• Divination Articles

    Tarot Talk 2nd Edition

    Comparing 2’s & The Hanging Man     Many Tarot cards can seem similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One way to achieve a deeper understanding of a card is to compare it to another card. This month we will compare a Minor Arcana card, the 2 of Swords, with a Major Arcana card, The Hanged Man. We will explore similarities between these two cards, and then we will look at the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. First, the similarities. The basic messages or interpretations of these…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing 3s and the Tower     Many Tarot cards can seem similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One way to achieve a deeper understanding of a card is to compare it to another card. This month we will compare a Minor Arcana card, the 3 of Swords, with a Major Arcana card, The Tower. We will explore similarities between these two cards, and then we will look at the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. First, the similarities. The basic messages or interpretations of these two cards…

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    Book Review – In Focus Tarot: Your Personal Guide by Steven Bright

    Book Review In Focus Tarot Your Personal Guide by Steven Bright 192 Pages     In Focus Tarot: Your Personal Guide is written by Steven Bright, full-time Tarot reader, author and blogger, and published by Wellfleet Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 142 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018. In Focus Tarot is a 6¼” by 9¼” book with a color hard cover with Tarot images on the front and a book description on the back. The interior of the book consists of 192 pages, black easy-to-read type of a nice size on smooth and substantial white paper. I like the setup of the first chapter,…

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    Book Review – In Focus Reflexology: Your Personal Guide by Tina Chantrey

    Book Review In Focus Reflexology Your Personal Guide by Tina Chantrey 144 Pages     In Focus Reflexology: Your Personal Guide, by Tina Chantrey, published by Wellfleet Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 142 West 36th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10018. I am reviewing a digital version of the book made available by the publisher via NetGalley, so my personal descriptions are a bit limited. Amazon lists this book as a hard cover, showing an image on the front cover of the bottom of the feet with reflexology zones outlined, and a brief description of reflexology on the back cover. The digital book contains 144 pages with…

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    Oracle Deck Review – The Everyday Witch Oracle by Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba

    Oracle Deck Review The Everyday Witch Oracle by Deborah Blake & Elisabeth Alba     The Everyday Witch Oracle, published by Llewellyn Publications, a Division of Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd., 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125-2989, is created by Deborah Blake (who also created the Everyday Witch Tarot), with art by Elisabeth Alba. This is an Oracle deck containing 40 cards with witch and magic-themed images. The Everyday Witch Oracle comes in a sturdy 4 1/4” by 6” box with a matte color finish. The front of the box has a full color card image and the name of the deck; the back of the box has a description of the…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The Fool and The Wheel     I’m in a Major Arcana kind of mood, so let’s compare two Major Arcana cards: The Fool and The Wheel, also known as The Wheel of Fortune. First, let’s review some terms. If you’ve read my column before, you can skip the next paragraph. There are 22 Major Arcana cards in a Tarot deck, with numbers from 0 to 21; the Majors usually deal with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in our lives. An archetype (pronounced “ark eh type”) is a generic, idealized model of…

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    Tarot Review – The Shadowland Tarot

    Tarot Review The Shadowland Tarot 208 Pages     The Shadowland Tarot, published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit, of Schiffer Publishing, 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310, is created entirely by Monica Bodirsky, a talented and prolific artist, author, educator, rootworking witch, and professional Tarot reader. This is not Bodinsky’s first deck; she is the author of the Lucky Lenormand Oracle and the House of Shadows Lenormand Oracle. I am thrilled to be reviewing this beautiful and powerful deck.     The Shadowlands Tarot comes in a sturdy 9” by 6” box with a matt color finish. The front of the box has a card image and the…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing 6s & Judgement   (image: The Rider-Waite tarot deck)   Many Tarot cards can seem similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. Beginning last month, we started using a new method to understand the cards: comparison. This month we will compare a Minor Arcana card, the 6 of Swords, with a Major Arcana card, Judgement. We will explore similarities between these two cards, and then we will look at the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. First, the similarities. The basic messages or interpretations of these two cards…

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    Book Review – Tarot for the Fiction Writer: How 78 Cards Can Take You From Idea to Publication by Paula Chaffee Scardamalia

    Book Review Tarot for the Fiction Writer How 78 Cards Can Take You From Idea to Publication by Paula Chaffee Scardamalia 160 Pages     Tarot for the Fiction Writer: How 78 Cards Can Take You From Idea to Publication, by Paula Chaffee Scardamalia, published in 2019 by Red Feather, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, Pennsylvania 19310. This is a 6 1/4 inch by 9 1/4 inch hardcover book with a matte finish color front containing the title of the book and showing The Hanged Man, with a description of the book and a brief author bio on the back cover. There are 160…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Marseille Tarot Professional Edition by Anna Maria Morsucci

    Tarot Deck Review The Marseille Tarot Professional Edition by Anna Maria Morsucci     The Marseille Tarot Professional Edition, by Anna Maria Morsucci, a Tarot expert based in Italy and author of Reading and Understanding the Marseille Tarot. The illustrations are by Mattia Ottolini and are based on the original work of Nicolas Conver, Paris circa 1760. The Tarot of Marseille is a historic Tarot deck with many versions; the earliest surviving patterns of this deck date to around 1650. The original Tarot of Marseille deck is one of the standard styles from which many Tarot decks of the 19th century and later have been designed. The Marseille Tarot Professional…