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 ...

This review almost didn't exist. Last year my planning was pretty full each month and a stay on Crete led me to skip a few pages in a certain publisher’s catalogue. Luckily I was later on convinced that it was “all about the review itself and not the date it was published”. That means you’ll get to read an article on The Star Tarot deck after all and myself would not have wanted to miss it for the world! ...

Gee you are you | Guru (Osho inspired)
Books , Mindfulness , Review / 18 December 2015

Calling your meditation workshop a Playshop probably already gives away what kind of writer you are. Indeed, the man’s ‘don’t take yourself so seriously’-attitude breathes from the pages. I am talking about Krishna Prem, born Michael Mogul, and his book Gee You Are You (G.U.R.U). Prem is one of Osho’s (Bhagwan) students and his book revolves around the theme: finding out who you really are. Gee You are You starts with Krishna...

Tarot Dude | Daily Tarot Readings
Multimedia , Review , Tarot / 18 December 2015

I am not a fan of daily tarot readings for all; they’re too general. However, in the way Tarot Dude is handling them you can enjoy a multitude of decks and a very nice interpretation per card, combination and reading. Useful if you are a beginner, still learning the tarot cards, or if you’d like to add to your personal tarocabuly. I’d advise to browse way back (he has a temporary stop at the moment) and just enjoy his ...

Time Between Times Tarot in spring 2017
News , Tarot / 14 December 2015

Lo Scarabeo has picked up a new deck by Chris Butler, the designer of the Quantum tarot 2.0, Son Tarot (for Gay men) and Lenormand Cartomancy (2013). The Time Between Times Tarot will be published in the Spring of 2017 and is centered around the concept of the Healing Mandorla and Divine Feminine Wisdom. Overlap in material and spiritual world A Mandorla is an almond shaped space created by two overlapping circles. The shape is seen in...

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Kipper: fin de siècle oracle | Deck Review
Decks , Oracle , Review / 5 December 2015

Creating a deck based on a system that is mostly unknown outside of Germany and Austria and add animation? You could view it as a tricky move, but if you’ve already almost sold out your first print run and publishers want to mass market it (2016), maybe not so much. It seems like Kipper, Fin de Siecle, is another one of Ciro Marchetti’s successes - with most likely many following in his footsteps. So, should you try to get one and/o...

Afro Caribbean art in Vudu Tarot
News , Tarot / 1 December 2015

Sometimes readers complain there aren't any non-caucasian decks out there. While that isn't completely true (think of all the cat decks!) and Tarot Garden could supply anyone with quite a list of decks that include people of color it is a fact there aren't a lot of mainstream decks that are racially diverse. However 2015 is seeing the birth of two of those decks. First there......