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  1. Jewel

    The Green Witch Tarot

    The Green Witch Tarot By Jewel The Green Witch Tarot, by Ann Moura, was published by Llewellyn in 2015. It is a Pagan deck based on Green Whitchcraft which is focused on physical realm and the Earth in which the witch lives. As noted in the introduction of the companion book this deck “… is based on a personal relationship with nature, earth magic, the elementals (earth, air, fire, water) and the power of the immanent Goddess and God in their many aspects, and to the faeries, spirits, and entities of earth, otherworld, and underworld.” The soul of this belief system and reverence of nature is beautifully captured by the artist Kiri Ostergaard Leonard. The art of this deck is palpable and draws me into the cards as well as into the meaning of the deck. It makes me want to go into nature and experience its magic with every part of my being. The colors are as rich and deep as the context. One of my favorite aspects of this deck is that it is borderless. The card titles are contained in a green scroll at the bottom each card which blends in nicely without detracting from the imagery. The faces on images that portray people are expressive which assist the reader in understanding the meanings of the cards. As someone who really loves Pagan themed decks, I have to say that it is clear that a lot of thought, care, and spirituality went into the creation of this deck. From the renaming of the suits from traditional cups, wands, swords and pentacles to the magical tools of the Green Witch: Chalices, Wands, Athames, and Pentacles to the re-naming of various majors which I will cover below. The reverence for the subject matter is clear. Elemental correspondences are your traditional Chalices/Water, Wands/Fire, Athames/Air, Pentacles/Earth. The imagery of the Major Arcana is quite different from the RWS, but have aspects of the traditional RWS meaning as it applies to Green Witchcraft. Many of the names of the Majors have been changed: The Fool becomes The Greenman, The Magician becomes The Witch, The Empress becomes The Earth Mother, The Emperor becomes The Horned God, The Hierophant becomes The High Priest, The Lovers become The Lady & The Lord, The Chariot becomes The Battle Wagon, Strength becomes The Crone, The Hermit becomes The Holly King, The Wheel of Fortune becomes The Wheel of the Year, Justice becomes The Standing Stone, The Hanged Man becomes The Oak King, Death becomes The Lord of Shadows, Temperance becomes The Sidhe, The Devil becomes Nature, The Tower becomes The Wild Hunt, Judgement becomes Harvest, The World becomes The World Tree. Though the variations seem great when you start working with the deck you quickly understand that they are a translation of the RWS to fit the context of this deck. It is brilliantly and seamlessly done. I could write an entire article comparing and connecting the two. The Minor Arcana (numbers 1-10) closely follow (though there are some variations) the Raider-Wait-Smith (RWS) system. The Court Cards follow the traditional RWS naming, Page, Knight, Queen, King, and are one of my favorite parts of this deck as I can discern personality in them making them easier to understand in readings. The cards are typical Llewellyn card stock, which many consider a bit flimsy, but I find it thin but of good quality and great for those of us who riffle shuffle. They do not stick nor clump. They measure about 4.5” X 3.70”, a great size for all sized hands. The backs of the cards are of a blue/green wooden fence with a fuzzy white pentacle enclosed in wreath of red roses. Because of the pentacle design they are not reversible. The deck comes with a 240 page companion book written by Ms. Moura. The first 14 pages of the book provide an introduction to Green Witchcraft, a brief history of Tarot, Green Witchcraft in the Tarot – here she describes the deck structure, changes in the Major Arcana, the suits, meanings of patterns where numbers or card ranks appear more than once in a spread. The next pages cover reversals, reading the Tarot, consecrating your deck, grounding and centering, beginning a reading, doing the reading, and more uses for the Tarot. The remainder of the book is dedicated to the cards. For each Major Arcana there is a lined page provided for note taking. Each card includes a description of the card, meanings, reversed meanings, and key words. I found my readings with this deck to be very grounded and down to Earth. The language was simple and straight forward. Though the backs of the cards are not reversible I also found this deck to beg to be read with reversals. I obliged and my readings were the richer for it. This is a deck I will use and enjoy for many years to come. This deck is a true delight for those following earth based religions, and I would recommend to all levels of experience with the Tarot. Despite the changes in the Majors, I would not hesitate to recommend this deck to someone just starting out in Tarot because the book is that good, the images that evocative, and the tie into the RWS is there just translated from esoteric symbolism to the language of nature based spirituality.
  2. Jewel

