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
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
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
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
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
Atanassov’s The Bosch Tarot supplies the cards for today’s “What Does The Deck Say”. The images are collages from various works of the painter Hieronymus Bosch. Bosch’s works are visually stunning for his approach to displaying the embodiment of moral and religious principles. The Bosch Tarot keeps the visual tour-de-force that is sometimes “not safe for work”. The LWB for the Bosch deck contains meanings that differ from Waite and Crowley, leading to some amusement when comparing interpretations.
Today’s cards: 10 of Pentacles, 3 of Swords, & 3 of Pentacles.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 17 2014
What Does The Deck Say was a daily feature at the Tumblog: Three More Cards. A fun little exercise, I will be restarting the series here. Each day will have a random pull of three cards from one of my cartomancy decks for public perusal. The goal is not to set the tone of the day, nor attempt any serious prognostication, but to have a context-free, fortune-cookie style, newspaper quality phrase of the day that we can all enjoy. Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 16 2014