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






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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


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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.




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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. 




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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.




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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.

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Friday, February 4, 2022

Secret Woods - A Deeper Look Reading

On Monday, I posted a review of this deck, Secret Woods. Because I'm so delighted with the deck, I wanted to go a step further and offer a quick view of them in action. Below, is one of many amazing insights I've gained from the cards so far. 

The deck is made up of unique guides offering advice and guidance from a hidden place just beyond the veil. Whether you use the one card pull or one of the two spreads offered in the book, you're sure to discover an inspiring solution to any situation.

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Recently, I've found myself in the midst of an overwhelming situation. I feel like I have no control over my life, everything seems upside down, and sometimes it's as if I'm going to drown. I'm at the point where I have no idea what to do, or where to turn for help. I won't go into too much detail because the nature of the situation has to do with other people in my life. But the cards revealed a very interesting solution to the matter.

Naturalist - A secret to protect your power.

The Naturalist collects creatures by offering them golden pellets, which then turns the creature into a pellet, which the Naturalist buries to release the creature into the invisible realm away from the harms of our world. 

A deeper look suggests that some things should remain secret. It warns you not to reveal everything to those who could judge and destroy your beliefs. You should bury the belief and watch it take on more power. 

My Take Away: I'm in more control of the situation than I realize, but my silence is more important than my voice. Actions speak louder than any words. I should remain neutral in my opinions, watch in silence, and only act when necessary. 

Recent Results: After revealing this message, I took the advice and stepped back from the situation. Being quiet and watching is hard when you're faced with those you care about making self-destructive decisions. But I bit my tongue, watched, and waited. Within a couple of days, things began to shift and seem to be correcting themselves. I have a different perspective now on the whole situation. For the most part, it seems like everything is running a course and settling back into place. 

Read Monday's post for the Review of this deck.

Grab your own copy at Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing.


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Monday, January 31, 2022

Review: Secret Woods

Secret Woods
Author: Kelly Patton
Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing, 2021

Description: 28 card deck, 72-page companion guide, a die-cut sleeve that offers a peek at the box, which has a magnetic closure lid.

Card Size: about 4x5

"Welcome to the Secret Woods, an immersive realm that surrounds you but is hidden from your normal daily perception - one that is only a peek beyond a thin veil that separates your world from the home of countless peculiar spirits."

The Secret Woods deck is destined to be one of my favorite decks. The artwork pulled me in instantly. I've already had some amazing one card readings. 

The cards feature animals, nature scenes, and some unusual creatures. The images are rich and creative. The intriguing borders and gilded edges are a nice touch to this deck. Printed on thick, mat card stock, the cards shuffle well and fit perfectly even in the smallest of hands.



The Guidebook offers suggestions of how to use the cards, along with a couple of spreads, but the bulk of the book focuses on the cards, which are in alphabetical order. Each card entry contains a picture, its title and phrase, a description, and a deeper look to reveal its message.



I highly recommend the Secret Woods deck to animal and nature lovers. The cards have amazing images and inspiring messages. 

Stop by Friday for A Deeper Look Reading featuring the Secret Woods deck.

Grab your copy from Red Feather/Schiffer Publishing.

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