    Everyday Witch Tarot

    EVERYDAY WITCH TAROT by Jewel The Everyday Witch by Deborah Blake was published by Llewellyn in 2017 as a deck and book set. My first impressions on seeing images online were that it was just another teen witch deck. I was wrong. Yes, it will appeal to that audience, but there is much more to it than that, and it has something to offer more mature readers as well. The art is by Elisabeth Alba, and done in vivid watercolor. The art is very inviting and captivating. The facial expressions and body language of the characters tell a thousand words all on their own. Though clearly inspired by the Rider-Waite-Smith the artwork is original, and in many cases a very fresh take on the meanings of the cards, especially in the Major Arcana. One example of this is the Hierophant card, that instead of having a Priestly type figure has a Yoga instructor teaching her students. Or how about a motorcycle as the Chariot?. There is something very refreshing about the imagery that also makes the Tarot very accessible and like the art, inviting. The art is as superb and detailed in the Minor Arcana as it is in the Majors. I love it when decks give both the same attention to detail! One of the things I really enjoy about this deck is that blend of modern and medieval fantasy. It creates a world, sort of reminds me of how I feel when I read the Harry Potter books or watch the movies. Not J.K. Rowling's wizarding world at all, but just that feel of being transported to a magical world that these witches inhabit. You have pointy hats, stripped stockings and robes, cat familiars in every card, and can go from being in an old castle or a modern contemporary room. Yet it all works together seamlessly. Unlike many Pagan themed decks, this one does not delve deep into Pagan lore and mythology. What it does express through its many outdoor scenes is a sense of reverence for nature and importance with connecting with the natural world and the unconscious mind that brings the theme home. There is humor, magic, spunkiness, as well as seriousness as these witches live their everyday lives. The Everyday Witch has an optimistic approach that highlights the responsibility we have for our own lives and our use of free will. It does not shy away from tough messages, or consequences, but it delivers them in a manner that empowers and motivates the querent to act upon, instead of dwell, on a less than favorable outcome. The deck is about making the most of ones’ everyday life and finding the magic each day brings recognizing that not all in life is a bed of roses. It is about us having the power to influence our own lives. It is fun, upbeat, yet serious all in one. The deck has the traditional number of 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The deck is the standard Llewellyn sized deck (approximately 2 3/4" by 4 1/2" inches). The cards are borderless, with a ½ inch cream colored scroll at the bottom containing the name of the card. Being a huge fan of borderless decks, I was very pleased with this. The card stock is your traditional Llewellyn card stock, easy to riffle shuffle but of good quality. The card backs are dark blue with gold stars, a besom (broom), witches hat, and black cat. The card backs are non-reversible, and the deck is intended to be read without reversals, though if you do not mind reversed backs you can incorporate them. The Major Arcana follow the Rider-Waite Smith traditional naming and numbering with Strength placed at position 8 and Justice at position 11. The Suits retain the traditional names and elemental correspondences of Wands/Fire, Cups/Water, Pentacles/Earth, and Swords/Air. The court cards are King, Queen, Knight, and Page. The court cards in this deck are very expressive, and I would highly recommend them for people struggling with understanding the court cards. The cards numbered 1-10 of each suit are fully illustrated, and have the representative number of suit icon symbols on each card within the image. The deck comes with a 254 page companion book titled “Guide to the Everyday Witch Tarot,” authored by Ms. Deborah Blake, award winning author of The Goddess is in the Details, Everyday Witchcraft, and other titles published by Llewellyn. This book is eye catching, and eye candy. It is made of glossy paper, and is full color something I really appreciated for a change in a companion book. The book opens with an introduction as to how Ms. Blake came to take on the project that became the Everyday Witch Tarot. Chapter One is about the deck and how to use it. It speaks to the changes in traditional imagery as well as some basic Tarot information. It contains some really good advice on how to learn the cards, and how to do a reading including some very basic information on the symbolism of the numbers 1-10 and the four elements. Chapter Two covers Common Questions and Answers about the use of signifiers, clarifier cards, use of reversals (which this deck does not use), bad news and scary cards, reading conditions, what if one does not have a question, cards showing up over and over, and the question on whether one needs to be psychic to read the cards (the answer is no). The chapter goes on to talk about “Some Tarot Extras” that include a deck consecration spell, a cleansing spell, and a spell for a good reading. Chapter 3 is about the cards. One of the things I really like about this section is that aside from the description of the imagery and the meaning of the card it has a section titled “Things to Consider” which includes questions that can prompt memories, intuition, and help the new reader go beyond the basic meaning of the card. As the deck was not designed with the use of reversals in mind it does not include meanings for reversed cards. However, the “Things to Consider” section includes questions that will lead you to think about those reversed meanings without having to use reversals. Very clever, as learning to think that way you might choose to never use reversals with any deck. Chapter Four includes some basic spreads: one card, three card, and Celtic Cross spreads. I will admit I was a bit disappointed by this, I wish they would have included some original spreads for the deck. In my personal experience with the deck I found the readings to be clear, concise, and optimistic. The imagery sparks the imagination and intuition. I would not classify this deck as a “positive” deck in that it does not give messages through rose colored glasses. What it does is deliver messages in way that empower you to change what you do not like through the use of your personal power and free will. It motivates you into wanting to change or fix whatever it is that does not work for you, and to believe in yourself enough to do it. I also found the imagery on the cards to make me stop and think and contemplate. To think through my question as I read the cards. So in sum, I found depth within the imagery that allowed me to open myself up to realistic possibilities, and potential consequences of my actions before taking action. Hence, I found the deck motivating and optimistic in nature because there was always something to act on in the advice that could help me, and that was within my power. This is why I say that this deck is not for beginners alone. It is deeper than you would think at first glance of some internet images. I would not hesitate to recommend this deck to beginners, intuitive readers, and those who are trying to flex their intuitive muscle to add more intuition into their readings. If you are looking for something a bit edgy with a magical feel this deck fits the bill, and I think many Wiccans would find it quite appealing as well. If you are looking for esoteric symbolism, deep historical spiritual pagan teachings and the like this is not the deck you are looking for. The book is more geared towards the beginner but there are some golden nuggets in the “Things to be Considered” sections of the card interpretations for intermediate and advanced readers as well. For those looking for gender inclusivity the art depicts females, males, and some androgynous characters. This deck is also a deck that can be used with the squeamish or fearful of Tarot querent. Overall, I am happy that I purchased the Everyday Witch Tarot, and it is a deck I will surely continue to use.
  3. Jewel

    Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game Of Zen

    Osho Zen Tarot - The Transcendental Game of Zen By Jewel The Osho Zen Tarot – Transcendental Game of Zen, created by Ma Deva Padma, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1994. I am one of those people that goes all googly-eyed when I see bright jewel toned colored decks so of course I had to have it. I have to admit that after all these years I am still not sure how to classify this deck, as a Tarot or an Oracle. That is the million-dollar question I ask myself every time I pull out this deck. Honestly, I am not sure if I will ever fully answer that question for myself. It has less to do with it being a non-traditional deck and more to do with how it feels when I read with it. Hard to explain. This is a well-loved deck by many, but I know from reading some Aeclectic Tarot and TT&M forum posts, as well as some conversations with a few members from these forums that I am not the only one that is not sure how to classify it. The more I think about this deck, and I will confess it has taken me the better part of three months to write this review, I believe it has to do with blending Zen with Tarot. The goal of Zen is enlightenment and transcendence, the goal of the Tarot is to provide insight, answers and advice regarding the mundane, though it is also a tool for personal transformation and spiritual growth. If you elevate life to the Zen Master or Buddah level it is no longer life as we know and experience it and perhaps that is where I get all bogged down trying to use this deck as a Tarot deck. I am simply not as enlightened as I would like to think I am, most of us are not Zen Masters, much less Buddahs, and many of us know next to nothing about Zen. The art in the Osho Zen Tarot is simply gorgeous. It is evocative, draws you in, and really sparks the imagination. The colors are so vivid and the imagery is very thought provoking. This is a deck I could sit and look at for hours on end and never get bored. A variety of art styles have been used throughout the deck some are cartoony, some are gorgeous flowing water color paintings, and others are very geometric and contemporary, however they all work so well together that the deck remains cohesive. Equal attention was dedicated art-wise to the Major and Minor Arcana. The card stock is on par with Llewellyn and US Games decks, and flexible enough to riffle shuffle with ease. The cards seem quite durable as I have had my set for years, and riffle shuffled them without scuffs or other problems. I am not overly fussy about card stock, so I have no problem with it. The cards measure approximately 4.25” X 2.75" and have a 1/8” black border on the top and sides and ¾” at the bottom. The card images have a very thin white frame around them and at the bottom center of the card image, half on the image and half in the black ¾” bottom border, is a color-coded diamond with the number or court card symbol for the card. The card titles are on the bottom ¾” black border in white easy to read block letters. The backs of the cards are done with water color circles in oranges, ocre, yellow, olive green, pale blue bleeding together, with three black lines running the length of the card and more abstract black lines running through those three lines. Due to the design they are not reversible, but it is not as obvious as the backs of many decks out there with non-reversible backs. The Osho Zen Tarot is classified as a Tarot deck as it contains the requisite elements to be classified as such: it has Major Arcana, Minor Arcana Suits with Ace-10, and Court Cards corresponding to each suit. It is considered non-traditional in that said structure is modified by the addition of an unnumbered Major Arcana card, there are name changes to the Majors, the naming of the suits is changed, and there are significant changes to the Court Cards. The Major Arcana cards are denoted by a purple diamond and numbered with Roman numerals. One additional Major Arcana card has been added to this deck, The Master which is a picture of Osho himself. The purpose of this additional card according to the companion book: “In the traditional tarot deck this journey [through the Major Arcana] of self-discovery was perceived as a kind of spiral, with each Completion leading to a new level on the path, a new beginning with the re-entry of The Fool. In this deck, however, the Master card has been added. This card allows us to leave the spiral behind, to jump off the wheel of death and rebirth. The Master card symbolizes the ultimate transcendence that becomes possible only through the dissolving of separate, individual ego in enlightenment.” It is important to note there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding Osho and his followers and I have read that a some people just take The Master card out of the deck. I leave it in though I ascribe a way different meaning to it than intended in the deck. To me this is a card of outright deceit and/or hoodwinking, but again that is my personal perspective and one that would likely garner quite a bit a criticism from Osho followers. But I am neither into Zen or Osho and am one of those people that take into account some of the issues based on Osho follower actions in my country. There are quite a few name changes to the Major Arcana, in fact only two Major Arcana cards retain their traditional names (0 The Fool and VI The Lovers), but overall you will easily be able to make the correlation between the new name and the traditional with some exceptions, most notable IV The Rebel and V No-Thingness. Here is a list of the Major Arcana in the Osho-Zen, with the traditional Tarot name in parenthesis for your reference: 0 The Fool I Existence (Magician) II Inner Voice (High Priestess) III Creativity (Empress) IV The Rebel (Emperor) V No-Thingness (Hierophant) VI The Lovers VII Awareness (Chariot) VIII Courage (Strength) IX Aloneness (Hermit) X Change (Wheel of Fortune) XI Breakthrough (Justice) XII New Vision (Hanged Man) XIII Transformation (Death) XIV Integration (Temperance) XV Conditioning (Devil) XVI Thunderbolt (Tower) XVII Silence (Star) XVIII Past Lives (Moon) XIX Innocence (Sun) XX Beyond Illusion (Judgement) XXI Completion (World) The Master – this is the extra card with a picture of Osho The Minor Aracana are denoted by the appropriate color-coded diamond with an Arabic number or court card symbol per suit. It is in the Minor Arcana that I start to have my bigger issues with this deck. The companion book states: “These 56 cards are divided into four suits representing the four elements … The cards of the Water suit have a blue diamond, those of Fire red, Clouds have a grey diamond, and Rainbows, a rainbow-colored diamond.” Huh? Rainbows and Clouds are elements? This is news to me! I can see the correlation of Clouds and Air, but I do not get the Rainbows for Earth and never will. Believe me I have tried. This is where the deck starts losing me as Tarot reader and makes me think of this deck as more of an Oracle deck. These are my main issues with this deck: 1. The suit progression within the Minor Arcana feels different and at times at odds to me, and I am not a fan of keywords on my Tarot cards. 2. I have no problem with suit renaming, but I cannot wrap my head around the Rainbows=Pentacles=Earth, call me old fashioned or traditionalist if you will. If you are going to name the suits representing the four elements then call them Water, Fire, Air, and Earth. 