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    Book Review – Iconic Tarot Decks: The History, Symbolism and Design of Over 50 Decks by Sarah Bartlett

    Book Review Iconic Tarot Decks The History, Symbolism and Design of Over 50 Decks by Sarah Bartlett Publisher: White Lion Publishing 224 Pages Publication Date: 4/20/2021     Iconic Tarot Decks: The History, Symbolism and Design of Over 50 Decks by Sarah Bartlett is due for release on April 20, 2021. It will be published by White Lion Publishing, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 265-D, Beverly, MA 01915. Because this book will not publish until next month, I am reviewing a pre-release digital copy of only the meat of the book, without introductions, explanations, or bibliographies. The published version will be a 7.6 inch by…

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    Tarot Deck Review – Tarot Z Deck by Artist Alejandro Colucci & Written by Jaymi Elford

    Tarot Deck Review Tarot Z Deck by Artist Alejandro Colucci Written by Jaymi Elford Publisher: Llewellyn Publications 128 Pages Publication Date: 10/08/2019     Tarot Z, published and copyrighted by Lo Scarabeo, Vi Cigna 110, 10155 Torino, Italy, is a Tarot deck created and designed by award-winning artist Alejandro Colucci, with a Little White Book written by Jaymi Elford. Tarot Z comes in a very sturdy 3 1/4 inch by 5 inch cardboard box with glossy color card images or the name of the deck on all sides. Once the pull-off lid is removed, enough of the box remains that the cards and the accompanying guidebook can stand on end,…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The Magician & The Chariot     I’m in a Major Arcana kind of mood again, so let’s compare two Major Arcana cards: The Magician and The Chariot. 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 a person, an object, or a…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The High Priestess and The Hierophant     This month, we will stay within the Major Arcana and discuss a pairing that I briefly mentioned last month: The High Priestess and The Hierophant. 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 a…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The HooDoo Tarot by Tayannah Lee McQuillar & artwork by Katelan V. Foisy

    Tarot Deck Review The HooDoo Tarot by Tayannah Lee McQuillar Artwork by Katelan V. Foisy Publisher: Destiny Books Publication Date: 2/18/2020     The HooDoo Tarot: 78-Card Deck and Book for Rootworkers, published by Destiny Books, One Park Street, Rochester, Vermont, is a Tarot deck designed and created by Tayannah Lee McQuillar, with artwork by Katelan V. Foisy. This beautiful Tarot set comes in a solidly made 6 1/4 inch by 9 1/2 inch cardboard box with a glossy sepia-toned surface. On the front of the box is the Major Arcana XX card, called Dem Bones; on the back are a description of the set and brief bios of McQuillar…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Byzantine Tarot: Wisdom From an Ancient Empire Images by Cilla Conway & Guide Book by John Matthews and Cilla Conway

    Tarot Deck Review The Byzantine Tarot Wisdom From an Ancient Empire Images by Cilla Conway Guide Book by John Matthews and Cilla Conway Publisher: Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit Publication Date: 12/8/2020     The Byzantine Tarot: Wisdom From an Ancient Empire, with images by Cilla Conway and guide book by John Matthews and Cilla Conway, published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA, with the text copyright by Matthews and Conway in 2015, card illustrations copyright by Conway in 2015, and design copyright by Edison Books Limited in 2015. The Byzantine Tarot comes in a sturdy 5 3/4…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The High Priestess & The Empress     We have done a lot of comparing of two cards in order to discover subtle differences that help with interpretation. This month, we will examine two cards that we already know are different, with the intention of discovering more subtle meanings. I’m in a Major Arcana kind of mood as this year comes to a close, so let’s compare two Major Arcana cards: The High Priestess and The Empress, two aspects of the Sacred Feminine. 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…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Enchanted Love Tarot: The Lover’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Relaxing by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber

    Tarot Deck Review The Enchanted Love Tarot The Lover’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Relaxing by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit 163 Page Guidebook   The Enchanted Love Tarot: The Lover’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Relaxing, published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310, is a Tarot deck designed and created by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. The Enchanted Love Tarot comes in a 6 inch by 9 inch by 1 1/2 inch cardboard box with a glossy red surface. On the front of the box is The Lovers card; on the…

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    Book Review – Magickal Tarot: Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual For Creating Your Life by Robyn Valentine

    Book Review Magickal Tarot Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual For Creating Your Life by Robyn Valentine Fair Winds Press 160 Pages     Magickal Tarot: Spreads, Spellwork, and Ritual For Creating Your Life by Robyn Valentine. Published in 2021 by Fair Winds Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 265-D, Beverly, MA 01915. This book will not publish until May, 2021, and I am reviewing a pre-release digital copy. The published version will be hard cover, with 160 pages. As stated in the Introduction, Magickal Tarot addresses the Tarot as not just a divination tool, but as a magickal tool as well. This book works only with…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing the Ten of Wands & the Ten of Swords 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 two Minor Arcana cards, the 10 of Wands and the 10 of Swords. We will explore similarities between these two cards and the differences. I will be using card images from the Rider Tarot Deck for this analysis. Both of our cards have the number 10. The number 10 represents the end of one…