Monday, May 16, 2022

Review: Rainbow Kipper

Rainbow Kipper
Author: Toni Puhle
Artist: Steven Bright
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2021

Description: 38 card deck, 112-page guidebook, box with magnetic closure lid.

Card Size: 2 1/2 by 3 3/4



"Every level of Kipper reader will find this deck a gateway to understanding the nuances of the Kipper system and will be predicting life events with ease."



The first color-coded deck presents simplicity in the nature of the narrative and directional cues at first sight. 

The cards are printed on good card stock, making them easy to shuffle. The images are simple and the selected colors are mild, not overbearing. I love how the main character cards stand out in the readings.



The author mentions the complexity of the "Grand Tableau", but only goes into short details of how the colors can help you better understand the system. However, you will find it easy to find information on this spread online. Here's a quick overview of how it works @ Stefan's Cards.

"A "Grand Tableau" highlights where clusters of color can be found, and allows the reader to find storylines at first glance, using the red Stop cards as punctuation. Clusters of color emphasize troublesome or stale areas within seconds, and movement is clear to the naked eye."

The guidebook gives an overview of the color-coding of the cards, such as many red cards in a spread show a stalled situation. The main characters are the most important cards in the deck. The author gives explanations on how to use them to get the best readings. The rest of the book is devoted to the separated color-codes and the cards included in each division.

For example, the Green cards are People in your reading. The people can represent a person in your life, but they can also bring their aura into the reading. The Rich Gent's presence in your reading can go from good guy to rival depending on where he lays next to the main character. His aura brings a sense of finances, investments, and ambition.  


Red cards represent stop signs, the end of a sentence in the reading, or a slow-moving situation. Blue cards show change and movement. The Pink cards are connectors to the situation of the reading. Yellow cards show cause and effect. These are the cards that show challenges.

Each card is given a two-page description, including: Card image and title, a short phrase, an overview, Imagery, Placement, Daily Advice, Positive and Negative Meanings.

After all the cards are explored, the author gives advice on setting your intentions and shares two spreads, followed by a conclusion section.

Will this product make you a Kipper expert? Probably not, but it will help assist your journey.

I recommend this deck to anyone interested in learning the Kipper system. The color-coded cards will help you navigate the Kipper journey a little easier. 

Just remember these are not Tarot cards. The Kipper deals with the day-to-day life, not the spiritual side of things. 




(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Review: Auset Gypsy Tarot

Auset Gypsy Tarot
Author: James Jacob Pierri
Illustrators: Rebecca Stotsenburgh and Heather Scott
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2021

Description: 78 card deck, 96-page guidebook, box with magnetic closure lid.

Card Size: 3 by 5

"The Fool card through the World card is the story of the Tarot as it has been relayed for generations, and it's the most popular explanation of the Major Arcana. But this is the Auset Gypsy Tarot Deck and it's a new story, a different telling, true to tradition but with its own unique adventure!"

The Auset Gypsy Tarot deck is unique in imagery, but does follow the traditional path of the tarot story. The Major Arcana cards are depicted in cartoon style images and include the astrological associations. The Minor Arcana cards are presented in pip style, while the court cards take on a playing card design.

The guidebook begins with a forward and the story of the Auset Gypsy Tarot and then dives into the card meanings. The Major Arcana are given two pages each: the astrological association, traditional meaning, Auset Gypsy meaning, and story plot, and a full-page picture of the card.

The Minor Arcana sections are smaller, two per page, and gives the astrological association and key words and phrases. You'll find some of these expand on the traditional meanings, while some seem very different than the normal suggested meanings. The court cards are also presented two per page.

The guide closes with three suggested tarot spreads and a bit of tarot advice, a two-page section for notes, and a short about the author.

The card stock of this deck is very thick and stiff. I found them hard to shuffle. Although this is a beautiful deck, I didn't find any connection with the cards. Each reader will find certain decks attract them more than others, this just isn't a deck for me.

I do recommend this deck to readers who want to step a little outside of the tradition and explore a new story. I wouldn't suggest this as a beginner deck. The Minor Arcana, presented in pip style, doesn't allow for a visual interpretation or any guide to the meanings. With that said, a little challenge isn't bad, just be prepared to see the different aspects outside of the traditional book meanings of the Rider-Waite decks.

Grab your copy at Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing.




(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Review: Intuitive Wisdom: Color-Your-Deck Tarot Cards

Intuitive Wisdom: Color-Your-Deck Tarot Cards
Author: Michelle Motuzas
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020
 
Description: 78 card deck, 96-page guidebook, box with magnetic closure lid.

Card Size: 3 1/2 by 5 1/4

"This innovative Tarot deck taps into your creativity, intuition, and inner guidance to create a personally colored deck that not only resonates with you on a deep, intimate soul level but also allows you to become your own best oracle!"

The guidebook that comes with this deck is very detailed. An exercise is given for each category: the Major Arcana, the Court Cards, and the Minor Arcana. The upright and reversal meanings of each card is presented. The Court Cards have a little extra, as the author views the cards in two ways - the level of power and as people in your life. The guide then goes over the Cross Spread, in order to bring it all together.

The cards are not the traditional Rider-Waite theme. Images of animals and nature scenes populate this deck, reminding me of an Oracle deck. Each classification, the Major Arcana and the four suites are given different borders to help identify the cards. The Court Cards and Minor Arcana have blank banners across their bottom for identification purposes.

I'm not sure what happened, but there is a contradiction to the Wands and Swords suits. The guidebook identifies the Wands as Fire and Swords as Air. The borders of the Wands are clouds and the Swords are flames. Seems like someone got their wires crossed on this aspect.


The deck is okay, but to be honest, I see no connection to the Tarot system that I'm used to, which may be because it's a mix of the traditional Thoth or Rider-Waite images and symbolism.

The Four of Wands, an image of a hummingbird, presents a nice coloring opportunity. But the guidebook gives no explanation to the connection of image to the meaning at all. And, the meaning stated for this card has no connection for me to the card at all.


I honestly don't recommend the Intuitive Wisdom deck to anyone looking for the traditional Rider-Waite them. But, if you enjoy coloring and want to make this deck into an oracle of your own, it would be a good fit.

Grab your own copy at Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)