3. The court cards don’t feel or act as court cards in my opinion, more on this later. Lets’ talk about the Suits starting with my least favorite. The suit of Clouds, though the emphasis is on the mental plane (like Swords), carries a lot of negativity and mental baggage making it, at least to me, a dreaded suit to see in most cases. Here is the progression through the suit of Clouds: Ace-Consciousness, 2-Schizophrenia, 3-Ice-Olation, 4-Postponement, 5-Comparison, 6-The Burden, 7-Politics, 8-Guilt, 9-Sorrow, and 10-Rebirth, which does not jive with your traditional 10 of Swords on any level. I have already expressed my problems with the name of the Suit of Rainbows, but it goes it beyond that for me. The Ace is called Maturity, things do not start Mature so this is why I have trouble with this card representing an Ace, it brings the potential but not Maturity itself. Some cards in this suit are easily translatable to traditional Tarot such as the 4-The Miser, 5-The Outsider and 10-We Are The World. But other cards such as Maturity (Ace), 6-Compromise, 8-Ordinatireness just don’t work for me. I have some issues with the Suits of Water and Fire as well, but they are minor in comparison to my issues with the Clouds and Rainbows. Honestly, the more I think about this as I write this review I find the minors better suited as Oracle Cards instead of Tarot Cards. Onto the Court Cards. In the introduction of the book they explain that the Court Cards have been “stripped of their feudal titles and given names to simply represent different opportunities for mastery over the four elements that they occupy.” but they still call them by their traditional names (King, Queen, Knight, Page) in the book which just added to my confusion and to my brain continually trying to tie the two together. Here is a list of the Court Cards by rank with their given names: Kings: Fire/The Creator, Water/Healing, Clouds/Control, Rainbows/Abundance. Queens: Fire/Sharing, Water/Receptivity, Clouds/Morality, Rainbows/Flowering. Knights: Fire/Intensity, Water/Trust, Clouds/Fighting, Rainbows/Slowing Down. Pages: Fire/Playfulness, Water/Understanding, Clouds/Mind, Rainbows/Adventure In this deck I find the Court Cards extremely confusing to identify without keeping out a cheat sheet to remind me that the up-arrow=Kings, down arrow=Queens, arrow to the left=Knights, and arrow to the right=Pages. That is compounded by the cards having a key word describing an opportunity for elemental mastery versus telling me that it is the King, Queen, Knight or Page, and in several cases I do not even associate said elemental opportunity for mastery with the given court card (i.e. Knight of Water=Trust, King of Water=Healing, Queen of Clouds=Morality, Queen of Fire=Sharing, Knight of Rainbows=Slowing Down, Page of Rainbows=Adventure or Page of Water=Understanding). The Court Cards in this deck, as a whole set, just do not work for me as court cards. So yeah, overall, I am probably making this more complicated than it needs to be, but they frustrate me. I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but again since when are Rainbows or Clouds elements that can be occupied? Yes, I am rolling my eyes at this and by now you are probably rolling yours at me which I can understand. The Companion book is one of my least favorite companion books of all time. I would have liked to learn more in the introduction about how they are relating Zen to the Tarot, why they chose Rainbows and Clouds as elements (sorry cannot let this go!), and frankly Oshos teachings are just not my cup of tea. What I do love about it is the artist descriptions of the images. I got a lot from those. Towards the back of the companion book there are several spreads: The Diamond (5 cards) for clarity on a specific issue; The Flying Bird (7 cards) which delves into the balance of our feminine/masculine energies; The Key (8 cards) is to gain insight into hidden and unconscious aspects of a particular issue; The Mirror (12 cards) to gain insight when relating to someone else; The Celtic Cross (10 cards); Relating-A Quickie (4 cards) another spread about relating to someone else; The Super Quickie (1 card) for insight into your day or meditation; and the Paradox in which you split the deck in three and work with your chosen third – this spread is about looking at here and now, your past life influences, and a card you select from the rest of your pile which provides insight into the paradox. The spreads are interesting. My favorite part of the book is the glossary of symbolism at the very back and it tells you the symbolism of birds, chains, and everything else you might find in an image. This section is useful when looking at any deck as a reference. In 2003 a second book was written for this deck titled “Tarot in the Spirit of Zen – The Game of Life” by Osho. Of course, I purchased it in hopes that it was better than the companion, but no, it was just more in-depth Osho teachings. My favorite parts of this book were the Tables of Correspondences starting on page 200-202 which show the Correspondences of the Osho Zen Tarot Cards to the Raider-Waite-Smith and the Thoth decks, and at the very back of the book are some beautiful small glossy Major Arcana cards from the Osho Zen you can punch out. By now you are most likely questioning why in the beginning of this review I said I liked the deck, yet proceeded to tear it down. I have said a lot of harsh things about this deck, and they are reflective of my own personal frustrations in trying to use it as Tarot deck. I do like it just not as a Tarot deck. The Majors work for me OK as Tarot Majors, but the Minors don’t. The Minors for the most part seem more suited for an Oracle deck. This deck is truly hybrid, which is another reason I have struggled so much with it. When I pick up a Tarot deck I want Tarot. When I pick up an Oracle deck I want an Oracle. Apparently, when I pick up a hybrid I get frustrated. As a Tarot reader I was tying myself in knots trying to read this as I read most of my Tarot decks – especially when Court Cards were involved or cards from the suit of Clouds popped up – until I finally just gave into the imagery and began to read intuitively and without paying much attention to suits, the rank of the courts or names of the aces. I used the key words as spring boards and let the imagery do the rest. When reading in this fashion I really enjoyed reading with this deck. The imagery is so rich, thought provoking, and evocative, and when I stopped thinking about suits and ranks I could take the cards in as a whole, so negative Clouds did not matter to me, and the Rainbows were fine, and the Ace of Water “Going with the Flow” and the ace of Rainbows being Mature were no longer issues for me. As Tarot they just weren’t for me, as an Oracle they were masterful and have incredible depth. The deck is suitable for all types of readings, it is not a deck that should be pigeonholed into one specific type of reading. I think it is particularly well suited for meditation. I would recommend this deck to persons who primarily enjoy Oracles and want to delve more into Tarot, or persons who primarily prefer Tarot and want to work with an Oracle that has more structure to it than your typical oracles and want an Oracle with some “teeth.” I also recommend this deck for intuitive readers as the imagery is spectacular. Those persons that like to use cards for meditation would also enjoy this deck. I would not recommend this deck to a beginner because there is no instruction what so ever on how to start working with or reading the cards, and it will not match up to any other literature you will find in books or online Tarot learning resources. If you have strong traditional historical Tarot foundations and have expectations of what you will find in each suit stay away from this deck, it will frustrate you. I do not even consider myself all that into historical tradition and traditional meanings and it frustrated me. The court cards will absolutely drive you bonkers. Would I read with this deck for Aunt Fifi? She would really love the art, nothing offensive here, though some imagery especially in the suit of Clouds might frighten her and if the image did not the key word might, but if she wanted me to I would read for her with it.
  4. Saturn Celeste

