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  2. Feedback, comments, and questions are welcome. This reading gives us insight into specific energies that we can focus on during specific days of the upcoming week as well as throughout the entire week as a whole. Today’s reading will use The Ark Animal & Tarot Deck by Bernadette King. Here are focal points for our meditation: Sunday: How Can I Express Generosity? Maiden of Cups ‘Idealist’ Monday: How Can I Set the Emotional Tone for My Week? IV ‘Sovereignty’ Tuesday: What Do I Want to Manifest? XIII Mekonennet ‘Death/Transformation’ Wednesday: What Wisdom is Coming to Me? X Mazal ‘Fortune’ Thursday: What Do I Want to Develop? Matriarch of Wands ‘Leadership’ Friday: How Can I Connect with Romance, Friends and Nature? XI Gevirah ‘Justice’ Shabbat: How Can I Rest? VI Ohevet ‘Choice/Lovers’
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  4. joy

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    Hello @crystalballer7983 welcome to the TT&M Family
  5. I've just completed my second read through of Marcus Katz' trilogy of books, Secrets of the Thoth Tarot, and thought I would jot down a few of my thoughts and opinions. Volume One: A Magical Atlas of the Universe - Thelema, Aeons, & the Major Arcana. The cover claims this book was written by "Drawing on 35 years of study of the original notebooks & diaries of Aleister Crowley." This is no idle boast. But in my opinion Mr Katz really does seem to know his stuff and writes about the Thoth Tarot as a unique and distinctive deck in its own right from an apparently knowledgeable and insightful position. The first book in the three part series is focused almost exclusively on the 22 Major Arcana. But before examining the 22 Major's, Katz spends the first 100 pages or so discussing the various influences that went into the creation of the Thoth Tarot. Subjects covered include Crowley and Harris, Kabbalah, Aeons, the Golden Dawn, the Book of the Law, the Holy Guardian Angel & the Abyss, Projective geometry, etc., etc. The list goes on. There's even a small section on how to pronounce "Thoth." None of this background material is terribly deep or extensive, but it does provide the interested reader with a place to start should they wish to further their knowledge of the Thoth Tarot. This section, like the rest of the book, is peppered with quotes from correspondence between Crowley and Harris. The chapters dealing with the 22 Major's follow a set pattern beginning with a general discussion of the card in question. The depth and length of these discussions can vary quite widely from card to card. For example the Sun card is summarized in a couple of paragraphs, whereas the chapter on the Chariot card kicks off with 7 and a half pages exploring the relationship between this card and Crowley's interpretation of "authority under authority" and A E Waite's claim that this card represents "captivity captive" and it's roots in the Bible and Eliphas Levi. This inconsistency between the coverage of the cards is a little disconcerting at times. Although to be fair, Katz does raise this point himself earlier on in the book. Following the general observations there's a section dealing with the individual symbols on each card. These sections, for the most part, only focus on the main symbols though. So anyone looking for a comment on every last little symbol is going to be disappointed. But Katz does cover the most important ones and even goes out on a limb with some symbols not covered elsewhere. For instance the pinkish blob at the bottom of the Fool card. Katz claims this is a rose (bud?). And it certainly could be, maybe. All of the individual symbolism is commented upon in the context of Crowley, the Book of Thoth and other related Crowley writings. There's no free form interpretation here ala Arrien. It's all very faithful to the original source material. After this the card chapters are rounded off with the usual "Key phrase," "Keywords," and an "In a reading" interpretation. One thing that is missing from these sections though is actual pictures of the Thoth cards themselves due to Katz being unable to secure permission from the O.T.O. In my opinion this isn't a big deal as I assume most readers will read the book with the actual cards to hand. The final part of the book examines the Biographical Note in the Book of Thoth and some of Crowley's Tarot inspired writings mentioned in that note like, Ambrosii Magi Hortus Rosarum and the Wake World. Following this is the almost obligatory (for Tarot books) chapter on spreads - 3, 15, and a Sleeping Beauty spread. The appendices cover subjects such as Katz & Crowley, the word "Secret" in the Book of the Law, and a selection of Thoth Tarot book reviews. The highlight of the latter is a critical but fair, multi-page review of the Tarot Handbook by Angels Arrien. Over all I place this book in the same bracket as the books written by Lon Milo DuQuette and Michael Osiris Snuffin. Like those authors Katz remains faithful to the Crowley source material, which includes references outside the Book of Thoth. However I find it difficult to rate Katz' work because I've been into Crowley and the Thoth Tarot for as long as he has. So while I might read and nod along in agreement with much of what he says, other people with less experience may be surprised by his comments. Be that as it may, I still enjoyed reading the book and think it is a good addition to the existing literature. However, one area in which I think Katz stands apart from DuQuette and Snuffin is that his three Thoth books seem more slanted towards card readers than theorists. Or at least that is my feeling of the way the book leans due to how he frequently describes a symbol and then comments on how it might be interpreted in a reading. If anyone is interested I will try to say something about the remaining two books in the series, dealing with the Minor's and the Court cards. Both of which are smaller than the first one A final word. I have seen a review of the Kindle edition of this book that claims several cards are missing. I own both the physical paperback and the Kindle edition and can confirm that the latter is complete and correct. However the contents tab within the Kindle reader app does not display all the chapters. This may be where the confusion comes from. The actual contents page within the text of the e-book itself is complete and correct and all the links work.
  6. Interesting that everyone agrees Michael is South. But after that, all bets are off. What messes with my head is that in Freemasonry, South is water and West is fire. They have a bunch of stuff from Judaism too [King Solomon's temple]. Makes me wonder, does Jewish kabbala associate directions with elements? If so, how?
  7. Maryna

