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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 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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    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 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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    Learning Lenormand Reviews Pixie’s Astounding Lenormand Deck

    Pixie Astounding Lenormand!! And it IS Astounding! I’ve been studying the Lenormand for a couple of years now and I have to admit that I have fallen into somewhat of a rut – which happens, ya know – when you are using the same cards over and over again and reading only for yourself. It’s not so very different than what happened with the Tarot and my other divinatory practices – when I retired from active employment and decided to embrace my singleness relationship-wise, there was little reason to consult any form of divination – life was more or less the same every day and it was comfortingly boring. 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…

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    Divination Deck Review – Visionary I Ching Cards: The Book of Changes for Intuitive Decision-Making by Paul O’Brien

    Divination Deck Review Visionary I Ching Cards The Book of Changes for Intuitive Decision-Making by Paul O’Brien Beyond Words 64 cards; 224-page Booklet     The accelerating speed of life and the furious speed of change creates a feeling of chaos. “Change itself is really the only constant – the one thing we can absolutely count on,” Paul O’Brien wrote in the introduction, adding, “And the I Ching helps to befriend and manage these inevitable, unexpected, and sometimes confusing changes in our lives.” The Book of Change, one of the oldest books in the world, offers ancient wisdom to make informed and timely adjustments to adapt to these changes, making…

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    Tarot Talk

    Comparing the 4 of Cups and the 4 of Wands     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 4 of Cups and the 4 of Wands. 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. The basic messages or traditional interpretations of these two…

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    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…