Hermit’s Lamp Podcast: divination interviews

Canada’s Andrew Kyle McGregor isn’t just any tarot salesman. Other than offering great TdM (and tarot indie) decks in his webshop, he also offers original courses on divination and cartomancy. However, my main recommendation goes to his personal tarot knowledge and the way he uses it: McGregor’s The Hermit’s Lamp Podcast is a unique podcast within the Tarot Industry – with capitals, yep and if you subscribe to it you’ll be able to enjoy many awesome interviews with renowned names (artists, authors, readers). Along the line he’s got inside info from the recently departed Yoav Ben-Dov on creating his CBD, chatted with other great TdM-names like Camelia Elias and Enrique Enriguez and all podcasts are set up to teach you something or have you think about the topic of tarot and divination. Big divination names Of course, I am presenting this multimedia tip during Traditional Tarot Month, hence focusing on the Tarot de Marseille angle, but truly…everyone should pick out at least one or two to check out. He’s just released his 65th and in those 65 broadcasts you’ll also find talks with none other than author Barbara Moore on decks, James Wells on a journey through the Major Arcana,…

How to survive a holiday without your deck: 7 tips

First aid in tarot deck emergencies. 7 key tips on preventing divination distress.
Most readers are the same: we go on a holiday or business trip and plan the best decks to pack. That go-to tarot, that trust-y Lenormand, this new, cute oracle we bought last week, and perhaps we also had some Thoth or TdM studying to do. We soon end up with a bag full of decks and a big smile on our face: we are ready to rumble in whatever spot we land! But what if you end up on your destination sans oracle. NO trusted…

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…

Holiday special: tarot & oracle gift tips
Books , Decks , Oracle , Recommendation , Tarot , Tarot de Marseille / 11 December 2016

Looking for the ideal December present? Pretty sure that if you’re into divination there will be plenty to pick from here on the The Queen’s Sword. Going through all that material however might result in not having packages in time for the festivities. So…I made it simple with this Holiday special: tarot & oracle tips. Here are several lists, ranging from easy to grab mass market Tarot de Marseille’s to interesting Oracle releases and harder to find antique decks. My divination favorites for your gift and wish lists! Easy to grab Marseille and Marseille inspired decks As said earlier in The Queen’s TdM month: there aren’t many Marseille decks and books out there (although, honestly, once you dive into the material there are more than you could ever imagine…and want). Most of them are self-published too…anyone not living in the US knows that the shipping costs, taxes and handling will ruin your gift-budget in one go. But you don’t have to miss out on TdM’s, no siree!If you have a sweet spot for Marseille (inspired) decks, yours truly will show you the way ;-). Easy to obtain through the well-known and trustworthy webshops. Le Tarot Noir A bit quirky, a…

Hurst’s Tarot history blog | Pre-Gebelin

The owner of this blog, Micheal J. Hurst, unfortunately passed a few weeks ago (aug 2016), but anyone interested in the history of Tarot pre-Gebelin (traditional tarot, before the English school that brought forth the Waite-Smith, Thoth and most modern decks) will love this scholarly online approach. Hurst saw himself as a ‘Tarot geek, fascinated by the factual history and characteristic medieval allegory of this remarkable artifact’. No art-historian, but so well-read he…