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: 3 of Swords (reversed), 2 of Coins (reversed), & The Fool .
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 29, 2019
Bryan Lahr’s Wyzard of Odd tarot deck is constructed with images of literally 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: Princess of Cups, Four of Disks, & Seven of Disks.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 28, 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: 10 of Cups, The Hermit [IX], & 9 of Coins.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 27, 2019
The Universal Tarot of Marseille is primarily based on a Swiss deck created in 1751 by by Claude Burdel. The pips have color backgrounds to assist readers with distinguishing suite and the majors have had the lines refined and color backgrounds added to soften the overall look. The Universal Tarot of Marseille is ©Lo Scarabeo.
Today’s cards: King of Swords, 10 Swords, & 7 Deniers.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 24, 2019
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: Ace of Cups, Two of Wands, & The High Priestess [II].
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 23, 2019
The Red Magician Tarot is a collage deck created by Jay LeRoy based on Hermetic principles.
Today’s cards: Princess of Cups, The Hierophant, & Ten of Swords.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 22, 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: 2 of Swords (reversed), 10 of Coins, & Page of Swords.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 21, 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: Wheel of Fortune [X] (reversed), 5 of Wands (reversed), & King of Cups (reversed).
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 20, 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. The Bosch Tarot is ©Lo Scarabeo.
Today’s cards: Knave of Swords, The Star [XVII], & 8 of Swords.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 17, 2019
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. The Fey Tarot is ©Lo Scarabeo.
Today’s cards: 3 of Swords, Queen of Pentacles, & 7 of Chalices.
Continue reading What Does The Deck Say? May 16, 2019