    Osho Zen Tarot: The Transcendental Game Of Zen

    From the album: Specialty Decks

    April 15, 1995 by Osho (Author), Ma Deva Padma (Illustrator) Product details Paperback: 176 pages Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 7th ed. edition (April 15, 1995) Language: English ISBN-10: 0312117337 ISBN-13: 978-0312117337 Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 2.1 x 7.7 inches Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds Buy on Amazon
  5. bookshop

    Enchanted Tarot

    From the album: Artistic Decks

    The Enchanted Tarot Creator: Amy Zerner (artist), Monte Farber (writer) Year/Publisher: 1992 / St. Martin's Press Availability: original edition is OOP but available at Amazon; 25th anniversary edition also available at Amazon. This deck has been revised and remixed into the Zerner-Farber Tarot by the creators.

    © 1992

  6. Jewel

    Mystic Dreamer Tarot

    The Mystic Dreamer By Jewel The Mystic Dreamer Tarot, by Heidi Darras, is a photo-manipulated deck printed by Llewellyn in 2008. The deck was born of Ms. Darras interest in creating a deck of her own and the encouragement she received on Deviant Art. As Ms. Darras notes in the Artist Note section of the companion book, she wanted to create an emotional deck, and to reveal the hidden emotion within each card. She also wanted to create a deck that had an aura of mystery and a dreaminess about it. That I feel she achieved. The art is done via photo-manipulation. The art has a romantic, dramatic, and dreamy feel to it. For the most part the deck is really beautiful but there are some cards in which the technique just did not work out as hoped, examples are the 7 of Swords and King of Pentacles to name a couple. Overall though the deck is pretty. The cards are framed with a ¼ inch parchment style border on the top and sides with the bottom border being larger, just shy of 1”. The Mystic Dreamer is one of those decks that would have benefited from being borderless or with a small simple border. In my personal opinion the parchment borders seem to bleed into the image and detract from many of the cards. The names and numbers of the cards are printed on a scroll within the bottom border. The cards are the standard Llewellyn size and quality, making them easy to shuffle. The backs of the cards have a beautiful moon design and are reversible. The Mystic Dreamer Tarot is intended to be an intuitive deck rather than a structured deck, but it does closely follow the Rider-Waite-Smith system. It is a 78 card deck, with 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana retain their traditional titles. The Strength card is assigned to position VIII and Justice at XI. The suits are Cups, Wands, Swords, and Pentacles. The elemental correspondences are Cups/water, Wands/Fire, Swords/Air, and Pentacles/Earth. The Court Cards are King, Queen, Knight, and Page. Key design elements the artist chose were the moon and ravens. The creator shares that she has a “particular connection” with the moon and has used it throughout the deck as a symbol of “emotions, intuition, creativity, inspiration, and it can evoke a feeling of magic and mystery.” Another symbol that is prevalent throughout the deck are ravens. Ms. Darras states that in dreams ravens “symbolize the secrets of the sub-conscious, showing us things we would prefer not to know. They represent a feeling of foreboding, an important message, or something in our lives that needs attention.” I find this description a bit dramatic but in Greek mythology ravens are associated with the God Apollo - the god of prophesy - so I do feel they are very well suited to Tarot, not to mention I have a personal affinity towards ravens. One of the strengths of this deck is the court cards, with the exception of the Kings and the Queen of Wands. The Kings look young and overly arrogant, and the essence of the fiery Queen of Wands is not captured as well as the other Queens in the deck are. It is unfortunate that the maturity of Kings was not portrayed in posture or age, as otherwise the court cards are quite expressive which is helpful for those of us who struggle with them. My largest issues with this deck include: (1) I find the images on many of the cards too small to really appreciate the details to their fullest potential, and the large bottom border is the main contributor to this. (2) When the photo-manipulation technique does not work it really detracts. (3) Lack of gender balance, even some of the males present in the deck can be confused for females until much closer examination, the Fool is a good example of this. (4) Everyone, with the exception of the Hermit, in this deck is young, and attractive. The Emperor might be in his late 30’s to early 40’s, but the other figures are most likely in their 20’s. Not that I have anything against young attractive people, but some cards benefit from a more mature figure such as the Emperor, Hierophant, Hermit, and Kings for example. The 211-page companion book titled The Dreamer’s Journal is very nicely written by Barbara Moore. It covers Tarot Basics, a really nice section with spreads, Keeping a Tarot Journal, instruction on how to read the cards, a Dream Work section, and the sections dedicated to the cards describe the cards, provide upright and reversed meanings, and little prompts at the end of each card section for you to use your intuition. Overall I am neutral in regards to this deck. I like the concept, the key elements chosen by the artist, and like much of the art such as the stunning Death Card which is a beautiful image that truly conveys the cycles of life, renewal, and transformation. But in the end the deck is a wash for me due to the issues I personally have with it. I feel this deck would be appreciated by young intuitive readers that enjoy photo-manipulated art, and those interested in decks with an otherworldly dreamy feel to them. The deck could also appeal to those who are not that into esoteric symbolism in their cards. I feel the deck could be used by beginners as it does follow the RWS system closely though with much less esoteric symbolism, and the book will help add clarity as it is well written and informative.
  7. Jewel

    Fantastical Creatures

    Fantastical Creatures Tarot By Jewel Published by U.S. Games in June of 2007, The Fantastical Creatures Tarot by D. J. Conway and Lisa Hunt, was the fourth Tarot collaboration between Ms. Conway and Ms. Hunt. The inspiration for this deck comes from ancient mythologies and folklore. Creatures that Ms. Conway notes as beings that fall somewhere between humans and Gods, “a kind of middleman of the astral realms.” I was very excited to purchase this deck because I am fascinated by magical creatures and am quite fond of the Shapeshifter and Celtic Dragon Tarot decks. Unlike previous decks by this team, this deck did not include a companion book. Being unfamiliar with many of the mythologies and creatures presented in this deck I was really at a loss and could have used one. Instead I was left to research these creatures and myths on the internet as needed and as a result ended up disagreeing with many of the cards based on what was written in the “little white book” (LWB). Ms. Hunt’s water color paintings are as beautiful and magical as ever. They draw me in and transport me inside the cards, which is great for intuitive reading and meditation. The colors are deep and vibrant. The card images are framed in intertwining branches that hint a Celtic feel to me. Outside these frames is an extra 1/8” cream colored background. Though beautiful, this results in the images being a little too small for my taste. I would have preferred these cards to be borderless all together. At the bottom of each card is a scroll containing the name or number and suit of the card in black lettering. Equal attention and detail is given to the Major and Minor Arcana so the deck is seamless artistically which is always a plus in my book. As with all D.J. Conway/Lisa Hunt decks I ran into Ms. Conway’s suit elemental correspondence preference of Wands/Air, Swords Fire, which throws me for a loop. I learned and prefer the Wands/Fire, Swords/Air correspondences. As noted in my review of The Celtic Dragon Tarot, the elemental correspondences of these suits is one of those long held Tarot debates. I want to address this debate in a very simplistic way for the sake those to whom this elemental debate is new, or are confused by it, that might read this review. There is a basis for either set of correspondences (Wands/Fire, Swords/Air or Wands/Air, Swords/Fire). If you think of it from a practical point of view swords are forged in fire, and tree limbs (often used to represent wands) do blow in the wind and if you think of magic wands well you swish them through the air, so I do get it. It is logical. The flip side, Wands/Fire Swords/Air comes from the passion expressed in the Suit of Wands which ties it to Fire, and the communication, intellect, and thought represented by the element of Air which is sharp like a sword. So, one set of correspondences is logical while the other is metaphorical. Granted, that is how I keep it all straight, but Ms. Conway gave a more sophisticated explanation based on magick in Chapter 1 of The Celtic Dragon Tarot Companion Book “This association has always made more sense to me than the reverse, since Wands are primarily a mental ritual tool and Swords are an energy of action tool.” Neither is right or wrong, and both have validity, it all boils down to personal preference. How do the Wands/Air – Swords/Fire correspondences throw me off? Well, I end up seeing a blending of both in both suits and it muddies them for me. I use elemental correspondences when reading and apparently, I am not mentally ambidextrous when it comes to this! With this particular deck I happened to just ignore the suit all together and rely on the element Ms. Conway assigned. The deck is comprised of 78 cards, 22 Major Arcana, and 56 Minor Arcana. I found about less than half the cards to even remind of the RWS, so it was like looking at an art deck for me. I guess this can be attributed my lack of knowledge about many of these Fantastical Creatures, but even when I looked them up to learn more about them I was often left scratching my head. There were some cards I could immediately recognize from the RWS, but not enough to make this deck user friendly to me. So, let’s move on from my issues and discuss the structure of the deck. Two Major Arcana card names are changed: The Hierophant becomes The High Priest, and The Devil becomes Chains. Strength is at position 8 and Justice at position 11. The Minor Arcana (numbers 1-10) and somewhat follow RWS system but other times had a different meaning all together. The Court Cards follow the traditional RWS naming, Page, Knight, Queen, King. Aside from the gorgeous art, what I like the most about this deck is the two extra cards that come with it that have key words to help me understand what the intended meaning is. The cards are typical Llewellyn card stock of the day which is a little bit thicker than that of their decks today. I have no problem with the card stock then again, I am not overly fussy about this either. After years of riffle shuffling and such they have held up very well, they do not stick nor clump. The cards measure about 4.75” x 2.75”, a good size for most sized hands. The backs of the cards are cream colored with a circular golden-brown design with a mythical creature head repeated found times, a serpent of some sort. The card backs are reversible, and since no reversed meanings were provided in the LWB my guess is that like with the Celtic Dragon deck it was not designed to be used with reversals. I say, if you want to use reversals go for it! The deck comes with a 71-page LWB written by Ms. Conway, which to me fell right into the stereotype many Tarot readers have LWBs … they are gobbledygook and relatively unhelpful. With each card it does give you a paragraph on the Fantastical Creature, a Divinatory Meaning, and Magickal Uses. To really work with this deck I need more context in regards to the creature of myth or legend than what is provided. Maybe I am just picky, but that is my opinion of the LWB. The deck did come with a beautiful glossy spread sheet that includes some information on Reading the Tarot Cards and Suit/Element/Realm correspondences which is very helpful. It includes 5 spreads: The Expanded Celtic Cross (11-cards), Present Life Changes (5-cards), The Pyramid (6-cards), a Decision Layout (9-cards), and Changes Layout (5-cards). I am not saying this is not a Tarot deck, or that it would be better served as an Oracle deck, I am just saying I just didn’t get it. I did daily draws with this deck for over a month which I enjoyed, but I found myself often in disagreement with the author about the card meaning. It actually ended up frustrating me. I also did a few readings for friends. When I read for them I just read what I saw in the images, used some basic numerology or hierarchy combined with the element and image to guide me to an interpretation. When I tried corresponding the cards to the RWS I just got headaches so I stopped that. The readings were OK, but I felt so much was still left on the table. Had I really been able to draw on the lore behind these creatures I think the readings could have been much better. This is not and never will be one of my reading decks. That is not to say it does not have its uses for me however. I think this deck would be great for meditation and writing because the art is beautiful, and the creatures are fascinating. I would recommend this deck to people who like to meditate with Tarot and Oracle cards, fantasy writers, those with extensive knowledge of ancient mythology and folklore, and intuitive readers who just like to read images and do not rely ascribe to established Tarot systems (i.e. RWS, Thoth, Marseille) to get to their interpretations. If you look for traditional esoteric systems in Tarot this deck really does not have them, so I would pass if I were you. If you really depend on what you have learned or memorized from other Tarot systems your keywords will not always match, so not a deck I would recommend to beginners because there is no book that will help you understand what is going on. There is no nudity, mermaids wear bikini tops and the Naga a shirt. Aunt Fifi really likes the art and could look at the deck for hours, but she would rather we play a game making up stories with it than get a reading.
  8. Jewel

