Deck of Interest—Ceccoli Oracle

Sep 27 2016

Lo Scarabeo

What will these wistful, softly-rendered young ladies say to you?

If you’re familiar with the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot, you won’t be at all surprised by the edgy, ethereal, sometimes erotic journey that Ceccoli takes us on in her newest deck. This 32-card oracle adds a few more decoratively-lyrical touches without sacrificing any of the intense moodiness that is Ceccoli’s trademark. What appear to be thoughtful moments in time, captured in two-dimensions, yield highly animated details with closer scrutiny. The Mad Hatter might have trouble keeping up.

This is a visual feast that has more to offer with each perusal. It’s also a fascinating deck to do readings with, but be sure to warn your querent that it’s a bit “unusual”. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Fairy Tale Lenormand

Sep 15 2016

U.S.GamesSystems, Inc.

Do you know how to read Lenormand?

To ask Lisa Hunt to illustrate a traditional Lenormand deck was really throwing down the gauntlet. Yet, once again, she rose to the challenge, with a wink and a nod, and created a deck which appears straightforward enough to satisfy the most demanding traditional cartomancer, but also contains the tiny embedded symbolism her loyal fans look forward to.

Lenormand is not tarot. It is meant to be read precisely, based on the predominant symbolism and the placement of cards. Ms. Hunt’s drawings meet that criteria nicely. Those who choose to look closer, however, will find that the lady in Clover seems to have a blissful secret the rest of us cannot see. Then there’s Tree. Of course, we expect the face emerging from the trunk, but what about those roots reaching out like octopus arms to grasp the ground.

Arwen Lynch does a superb job of linking the appropriate Fairy Tale to each card and explaining how the archetypes in the tale lend themselves to the Lenormand symbolism.

This is a lyrical and captivating addition to the Lenormand library. Contained in a beautifully designed metal box, it’s a special treat for card lovers and the people who love us. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—English Magic Tarot

Aug 30 2016

Weiser Books

Do you believe in magic?

Set during the 100 years beginning with the reign of Henry VIII (a time during which English magic flourished), this extraordinary new tarot deck pays homage to England’s magical tradition. It also references the Order of the Golden Dawn who originally merged magical tradition with the cards. Historic figures are quixoticly featured throughout the deck. Simultaneously, the creators give a special nod to Pamela Coleman-Smith, who is just now beginning to be recognized for her independent contribution to tarot symbolism and wisdom.

Every detail was carefully considered as this 78-card deck and its 160-page guidebook took form in order to preserve the wisdom of ancient heritages and the energy that each individual card carries. The cards were designed to be fluid and are based on natural rather than demonic magic. (The Fool is a version of the animal totem Coyote and mushrooms represent the inevitable linking of life and death.) The illustrations draw equally on erudite philosophy, modern horror movies, and graphic novels. The result is a unique esoteric tool that will help to move the rich and mysterious traditions of magical England into the mainstream. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Maybe Lenormand

Aug 15 2016

U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

How “Lenormand” do you want to be?

Edward honors traditional Lenormand with highly creative, updated versions of the original 36 cards and then adds 16 additional cards in order to end up with a 52-card playing card deck. The result meets the needs of those who do readings with standard playing card decks and those who are wedded to the Lenormand format.

Lenormand readers can forecast traditionally in the Lenormand style by using just the first 36 cards. Novices can do the same to get a sense of how Lenormand readings work. The more adventurous can throw caution to the wind and use the whole deck with its eclectic add-ons to see what the fates will say. While Lenormand is meant to be read with fairly literal meanings based on the cards and their placement, Edward’s dynamic, pint-sized illustrations make it hard to resist more free-wheeling interpretations.

The 72-page, full-color companion book in this beautifully-designed box set contains brief instructions for reading Lenormand, and for using Lenormand’s classic Grand Tableau spread. There is a full-page description with keywords for each card. Altogether it’s a wonderful gift for those who read, or want to read, Lenormand—or for those who want an interesting, arty deck to play solitaire with. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Book of Interest—Tarot Mysteries

Aug 02 2016

Hampton Roads Publishing

Do you know the truth about tarot?

Dee has pieced together the scattered remnants of early tarot history into one of the more lucid accounts of tarot’s past that I have come across. He turns a similarly clear eye to the origins of Qabala, Hermeticism, and the Order of the Golden Dawn.

There is an in-depth section on the various correspondences commonly made with the tarot cards (astrology, the Hebrew alphabet, numerology, The Tree of Life). Dee compassionately puts much of this information into charts for easier comprehension and ongoing reference.

By the time Dee gets to the individual card interpretations, he has not only gained our trust, he has instilled enough knowledge for us to have insight into the interpretations that are given and how they were derived.

