Saturday, 12 November 2016

Deck Review | Pagan Otherworlds Tarot

Sometimes I sign up for Kickstarter Tarot campaigns and forget all about them until a little package plops onto the doormat many months later. No such casual forgetfulness with the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot by Uusi in the US.

TABI backed this particular deck and I thought that it was worth a personal punt too, so my deck arrived and gosh - is it love at first sight or what?!

Thursday, 3 November 2016

The King of Wands | The Tarot's Bridge Card

Last week I shared A E Waite's thoughts on the King of Wands being the card that bridges the Major Arcana to the Minor Arcana.  I could almost hear Waite's derisive snort as he lowered himself to talk about the Minors.  Well, his loss is our gain!

I thought today we could take a look and see just how powerful the King of Wands can be as a bridge card and came up with a little spread purely for his use.

First, procure your deck's King of Wands card.

Split your deck into two bundles – one for the Major Arcana and the other for the Minor Arcana and shuffle each bundle well.

Ask your King of Wands card to guide you to the most significant Major that you need in order to make progress (in your issue, towards your goal, whatever it is that you are looking for help with).

Place your King in the Major Arcana bundle and shuffle, all the while keeping your question for him at the forefront of your mind. When you are content to stop shuffling, take your Major Arcana bundle, face down, and lay down each card in turn, as if you were playing snap or something. When you turn the King of Wands, you are paying attention to the NEXT card that you turn over – this is the Major that will help you.

Do the same with the Minor bundle and your King of Wands card. Again, you are looking for the card that follows the King of Wands as you turn over each card in the bundle.

You will now have two cards – a Major and a Minor. These have been linked by the King of Wands.

How can reading these two cards together help you with your issue? How can the Major assist the Minor? How can the Minor assist the Major? See what percolates to the surface as you work with your two cards.

Here's a worked example:

The question concerns a stale relationship and the need for break-through.

I am struck by how sad The Empress looks, despite being surrounded by luxury and fecundity. The harvest necessitates the cutting of the wheat. The arrival of the baby heralds the end of her pregnancy. She is brooding the losses that come with creation, in this deck's card at any rate.

The 9 of Pentacles woman wears the same pensive expression and she too looks materially comfortable. Her hawk is held tightly on the glove. In order for it to fly free, she has to let it go.

The two cards that the King of Wands has chosen to act as a bridge tell me that in order to effect a break through, the sitter has to work on two things to make that happen.

  • Firstly - If comfort is paramount, then the sitter must be prepared to accept the losses and restrictions.  The break-through here being that sometimes you just have to let things go
  • Secondly,If the sitter wishes the bird to fly freely, then some discomfort and uncertainty must be endured in order to create something new and better.

Monday, 31 October 2016

The Tarot Court | The Bridge card

If I were to ask you to lay out the your favourite tarot deck in order, how would you do it?

Would you lay out the Major Arcana from The Fool to The World and then dive into the Minor Arcana via an Ace from one of the suits? And work up to the 10 and then head over to the Page and end at the King before beginning at the next suit's Ace?

I reckon I'd begin with The Fool and work through them until I culminated with the King of Pentacles as the 78th card.

But that's not how A E Waite saw it.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Beautiful Creatures Tarot | J R Rivera & Jasmine Becket-Griffith

Let's just get something sorted, right away: If you like large liquid eyes and cupid's-bow mouths, you are going to love this deck.  If you don't, well, loving it is going to be a big ask. Think 'The Crying Boy' painting meets Crowley :)

Published by Schiffer, the author of this deck is J R Rivera and the artist is Jasmine Becket-Griffith.

So let's look at the size of these cards.

They are quite chunky in the hand - I couldn't fit four of them abreast on the scanner (just under 13cm tall and under 9cm wide).

They come in a really lovely quality Schiffer presentation box along with the 151-page accompanying book.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Tarot | Noa Ikeda | One To Watch

Sometimes my friend Gav is the worst enabler in the world.  And by that I mean that he is the BEST enabler in the world.  It was Gav that alerted me to this deck by illustrator Noa Ikeda.  And now I want it.  More than oxygen.  Or Biscuits.

I love the colours and the Japanese styling of this jewel-bright deck.  So I zapped off a missive to Noa with some questions and to obtain permission to share the images of her deck's Queens.  PLEASE visit her website to check out the Major Arcana images - they are glorious.

The Queen of Swords
Here we have the Queen of Swords, who is veiled - which I really love!  We have several elements that Swords are associated with Air - wings and clouds abound!

Here we have the Queen of Cups who is simply gorgeous, decked out in her elegant white gown surrounded by watery imagery - seated in a shell with the ocean at her feet.
 This is the Queen of Pentacles, who is seated in a woodland grove with a tree as a throne. She is surrounded by earthy symbols, flowers greenery and a white rabbit.
The Queen of Wands is the epitome of a fiery Queen.  She is the only one not to wear a dress.  As in the RWS she holds a sunflower as well as her Wand of power  and a great black panther (a tad bigger than the black cat of the RWS!) dozes by her side.  She is seated in a desert-like environment.

I sent off some questions to Neo about the forthcoming deck and her court cards but she was off to an event.  Never fear, I will get the answers soon and share them here!

You can keep up with the development of Noa's deck