    Joie de Vivre Tarot

    Joie de Vivre By Jewel The Joie de Vivre, French for Joy of Life, is a deck created by artist Paulina Cassidy and published by US Games in 2011. The cards are 2 ¾ X 4 ¾ and of quality glossy card stock typical of US Games decks. The cards are packaged in a flip top box along with a 61 page little white book (LWB). The LWB includes an introduction, key words, the name and descriptions of the characters on the cards, divinatory meaning, reversed meaning, a small section about the author, and two pages to write notes. The backs of the cards are golden to yellow with a vine design and are reversible. The front and back of the cards are framed with a thin black line and have a ¼ inch white border. The images are watercolor paintings in pastel colors with vibrant tones. The images follow the whimsical and unmistakable style I associate with Paulina Cassidy art, but are visually simpler than Ms. Cassidy’s previous deck the Paulina Tarot. The simpler images allowed me to focus on the image and message of the cards. In addition, the characters of the Joie de Vivre have names, making them more personable and their message/advice more personal. Spiral designs are prevalent throughout the deck, especially in the backgrounds of the cards. The characters ranged from people to faeries, to animals, to other creatures. On a side note, Ms. Cassidy’s website includes full images of the deck. When you click on the images you can see a large rendering of the card as well as the information about the card that is presented in the LWB. The Joie de Vivre is 78 card Rider-Wait-Smith (RWS) based deck. The Major Arcana follows the traditional RWS structure, including archetypes and numbering. The Majors are numbered in Roman numerals, with the Strength card at VIII and Justice at XI. The Minors are numbered 1 through 10 in Arabic numerals. The Minor Arcana suits are Cups, Wands, Coins, and Swords. The Court cards are King, Queen, Knight, and Page. The Minors are fully illustrated, and RWS inspired but very original. The number of suit symbols (Cups, Wands, Coins, Swords) corresponding to each Minor appear on the cards within the drawing. As noted in the LWB introduction, in the words of the creator “… the Joie de Vivre is designed to access the childlike energy in each one of us to help stimulate, enhance, and inspire joy in our own lives. A truly fantastical people, the living beings in the Joie de Vivre realm are all sentient souls of love who want nothing but the best for those who take a journey through their world. An amplifier of intuition and a connection to the divine source, they hope the Joie de Vivre deck will help awaken a response from deep within your heart, mind, and spirit.” I am the first to admit that I purchased the deck for the art, and assumed that it was a “fluff” deck. It is not. My experiences with this deck have been transformative, healing, and helpful. The deck has a gentle manner of delivering information, but addresses issues in a direct and honest way. It does not sugarcoat the messages or advice. What it does do is promote facing challenges, obstacles, and difficult issues with hope and in the spirit of resolution. The Joie de Vivre is infused with empathy, for self and/or others, which is the true magic behind it. This is one of the aspects of the deck that surprised me the most and the reason I quickly learned to love it. I attribute this to Ms. Cassidy’s 10 years of study and experience in energy healing which she incorporates into her art. Some of the traditionally harsher or scary cards such as the 9 of Swords, 10 of Swords truly capture the emotions as we experience them yet in a non-scary way, and XV the Devil presents the message/issue in a somewhat comical manner. It is not just about the event or issue but how it is affecting us or others. This is true of all cards in this deck not just the harsher images. The images help us put situations and emotions all together completing the picture. If you can see it and understand it then you can do something about it. In my personal opinion, this deck is really well suited for persons with interest in using tarot for psychological and emotional information, healing, and/or guidance, intuitive readers, empaths, and those who like decks that are honest and direct yet comforting. It would also be good for use with querents that are a little squeamish about Tarot in general. I would also recommend it to fans of whimsical art and those who like to use Tarot for writing. The deck is best suited for persons with some tarot experience as the images do vary from the traditional RWS, however I would not discourage a beginner from getting this deck as the images are very evocative and great for sparking the imagination and intuition.
  9. Jewel