    Hello from Ukraine

    Thank you so much, I am thinking over another deck specifically with Ukrainian mythic creatures!
  8. I'm glad to hear that! Look into the Tarot of the Divine, it's very thoughtful and multi-cultural and rich.
  9. DanielJUK

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    It's this section if you want to offer tarot readings - https://www.thetarotforum.com/forums/forum/20-tarot-reading-exchange/ Read the rules at the top. When you post a thread, you are welcome to put in the first post your own boundaries or guidelines for your exchange. Like I don't do readings on this or this, I will be using this deck or this. Totally up to you 🙂 . It can go a little slow at times, so you might need some patience 🙂 . Good luck with it.
  10. fire cat pickles

    Deck of the Week Sign-up Thread, Week 346: Feb. 19 - Feb. 25

    Hi @Luned! It is frustrating how tarot can be so literal one day and the next, illusive. Sometimes I'll have to wait the next day and do my reading in retrospect. I'm about to do that now, at 4:30 in the morning! Also, I've updated our OP with the correct information with your deck of choice, thr Druid Craft 😀
  11. The card images that you share, Nemia, and your balanced comments are exactly what I needed. Aesthetics is my number one criterium in deck selection... so I was waffling in my opinion of the Inner Child deck because of that. A Christian themed orientation just does not work for me. I don't mind a little of it mixed in with lots of other things. I think that what this does is show how there is a need for a 'fairytale' themed deck that draws from many cultures that works well for inner child work. So your link and remarks brought me reconsider the Tarot of the Divine. Maybe this is the right deck for my purposes. Thanks so much for taking the time to respond here, Nemia.
  12. I have the Inner Child Cards, and as it was among my first five or seven decks, I'm connected to it. I embroidered a beautiful bag for it on silk that I painted myself, and it has accompanied me for many years. I have strong memories with it, and I appreciate a lot about this deck. Which makes it difficult for me to be objective. The cards are very large, and I trimmed off the white border to make a bit easier to handle. The colourful borders of the suits and majors are beautiful and set a strong atmosphere, so they're a definite plus for me. The majors are assigned to fairytales intelligently and with a deep, basically affirmative approach to tarot. The often-feared "negative" trumps are not so dangerous after all. This allows you to use the deck with children. I remember my little daughter really loving the deck. The World card will always remind me of my little daughter spending time on my bed, playing with the deck and discovering treasures on the cards. The minors are weaker, they're RWS transported into a whimsical world of gnomes and fairies. The art is very colourful, sometimes a bit too much so, and a bit of a mixed bag. There are some cards that are simply not done that well. It's also a very Christian-themed deck and some motifs are a bit over-used for my taste. I went out into the pale morning light to take some pictures of the deck. I keep it in a crochet bag, together with the old embroidered bag that has become too fragile to use. Peter Pan as Chariot - works for me. The Big Bad Wolf as Devil - if the Wolf was a bit more threatening, it would also work for me as Devil. You might argue it's not really there, it's just the tree and that the wolf has no real form. But to make it work as Devil, there must be something magnetic about it, and that's missing here, the wolf is simply ridiculous. He's depicted better in the Three Little Pigs, a good idea for Judgement, but why use the same fairy tale twice? They could have found a stronger image for the Devil. It should have been Little Red Riding Hood's Wolf - but then, Little Red Riding Hood is the Fool. I have the feeling they could have given it a bit more thought. In so many fairy tales, you have the temptation to do something wrong. Rumpelstiltskin might have worked - the temptation to promise anything. Short-term win with long-term loss. The Eight of Swords is a very strong card, full of atmosphere. Like Peter Pan/Chariot, among the better-made cards of the deck that speak to the imagination. The court cards have been renamed: Child, Seeker, Guide and Guardian. I'm a bit lukewarm about that. In a child-oriented deck, one might argue that going with the traditional parent-child relationships might have been better. If you want to mix the genders, great, so make one suit two fathers, another suit two mothers, another one single parent or step-parent, whatever. Child, Seeker, Guide and Guardian are