Ascension Tarot| Exploring spaces between Upright and Reversed | Artist’s Advice
Artist's Advice , Modern Marseille , News , Tarot / 5 November 2019

In the column Artist’s Advice divination authors and deck designers give their never before seen reading tips, divination techniques or unique essays to share their expertise and showcase a new release. This issue:Modern Marseille: A WCS Reversed & more -approach to traditional imagery & spread tip | Ascension Tarot | Scott Davis Disclaimer: Even though the artwork is from the Tarot de Marseille, the Ascension Tarot is not an actual Marseille deck (TQS: Depending on your POV you could name it a Modern Marseille, but based on the vision of the designer I’d go for an “Altered WCS with historical imagery”). I chose that artwork to use for this deck, simply because I have always liked it. Since the Ascension Tarot has multiple orientations, however, it functions very differently than any of the traditional decks, even though it is visually strongly based on them (uses the same suits, ranks, and card names). R. Scott Davis “I have always loved cards – card games, playing cards, and of course, the Tarot. My love of games led me to become a game designer, but I never lost my fascination with tarot cards. So, while designing a game which used square cards, I was…

TV Series Tarot | Review

Chances are if you watch references to the craft as eagerly as I do, you’ve seen a tarot deck or 2 in action on screen. Sometimes especially made*, sometimes a good old fashioned Visconti or TdM. Quite possibly the wait for a series or movie to finally get the combination of a normal portrayal of a reader, deck and interpretation right might be a long one (Death isn’t death you guys! Consult a freaking reader!), but in the meantime we can at least enjoy a better executed romance between tv & tarot: movie or series themed decks. An invention 2018 seems to have a lot of. Plenty fora are buzzing with the release of the Game of Thrones Tarot (which is why you won’t see it here. It is already *everywhere*), but I chose Lo Scarabeo’s other telly-tarot: the aptly named TV Series Tarot. Ever bought a LS deck before? Well, I think most of us have, so not many words are necessary to explain what you can expect. The TV Series Tarot comes in the typical Lo Scarabeo tuck box, with the multi-language LWB and the card stock no-one is really a fan of (maybe riffle-shufflers?). There is one…

American Gods Tarot Majors Only | Review & Interview

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 & interview with the designer in one.

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!

The Healing Light Tarot | Review
Decks , Review , Tarot , Thoth , Waite-Smith / 25 July 2017

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…