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
A woman dances in the midst of nothingness, her foot alighting upon what is implied as emptiness by the lack of ground under her foot. She is naked except for a long length of cloth that spirals once around her. The cloth leaves her breasts exposed but covers her genitals. An oval wreath, bound at the top and the bottom by red cloth, frames her and separates her from the four corners of the card. In those four corners are the heads of a man, an eagle, a bull, and a lion. These in turn appear before puffs of clouds. Continue reading The World
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
Flowers frame the card by means of tree branches above and vigorous bushes below. These hand in the immediate foreground as a plain table is set to the viewer’s left. Half obscured by standing behind the table is a man in tunic and robe. His belt resembles a snake biting its tail as he faces the viewer. His left arm is slightly outstretched and points down to his left while his right arm is raised up to vertically hold a double terminated rod. A lemniscate (the infinity symbol) is above his head. A band is tied around his forehead and is partially obscured by his hair. On the table lie a platter marked with a pentacle, a tall cup, a wide hilt sword, and a long rod. Continue reading The Magician
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
A short column of clouds in the right side of the scene hide the point where a brilliant right hand extends from them towards the left. Gripped in the hand with a thumb up hold is a tall wood rod with three twigs still growing from it. The twigs bear leaves, and disconnected leaves appear to float around the rod. What appears to be the ruins of a keep is atop a nearby hill, while a river meanders before it passing one tree and then two others. Mountains can be seen in the far distance. Continue reading Ace of Wands
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