Sneak Peek: The liberating Gypsy Tarot
Decks , Interview , Mythology , News , Sneak peek , Tarot , Waite-Smith / 6 August 2017

It’s always fun when deck designers find their way to my mailbox. I don’t have time to cruise KS, IG, DeviantArt, Pinterest and FB for new tarots or Lenormands (etc) on a regular basis and this way  I definitely don’t miss out on tarot decks that have…well, quite the premise! Dear tarot peeps, meet the sparkly, magic Gypsy Tarot…promising to *liberate* you! The Gypsy tarot is the creation of Bev & Dustin (a.k.a Starman), a tarot-team called Eye Psychics. They’re currently working on making a full deck and asked me to check and review their first cards. Gladly. So in a way I am doing a partial review here already, based on concept and art. The actual review will come around Autumn 2018, when the deck is expected to be released (and a deck with my name on it is in the works!). Fantasy & no theme Because I am on my way to Greece in a few hours I had to forego on the promised demo deck and worked with the digital version of the cards (stock is going to be similar to the Paulina Tarot, if that tells you something). The style is very ‘Disney-pretty’ and obviously fantasy. I…

The Healing Light Tarot
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The Healing Light Tarot | Review
Decks , Review , Tarot , Thoth , Waite-Smith / 25 July 2017

Chris Butler, known from the Gay Tarot, recently published his newest title The Healing Tarot with Lo Scarabeo. I had been eagerly awaiting my copy for a while, because I wanted to know if the premise of working with light & shadows and portals to a healing place remained simply a pretty but not entirely working concept, or would made for an effective tarot deck. Actually it wasn’t at all what I’d expected…

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…

Fortune Telling by Tarot Cards
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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.

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…