a bit bloodless for me. But the Little Prince as Child of Wands is very cute and the mermaids in the Cups suit a bit too cute for me. Then the Christmas theme - used a bit too extensively for my taste. If you're not from a WASP background, or let's say the Christian Anglo-Saxon sphere, those stockings won't do much for you. And if you didn't get enough Christmas vibes, there's Santa Claus for you. And I regret to say, he's painted badly. Those tiny hands. Hands are difficult and this one is bad. This Santa Claus doesn't have the strong old hands I'd like to see. You can also see the technical difficulties with depth. The artist simply filled in the colours here, there is no depth and very little atmosphere. For me, this card really doesn't work. And if this is supposed to hint at Chanukka, well, the candles are the wrong number and that's just sloppy. Okay, maybe it's simply seven for the seven days of the week. This is imho the best card of the deck, although the hands are again a bit over the top - but there is true expression and a good idea that's in keeping with the theme of the deck. And my daughter just loved this card so I love it, too. Wishing Upon a Star is a nice card but it's not a fairy tale. I really wonder why they didn't take Star Money (idiotic name in English, the German Sterntaler is soo much nicer). Well, it's among my favourite fairy tales ever and if I could be one person in the world of fairy tales, it would probably be Sterntaler, the girl who gives away everything and is rewarded not by humans but by the celestial forces themselves. However, the Wishing Well with its orientation towards the future may have been a better choice. It's a lovely card anyway. And here are some pictures of my old embroidered bag. I painted the silk and embroidered it with the suit symbols. In spite of my criticisms, this one of the decks I truly love. I don't have the Lisa Hunt deck but I love her art, and it's far more competent than the Inner Child art. Her colours are more muted, the watercolour is a medium better suited to the fairytale theme, and I have wanted this deck for ages. I have three other Lisa Hunt decks (Ghosts and Spirits, Shapeshifters and Pastoral) and love them all. In both the Inner Child and Fairy Tale deck, there is a lack of ethnic diversity. This has become a thing only recently - one really wonders why but that's how it works, the tarot-reading public noticed it before the artists did. You might say that the world of Western fairy tales, most of them based on the Brothers Grimm, simply reflects the worldview of German, Italian or British peasants sitting together spinning and telling tales through long winter nights and that they didn't see many non-white people or none at all. Depicting Rapunzel as PoC wouldn't have worked, maybe. In the Inner Child cards, there is a card from Thousand and One Nights, and that's nice. Integrating non-Western fairy tales was not the topic of this deck, so I go with it. For ethnic variety and truly international fairytales, the Tarot of the Divine would be the deck of choice. It's very beautiful and I guess Jung would have loved it. Unfortunately, it's one of the counterfeit decks I stupidly bought on a platform I learned to avoid which spoils my joy in it. I'll buy the real thing as soon as I can afford it again. Hope that helps!
  13. crystalballer7983

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    @DanielJUK Excellent. The practice and feedback will be like gold atp in my journey. Thank you for the info.
  14. Continuing through the week with the Druidcraft Tarot - my daily draw for Lesson From The Day for Wednesday was fine, but then my draws for Thursday and Friday went a little awry. I could just about make Thursday make sense at a pinch (it was the Three of Swords, a very uncommon card for me, and I was preoccupied with what had stabbed my tyre, causing it to go flat on the drive home from work, so sword energy suits), but still stumped as to how the Five of Wands connected to my Friday. For today I’m planning a Full Moon spread but it’ll have to wait until the evening because it is very hot and sunny here and not giving me moon vibes at all!
  15. DanielJUK

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    Welcome @crystalballer7983 😀 Glad you have found us here When you get to 5 posts, you are welcome to offer readings to others in the Tarot Exchange area (or oracle / cartomancy in those sections). The readings and exchange areas open up to you at 5 posts. Members give feedback in return for a reading, useful for practice and learning. We also have monthly circles where you are paired randomly with other forum members to read. You will be able to see them also at 5 posts 🙂 .
  16. FindYourSovereignty

