The Fey Tarot is the work of Mara Aghem. 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. ©Lo Scarabeo
Today’s cards: King of Pentacles, Ace of Wands, & The Sun [XIX].
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? February 6, 2019
The Sweeney Tarot was designed to read with reversals. Having the expected 78 cards, one could use any system of meanings with it. However Lee Bradford has put deep thought into the meanings of the Sweeney Tarot, making sure it is approachable by all and without occult or religious concerns that would restrict its audience or use.
Today’s cards: 6 of Wands, 8 of Swords (reversed), & Temperance [XIV].
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Bryan Lahr’s Wyzard of Odd tarot deck is constructed with literally images of smoke and mirrors, and has the margins lined with correspondences from other religious and esoteric practices. The slightly oversize deck is also good for single card contemplation as the images fold onto themselves and the viewer.
Today’s cards: Art [XIV], Nine of Disks, & Fortune [X].
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? February 4, 2019
Tavaglione’s Stairs of Gold Tarot is a richly decorated esoteric book in the form of 78 tarot cards. Sometimes wildly diverging from Waite’s road, the deck can read as slim as necessary and as deep as the reader is willing to focus. Tavaglione’s Stairs of Gold Tarot is ©US Games Systems.
Today’s cards: Death [XIII], Page of Staves, & The Tower [XVI]
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Designed and illustrated by Megan Weber under the name of “Zaheroux“, this black and white deck features an animal for each card. Though there are bones in every image, don’t let this deck frighten you. There is wisdom for those who seek it.
Today’s cards: The Sun [XIX], Eight of Wands, & Nine of Pentacles.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? January 31, 2019
The Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tarot is a reprint of Pamela Coleman Smith’s original deck that is true to the print process and original coloring. The deck appears muted compared with more recent and more popular derivations of the Smith-Waite deck, but the gentle colors are easier to look at. The Smith-Waite Centennial Edition Tarot is ©US Games Systems, Inc.
Today’s cards: The Star [XVII], 8 of Pentacles (reversed), & 7 of Wands.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? January 30, 2019
The Red Magician Tarot is a collage deck created by Jay LeRoy based on Hermetic principles.
Today’s cards: Eight of Wands, Eight of Swords, & The Moon [XVIII].
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? January 29, 2019
The Legacy of the Divine is a work of art by Ciro Marchetti. Warm images tell a fantastic story across rural, urban, and fantasy settings. A visually inviting deck, it has hints of esotericism for those that are seeking such things, but those hints do not interfere with those that do not. Deck artist: Ciro Marchetti.
Today’s cards: 10 of Wands (reversed), Queen of Wands (reversed), & 10 of Cups.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? January 28, 2019
The Universal Waite is Mary Hanson-Roberts’ recolored rendition of the Waite-Smith deck. Nearly identical lining is softened by gentle coloring. Some faces have been reworked to be more pleasing to the eye. The Universal Waite Tarot is ©US Games Systems, Inc.
Today’s cards: Justice [XI] (reversed), The Chariot [VII], & 2 of Wands (reversed).
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? January 25, 2019
The Bosch Tarot is a series of collages based on the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. Using a unique set of meanings that is not derived from Waite, it will sometimes read direct, and sometimes read like a koan. It is a good deck for introspection and examination of internal motives. ©Lo Scarabeo
Today’s cards: Queen of Swords, The Wheel [X], & 8 of Chalices.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? January 24, 2019