Monday, June 27, 2016

Review: Tarot Unlocking the Arcana

Tarot Unlocking the Arcana
Author: Angelo Nasios
239-pages - Hard Cover Book
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2016

A new voice and perspective on Tarot: Angelo Nasios shares his accumulated knowledge in Tarot Unlocking the Arcana.

At 239 pages, this nice hardcover book covers a lot of information.

The book begins with a preface, an introduction, and a summary of the book’s section. In brief, what you will discover within this book is:

  1. An introduction to the Tarot – an explanation of what makes up the Tarot deck, the purpose of the Tarot, myths, ideas on how it works, and suggestions to picking your deck.
  2. How to get started with the Tarot – covers all the basics including wording and activating your question, a short overview of all the cards, reading reversal with examples, and more. 
  3. Attributions to the Tarot – including astrology, elements, and numerology.
  4. Tarot History, Religion, and Philosophy
  5. Tarot Spreads – a collection of 20 spreads, including the popular Celtic Cross
  6. Sample Readings – predictions of past news and media topics
  7. Tarot Education and Taboos
  8. The Minor Arcana – description, symbolism and meaning, and in the reading meaning
  9. The Court Cards – elemental and astrology associations, along with description, symbolism and meaning, and in the reading meaning
  10. The Major Arcana – an overview of each card and the in the reading meaning

Overall, this is a great book for beginners. It could also supply experienced readers with a fresh perspective of the Tarot.

Grab your copy at Schiffer Publishing.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Diving Deep - Gaia's Vision Oracle

A few weeks ago, I posted a review of Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards. To demonstrate the magical qualities of this deck, I decided to post a sample reading for you.

Question: How can I become more in tune with life and experience a more relaxed, productive creative life?

My first impressions of the card:

The collage of many different flowers forming a larger flower made me think, "Stop and smell the roses." Allow yourself to be in the present.

A face peers out from beneath the foliage, appearing demon-like. Dig deep, uncover your demons and abolish them.

The white light radiates outward. Allow your light to shine, to rise to the surface.

A bird stirs within the center of the large flower. Soar to your greatest heights.

Message Received: Allow yourself to be present. Don't be afraid to face your demons. Soar into greatness.

The companion book gives this card the keyword, Contemplation. It suggests looking within and examining the pieces from all angles. Take the time to examine the situation before taking action.

Overview: To be more in tune with life and relaxed within my creativity, I need to take a moment to look within. Face my demons; examine them from every angle before abolishment. But, most important, be present in my daily life and allow my natural light to radiate.

The best part about Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards is the Kaleidoscope style. With each reading, and with each reader, the images seen will vary. While I saw the demon in the foliage and the bird in the center, another time, I may not see these images, therefore changing the message of the card. Another reader or viewer may be blind to the two images I saw during this reading. You will see what needs to be seen.

Have a blessed week!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Review: Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards

Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards
Authors: Doris Diamond & Susan Starr
Photographic Art by Doris Diamond
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2016

Description: 40 cards and a 24 page guidebook in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure.

Card size: about 3.5 by 5 inches.

The Gaia's Vision Oracle Cards took me back to my childhood, to time spent gazing through a Kaleidoscope. The artist layered nature photos and created images of magical scenes. With this deck, all you need are the cards and your own imagination to dip in and receive guidance from the Earth Mother, Gaia.

The guidebook is slim, but it covers all you need for this deck. The Introduction covers how to use the cards and shares thoughts on the creation of the cards and their meanings. Possible meanings for each card are covered in the bulk of the book. The Appendix offers suggested questions and nine sample themed spreads.

Above, in the lower right corner, you see Sparkleburst.

My mind screams 'Fireworks'. A burst of energy emerges from the card. Things are about to happen quickly. I get the sense of chaos with purpose. There's no time to prepare at this point. Allow the sudden energy to guide you to the final destination.

The guidebook gives this card the keyword, Emergence.

Your awareness opens to an alternate universe. Your passions ignite, awakening within you. With so much activity, it's not surprising your light will shine upon those around you.

In the lower left, you see Regal Strut.

You are in your element. Confidence radiates out from your body. Each feather represents an admirable trait, a gift, a talent.

The guidebook gives the card the keyword, Pride.

In working with this deck, I found the selected card brought new insight into the situation of the moment.

As a divination tool, I personally wouldn't choose this deck.

I recommend this deck as a guidance tool to further reflect on what's going on in your life. They would make nice daily prompts for your journal. They could also bring guidance and a clear view to the situation at hand, allowing you to see it from a slightly different perspective.

Gain guidance from Earth Mother, Gaia. Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Review: First Light Tarot

First Light Tarot  - Dinah Roseberry
First Light Tarot
Author: Dinah Roseberry
Images: Hubble Telescope
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2016

Description: 66 cards (22 Majors, 22 Insights, 22 Spread Cards), a 95 page guidebook, and a laminated Reference Card in a sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure.

Card size: 3.5 X 5 inches

The First Light Tarot is an amazing deck of cards. The images will take your breath away and ignite your imagination.

The author speaks of Light Beings. She has created a set of cards with images to connect you to them and allow their guidance to come into your life.

"Vibrations are the basis of all life," the Light Beings told me.

"What," they said, "Would you do if you had a system to assist you in making the correct determinations?

The First Light Tarot is not a normal deck of Tarot. The system may not appeal to everyone, but the cards can be used in multiple ways. From card reading to meditation, most will find a way to gleam insight from this deck.

The cards are divided into three types: 22 Majors, 22 Insight Cards, and 22 Spread Cards.

The Majors can be used as a traditional Tarot Major Arcana Deck. The Major cards include the card number, name and a keyword in the upper right, and in the lower left, three keywords. These cards represent the important issues in your life, the big events.

The Insight Cards can be used as an oracle deck. The cards include a number association, card number and name in the upper right, and in the lower left, the key concept. These cards represent your daily life.

The cards can also be used as a 44 card deck in a traditional spread style. The Spread Cards assist in creating a visual spread to follow. You may also use the Insight Cards and Spread Cards with any Tarot deck or Oracle Deck.

Meditation is another option with the cards. The images work wonderfully, allowing your mind to enter space and receive guidance from a higher source.

The Guidebook is divided into two parts.

The first part gives insight into the creation of the deck and the many uses of the deck. There are sections on the Spread Cards, the Universal Spread (a special spread for the deck), Astrology Signs, Numerology, Meditation, and Reading Process.

The second part covers the Majors and the Insight Cards. Topics covered on the Majors are Card Number/Name, Descriptor, Keywords, Astrology Sign/Meaning, and Advice. Topics covered on the Insight Cards are Number Associations and Advice.

The Reference Card gives a snapshot into the cards. The Majors include Card Number/Name, Descriptor, Keywords, Astrological Sign/Meaning and Quick Advice. The Insight Cards include Card Name/ Descriptor, Key Concepts, Number Association/Meaning and Quick Advice.

In working with the cards to this point, I've received good, precise readings. The cards have a nice vibration to them. With any reading involving a new deck, I first jotted down my own thoughts before looking up the suggested meanings in the guidebook. I didn't always agree with the author's interpretation, but that's part of adopting a new deck. You must make it your own and follow your own instincts. The author establishes the playing field, but you create the game to play.

I recommend this deck for anyone who has ever yearned to see deeper into space. Do you look up and wonder what else is out there? Do you feel a strange pull toward the stars and moon? This deck was made for the sky watcher and the star gazers.

Discover the First Light Tarot. Grab your copy from Schiffer Publishing.

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