Sola Busca Ferrara XV (LS) | Review

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 Antiqua Series 2017 2. Eros: The Garden of Love Tarot: burlesque TdM by Uusi Studios 2017 3. Minchiate Florentine Etruria 1795 by Il Meneghello 1994 (+ Minchiate El Leone) 4. Le Tarot Noir: a medieval inspired TdM by Matthew Hackiere/Editions Vega 2013 *** [Editor’s note: Even though there is already a Sola Busca review- on the Mayer 1998 – on the site, this one also includes its historical significance and all the differences with other older and new tarot decks] The Sola-Busca is ‘hot’ at the moment. For whatever reason this very special 15th century deck is gaining repro-brothers*. This review is about the most recent addition to the Sola Busca stacks: Lo Scarabeo’s latest reproduction of the deck*. Enter Sola Busca Ferrara XV from their Anima Antiqua line. Look & Feel The Unboxing of Lo Scarabeo’s…

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7.3/10
Tarot of Bones | Review
Decks , Review , Tarot / 6 July 2017

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.

Announcing Artist’s Advice | 1. MM Meleen
Artist's Advice , Tarot , Thoth / 18 May 2017

SOON ON THE QUEENS SWORD: ARTIST’S ADVICE The Queen’s Sword has a new feature! And I am very happy to say MM Meleen is the one going to kick off this new column. In Artist’s Advice (If you have a much cooler name, I am aaaaalll for it :D) deck designers and tarot/divination authors share unique material: reading tips, tarot background material…you name it! They give The Queen’s Sword readers original tips while showcasing their newest release; deck or book. For you this means a sneak peek & great content in one: tools to make you a better diviner. Little extra: while this won’t be an ‘always’, The Queen’s Sword might (later) add a mini-review of said book or deck if I happen to have a (review) copy. Those will be published – pro’s and con’s  – on the The Queen’s Sword Facebook page. So…this new feature. Details? When: June 6th 2017. Who: MM Meleen. What: Let’s face it…telling you will spoil the surprise! Join me on June 6th, the first Tarot Tuesday of the month for this amazing Tarot Tuesday Tip and discover her wisdom for yourself. I am pretty sure the genius MM Meleen won’t disappoint. Which: In the first…

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8.3/10
Tarot at a Crossroads | Review
Books , Mindfulness , Review , Tarot , Tarot & Psychology / 29 April 2017

Tarot as a support for psychology, tarot therapy, tarot as a transformative tool, tarot for personal growth… Those are all terms we’ve heard and seen before. It is not a secret anymore tarot can be used for other things besides divination. However, in the literature the psychology angle has been unexpectedly scarce. Arthur Rosengarten’s Tarot and Psychology is probably as famous as it is ‘old’. Tarot at a Crossroads steps into this void

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8.1/10
Everyday Tarot: a choice centered book | Review
Books , Mindfulness , Review , Tarot / 3 February 2016

I decided to give you a golden oldie. Sure, a review site usually shows the newest releases (patience my darlings, the 2016 beauties are not yet published), but I do not want to forget about tools and books that are still useful years after their first release. So today: Everyday tarot: a choice centered book.

The title of the publication, a choice centered book, becomes immediately clear in the introduction. Author Gail Fairfield says we, not others make and form our own lives, we choose and we respond.

We as readers have a choice on how to deal with life and everything that the universe throws at us. Whether it is