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!

Le Tarot Noir | Review

there is more to the traditional tarot ‘branch’. It has more to offer and to love. Including the very new, the very old and some decks that simply deserve the name classic despite its age. This review revolves around the latter. Some brand it a TdM, others say not (the designer is part of the first group by the way). It is a little quirky, but according to yours truly also beautiful in its own way. I am talking about Le Tarot Noir. If you, like me, have been roaming the pages of th…

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,…

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…

Tarot Experience | Encyclopedia II | Review
Books , Review , Tarot , Tarot de Marseille / 12 February 2017

Italian publisher Lo Scarabeo started its Tarot Encyclopedia adventure in 2015. With the help of crowdfunding and several renowned tarot authors three books were in the making. Tarot Fundamentals reached the shelves in Q1 of 2016, covered in the High Priestess of Erik C Dunne’s Tarot illuminati. Book 2, the red Tarot Experience, got delivered on my doorstep at the brink of 2017. So, what can you expect from this, yet again, huge hardcover? The set-up & look/feel of the second book in the Lo Scarabeo sequence is in many ways the same, so to get an idea about appearance, quality and authors I advice you to read the Tarot Fundamentals review first. Next step Tarot Experience goes further where Fundamentals stopped. The blue book focused a lot on every simple card and was ideal for beginners. It also gave intermediate readers a possibility to freshen up their knowledge or to gain a new perspective on the tarot card meanings. Tarot Experience is really about…well: ‘the experience’ with the cards. To connect on a deeper level and to start working with those cards in a more advanced way. It is indeed an ideal step up for intermediate readers who haven’t…