III. Names of various cards, preserved by the Spaniards.
[Translator's Note: These names are from the card game Aluette, or the cow game. ]
The names of several of these pictures preserved by the Spaniards allow us know their disposition. There are seven of them.
The Three of Coins, mysterious number, called the Lord, the Master, consecrated to the supreme God, the Great IOU.
The Three of Cups, called the Lady, dedicated to the Queen of Heaven.
The One-Eyed or the Ace of Coins, Phoebeoe lampadis instar*, consecrated to Apollo.
The Cow or the Two of Cups, consecrated to Api or Isis.
The big Nine, the Nine of Cups; consecrated to Destiny.
The little Nine of Coins, consecrated to Mercury.
The Serpent or the Ace of Batons (Ophion), famous symbol and sacred among the Egyptians.
___________________________________________________________________________________________*Like the Lamp of Phoebus
It is generally agreed by writers upon the subject, that the Cyclopians were of a size superior to the common race of mankind. Among the many tribes of the Amonians, which went abroad, were to be found people, who were styled Anakim, and were descended from the sons of Anac: so that this history, though carried to a great excess, was probably founded in truth. They were particularly famous for architecture; which they introduced into Greece, as we are told by Herodotus: and in all parts, whither they came, they erected noble structures, which were remarkable for their height and beauty: and were often dedicated to the chief Deity, the Sun, under the name of Elorus, and P'elorus. People were so struck with their grandeur, that they called every thing great and stupendous, Pelorian. And when they described the Cyclopians as a lofty towering race, they came at last to borrow their ideas of this people from the towers, to which they alluded...
...As these buildings were oftentimes light-houses, and had in their upper story one round casement, Argolici clypeï, aut Phœbeæ lampadis instar, by which they afforded light in the night-season; the Greeks made this a characteristic of the people. They supposed this aperture to have been an eye, which was fiery, and glaring, and placed in the middle of their foreheads.
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Virgil, Aeneid, Book 3, lines 637 - Describing the eye of the shepherd Polyphemus, a cyclops in whose cave they are trapped:
Argolici clypeï, aut Phœbeæ lampadis instar,
like an Argive shield or the lamp of Phoebus.
Phoebus fē′bus the sun-god: the sun, Greek god of light [Helios, Phoebus Apollo, Apollo]; god of prophecy and poetry and music and healing; son of Zeus and Leto; twin brother of Artemis. Phoebus means ray in Greek (as in 'ray of sunshine') and is another name for Apollo, Helios.