spirit Guides, cleansing and consecrating your cards and how to properly prepare for a reading.
Every chapter has information and advice from her vast experience and the book has a free bonus chapter: Spirit Guides in Maria Lionza’ Spiritism – originally published on her blog earlier in April. This in itself is a treasure as there isn’t much information in English about this particular spiritual path out there.
Reading this book gave me the feeling of a teacher patiently explaining every detail to me and kindly giving me advice and guiding me on the right track. A pleasure to read and many many new things learned. All the photographs and illustrations are crystal clear and makes the reading even easier to follow and understand, they fit with each chapter beautifully. It’s a very well organized and written resource, without being distracted into anything useless or too repetitive. A must for anyone interested in enriching their knowledge.
Available for purchase here: http://caminodeyara.indiemade.com/product/reading-spanish-baraja-ebook-learn-read-spanish-deck-cards-special-price at a special introductory price. I hope you enjoy as much as I have!
* All photographs used in this post are Copyright Carolina Gonzalez. Used with permission from the copyright holder.