Alexandre Musruck Lenormand Oracle | Review
Decks , Lenormand , Review / 8 July 2018

Alexandre Musruck is one of the better known names in the Lenormand world. The reader behind Angel Cartomancy self-published his The Art of Lenormand Reading – Decoding powerful messages in 2016 and was recently picked up by Schiffer Books/Red Feather for a mass market reproduction of said book, including a deck created of the accompanying Lenormand examples. This review comes in two parts, the book and the deck. First up: The Alexandre Musruck Lenormand Oracle Cards. When Musruck wrote his book before the initial publication in 2016 he didn’t  – like so many authors need to do – want to ask permission from a designer or publisher to use their Lenormand pictures and pay a fee. He decided to create his own deck, one with 36 cards he eventually not just used as examples, but also published under the name The Classic Lenormand. In the YouTube video where he announces his Schiffer contract he talks a bit about the adapted version in 39 cards (the regular 36 + an extra man, woman and child) that came to be The Alexandre Musruck Lenormand Oracle Cards. Musruck has been reading Lenormand since his teenage years. He’s probably its biggest (self-proclaimed) fan and…

The Star Tarot | Deck Review
Decks , Review , Tarot , Thoth , Waite-Smith / 15 February 2018

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!

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7.3/10
Guardian Tarot | Deck review
Decks , Review , Tarot / 27 January 2018

A good vintage year, that’s what they say when a particular year of harvesting grapes produced many a good & potentially classic wine. I would almost say that 2017 could be called a good vintage year in tarot terms, with a lot of excellent decks seeing the light. No deck as marked however as Beth Seilonen’s Guardian Tarot. And if marked should get the connotation of striking and outstanding too, I

Ostara Tarot Review The Queen's Sword
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7.8/10
Ostara Tarot | Deck Review
Decks , Review , Tarot , Waite-Smith / 3 December 2017

Opening the Ostara Tarot felt like an early Christmas gift. I’d waited for years until it became available through Schiffer’s Red Feather department and when it was finally released, I happened to be out of the country and had to wait some more. Serious deck-anxiety, I tell ya (yeah, yeah, First World Problems). Let’s see if all that trumped up anticipation was worth it! Reviewing Ostara Tarot in 3, 2, 1… The Ostara Tarot is a collaboration deck, like so many are currently in creation. And as we all know: some are much better than others. The biggest issues with multiple artists are 1. parts of the deck can be off putting while loving other sections; 2. a lack of flow due to completely different art forms; 3. no cohesion with(in) the deck. Those decks end up on the collector’s or sale pile. But…the fact The Ostara Tarot was picked up by a big publisher after having had a small indie release does seem to promise those three points aren’t an issue. I think I’ve rarely ripped off a foil as eager as I did with this one in order to find out. What the deck wants you to know…