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7.3/10
Tarot of Bones | Review
Decks , Review , Tarot / 6 July 2017

It is always great to be able to review a deck that shows the amount of work the designer has put into it and that also promises to be different than others…but still a tarot.
The Tarot of Bones is a combination of tarot structure and bone divination. According to its designer “a different kind of beast”.  Curious, I ‘cast the lot’, and here’s my conclusion.

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…

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….

Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards
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7.8/10
Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards | Book review
Books , Review , Tarot , Waite-Smith / 11 June 2017

When you’ve written over a 100 books on spirituality and divination two things can happen: you either have the experience and knowledge to write a kick-ass Tarot beginner’s book that actually holds up in the stack of ever growing beginner’s titles. Or…you write something that is obligatory, boring, a dime a dozen, repetitive or focused on myth, so a newbie better stick with the well-known books. I took up Sasha Fenton’s rereleased* Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards. A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Tarot to find out which one it is.