Friday, July 15, 2016

Tarot Decks: 22 Conchiglie in 22 Arcani

There are only 250 of this limited edition set in existence, all of them signed and numbered by the photographer, Chiara Galliano. Shells are the theme of the 22 Conchiglie in 22 Arcani, all in black and white with beautiful shades and contrasts. The photographs have depth and beauty, giving this 22-card deck added nuance.

First available in 2012, this deck comes with a sturdy gift box. It's more a collectors set than something to use for readings, but it's lovely nonetheless.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Tarot Decks: 22 Arcani Liguri in 22 Arcana

Italian in origin, the 22 Arcani Liguri in 22 Arcana was created in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Christoforo Colombo/Christopher Columbus. Each of the 22 Major Arcana cards was designed and created by a different artist, giving the deck a slightly incoherent and mystical feel. Only 2000 numbered decks were released and it comes with a commemorative notice and booklet, both in Italian, of course.

This deck, because of its limited print run, us a little rare and not generally seen by the general public. It's also not generally used for readings, but is instead considered a collector's item.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tarot Decks: The 72 Names Cards

Self-published in 2011, the 72 Names Cards were designed by Orna Ben-shoshan as a kabbalistic oracle based on the 72 names of God. This deck, containing 72 cards, comes complete with a companion booklet and features some unique and fascinating metaphysical artwork. If you need a deck that can be used for both personal guidance and divination, the 72 Names Cards might be for you.

Keep in mind, however, that this is not a traditional Tarot deck and cannot be used as one. That's why it has an instruction booklet.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Tarot Decks: 2013 Oracle: Ancient Keys to the 2012 Awakening

Still available today, this colorful deck comes complete with a book and a cloth. The cloth or printed with vivid colors and powerful symbols. Created by David Carson, Nina Sammons, and Gigi Borri, the 2013 Oracle is inspired by ancient American/Mesoamerican prophetic themes and symbols.

Layouts for this vivid deck are a little different from your standard deck, but they are all explained in Carson's detailed book. This deck is great fun and offers powerful insight for anyone who takes the time to delve into its imagery.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Tarot Decks: 2012: Tarot of Ascension

Originally created by Michele Penco, 2012: Tarot of Ascension has beautiful medieval-inspired art that conceals need age symbols. Some of the minor cards have been altered slightly to give the deck a more hopeful feel than some of the more traditional decks enjoy.

Though structured and read as a normal Tarot deck, this deck aims for even deeper symbolism. Since the year 2012 was and is associated with great change, 2012: Tarot of Ascension is designed to aid in spiritual growth and help the individual on the path towards their own higher self. Their own ascension, if you will.

Still available today, this deck is a great purchase for anyone with an interest in the lore surrounding 2012. It's also a relaxing way to pursue spiritual enlightenment.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Tarot Decks: 1JJ Swiss Tarot

Created by Stuart Kaplan, the 1JJ Swiss Tarot is a Marseilles variant first published by US Games in the 1970s. It is a slightly older style Tarot deck. The cards are reprints of some very early wood cut designs. They are printed in black and colored with blocks of red, blue, green, and yellow. The title on each individual card is written in French. The backs are fully reversible, making it possible to read reversed meanings in each card.

This deck has a full 78 cards and can be used for full Tarot readings. it is also an interesting deck often collected by Tarot enthusiasts. There is a separate companion book written by Stuart Kaplan. Though this companion book has been published a few times, it's last printing was in 1995. Due to this, it is not easy to find an intact copy that someone is willing to part with. Still, both the book and the deck are well worth taking the time to locate an intact copy of each.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekly Tarot Card Reading: May 16 to May 22, 2015

The Tarot reading from May 16 through May 22, 2015 encourages you to focus on the task at hand and pay less attention to the possible rewards that may be in the offering. It also warns against seeking a specific reward because you may find it is less satisfying than you had hoped. Defeat is a possibility, but that's not necessarily a negative.

Card 1: Eight of Pentacles—Approach the situation with the eye of a skilled craftsman. Study the situation, learn as you go, keep your eye on the details, and don't get caught up in perfection. Do not dwell on the results or even the rewards that are offered. Keep your mind in the moment.

Card 2: Queen of Cups—Someone may be keeping secrets, but they're only trying to help. This card is also warning you to have some empathy for the nature of human frailty. No one is perfect, after all. Mistakes are inevitable, but they're not the end of the world.

Card 3: Strength—If your carnal desires and your spiritual knowledge are at odds, you may find the path to your goal blocked. You inner dialogue will greatly influence what happens next, so try to reframe your thoughts. Bravery in the face of great fear may be necessary.

Card 4: King of Pentacles—It is very important that you master the ability to be pragmatic about things. You may even have to play politics for a while. Interact in a positive manner with those you meet no matter who they are. This will get you somewhere eventually.

Card 5: The Sun—You are emerging from a time of love and warm. Keep that memory close as you forge ahead. Let past success empower you and don't dwell on your failures.

Card 6: The Star—It's a good idea to take some time to heal and revitalize on a spiritual and a physical level. Surround yourself with those things that relax you and bring you pleasure. Visualize positive energy and it will manifest itself in your life.

Card 7: Queen of Swords—You may need to evolve into an independent thinker who sees ideas and knowledge as powers to be utilized. You may have to strike off on your own, but take care that this independence doesn't turn you into a rigid prude.

Card 8: The High Priestess—Try to be considerate and respectful of the opinions and feelings of others. Listen more than you talk and trust your instincts. All of this will pay off in the end.

Card 9: The Hermit—Some will see you as wise beyond your years and respect you for it. Others may think you're a little dogmatic in your way of thinking. Take a moment to consider if any of this is really true. If you're going to reach your goals, you'll have to be honest with yourself.

Card 10: The Hanged Man—Though you hope you'll finally have the time in everyday life to look at things from a different perspective, you fear you'll feel trapped no matter how you try to change the way you think. But fear will hold you back, so turn things on their head and see what happens.

Card 11: Five of Swords—Defeat is close at hand, but it may be of the indirect type. Instead of actually failing, you might get what you want but find it completely unsatisfying. Don't indulge in blame and revenge. Instead use this time to sow the seeds of future successes.