The Sweeney Tarot is the work of Lee Bradford. While the deck’s meanings are a derivative of the Rider-Waite-Smith, the imagery is based on key characters in Lee Bradford’s works. An inclusive deck absent of hard religious symbolism or the trappings of esoterica, the Sweeney Tarot is designed to be open and approachable. The artist has several easter eggs hidden in the cards, some of them in plain sight.
Today’s cards: Knight of Wands, The Towerrv, & 5 of Cupsrv. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 22 2014
30 Days of Tarot — Day 7: What is your favorite card (both in terms of the deck’s artwork and divinatory meaning)?
You mean I have to choose? Continue reading 30 Days of Tarot: Day Seven
The Legacy of the Divine tarot is an artistic work by Ciro Marchetti. While the imagery is based loosely on the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, the official meanings of the deck are a collaboration between Ciro Marchetti, Ruth Ann, Wald Amberstone, James Ricklef, and Leisa ReFalo and demonstrate a mix of Waite’s and Crowley’s systems as well as symbolism sparked by Ciro’s art in the cards. Purists might want to shield their eyes. The meanings would not work well with any other deck, but with the Legacy of the Divine, they make a perfect match. Certain imagery and symbolism will not make sense until the reader understands they spring from the short story included in the official guidebook. It is up to the reader to keep the story and fiction, or to use their own personal meanings for the cards.
Today’s cards: 3 of Cups, 7 of Coins, & Ace of Wands. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 21 2014
30 Days of Tarot — Day 6: What was the first spread you learned?
Short Answer: It wasn’t the Celtic Cross! Continue reading 30 Days of Tarot: Day Six
The Thoth Tarot is the work of Aleister Crowley and Lady Frieda Harris. A cornerstone of Thelema, Crowley intended for the deck to be widely available to everyone regardless of their esoteric background. Some would say he succeeded with a visually powerful and evocative deck. Some say he only muddied up already murky waters. The Thoth Tarot is a Love It or Leave It deck. It can be used without knowledge of Thelema or the means by which Crowley arrived at his meanings. Or you can peek into the rabbit hole, and find a new world to explore.
Today’s cards: 3 of Swords “Sorrow”, Adjustment (VIII), & 7 of Wands “Valour”. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 20 2014
30 Days of Tarot — Day 5: When and where did you give your first reading?
Short Answer: November 2007, on an outdoor bench at a local taqueria, and it was bullshit. Continue reading 30 Days of Tarot: Day Five
The Fey Tarot is the work of Mara Aghem and Riccardo Minetti. While the card names mostly track conventional tarot naming, the scenes differ from Pamela Coleman Smith’s renditions. Not all minors display the full pip count of their number. Rather, the scenes are meant to evoke the intuition of the reader rather than depend on long lists of regurgitated meanings.
Today’s cards: Knave of Wands, The Moon, & The Emperor. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 19 2014
30 Days of Tarot — Day 4: How long have you been reading the Tarot?
Not as long as most people assume. I’ve noticed that folks on the Internet assume that to speak with the confidence I have, I must be, like, totally ancient and a matriarch of some powerful secret coven, or some fad-chasing teenager that has yet to escape high school and just downloaded a Fluff’s Guide To The Tarot list of meanings.
Don’t disrespect those two age groups like that. ~shakes head~ Continue reading 30 Days of Tarot: Day Four
The Universal Waite is Mary Hanson-Roberts’ recolored rendition of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. Nearly identical lining is softened by gentle coloring. Some faces have been reworked to be more pleasing to the eye.
Today’s cards: The Lovers, 10 of Wands, & The Hermit.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 18 2014
30 Days of Tarot — Day 3: Do you have more than one deck that you use, and, if so, do you have a favorite? If not, why do you like the deck you have chosen?
I currently have six unique tarot decks and my favorite depends on what the question is at the time. But to answer everyone’s favorite “stuck on a desert island” question, it would be the Universal Waite. Continue reading 30 Days of Tarot: Day Three