• Divination Articles

    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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    Learning Lenormand

    Where Is My Rug?   When I started learning the Tarot – wow, over thirty years ago! – I used to “throw” the cards nearly every day because my life was so filled with drama that I had to know what was going was going to happen – or could happen – and the context of all this melodrama and operatic emotion! But nowadays, my life is much more serene – you could call it boring. One day is much like the next and I’m quite content like that. I recently moved into a new apartment and had to order new rugs for the entire place, since it has hardwood…

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    Learning Lenormand Interviews – Diana Clark, Creator of the Gaelic Lenormand

    This interview was done a few months ago, before the COVID-19 virus crisis hit all of us, so it’s a tad dated (I know that was just a short while ago, but doesn’t it seem like years already?). But I hope all of you will enjoy it. I have to say that I am looking forward to her horse-themed Lenormand! I have always loved horses, as anyone who knows me will attest!     Polly MacDavid (PM): In the beginning of the Companion Guide of the Gaelic Lenormand, you talk about your family history & how this informs your divinatory style.  Since not all of our readers have read the…

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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…

  • Divination Articles

    Tarot Talk 2

    Comparing The 5 & 7 of Swords   (image: The Rider-Waite tarot deck)   Many Tarot cards have such strong and unique meanings that we can easily tell them apart. However, there are cards that are similar enough to each other that interpreting them when they both show up in a spread can be challenging. One method for coming to know cards in-depth is to break them down to their components; we have been using this method to study each of the 78 cards of a traditional Tarot deck. Now that we have completed our study of the individual cards, it’s time to use another method: comparison. This month, we…

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    Tarot Talk

    Eight of Swords   (The Eight of Swords card is from the artist Ciro Marchetti http://www.ciromarchetti.com/)**   By my calculations, this is the 78th card that we are discussing, which means after this month we have made it all the way through the entire Tarot deck! Congratulations, all of you who have stayed with me through this journey. This month we are going to talk about our final card, the Eight of Swords. As always, here is a bit of basic foundational information about the Eights of the Tarot Minor Arcana, and in particular our Eight of Swords. A Tarot deck has 78 cards. There are 22 Major Arcana cards,…

  • Reviews & Interviews

    Review of Fred Hageneder’s Tree Angel Oracle Deck

    The Tree Angel Oracle Deck     Bright Blessings! I was thrilled to go to the mailbox, and find among the unwelcome bills the beautiful Tree Angel Oracle Deck to review! The author is Mr. Fred Hageneder, and I am surprised we don’t talk about him more in our Pagan circles. His bio, as written on innertraditions.com states, “Fred Hageneder is a leading expert in ethnobotany, specializing in the cultural and spiritual history of trees. A founding member of the Ancient Yew Group in Britain and a member of SANASI, a scientific group that helps protect indigenous sacred sites, he is also a member of the Ecocentric Alliance. The author…

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    Book Review – Daily Oracle: Seek Answers from Your Higher Self by Jerico Mandybur

    Book Review Daily Oracle Seek Answers from Your Higher Self byJerico Mandybur 368 Pages     I was blessed to receive a copy of the book “Daily Oracle” by Jerico Mandybur to read and try out. This hardback book was illustrated by Jenny My Duvet. Published in 2019 by Hardie Grant Books. There are 368 pages but the pages aren’t numbered. It’s a very thick, meaty little book. The pages are all in black and white and it has a very cohesive look. The illustrations are minimal but very beautifully done. I enjoy the overall aesthetic of this book.     This is a book yes…but it’s really an Oracle.…

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    Oracle Deck Review – Whispers of the Ocean Oracle Created by Angela Hartfield & Illustrated by Ekaterina Golovanova

    Oracle Deck Review Whispers of the Ocean Oracle Created by Angela Hartfield Illustrated by Ekaterina Golovanova 124 Pages     The Whispers of the Ocean Oracle is an Oracle deck created by Angela Hartfield, renowned medium and spiritual intuitive and creator of several other Oracle decks, and illustrated by Ekaterina Golovanova, talented Russian artist, designer and illustrator, and is published by Blue Angel Publishing, 80 Glen Tower Drive, Glen Waverly, Victoria, Australia 3150. The Whispers of the Ocean Oracle comes in a 4¾” x 6½” sturdy cardboard box with a matte color image of one of the cards on the front and 8 card samples and a bit of information…