Thursday, 26 May 2016

Full Moon Spread

So I thought I'd come up with a Full Moon spread for the fans of the Wildwood Tarot over there in facebookland. Am popping it here in case it might be something that you want to add to your own toolbox.

You can use any deck :)

Monday, 23 May 2016

The Sunday Times Rich List Tarot Cards | Sam Dunn

So, the Sunday Times Rich List campaign featured some cleverly updated Tarot cards, depicting some famous faces.

I got in touch with the artist behind the campaign, Sam Dunn,  and she agreed to answer some of my questions about the artwork :)

Me:   How did you get involved in the campaign?

Monday, 2 May 2016

The World In Play | Catalogue Review

The World In Play - catalogue cover
The exhibition, 'The World in Play - luxury cards 1430-1540', has now finished its run at The Met. Did you get along there to see the playing cards?  Me neither, but I have procured the next best thing ... the exhibition catalogue.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Astrology | The Sunday Times Rich List

Sunday Times Rich List
Richard Branson
King of Disks
OK - this isn't strictly speaking TAROT, but I'm making it into a tarot post by the end, so keep reading!

The Sunday Times Rich List (Britain and Ireland) actually looked at the birth signs of the top 1000 earners (where known).  It makes for interesting reading:



Gemini        116
Aquarius      93
Libra            82

Total Air signs   291

Pisces         91
Scorpio      71
Cancer       88

Total Water signs  250

Taurus      98
Virgo        89
Capricorn 90

Total Earth signs 277

Aries            96
Leo             106
Sagittarius 102

Total Fire signs 304

Best performing individual sign Gemini - the Air sign - The dare-devil with mental agility...... the Knight of Swords!

Worst performing individual sign Scorpio - Water sign - The diplomatic, empathetic........ King of Cups.

With a total of 1122 signs being considered (some of the top earners are in bands or partnerships, which causes there to be so many actual birth dates to consider)

Fire signs 27%
Earth signs 25%
Water signs 22%
Air signs 26%       (all figs rounded up/down to nearest whole no)

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the assertive 'Yang' signs of Wands and Swords are the biggest earners with 53% of the overall swag bag.   The 'Yin' suits of Earth and Water on 47%.

The relationship-focussed suit of Cups has the fewest high earners in the top 1000 .....

The suit traditionally associated with the making and keeping of wealth, Pentacles, performs next worst (or third best, depending on how you look at it!)

What do you think? Time for Pentacles to hang up their crowns as the money guys?  A load of old tosh?!


Monday, 25 April 2016

The Book of Shadows Tarot | Andrea Aste


The Book of Shadows
I decided to throw caution to the wind on Friday and make a proper video deck review for this deck, The Book of Shadows Tarot.

Dear Reader, I kid you not, it took HOURS and you would NEVER know that from the 7 minute offering that I made on youtube.

I shall look at even TV adverts with new-found respect ....

Anyway, the deck that I reviewed was The Book of Shadows Tarot by Andrea Aste.

I had the good fortune to meet Andrea last year when I visited Italy with a group of nefarious ne'erdowells  Tarotists on Arnell Ando's Tarot tour.


Andrea Aste
I was hugely impressed by him.  And not just that moustache.  His drive, vision and illustrating skills fairly whipped me along with him.  So, when the kickstarter was launched, I was there, pledging.

As is my habit, I am now reviewing the court cards from the deck.  To see my review of the whole shebang about the deck, go to my youtube channel. Yars.  I haz one.  I do rabbit on somewhat .... so take a coffee and something to keep you awake.

There are two pages in the book that comes with the deck that focus on the hieroglyphs found on the cards; thus the symbols act as titles and keywords.

Initially, I thought that there was nothing to decode the symbols on the court cards.  BUT I AM MISTAKEN!!!

The Magician's decoded glyphs show me the four symbols that signify each suit. Wands is represented by a stylised two-branched tree, Coins by a spiral, Swords by three wavy lines and a scimitar and Cups by a cup.

Through additional Sherlockholmesian shenanigans, I can see that the symbol for Woman and Man and the symbol for Power show up on the Queen and King cards

Power + Man + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = King of suit
Power + Woman + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Queen of Suit
Horse + Human Being + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Knight of Suit
Human Being + Wand/Cup/Sword/Coin = Page

It's that simple.  And that clever.

The Suit of Swords
Alternative career as fashion designer entirely feasible!

The Suit of Wands
I don't know what went wrong with my scanning - too much gin, maybe? 

The Suit of Coins 

The Suit of Cups 



I think that you can still buy a copy directly from Andrea via his website (and have it signed, perhaps?!).  I understand that Lo Scarabeo, who printed the cards etc) will be distributing via their outlets too.

So, what do you think?