    The Mermaid Tarot

    Mermaid Tarot By Jewel The Mermaid Tarot by Leeza Robertson was published by Llewellyn in March of 2019 as a deck and book set. In Ms. Robertson’s Introductory Note in the companion book she notes that the deck “started with a single irritating idea … an idea that just would not go away and die somewhere quietly.” Many of us have seen plenty of themed decks go wrong, and themes such as mermaids who live in water can be especially difficult to execute into a quality Tarot deck. Add to that mermaids were never Ms. Robertson’ thing, but the Siren kept singing and well ... she is a mermaid person now, and I for one am glad that Siren would not leave her alone. I have waited for a well-done mermaid Tarot deck for ages and finally have one! The illustrations by Ms. Julie Dillon are wonderful. They are done with well executed graphic art, the colors are brilliant and vivid, there is great ethnic diversity, gender representation, and the mermaids and mermen are all very expressive. I typically have hang ups about mermaids wearing clothes (tops to be specific), but the fact that these mermaids wear tops does not even bother me. I have to admit, that really surprised me! One of the other things I really like about this deck, is that not only can you identify the suits by the ethnic composition, but by the style of the mermaid tails which gives the deck such cohesion. I am sure you are ready for me to get on with the specifics of the deck, so lets’ talk about the Mermaid Tarot. The cards measure 2 ¾” by a little over 4 ½”, usual Lewellyn size. The card stock is your usual Llewllyn fare, easy to riffle shuffle. The backs have a beautiful seaweed inspired design with a golden orb at the center on a gradient blue to white background and are reversible. The cards are borderless, and the numbers and titles are spelled out in a small aqua colored banner at the bottom of each card. The deck consists of 78 cards – 22 Major Arcana, 56 Minor Arcana. The Major Arcana retain all the traditional names though the art is original and there are some different takes or perspectives on some of the Majors. Strength is in position VIII and Justice at position XI. The Court Cards are Page, Knight, Queen, and King and show a progression of maturity. The suits are Swords, Wands, Cups and Pentacles. The deck is intended to be read with reversals. Your traditional Rider-Wait-Smith inspired structure. What is special to me about this deck is how Ms. Robertson turned a watery world into an expressive world that captures the essence of the four suits and elements. Granted, the seasonal correspondences end up varying from many are used to using, but it works well with the suits and the theme of the deck. How did she accomplish this? By setting each suit into a different type of watery kingdom with a domain over a particular environment where the essence of the suit would stand out through their activities of daily living within those environments. Here are the descriptions from the book with some commentary from me on the imagery of the cards: · “The kingdom of wands is represented by the guardians of the volcanoes.” – this suit has a real Polynesian feel to it through the ethnic characteristics of the mermaids and mermen as well as the traditional tribal tatoos, not to mention the volcanic environment. · “The kingdom of pentacles is represented … by the guardians of lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. These mer-folk look after all land-based waterways.” – this suit includes various ethnicities, some merfolk look as though they might could even be inspired by the American Indians. · “The kingdom of cups is represented by the guardians of the deep ocean. They reside in the never-ending vast spaces of the sea and control the wild currents, manage weather, and patrol the deepest darkest caverns.” – here again we see a variety of ethnicities including African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic. · “The kingdom of swords is filled with the guardians of the polar ice caps. Harsh terrain, isolation, and wilderness are their domain.” If you are into Game of Thrones I would tell you these mermaids look like they could be related to the Targeryans’, they all have white hair and pale skin. The court cards in this deck are some of my favorites. As noted in Chapter 1 of the companion book “The kings and queens of the Mermaid Tarot are gods and goddesses in their own right – they have power, prestige, and thousands of years of knowledge to share with you ... The knights of the Mermaid Tarot share lessons in honor, respect, and duty. They remind us of all the things that can and should be done for the betterment of our lives and the community we live in … The pages connect us to the energy of wonder of the inner child, back to the time when we were just learning about who we are and discovering who we might like to be when we grow up.” So much like in the Major Arcana, the Court Cards utilize some universal archetypes. I find this to be a real plus for those of us that have or do struggle with interpreting the Court Cards. The referenced Gods and Goddesses for the Kings and Queens by suit are as follows: · Queen of Cups: Nammu, the Summerian Sea Goddess who according to Wikipedia: “gave birth to An (heaven) and Ki (earth) and the first gods, representing the Apsu, the fresh water ocean that the Sumerians believed lay beneath the earth, the source of life-giving water and fertility in a country with almost no rainfall.” · King of Cups: Triton, son of the Greek Gods Poseidon and Amphitriate, and a God in his own right. In Greek Methology he is the messenger of the sea. We also know him as Ariel’s dad in The Little Mermaid. · Queen of Wands: The Hawaiian Goddess Pele, “goddess of volcanoes and fire and the creator of the Hawaiian Islands.” (Wikipedia). In this deck she is described as the goddess of creation and destruction. This is probably my favorite Queen in this deck, she is the perfect embodiment of the Queen of Wands. · King of Wands: Kamohoalii, a shark god from Hawaiian mythology who according the companion book is a protector and ruler. · Queen of Pentacles: The Lady of the Lake from Arthurian Legends. The companion book shares this tidbit with us: “…known as the creator of leaders, warriors, and kings.” The book also notes she in not someone we want to mess with. I love the power this deck gives this queen, it expresses her as both nurturing and fierce. · King of Pentacles: The companion book calls this King Conduits, the God of Rivers. I did a little research on this God but came up empty. Here is what the companion book says about him: “In order to understand the material world, one must first learn about flow …. the King of Pentacles means being grounded yet flowing much like Conduits, god of rivers.” · Queen of Swords: Though her name is not given, she is referenced as Goddess of Winter. In the companion book she is described as “the keeper of reason, order, and harsh realities.” · King of Swords: Boreas, Greek God of the cold north wind. I do wish Ms. Robertson had provided more detailed information on the Gods and Goddesses used, but the fact that she did not is not a make or break deal for me. Just personal curiosity. Between the descriptions in the companion and the art by Ms. Dillon I had no problem with these Courts and found them quite easy to read by just looking at them. As I noted earlier, they are some of my favorite Tarot Court cards. When I think of the companion book for this deck the first word that comes to mind is luscious. A Guide to The Mermaid Tarot is a glossy and a full colored visual delight. It is not just the full page sized colored images of the cards, the entire book is in color. It is beautiful. A Guide to The Mermaid Tarot opens with an introductory note from Leeza Robertson speaking about how she came to create the deck. It is funny and honest, and made me feel like she was sitting across the table talking to me about it. Chapter 1, The Flow of the Deck, sets the tone of the deck explaining to the reader “Each tarot deck interprets the concepts and ideas of the seventy-eight cards in a unique way. Here in the Mermaid Tarot, you will notice the story, ideas, and concepts of the cards have been told through the lens of mermaid mythology. Each part of this deck adds to the many stories already written about those who live under the water, deep beneath the surface.” Chapter 1 then goes into the Majors, asking the reader to see the merfolk in this part of the deck as their teachers and guides. The Majors section is followed by the Minor Aracana and Court Cards section from which I have already shared some information with you in previous sections of this review. There is a small section called The Numbers at a Quick Glance which provides some key words for numbers 1-10. Chapter 2 is titled Taking the Cards for a Swim and opens with several pages giving the reader a step-by-step approach to doing a reading which will be very helpful to beginners. Following the step-by-step process is a section titled A Note on Reversals and Ms. Robertson encourages the reader to try using the reversals and puts a plug in for her book Tarot Reversals for Beginners. Chapter 3 is where the cards start with The Major Arcana. For each card you have a full colored/full sized glossy picture of the card being discussed, a description of the image and information about that archetype and then you have a section on the upright and then on the reversed meaning of the card. Chapter 4 is about The Minor Arcana and to my delight it was formatted the same manner as the Majors. The last chapter is Chapter 5 Mermaid Magic and Spreads and includes the following spells: A Spell for Healing, A Spell for Love, A Spell for Money. It also includes the following spreads: Daily Journal Prompt Spread (single card), Two Heads are Better Than One Spread (two cards), What, Where, How Three-Card Spread, The Four Elements Spread (five cards). The book then closes with a Final Note from the author. Overall, I really enjoyed reading and working with the companion book and found it helpful in understanding the deck and individual cards. I used this deck for 30 days straight in readings, and it quickly became one of my favorites. I will admit I am Pisces and love everything relating to water, and I am a mermaid lover; but I am also a Tarot enthusiast and reader. The Mermaid Tarot did not only appeal to all of these things in me, it exceeded my expectations. The readings were deep, meaningful, and enlightening. This deck is really well thought out and executed and is a deck I will read with for years to come. I applaud both Ms. Robertson and Ms. Dillon for being able to capture the real essence of the suits and elements within the concept and illustration of the Mermaid Tarot. The merfolk that inhabit the deck are not doing human things under water, they are going through their everyday lives, challenges and joy within their kingdoms. In a way the execution of theme reminds me of the masterful way The Victorian Fairy Tarot captured the lives of faeries during the different seasons of the year, but I digress. The Mermaid Tarot is well suited to all types of readings. I recommend this deck to those of you that: have been waiting for a quality mermaid themed deck, love Faerie and fantasy themed decks, intuitive readers, and readers of all levels. If you enjoy incorporating elemental and/or seasonal correspondences to your readings you will also enjoy this deck. I would have no problem recommending the Mermaid Tarot to a beginner, with the caveat to also pick up a Raider Waite Smith deck (RWS) for comparisons and following text from most beginner books to make sense of cards where the meaning of the card has been expanded or viewed from a different perspective. The symbolism in the Mermaid Tarot is not esoteric in nature, so it would not appeal to readers looking for astrological, Qabalah, and other esoteric symbolism. As for Aunt Fifi, she would absolutely love this deck. Nothing offensive here, everyone is dressed, and the deck is a beauty to look at.
  10. KaiNO

