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…

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Instant Tarot | Book review
Books , Review , Waite-Smith / 16 May 2017

There are so many tarot books, especially for beginners, that you have to come up with something special to even be noticed. In my book you need to at least improve on existing top titles or show me a trick I haven’t seen before. The latter is exactly what Instant Tarot, Your complete guide to reading the cards* proclaims. Are they really and if so: is it worth your