A playing card collector focused on high quality, born in the Indian Himalaya region - visited by Fortune tellers, Sadhus and Holy men on a frequent basis - having a wide network of Indian Tarot readers and a fascination with divination from a young age. Sounds like the recipe for a great tarot deck if such a man would ever try to create one, right? I am not saying it isn’t, but Sunish Chabba’s first try at reaching ...

In the last few months I felt like two people fighting to write a review. The Game of Saturn, Decoding the Sola-Busca tarocchi by author Peter Mark Adams (Scarlet Imprint) is a tough nut to crack. The Game of Saturn is the first extensive scientific research in the English language on this rather special historical tarot deck, but that is also where my difficulty lay: I am not just a tarot reader. I am a historian as well and both parts of my br...

Oracles lack a systematic approach or have too little possibilities as a divination tool. Were you nodding fervently? Then you need to keep reading, because this review could forever change your mind. I've had the pleasure to already review a few oracle titles that go beyond the ‘limitations' many cartomancers think are part of this deck type, but with the updated The Moon Oracle just released by Eddison Books I’ve definitely found an oracle ...

Decks that are based on mythology or different cultures aren’t exactly new.  It will ask a lot of a deck designer to find an angle that'll attract an audience eager to check his or her work out, and be original and consistent at the same time. The American Gods Tarot Majors Only, a newly released and very limited edition tarot (first edition only 25 copies) from the hands of Anastasia Kashian is exactly such a deck. Here’s my review & interv...

If you want you can even use the happiest, most colourful tarot deck for shadow work, but a deck specifically made for doing so could work better. The Spirit Within Tarot by writer and tarot reader Steven Bright is a good example of that. This tarot from the Schiffer/Red Feather stall is supposed to present the shadows in your life, past, present ...

Paraphernalia recommendations on The Queen’s Sword
News , Paraphernalia , Recommendation / 29 February 2016

The Queen's Sword has gained another menu item. Interested in very original or high quality extra's for your mindfulness practice or tarot business? The Paraphernalia Menu is your place-to-be online! I want to be as complete as possible when it comes to reviews and decided to expand on the recommendations I already give. That way ...

Tabula Mundi nox et lux | Review
Decks , Review , Tarot / 24 February 2016

Let me start by saying that I am sure reviewing a deck like Tabula Mundi nox et lux should actually happen over time. The deck is so multi-layered it is a shame I can’t tell you all I will discover. However, knowing that designer MM Meleen is working hard on Colores Arcus, the colored version of the Tabula Mundi, and hopes to launch her second Kickstarter either on the Vernal Equinox or at least around May makes for excellent review-t...

Type Tarot | Review
Decks , Oracle , Review , Tarot / 19 February 2016

Here’s a treat for word-smiths and language-lovers. I had been eyeing the Type Tarot for review for a while and J Artis, designer, was happy to let my wish come true. Together with his close friend Tiffany Craig, he worked on this Tarot and I am really curious if they delivered just a novelty or also a useful deck. The Type Tarot is packed in a too big black tuck box with the logo and print on it. Not that ...

Tarot Experience campaign starts
News , Tarot / 18 February 2016

UPDATE FEB 23rd: it has started today. The campaign is almost to its first goal in less than 4 hours. Want to joint in the fun, then pledge away. The Kickstarter campaign for Tarot Experience, the second volume of the Lo Scarabeo Tarot Encyclopedia, after Tarot Fundamentals, will be launched next week.  The publisher, the Italian Lo Scarabeo, states on his Facebook page that with Tarot Experience they want to make “the ultimate b...

Metaphysical business podcast
Business tips , Multimedia , Recommendation / 12 February 2016

Those with a spiritual practice or metaphysical business, whether that is tarot reading, divining with crystal balls or being a Reiki master, usually don’t especially entertain the pure business side of things. After all: times are better suited to help and heal people, right? Well, if only life was mainly colored flowers, unicorns and rainbows. Nope my friends: tax forms, insurance, rates, marketing… getting a headache alre...