Anima Antiqua: historical tarot reproductions | Interview

Traditional Tarot is ‘on the rise’*. Decks made in between the 15th and 19th century are being reproduced more and more by publishers and independent studios. If you have a thing for Ancient Italians and other old decks, you’re in for a real treat. Lo Scarabeo is soon to launch a new line of Tarocchi repro’s, upholding tradition. An interview about Anima Antiqua and ‘how it’s made’… –Andrea Chiarvesio -The Queen’s Sword   What does Anima Antiqua mean and how come you chose this title for the series? Anima Antiqua is latin for Ancient Soul and we feel the title embodies the mission behind this new line perfectly: bringing back decks from the past. Some of them well known, but some others almost unknown to parts of the tarot community. Does Lo Scarabeo (LS) feel responsible for keeping these traditional, Italian decks alive as the only mass market publisher with roots in the same country? We at LS have a great love, passion and respect for tarot. This includes, on the one hand, bringing innovation to tarot so that its very long life is vital and projected in the future, and on the other hand preserving the past wisdom. That…

Tarot podcast by MM Meleen & Tarotista
News , Podcast , Tarot , Thoth / 13 June 2017

It’s too bad I haven’t been able to write a little review for you guys, so it can be part of the “Recommendation Menu”, (although perhaps you just want to decide for yourself!) but I guess here’s a bit of podcast activity you don’t want to miss if Thoth is your friend! Imagine one of those old town criers, all dressed up in his medieval garb, holding a scroll with important news? Got him? Good, cause he has an announcement to make worthy of a little embellishment ;-). Fortune’s Wheelhouse, a podcast about esoterica and the tarot launches Tuesday, June 13th, 2017, at 11:35am EST ! So? That is not town-crier-hefty, you might think… Well, this isn’t just any podcast. It is a journey through the mysteries of the tarot, its symbolism and lore (starting with the imagery of the 22 major arcana)…led by none other than Tarotista Susie Chang and deck designer MM Meleen (if you read my website on a regular basis you must have felt you’d ended up in the M-channel lately, so yeah…that one!…) Esoteric wealth in contents Fortune’s Wheelhouse will be for beginners and advanced readers + focuses on the Waite-Smith deck and Crowley’s Thoth….

Companion+ for Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery

Place’s new book is a companion for the Sevenfold, the TdM and Hermeticism I own many of Robert Place’s decks (granted, I love most, but am not equally enthusiastic about all of them). Strangely enough that has not translated itself into even one review, but I am sure I’ll rectify that at one point.
 Besides his decks I’ve come to enjoy many of his writings and books. Combine those two and you have the reason for this little news-item. Because….Finally, it is here! Well, almost then. Place’s newest book is coming soon and it is one many of us Place-deck-collectors have been waiting for. Not only is he an artist with a very recognizable simple but elegant art-style, but he is also an extremely knowledgable art-historian and tarot historian. His book Tarot and History is a classic (on the pile of my standard tarot reference books) and the companion for the Alchemical Tarot (AT), Alchemy and the Tarot, is unequivocally one of the best deck companions ever written. But…if you are very much into his AT (ed4 or not), chances are you have the Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery too. And as gorgeous as it is… most of us have…

Arkartia: New steps for tarot online
App , News , Recommendation , Review , Tarot / 3 May 2017

Arkartia: Kickstarter Tarot Association So Arkartia. What’s that now?
I had promised to tell you a few of my thoughts – if that might help you in your ‘to pledge or not to pledge‘. Augmented reality apps, online communities, digital worlds and characters…they aren’t new in the pc-world, but they are in tarot. That is where the visionary part comes in with the newest project by the Tarot Association (TA): Arkartia. While many tarot readers are still taking their first steps into the whole online learning and sharing thing on (f.e.) Facebook, creators Marcus Katz and Tali Goodwin are obviously ready for the next step. Sunday evening, April 30th they launched Arkartia, a combination of an online community, interactive map and accompanied by an app. Full disclosure: I already backed the project because if nothing else: I’d like to be part of new things in tarot (which is why I aptly chose to pledge as Pioneer). I personally think, but have to base that on what I have seen so far, that the project makes the Tarot Association a pioneer in its own right. Setting up a community where people can share within certain locations, integrate blogs, online readings, courses and…

Sneak Peek: Ana Tourian Tarot decks plug
Decks , News , Sneak peek , Tarot / 24 April 2017

Because technique and I are still not seeing eye to eye (after a website hack, a website crash and now 5 corrupted files of soon to be published reviews) I went searching for something to calm my bleeding tarot heart… And found Ana Tourian.
I was already taken with her recently released (and reviewed by yours truly) Oracle of Echoes, but after a conversation in a Facebook Tarot Group I discovered more work. Two gorgeous tarot decks, in the