In the column Artist’s Advice divination authors and deck designers give their never before seen reading tips, divination techniques or unique essays to share their expertise and showcase a new release. This issue:Modern Marseille: A WCS Reversed extra-approach to traditional imagery | Ascension Tarot | Scott Davis Disclaimer: Even though the artwork is from the Tarot de Marseille, the Ascension Tarot is not an actual Marseille deck (TQS: Depending on your POV you could name it a Modern Marseille, but based on the vision of the designer I’ve baptised it an “Altered WCS with historical imagery”). I chose that artwork to use for this deck, simply because I have always liked it. Since the Ascension Tarot has multiple orientations, however, it functions very differently than any of the traditional decks, even though it is visually strongly based on them (uses the same suits, ranks, and card names). Scott Davis “I have always loved cards – card games, playing cards, and of course, the Tarot. My love of games led me to become a game designer, but I never lost my fascination with tarot cards. So, while designing a game which used square cards, I was suddenly struck by the idea of…
Dickensian divination: literature as a companion & spread tips | Charles Dickens Tarot |Chris Leech
Tarot & Literature: tarot deck based on the narrative of an author’s life
Wisdom in writing: “The Figure in the Carpet”
“The Charles Dickens Tarot (CDT) is not just a powerful working tarot deck created for the purposes of divination, but also a study of all Dickens’ novels and a biographical introduction to the great man’s life. Unlike the vertical orientation of most playing cards and tarot decks, the CDT displays its images in a horizontal frame to resemble a theatrical stage or open book.
Whilst my present Starlight Dragon book (TSQ: The companion Travelling with Starlight Dragons is just released) is focused on the elementary associations of tarot (Golden Dawn tradition) plus the grand mythic tales of great dragons, I am preparing another on a more advanced level with work on tarot correspondences to astrology, kabbalah and alchemy, which have been only touched upon in the first book.
As a very special and exclusive pre-taste
I could find few oracle decks that drew their lessons from any male presence. To me, this represents a serious lack of balance, because, like it or not, men exist, and in order to create the universal harmony so many people crave, we need balance.
In creating this deck, I drew from the history and mythology of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and the Bible. I deliberately chose many of the figures because they were flawed: lionizin
After the success of Tarot: Unlocking the Arcana I sat down to decide what my next project was going to be. It came to me, a tarot journal! If I could go back in time to the beginning of my tarot journey to do something different, I would journal more. I did attempt journaling, but that failed. Blank notebooks were uninspiring. They left me wanting. Printing out online PDF’s and