Monday, April 16, 2018

Review: Spirit Within Tarot

Spirit Within Tarot
Author: Steven Bright
Red Feather, 2017

Description: 78 cards and a 96 page guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure.

Card Size: 3” x 4 ½”

"With little more than your enthusiasm and an open heart, it's time to let your own spirit take its first steps in between the world of the shadows."

The Spirit Within Tarot is intriguingly simple. The silhouettes give your imagination a playground to choose its own characters. The deck's images follow the traditional Rider-Waite, but the author has brought a little extra to the scenes. The simplicity of the images seem to explode with complexity, almost as if the cards are three-dimensional.

The Guidebook focuses on the cards, with a personal thought, a brief look at the card meaning, and a few keywords. The author only suggests one spread, but this turned out to be a wonderful spread. The five-card spread gives Spirit a voice in choosing the topic and offers an overview of the situation and guidance. I tried the spread a few times and was amazed by the results.

Ten of Swords ~ "I present problematic transitions. I am the one you will find at the end of any situation that has been difficult to the end. Are you suffering from a fight you couldn't win? I'm here to remind you that the worst is now over."

Eight of Cups ~ "I am on a quest. My life is not bad, but I realize that something is missing. The road towards finding it is not easy, but I will no longer settle for second best."

This deck is a great for both beginners and the experienced reader. I always suggest the Rider-Waite deck for beginners, but this would be a great starter deck. But, there's enough depth in this deck for the experienced reader or tarot enthusiast to find pleasure with the Spirit Within Tarot. 

Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

Monday, April 2, 2018

Review: King Billy and the Royal Road

King Billy and the Royal Road
Author: RC Ajuonuma
SilverWood Books, 2017

Description: 81 page book

"King Billy and the Royal Road" is a story of a boy who wakes up one morning and begins a journey through the Major Arcana cards of the Tarot.

The story is formatted in three line poetry verses, with some rhyming. The flow of the story is of a sing-song melody. The black and white images, provided by Beverley Young, are delightful and compliment the story perfectly.

"He opened the bag,
which he wiggled and wagged,
and pulled from inside an old sword."

The book is divided into three parts which coincide with a three part break down of the Major Arcana stages of progression: Part 1 - The Way to Your Heart (Consciousness), Part 2 - Be Brave, Be True (Subconscious), Part 3 - What Was Lost Can Be Found (Superconscious).

Young Billy wakes up one morning to an empty refrigerator and is unable to wake his mother, so he decides to go find some food. What he finds is much more. He discovers a whole new world, as he's never ventured beyond his own backyard.

With a sack and a stick, young Billy (The Fool) skirts past his growling dog and sets off on his journey. His first encounter is with a man in a hat with a cape and a tan (The Magician). And the journey continues with Billy moving through the characters and the lessons of the Major Arcana of the Tarot.

The book is presented as a children's book, but I do suggest scanning through the book before you begin the story with your child. There is one section I found a little unsettling, but this may just be me. In Chapter 8, the king (not Billy) has been slain, beheaded. This one part made me feel the book may be more suitable for young teenagers. Again, this is only my opinion.

"With hands glowing red
round the king's severed head,
she lifted it up like a crown."

It was a pleasure to have the chance to read this book by RC Ajuonuma. Young adults will enjoy this introduction to the world of Tarot. It would also be an enjoyable read for adults and experienced tarot enthusiast.

Grab your copy from SilverWood Books or Amazon.

(Review Product supplied by RC Ajuonuma)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Review: Chakra Reading Cards

Chakra Reading Cards
Author: Rachelle Charman
Rockpool Publishing, 2017

Description: 36 cards and a 112 page guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closing lid

Card Size: about 3 3/4 by 5 ½

“These one-of-a-kind Chakra Reading Cards bring a world of guidance and clarity to your life.”

The Chakra Reading Cards are divided into 9 chakras, covering the seven main chakras plus two additional chakras – the Soul Star and the Earth Star. Each division includes four cards with assigned titles relating to the influence in its chakra field. For example, the Throat Chakra includes Communication, Life Purpose, Truth, and Listening. Each vibrant image has a chakra color border, along with its chakra symbol.

The Guidebook begins with the basics: an introduction, how to care for the deck, how to work with the deck, how to do a reading, and how to connect to your intuition. The author also offers five layouts suitable for the Chakra Reading Cards.

The rest of the book covers the cards. Each section begins with a two page explanation of the Chakra: color, topics, cleansing and balancing the chakra, and an affirmation. Each individual card has a colored image and a page of information followed by a short affirmation.

As with most decks, I had some favorites and some not so favorites within the deck. To the left, I've chosen three of each.

I hope this offers enough of a range to give a full view of the types of images upon the cards. Since, my favorites could easily be your least favorite and vice versa.

Let's take a closer look at two of the cards and what they reveal.

The 2-Rebirth card belongs to the Earth Star Chakra, signified by the Black border and the Chakra symbol.

The card description begins with: "You have pulled this card as a sign that you are currently undergoing a rebirth. It is a powerful awakening and healing process..." The entry continues on giving more insight into the possibilities of your rebirth and how you may process it.

The affirmation: "I am completely supported in my current rebirth and I am open to the magic of the universe birthing within me."

The 17-Inner Child belongs to the Heart Chakra, signified by the Green border and the Chakra symbol.

The card description begins with: "You have called this card and energy into your awareness today because it is time to create a more fulfilling loving relationship with your Inner Child. Each person has within them aspects of the child - those parts of us that can be vulnerable, misunderstood..." The author goes on to explore the pains and emotions related to being trapped, confused, and at the mercy of another person. But, then she gets to the good stuff. "It is also very important to allow the Inner Child out to play."

The affirmation: "My Inner Child is free to express love and joy."

As mentioned earlier, the author offers five layouts suitable for the deck. But, of course, these are only guides to help you get started. You can use these cards in many different ways.

Two of the layouts in the book are one-card pulls. One is focused on finding guidance and a message, and the other reveals the Chakra causing the biggest issue at that moment. There is a three-card layout: past, present, future. The other two focuses on the Chakras: a seven-card and a nine-card. These Chakra layouts would be great for monthly, or even yearly, readings.

The Chakra Readings Cards would also make a great addition to any reading. Using a second deck in a Tarot reading has become a normal thing for me. It's nice to see some additional insight. And, on most occasions, it can verify the reading is on the right track by providing a mirror to the guidance already supplied.

I recommend this deck to anyone interested in further exploring their Chakra, but also to anyone wanting a new oracle deck.

Grab your copy from Red Wheel Weiser.

(Review Product supplied by Red Wheel Weiser)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Temporary Leave of Absence

I'm sorry for my recent absence. Life got a little away from me. And now, it is Christmas time at the Post Office. So, I'm officially updating you all with my temporary leave of absence for the year. I actually planned on putting up this notice in November, but I lost track of time. Sometimes, life takes a turn, and we are not always ready to follow.

It will most likely be a few months into the new year before my return. I plan to establish a better routine for the blog with better content. Throughout this year, the main topic has been reviews. The main reason for this has been lack of focus in putting together better posts for my audience.

If reviews are your favorite topic, don't worry, there are more to come. But, I do hope to focus on more of the topics that began Tarot Guidance. The world of Tarot and other divination practices stay dear to my heart and I'd still like to share my thoughts and insights with you all.

Till next year, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.

God bless you all.