Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Review: The Grail Tarot

The Grail Tarot
Author: John Matthews
Illustrator: Giovanni Caselli
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020

Description: 78 Card Deck, 192 page companion book

"The Grail Tarot brings together two of the most enduring and enigmatic mysteries of the Middle Ages: that of the Holy Grail, once described as the holiest relic in Christendom, and the Order of the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, better known as the Knights Templar."

Schiffer Publishing has brought back The Grail Tarot from the previous published, out of print, edition of 2007.

The cards of the Major Arcana "form a continuous frieze when laid side by side, creating a landscape in which events follow each other somewhat in the manner of a cartoon." The four suits of the Minor Arcana also form a sequence, following the journey of the seeker.

The guidebook begins with a brief history of The Grail and the Knights Templars, and then delves into the cards. Matthews begins with a short overview of the Major Arcana. Each individual card is described in a short paragraph, presented with a background, and meaning. He also offers a Grail Question for each of the cards. 

The Gnostic Christ/Grail Question: What knowledge informs your life?

After a brief overview of the Minor Arcana, the author gives an overview of the suit and then the individual cards, including description, background and meaning.

The Two of Lances, traditionally the Two of Wands, shows: Gray skies and lashing rain. The knight stands dejectedly at a crossroads, soaked and bedraggled, his former determination gone. Hidden within the rain is the shape of the lance, but the knight cannot see it because he is turned inward on his own feelings.

The One of Vessels, traditionally the Ace of Cups, brings "the presence of bounty, fulfillment, plenty-the richness of life itself. The Seeker rediscovers the joy of the quest."

Matthews closes the guidebook with a chapter on Working with The Grail Tarot where he offers some thoughts on getting to know the deck and a variety of different spreads to use with this deck, along with sample readings.

I recommend this deck to anyone who wants a better understanding the mysteries of The Holy Grail and The Knights of Templar. 
Grab your copy from Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing.

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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Review: The Transparent Tarot 2nd Edition

The Transparent Tarot 2nd Edition
Author: Emily Carding
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020

Description: 78 Card Deck, 304 page companion book, Schiffer signature box with magnetic closure lid.

I'm very excited to have this deck. I own the original, but this second edition has so many improvements.

The new packaging is so much better. The original came in a big bulky box that didn't fit into my collection. Now it's in one of Schiffer's signature boxes with the magnetic closing lid.

The dull cloth has been replaced with a shiny layout cloth. The cards no longer stick together as in the original. And the companion book has added material. There's a new chapter on combining this deck with other decks and a new keyword table for quick reference. 

With all the improvements, I would definitely seek out the 2nd edition over the original.

Of course, if this is your first look at the Transparent Tarot, you may be wondering what this deck actually has to offer over other Tarot decks. This is a very unique deck that allows for layering your reading.

As single cards, the images are relatively simple. The Fool features a butterfly and a small white rose. Why a butterfly as the main feature of this card? The author says, "The butterfly and its incredible journey from caterpillar to chrysalis to winged beauty are a powerful symbol of transformation, and it is that potential for transformation that the Fool represents."

A look at some card combinations shows the complexity of this deck as a whole.

The layering of these four cards shows a very active creative project from the burst of ignition all the way to the final steps of creation. You have a team working toward the completion of this project.  

This layering shows a time of mental anguish. The fears and negativities of the situation is mostly in your head, but as the Ace of Swords slices through those fears, leaving you with the reality of the moment, you feel like the whole situation was a waste of time. Although this may seem dark, with every end, there is a new beginning. Getting through this moment is in itself an achievement.

I recommend this deck to anyone who wants to go a little deeper into the Tarot. The layering effect is sure to bring you a better understanding of the individual cards and more clarity to your overall readings.

(Review Product supplied by Schiffer Publishing)

See other posts on the original deck for more card images and thoughts on this amazing deck.

Review: The Transparent Tarot (originally published on The Examiner)
Do You Dare Succeed? (a sample reading)

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Review: Kipper Oracle Cards

Kipper Oracle Cards
Author: Alexandre Musruck
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2020

Description: 36 card deck, sturdy cardboard box, with magnetic closure

Card Size: 3 ¼ inches by 5 1/8 inches 

The Kipper Oracle Cards is the companion set to the guide The Art of Kipper Reading. The deck consists of 36 cards and comes in the Schiffer signature box with magnetic closure lid. The cards are made of good card stock and have a gold trim, with no flacking. It does not come with a little white book, so if you are new to Kipper you will need a guide, the companion book or another source.

I recommend this deck for beginners with the separately sold companion book, or anyone who is already familiar with the Kipper cards.

Grab your copy from Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing

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