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    Sounds like a great place to be!
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  18. crystalballer7983

    Hello from Ukraine

    Hi, welcome. I'm new here too. Really enjoyed your Kickstarter, hoping I can budget some money to grab a copy of your deck. Love your art! 😄
  19. crystalballer7983

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    I began collecting decks 7 years ago, just doing readings for myself. I've been doing readings for family occasionally for about 2 years but I'm still a newb. I recently began working on several concepts for tarot decks and am just getting into the creation process so I am a newb in the creator department, as well. So a seasoned newb is where I would assert myself, an aspiring reader and creator. 😃
  20. FindYourSovereignty

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    Welcome @crystalballer7983, how long have you been reading and creating tarot decks? I believe most, if not all, of your interests are covered somewhere here in this forum. It’s a wonderful place to be.
  21. crystalballer7983

    Back in action

    Welcome back. I'm new here. It's been years since I've participated in message boards. Tarot has sort of been a lifeline through that period. Cheers.
  22. crystalballer7983

    Hello! From the Midwest, United States

    Glad to be here. I was searching for an online tarot forum to join to help expand my interest in tarot and cartomancy. I am looking to network and meet individuals with similar interests. Also looking to get critiques as I create tarot decks. I am also interested in doing practice readings. I have become interested in selling card readings online and would like to practice to see if that's really my cup of tea (lol). I figured this community may be an excellent fit. I have strong convictions but am open to criticism. I love learning new things even when they seem scary (lol). I enjoy studying and researching topics such as occultism, divination, witchcraft and the metaphysical. I also enjoy writing fiction, drawing indie comics and songwriting.
  23. Yes I saw those. I thought they were loads better than most of the drivel floating around the internet.😇 I haven't tried any of them yet. LOL I'm at this space in life where I don't want to try anything new and I just want things to sit still and stop changing ... and if clients don't want to spend at least 30 minutes with me they can piss off. Meanwhile I've a hen party I may need to fend off. They're older and spiritual so I don't think it will be drunk sisters-in-law .... but ugh! Trying to want to do 15 minute readings for this lot. So back to topic ... I [and you too it appears] generally get immediately to the core of things in short sessions with hyper focus. But I don't acheive that hyper focus reading for myself. So more danger of blind spots or irrelevent question. At my age and health ... it's tiring to sustain hyper focus with clients so I prefer a more round-a-bout route to get to the core question ... which takes longer but is more organic and relaxed.
  24. Yes, I intend to. That was written as the first chapter of a prospective book I never finished. It was the basis upon which everything else was to be built. I hope to fulfill some of that, here.
  25. TarotJackie

    TT&M's Top Decks of 2023 - Voting Thread

    The Luminous Void Pacific Northwest Tarot
  26. Thank you, I didn't know the text. A good and lucid summary, very interesting. It's only the tip of the iceberg of a rich tradition. I'm sure you could go much deeper.
  27. Specifically in regards to Tarot symbolism & interpretation, there are two main points of divergence between the Hermetic and Hebrew interpretations of the 32 Paths of the Tree of Life. One is the attributions of the various correspondences of the Tetragrammaton - יהוה - to the 10 sefirot. The other is the placement of the Hebrew letters on the lines connecting the sefirot. The coherence of the various elements (no pun intended) of the Holy Name is something I call the "Tetragrammaton Formula" as, once learned, when you look at one set of correspondences it necessarily reinforces all the others. If you want to skip ahead & not wait for me to write all these posts, you can just read this. I wrote it a long time ago, and it's been floating around the internet for over 25 years, now. The_Tetragrammaton_Formula.pdf
  28. I see that there are people here who may be very receptive to this. At the outset, I would like to avoid "doctrinal" arguments with Golden Dawn or A.'.A.'. purists. You guys are well represented! 🤓 As Lon DuQuette once said, in this exact context, "grownups can have chocolate and vanilla!" I would just like the opportunity to share some things I've worked out over the years. About myself, briefly: I got into Tarot, Runes, & Wicca long before I got into traditional Judaism. It was indeed the Tarot that led me to Qabalah. I was just fortunate to have an opportunity to learn Qabalah from the original Rabbinical sources. As I've told many people, going to Rabbinical school did a lot to reinforce my Paganism, without any resentments or acrimony to my family religion. I've accumulated a few other Initiations along the way, and nothing I've learned has contradicted any of what I've worked out. It all fits all the more cohesively. And with that, here's an excellent illustration of something that may be familiar yet new at the same time:
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