I learned about object writing from the books of Pat Pattison, who teaches songwriters to evoke memories in the listener by involving all the senses while writing. Writers tend to get too much in the head and forget about the body, and this exercise reminds you to ground your writing in the physical. The idea… Continue reading Object Writing in your Tarot Journal
The Light Seer’s Tarot is so gorgeous. My 19-year-old son, who never pays much attention to my decks, has commented on this one because it’s stunning. He’s especially drawn to that Knight of Swords. Can I just pause for a moment to appreciate how awesome decks are now? I bought my first deck in 1999… Continue reading The Light Seer’s Tarot (Deck Review)
Rarely is a tarot deck as stunning as The Naked Heart. The art style is most similar to The Wild Unknown Tarot, but with a lot more white space to let the cards breathe. There are also symbols on the cards to remind you what element or astrological sign the card represents. The deck mostly… Continue reading The Naked Heart Tarot (Deck Review)
Every book on tarot has an obligatory section where the author tells you that keeping a tarot journal is the best way to learn. They can’t help it. Someone told them and they passed it along. And you know what? Maybe it was great for them. The person who wrote the book might actually learn… Continue reading 5 Reasons Not to Keep a Tarot Journal
There’s a lot to love about this beautiful deck, with the artwork being at the top. Poppy Palin takes the cards and brings them down to earth, switching out the medieval and Renaissance imagery with scenes that look like our lives today. The cards retain their traditional names. Court ranks are Page, Knight, Queen, King,… Continue reading The Everyday Enchantment Tarot (Deck Review)
I don’t usually take to Marseille-style decks, but I really fell in love with this little deck. Tarot de Maria Celia is a reinterpretation of the Marseille deck by Filipino artist Lynyrd-Jym Narciso, who previously created the Vanessa Tarot. Like the Vanessa Tarot, this deck is small (close to playing card size) and comes in… Continue reading Tarot de Maria Celia (Deck Review)
I think this is currently my favorite RWS deck. People always tell you that you should start with the Rider Waite Smith Tarot, and there’s something to be said for learning the archetypal cards behind so many innovative new decks. It helps you read the new decks right out of the box. But the RWS… Continue reading Radiant Wise Spirit Tarot (Deck Review)
I love the Nightmare Before Christmas Tarot Deck! It’s beautiful. It reads right out of the box for anyone who’s familiar with the Rider Waite system. It also comes with a little booklet that includes a full-color picture of each card and an introductory upright and reversed meaning. There are three sample spreads in the… Continue reading The Nightmare Before Christmas Tarot (Deck Review)
If you’re a fan of Guillermo del Toro as well as Tarot, you may like this deck. It illustrates the major arcana and court cards with images from del Toro’s films (or, in the case of The Magician, the man himself!). For example, The High Priestess is Nuala, the elf princess from Hellboy II. The… Continue reading Tarot del Toro (Deck Review)
If you like Harry Potter or the magical girls anime genre, you’ll enjoy Witchling Academy Tarot. The book that comes with the deck is small but fun. It follows the adventures of Charlie, an apprentice at the Witchling Academy of Magic. The Major Arcana has a story about Charlie’s battle against Corrupt Magic, and it… Continue reading Witchling Academy Tarot (Deck Review)
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