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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing the Aces     Let’s shake things up a bit this month, and talk about the four Aces and their connections to each other. Aces are different from the other Minors, as they are seen as being the seeds of their suit and element, rather than the manifestation of their suit and element. Aces are not material or manifested. They are tendencies that are the foundation of the manifestations of their suit; for example the Ace of Pentacles is not Earth, but rather a tendency to become Earth! The Aces are Minor Arcana cards, so we know right away that the messages offered by these cards will usually be…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Wayfarer Tarot by Stacy Salpietro-Babb and Margaret Shipman

    Tarot Deck Review The Wayfarer Tarot Guidebook by Stacy Salpietro-Babb Artwork & Design by Margaret Shipman Publisher: Self Published via Kickstarter Publication Date: 2018     The Wayfarer Tarot is created by Stacy Salpietro-Babb (guidebook) and Margaret Shipman (artwork and design), first edition 2018 ISBN: 978-0-578-42920-5. This beautiful deck was self-published via a Kickstarter campaign that ran during 2018. Stacy and Margaret began working together to create The Wayfarer Tarot during 2013, forming the ideas that would become the deck, and combining Stacy’s vision for the meaning of the card and Margaret’s visual interpretation. The Wayfarer Tarot comes in a 3 inch by 5 inch cardboard box with a matte…

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    Tarot Deck Review – The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot by Caitlin Matthews

    Tarot Deck Reviewed The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot by Caitlin Matthews Publisher: Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit 144 Pages Publication Date: 12/08/2020     The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot by Caitlin Matthews, published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit, an imprint of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA, copyright by Caitlin Matthews in 2005. This set is visually rich, luxurious, and filled with the art, sketches, writings and inventions of Leonardo Da Vinci, both within the card images and the accompanying guidebook. The Da Vinci Enigma Tarot comes in a sturdy 7 1/8 inch by 9 5/8 inch gift-style cardboard box with glossy finish yellow background and…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing The King of Wands & The King of Swords     We haven’t looked at the Court Cards of the Tarot for a while, so it is a good time to compare two Court Cards. This month we will compare two Kings, the King of Wands and the King of Swords. If you have been journeying with me already, you can skip the next paragraphs that offer some foundational information. The 78 cards of a Tarot deck consist of 22 Major Arcana cards (dealing with broader and more far-reaching life experience issues, and archetypes that are easy for us to identify with and connect with at some point in…

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    Book Review – The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads by Liz Dean

    Book Review The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads by Liz Dean Publisher: Fair Winds Press 192 Pages Publication Date: 3/01/2016     The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads by Liz Dean, is published by Fair Winds Press, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 265-D, Beverly, MA 01915, and copyrighted in 2016 by Quarto Publishing Group USA, Inc., with the text copyrighted in 2016 by Liz Dean. The Ultimate Guide to Tarot Spreads is an 8 1/8 inch by 11 1/4 inch book with a substantial color soft cover containing images of Tarot cards on the front, and reviews and a book description on the back. The…

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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…