Monday, October 3, 2022

Review: Tarot of the Enchanted Soul

Tarot of the Enchanted Soul 
Author: Yasmeen Westwood
Artist: Yasmeen Westwood
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2022

Description: 78 card deck, 144-page guide book, box with magnetic closure lid.

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

"There are those who believe in the magic of the Soul. Now there is a tool to access that magic and hear the whispers of your inner spirit." 



The Tarot of the Enchanted Soul is an interesting deck based on the Rider-Waite Tarot. The images are of a fantasy/steampunk themed style. 

A couple of cards have been renamed. The Hanged Man is Perspective, and The Hierophant is The Mentor.  

The 78 cards are edged with gold. The larger size allows for detailed scenes, although it does make them a little difficult to shuffle. 



The beautiful blue backing design gives this deck a cool vibration, while the light blue borders allow the main focus to be on the images which are exquisite. Each card contains keywords to enhance the learning curve of understanding the Tarot. 


The guidebook is designed to take you from beginner to reader and explores the cards on a deeper level of understanding the soul. 

Beginning with a short introduction to the Tarot, the book covers explanations of the Major Arcana, the Minor Arcana, and the Court Cards. You are also introduced to how to begin a reading, learning the Tarot, keeping a journal, and a walk through 7 Tarot spreads.


The bulk of the guide is devoted to card meanings. The Major Arcana section includes the image, title, quote, keywords, a short story reference, meaning, person, and thoughts for journaling. The Minor Arcana section, which is divided into suits and contains the court cards, includes the image, title, a quote, card description/meaning, and thoughts for journaling.


Tarot of the Enchanted Soul would make a great collector's deck, but is also suited for readers of all levels. This deck has found a place on my shelf. I simply love the images, and look forward to digging deeper into the guidebook, which is full of interesting insights.



King of Swords - The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die. ~ George R. R. Martin






(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

Friday, August 5, 2022

Review: The Mitchell Tarot

The Mitchell Tarot
Creator: James Himm Mitchell
Self-Published, 2021

Description: 80 card deck, custom rigid box. No guidebook is included with the deck.

Card Size: 2.75 x 4.75

"The Mitchell Tarot is the flagship deck of cartomancer and intuitive James Himm Mitchell, who has been reading Tarot professionally for over 20 years."

James Himm Mitchell has created a vibrant deck based on the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. The images range from fantasy style to realistic scenes. The suits are named by the elements: air, water, earth, fire. The card stock is exceptional, making the shuffling of the cards very easy. 


Although a guidebook is always welcomed with a new deck, one is not needed when the deck follows so closely to the Rider-Waite-Smith system as does The Mitchell Tarot. If you are familiar with the system, you can see from the above images that the deck will be easy to follow.




I instantly felt a connection with the deck before even looking through the images. The card backs are filled with energy. The deck vibrates to the touch, giving extremely accurate readings. 







A traditional deck includes 78 cards, while The Mitchell Tarot includes 80 cards. The creator has included two alternate cards to the deck: The Jester and a secondary 10 of Water.





I highly recommend this deck to any tarot reader, new or experienced. The images are easy to follow. The deck has an energy that we readers seek in a deck. This would make a great first deck for anyone wishing to learn the tarot. The Mitchell Tarot would also be a great addition to any reader's shelf.

If you're a new reader, I recommend Tarot Plain and Simple as a guidebook into the tarot and to assist you in understanding this deck.

As stated above, there isn't a guide book available at this time, but for some thoughts on the deck's creation, example interpretations, and suggested spreads visit Mitchell’s site - https://www.life-plan-blog.com/mitchell-tarot/

Grab a copy of The Mitchell Tarot at Making Playing Cards

To purchase other decks by the author visit - https://www.makeplayingcards.com/sell/jameshimm


(Review product supplied by James Himm Mitchell.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Review: Eternal Seeker Oracle

Eternal Seeker Oracle
Author: Pamela Steele
Artist: Pamela Steele
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2021

Description: 33 card deck, 128-page companion book, box with magnetic closure lid.

Card Size: 3 1/2 by 5

"The images, although inspired by the Major Arcana, seek to delve into the core authenticity of the archetypes that is reflected by the title of each card."


Pamela Steele has created a magical oracle deck. Twenty-two cards are based on the Major Arcana and eleven additional cards are added to make a well-rounded look into understanding your life and gaining advice for personal and spiritual dilemmas. 


The images in this deck are beautiful. Above, you see the 7 Tradition card which is inspired by the Tarot's "The Hierophant." 25 The Weaver was inspired by the Steele Wizard Tarot's "The Weaver". 30 and 31 are part of the additional cards. Also, notice the connections the bottom of the cards form. The energy and connectivity of this deck is amazing. 

They are printed on good card-stock, making them easy to shuffle. The size of the cards makes for easy handling. I have only positive things to say about this deck. It will definitely stay in my collection.

The companion book opens with a Foreword by Benebell Wen. The Eternal Seeker Oracle "...will be a treasured oracle that connects an old-school generation of diviners with the new." 

Pamela Steele covers reader ethics, explains what an oracle deck is, shares how to care and 'feed' your deck, gives tips on keeping a journal, and discusses how to compose a question, along with tips on shuffling and dealing the cards.

The author shares six spreads in detail, but also encourages you to create your own. She makes it clear that there is no wrong way to use this deck. The companion book is only a guide to help you in your journey.

 


The bulk of the companion book covers the cards, including an image, the name and number, a phrase, along with a phrase on the numerical value, a summary of the card, and the suggested meanings of upright and reversed cards. A generous amount of space is given to make Notes after each card section.


The card backing also has relevance in the author's creation. She shares a short explanation of its importance. She closes the companion book with a few words on her journey, acknowledgements, resources, references, and quotes.


"Have faith; there is always hope."

I highly recommend this deck. The vibrant images are amazing, the energy is positive, and the cards delve into a new aspect of understanding. This could be your first oracle deck, or one to add to your collection. It would make a great stand alone, or an addition to your Tarot or Lenormand readings.




(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)