Monday, October 15, 2018

Review: The Simple Tarot by Angie Green

Angie Green has produced a deck targeted to beginners, but still interesting enough for the experienced reader. The Simple Tarot is a 78-card deck based on the traditional Rider-Waite style. The deck has two versions: a Classic Deck and a Beginner Deck with keywords.

When Angie contacted me about a possible review of this deck, I'd never heard of her, so I went to her page - She has set up a nice website, very professional. I predict a great future for this author and creator.

My package arrived in this custom designed box. I love the box, but as you can see, it is a little worn from the delivery process. It would have been better to have protected the box with an outer wrapping paper or another box. But, it's still a nice box to keep my goodies nice and secure.

What I received in my box:

The Simple Tarot Cheat Sheet is a one-page list of all 78-cards and keywords. This list is compatible to any Rider-Waite based tarot deck.

Two Postcards - 4" X 6" art print of a random card. I received The High Priestess and Death.

A personal note from the author - I thought this was a very nice touch. Thank you, Angie.

The Guidebook - 129 pages - The author begins with a short introduction to the tarot and the cards. The bulk of the guide is devoted to card interpretations, one page for each card. Angie's interpretations are not like what you normally see in a guidebook. She doesn't waste time with listing keywords, giving the astrology signs and such. She goes straight in and interprets the card. This alone makes this deck a good choice for the beginner, in my opinion. Also, her presentation of each card could be used with any Rider-Waite based deck. The rest of the book covers information on the suits and elements, followed by insights on numbers, the court cards, and some of the symbols appearing in the deck.

The Cards in a blue velour bag - The cards measure 2.75" x 4.75" and are printed on good quality card stock. At this size and quality, handling and shuffling of the cards is an easy task. The velour bag was a nice surprise, although it could have been slightly bigger. Most decks don't come with a bag at all, so I'm not complaining, just observing.

My deck is the Beginners deck, with the keywords. The minor suits have different colors, while the majors are presented in white. Although the imagery is simple, you can easily see the Rider-Waite influence.

I recommend this deck to anyone learning the tarot. The Beginner Deck would make a great teaching tool. It takes time to learn the tarot and become fluent in the meanings. With this deck, you can get a big jump start on the process.  

A seasoned reader could also appreciate this deck, although I believe the Classic Deck would be a better choice. While most of the keywords match my own interpretations, there are a few that don't. If you already have a style, you may find the keywords distracting. But, of course, you may also enjoy the alternative view of the author.

Angie Green is the creator of The Simple Tarot Deck. Her goal is to help you to read the tarot and feel confident while doing so. She offers many free tools to get you started at her website -

The deck will be available in 2019. To make sure you get your copy - Check out The Simple Tarot Deck on Kickstarter. The campaign only has 16 days left. Don't miss out on the fun.

(Review Product Supplied by Angie Green)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Guidance for October - Build the Life You Want

Everyday Witch  Tarot
by Deborah Blake
I'm very excited to be using my new deck, the Everyday Witch Tarot, this month. I had a reading done by Kate over at the Daily Tarot Girl in August. She used this deck and I fell in love with the cards.

I didn't make the purchase immediately. I took the time to ask myself if I really needed another Tarot deck. I considered the idea that it was merely infatuation and not true love. But finally, I decided I felt strong enough about the deck to add it to my collection. When they arrived and I held them in my hands, I knew I'd made the right choice.

As with any new deck, I spent some time shuffling and separating the cards. I handled them enough to move the energy through them and me. I did a few readings to ensure we were connected properly. And then, I asked for guidance for October.

How should we approach it? What can we expect?

Please note: The reading was done on October 1st. I'm late in getting it ready for the blog due to lack of motivation/energy. I had the time, but just couldn't make myself do the work of transcribing my notes and preparing the post. I'm sorry. The first card indicates the mood that left me unmotivated this week. And if you all felt this way, you'll understand the delay. I'm still feeling a little blah, but I know if I wait much longer this posting will have no meaning to anyone, so here we go.

As we enter the month, we may find ourselves feeling wiped out and in need of some rest and recuperation. You may find yourself running at full speed, yet getting nowhere at all. Pause for a moment if you can: regroup, evaluate your goals, ask yourself where you really want to go and decide on steps to take to get there.

As you become focused on what's important it is clear that success and material wealth will be a big thing for you. This may be of your own earning or the successes of the king in your life. Either way, it's important not to lose sight of joy. You can have it all but if it's not fun, what's the point?

Notice the green fields outside the window of the Three of Pentacles, directly relating back to the King, who's enjoying the fruits of his labor. The male figure in the Three of Pentacles could very well be the King, putting in his day of work.

It's important to not waste too much time thinking on what you don't have. You've put in a lot of work to get to where you are and a lot has been achieved. It's time to recognize the work you've put in and to enjoy the fruits of your own labor. But, don't forget to keep on working, for there's more to do.

So, take a few days to rest in October, but don't stay in that mode too long. Take the time to appreciate your achievements and life itself. And then, get back to work.

Happy October!