Basic instructions for reading the cards and a selection of card spreads comes at the back of the book. Those who read the book from front to back will have gained enough confidence in their understanding of card symbology to be ready to dive right in to readings. Dee ends by telling us that tarot meanings are not set in stone, giving us permission to chart our own course from there. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Book of Interest—TAROT

Jul 12 2016

Schiffer Publishing

What secrets will the tarot tell you?

Like many of his generation, it was Harry Potter who prompted Nasios to begin his journey into the world of magic. Originally, he embraced tarot as a magic wand with which he could wield power. However, he quickly realized that he had found something much more interesting than that. His connection to tarot was forged and he continues to make the most of what this special esoteric world has to offer.

Nasios begins with a basic overview of tarot and the essentials of getting started. From there, the book becomes more specific with each chapter, covering common interpretations and attributions of each card, religious philosophy in relation to tarot, sample spreads, sample readings, advanced study and certification, and in-depth discussions of both the Major and Minor Arcana.

Nasios is insightful, knowledgeable, and well organized in his presentation. Whether you’re curious about, or experienced with, tarot, this book will be a good investment. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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Deck of Interest—Dreaming Way Lenormand

Jul 05 2016

US Games Systems, Inc.

What’s new in Lenormand?

Kwon Shina has added a new dimension to the very popular Lenormand divination system. I loved her Dreaming Way Tarot deck (review available on TarotWise.com). She’s delivered once again with this quirky, lyrical interpretation of the 36 Lenormand cards, advancing their power as an oracle. The accompanying 96-page booklet adds insight for those who are still new to Lenormand interpretation. Seasoned intuitives will most likely just open the box and let these powerful new illustrations take them to new heights.

Rider sits backwards on what might very well be a carousel horse. Clouds emanate from a cup of coffee (I especially relate to that one). Sardine can as Coffin. Birds sporting a bird house as a hat. And are those bricks falling out of the window of the Tower, or is it a dissolving stairway?

US Games is well on the way to being the definitive authority on modern Lenormand. Dreaming Way Lenormand is yet another feather in their cap. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—Kuan Yin Oracle

Jun 14 2016

Llewellyn Publications

Have you heard the voice of the Compassionate Mother?

The call to live with love and kindness has risen with the reemergence of the Divine Feminine energy. This Asian Mother of Compassion has, for thousands of years, encouraged humans to fill themselves with light, and live in love rather than fear. Her special voice radiates from each of the 44 cards in this beautiful, classically-rendered deck. She calls readers to open their hearts to healing and wisdom and to allow their lives to be lifted because of it.

The messages contained within the 144-page book are gently phrased but powerful in their content. Encouraging, soothing, softly challenging, and expecting the best from those who use them, these cards are a gift to anyone wishing to walk the spiritual path with confidence and courage. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Deck of Interest—The Faery Forest

May 31 2016

Llewellyn Publications

Which of the ancients speaks to you?

Lucy Cavendish (Oracle of Shadow and Light and Oracle of the Shapeshifters) has done it again with another truly amazing oracle deck. Extraordinary faery artist Maxine Gadd is a perfect partner for Cavendish’s rich and highly informed vision. Together they offer readers entrèe to the world between the worlds, where Faeries, Wyzards, Goddesses, and Witches await.

If your aim is divination, you have only to look into the eyes of these exotic creatures to hear a voice that speaks from the realms beyond this world. If meditation is your goal, these beautiful drawings laden with symbolism will offer you many, many hours of exploration and visualization. If what you seek is the wisdom from this ancient natural world, you won’t find a better teacher than Lucy Cavendish. SHOP FOR THE DECK

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Book of Interest—365 Tarot Spells

May 17 2016

Llewellyn Publications

Can the tarot change your life?

Sasha Graham began her journey into the magical world of tarot at her kitchen table with Jenina Renee’s book Tarot Spells. Once she was able to connect with sacred space, she found the walls of her kitchen confining and took her work outdoors, embracing the lessons of the natural world. Nature combined with tarot taught her a lot. She’s sharing what she learned in this exciting new book.

Graham tells us that there are three components of spellcasting: desire, feeling, and action. She points out that every one’s connection to the magical realm is unique. While most people associate magic with the natural world, Graham says that the tarot cards offer a special metaphysical gateway into the magical realm through our individual consciousness. Relying on powerful symbols and archetypes, the world of tarot connects us to the wisdom of our Higher Self and beyond.

Graham has created 365 magical tarot spells, one for each day of the year, and has described them in detail for readers. She includes ingredients, method, visualization, meditation, a special incantation, and an illustration of the associated tarot card. The instructions are beginner-friendly yet sophisticated enough to capture the attention of experienced tarot/magical practitioners. SHOP FOR THE BOOK

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