In this TdM month, named Traditional Tarot with a Twist, I’ll review several TdM’s & Tarocchi’s, traditional reproductions or reinterpretations that can be recognized as both tarot and Marseille/Ancient Italian-like. However, their deviations and differences, might invite discussion on their pattern of ‘true’ TdM/Tarocchi-ness. Regardless, they are all unique and gorgeous in their own way. 1. Sola-Busca Ferrara by Lo Scarabeo | Anima Antiq...

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, lik...

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…

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.

When Lynyrd-Jym Narciso, the designer behind Paraluman, asked me if I wanted to review his newest, the Gravenchase Lenormand, I could not be happier. For quite some time now I wanted Lennies on the The Queen’s Sword. But as a relative beginner, who still struggles with the GT, I wasn’t sure if I should. I guess I do ;-). So, here’s the first ever Lenormand review. The Gravenchase really made me dive down that Lenny-rabbit hole with

Daily guidance from your angels
Decks , Oracle , Review / 1 November 2015

Doreen Virtue is mostly known for her oracle decks and especially ones that have a link to angels and other benevolent creatures and spirits. The 44-card counting oracle deck Daily Guidance from your Angels is no exception. But is it truly an oracle you could use for divination and advice or is it -since we are talking about daily messages - more suitable for affirmations, mediation or when you're in dire need of an uplifting Angel w...

The Llewellyn Tarot | Review
Decks , Review , Tarot / 28 October 2015

There are decks, that once you open that box and hold the cards in your hand something special happens. It doesn’t occur often, even if you have a huge collection, but when it does a deck like that becomes the go-to-wonder or the answer to ‘what would you take with you if you got stranded on a deserted island’. The Llewellyn deck by Anna-Marie Ferguson is such a deck for me and if you’re a fan of RWS-inspired tarot cards you should d...

Lunar Fire Tarot coming in June 2016
News , Tarot / 28 October 2015

The Lunar Fire Tarot has been successfully backed through Kickstarter. Within 48 hours the initial goal was reached and a couple of days later a stretch goal - a red silk wrap -was added to the cart of everyone who bought this visually stunning and haunting deck in the campaign.

The Journey | Brandon Bays | Review
Books , Review / 26 October 2015

When a book is touching on healing serious psychical illnesses controversy comes into play. That is definitely the case with Brandon Bays’ book The Journey. The Journey is no longer a story about a miraculous healing of a tumor but has also become a therapy on to itself. So how to read a book like that? As the writings of a possibly inspirational woman or as one who wants to sell a course, even if that course or therapy could be bene...

Upcoming: review Marchetti’s animated Kipper oracle
News , Oracle / 20 October 2015

Ciro Marchetti has a new deck coming out at the end of October, so the ones who ordered can expect a deck around the beginning of November. He's designed an oracle deck based on the German system of Kipper cards. Marchetti's kept the main system and numbering but added a few cards. Also, the visual setting is in the Victorian age. The designer has done something remarkable though; if you hold your smartphone over a card you'll get to...