Behind the scenes: creating a Modern Marseille

Looking over the shoulder of a tarot deck designer while he is creating is impossible. It was…until now. In an unparalleled account Michael Bridge-Dickinson, creator of The Orbifold Tarot and currently working on Arcanum X, is showing us step-by-step his thought process and literal creation. Inspiring for deck designers-to-be and a huge taste of what’s to come for tarot readers and collectors!

Artist’s Advice| The Evolutionary Tarot | Yes/No questions
Artist's Advice , Decks , Tarot , Waite-Smith / 4 July 2017

In the monthly column Artist’s Advice divination authors and deck designers give their reading tips, divination techniques or unique essays to share their expertise and showcase a new release. This issue: The YES/NO spread | The Evolutionary Tarot | Richard Hartnett Let’s face it, we all have (had) clients who want specific ‘Yes or No’ answers to their questions.  Although, I have always believed that the future was not encrypted in a great document somewhere, I do recognize there is a need for clients to have this kind of answer.  To that end, I have created a spread to handle this kind situation. It’s called The Specific Answer spread.  It will allow you to give a client the answer they want – with even a yes or no – but it also emphasizes how free will comes into play. Reversals a must This spread is based upon working with reversals.  If you are a reader that does not work with reversed cards this spread will not work for you.  After shuffling the cards, select five cards face down.  Turn over the cards.  If three or more cards are upright the answer is yes, if three or more are reversed the answer…

Artist’s Advice | Tabula Mundi Colores Arcus
Artist's Advice , Decks , Tarot , Thoth / 6 June 2017

A memory technique called the “Method of Loci” or the “Memory Palace” is a mnemonic system known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, often used to quickly recall information. Sometimes this method is referred to as the “Journey Method” as one takes a mental stroll through imagined locations. This is similar to astral travel, and is reminiscent of the technique used to create the Tabula Mundi Tarot

Announcing Artist’s Advice | 1. MM Meleen
Artist's Advice , Tarot , Thoth / 18 May 2017

SOON ON THE QUEENS SWORD: ARTIST’S ADVICE The Queen’s Sword has a new feature! And I am very happy to say MM Meleen is the one going to kick off this new column. In Artist’s Advice (If you have a much cooler name, I am aaaaalll for it :D) deck designers and tarot/divination authors share unique material: reading tips, tarot background material…you name it! They give The Queen’s Sword readers original tips while showcasing their newest release; deck or book. For you this means a sneak peek & great content in one: tools to make you a better diviner. Little extra: while this won’t be an ‘always’, The Queen’s Sword might (later) add a mini-review of said book or deck if I happen to have a (review) copy. Those will be published – pro’s and con’s  – on the The Queen’s Sword Facebook page. So…this new feature. Details? When: June 6th 2017. Who: MM Meleen. What: Let’s face it…telling you will spoil the surprise! Join me on June 6th, the first Tarot Tuesday of the month for this amazing Tarot Tuesday Tip and discover her wisdom for yourself. I am pretty sure the genius MM Meleen won’t disappoint. Which: In the first…