    Spirit Keeper's Tarot (SKT)

    From the album: Esoteric Decks

    Author/Artist: Benebell Wen Versions: - First Edition (OOP, 1000 copies, sold out in 7 days on 12th of Oct 2018). - Vitruvian Edition (OOP, 2000 copies, sold out on 5th of Aug 2019, pre-order started 17th of Jan 2019). Each deck given a unique name and consecrated by the author.) (This is the version depticted here). Homepage: https://benebellwen.com Deck: 80-card deck, 2.75″ x 4.75″ on 350 gsm cardstock in an absolute matte finish with gilded (gold) edging, packaged inside a 1200 gsm top and bottom lid box (all decks are anointed with a hand-crafted oil blend of Ceylon cinnamon, cassia cinnamon, tears of myrrh, lemongrass, and Athenian olive oil). 80-page printed 2.75″ x 4.75″ Little White Book (LWB) included with the deck, inside the box (free PDF download of the LWB available). About: Spirit Keeper’s Tarot is a hand-illustrated 78-card tarot deck (with 2 additional versions of Key 0, for a total of 80 cards) inspired by late Renaissance woodcut prints, with symbology based predominantly on medieval European alchemy, Hermeticism, Zoroastrianism, astrology, the Kabbalah, Abrahamic angelology, Egyptian mythology, Sufism, and late Renaissance Christian mysticism. Digitally Included: - Twenty-Two Weeks with the SKT (158 pages) - Book of Maps (740 pages) - Little White Book (LWB) (80 pages) - Major Arcana only Children’s Coloring Book (71 pages) - Book of Names (22 pages) Free to the public: - Medium White Book (MWB) (198 pages) - Video Course Series I, an 18-video orientation course on the Spirit Keeper’s Tarot, covering my perspective on accessing the Akashic Records with SKT, ritual magic, kundalini awakening, pathworking, astral journeying, and more. - Video Course Series II, a 12-video orientation course that is intended to be more practical and accessible than Series I. Series II covers the Majors and Minors separately, each of the four suits, their correspondences, and guided tarot readings to be used in conjunction with LWB, MWB, Book of Maps, and 22-week workbook.
  11. Little Fang

    The White Cat Oracle

    From the album: Oracle Decks

    Cats and Magic abound in this 55 Card Oracle Deck by David Borden Card size: Standard Tarot Sized: 2.75 x 4.75 inches Blue Core Playing Cards Purchase Here
  12. KaiNO

    The Numinous Tarot

    From the album: Diverse Decks

    Creater/artist: Noel Arthur Heimpel Purchase where: noelheimpel.com Size of cards: 2.75"x4.75" (7x12 cm) Materials: 350gsm glossy cardstock with gilded edges Guidebook: 6"x9" and 126 pages, with black & white interiors The Numinous Tarot is a radical deck that strives to bring a variety of experiences to the wonderfully complex symbolism of the Tarot. Rendered in beautiful and luminous watercolor and inks, the Numinous Tarot shows the beauty of diversity in the world, from body type, ability, race, to gender identity and expression. These things are not used as symbols in and of themselves; rather, they are there to show the infinite ways that all people can experience magic and mystery, especially those who are often excluded from it. The deck is accompanied by a full-sized guidebook written for readers of all levels, including beginners. Both the guidebook and card titles use all gender-neutral language. The Numinous Tarot is a 79-card Tarot deck with fully illustrated pips and one extra card called The Numinous. The suits, court cards, and some of the Major Arcana have been renamed to fit the mystical theme of the deck and/or remove gendered titles and hierarchies. The suits of this deck are: Bells (Swords), Candles (Wands), Tomes (Pentacles), and Vials (Cups). The court cards are: Mystics (Kings), Creators (Queens), Explorers (Knights), and Dreamers (Pages) Current deck in the 2nd printing of another successful kickstarter campaign in 2019. First kickstarter campaign was in 2016.
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