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Tarot Deck & Journal Review – The Fountain Tarot Deck

January, 2019

Tarot Deck & Journal Review

The
Fountain Tarot Deck

The
Fountain Tarot is created by Jonathan Saiz, visual artist, written by
Jason Gruhl, writer, and designed by Andi Todaro, graphic designer.
The deck was originally self-published in 2013 via a Kickstarter
project and is currently published by Roost Books, an imprint of
Shambhala Publications, Inc., 4720 Walnut Street, Boulder CO 80301.

The
deck itself consists of 79 cards, the typical 56 Minor Arcana cards
and 22 Major Arcana cards, along with a bonus 23rd Major.
The 23rd Major Arcana card is named “The Fountain,”
the signature card of the deck, and assigned the values of infinity,
oneness, and being fully awake. The deck is printed on sturdy
cardstock (similar to the Wild Unknown Tarot), with a matte finish,
almost powdery to the touch. The stock is sturdy enough to make a
“bridge” or “riffle” shuffle a bit challenging, but the cards
are otherwise easy to handle and nicely-substantial to the hand. The
cards are 2¾ by 4¾ inches with a narrow white border around the
images and a startlingly reflective silver guild on the edges of the
cards. The titles of the Minors are at the bottom of the card image
and at the top for the Majors, both in an easy-to-read font.

The
deck comes in a very sturdy and practical hard cardboard glossy box
designed by Andi Todaro that has a magnetic closure and a ribbon that
allows the deck to be lifted from the box, rather than dumped out.
There is plenty of room in the high-quality box to securely store the
deck and the companion book that comes with it.

The
softcover companion book has 112 pages. After a brief note from the
creators of the deck, there is a suggested daily practice, a
description of The Fountain card, the Major and Minor Arcana, the
suits of the Minors, a few suggested spreads, and a sample reading
and interpretation. The rest of the book is devoted to the
individual cards themselves, with a page for each card containing the
name and number of the card, a keyword, a brief description of the
card image and the symbolism and artistic choices made in the
creation of the image, and an upright and reversed meaning.

The
images are modern and somewhat minimalist, with a subdued palette and
geometric lines and angles. The art has an abstract or contemporary
feel similar to the slight distortions of expressionism and combined
with the non-traditional images, could be challenging to those who
are more confident working with the traditional images of the Tarot.
However, the artwork is not simple or shallow by any means. Each
card image originated as an original full-size oil painting by artist
Jonathan Saiz, giving each card image depth, power and intensity.
The back of the cards, designed by Andi Todaro, have a beautiful
geometric kaleidoscope design containing the palette of the deck and
easily reversed (for those who read reversals).

If
you are an intuitive reader, this deck might interest you. Normally
I would not recommend a deck with non-traditional card images for
beginners. Yes, the images do deviate somewhat from the traditional
R/W deck in part because of their fluid abstract interpretations of
the more traditional Tarot symbolism, however these ethereal and
dream-like images are strongly grounded within the known and
established traditional meanings found in the companion book, so the
images make sense even to someone who has just begun to work with the
Tarot. The setup of the companion book is well-balanced, with equal
consideration given to the Minor Arcana as to the Major Arcana
(unlike many companion books, which often offer more information and
suggested interpretations for the Majors).

The Fountain Tarot Journal

Also available as a companion to
The Fountain Tarot is The Fountain Tarot Journal: A Year In 52
Readings, also published by Roost Books. The Journal has a matte
finish color soft cover and 160 pages; it begins with a Note From the
Creators followed with some useful information including How to Use
This Book, Tarot Basics, Sample Spreads, among others. The rest of
the 130 pages are for journaling, beginning with instructions for
choosing a Card of the Year, space for a 3-card, 5-card and 10-card
reading, and then space for the 52 readings (with 2 pages for each
reading), including Quarterly Cards and summaries, and ending with a
Year-End Summary and Reflection. Each reading section has space for
the date and time, the question asked, traits and meanings, initial
reaction, connections/relationships between the cards, patterns and
themes, a summary of what the cards represent, personal reflections,
action to be taken, and people to enlist. Although presented as a
companion to The Fountain Tarot, this Journal could be used with any
Tarot deck, and it offers a useful tool and process for nurturing a
deep connection to the cards of Tarot.

The Fountain Tarot: Illustrated Deck and Guidebook on Amazon

The Fountain Tarot Journal: A Year in 52 Readings on Amazon

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About
the Author:

Raushanna is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. As well as a professional Tarot Reader and Teacher, she is a practicing Wiccan (Third Degree, Sacred Mists Coven), a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, a certified Vedic Thai-Yoga Massage Bodyworker, a 500-hr RYT Yoga Teacher specializing in chair assisted Yoga for movement disorders, and a Middle Eastern dance performer, choreographer and teacher.  Raushanna bought her first Tarot deck in 2005, and was instantly captivated by the images on the cards and the vast, deep and textured messages to be gleaned from their symbols. She loves reading about, writing about, and talking about the Tarot, and anything occult, mystical, or spiritual, as well as anything connected to the human subtle body. She has published a book, “The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding,” and is currently working on a book about the Tarot, pathworking and the Tree of Life. Raushanna documents her experiences and her daily card throws in her blog, DancingSparkles.blogspot.com, which has been in existence since 2009. She and her husband, her son and step son, and her numerous friends and large extended family can often be found on the beaches, bike paths and hiking trails of the Cape May, NJ area.

The Emerald Tablet: My 24-Day Journal to Understanding on Amazon