Monday, February 8, 2010

Legacy of the Divine, First Reading!

Well I finally got a chance to bring out one of my new tarot decks and put it through its paces. The Legacy of the Divine tarot, by Ciro Marchetti. This is the one that everybody seemed to love so much when I was getting opinions for buying my first deck. I got it since I know those I love will be comfortable with it when and if I read for them. Do I like it? Sure. Am I in love? Nah. But its my first deck, so I didn't expect that anyway. (How rarely is first love true love? Took me a heck of a long time to find Jay, didn't it? ;) So worth it. But anyway, back to the article!) I decided to really keep it simple with this for tonight. So after doing my shuffling technique -- which is to go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 with cards, then mix all the piles together -- I did a bit of (clumsy) "normal" shuffling and got ready to give it a go.

My question to the deck was simple. "Who are you?" Okay, that might sound totally bizzarre. Let me explain. I am treating my tarot decks as if they are characters as I practice on them. So with this little mini-reading what I did was draw three cards from the deck and try to get a feel for what its mission was in being here and how it was going to help me with my writing (which is the other primary reason I bought it.)

It give me three cards (duh):

Ten of Coins -- Fullfillment / Well Earned Reward / Inheritance
Justice -- Mercy v.s. punishment / imparitality / fairness / facts of a matter
The Empress -- Motherhood / Creation / Creativity / Natural World / Chaos of Nature

From this, I have concluded: " I am here to help you achieve your goal at writing something that is satisfying, fullfilling, natural and authentic. Something that will be respected and that will give you the success that you, specifically, deserve. (What that might be, I am not sure!) In order to do this I will be brutally honest with you. I will use both wisdom and a sharp tongue to get your attention. I'm going to tell you things whether you want to hear them or not, and so will your characters! I can help you create your world, as I too am a created world. (This deck has a story, something I do like about it.) Your characters will be natural, and will live and breathe. You will feel the effects of giving birth to something -- as in sharing the highs and lows of their journeys. In short, I can help you get to where you are going, but I'm not giving you a free ride. Are you ready to begin now? "

At any rate, I still have not really gotten started with The Fairy Tale Tarot yet. I will have to shuffle it and see how it fares in comparison to Legacy of the Divine. As for things I found likeable or non-likable from this first excursion?

I like:

The book that comes with the deck. It has a great selection of correspondences, a quote or two from literature that connect with the cards, various interpretations of each card comparing it to standard symbolism, a special name for each card (not printed on the cards though) and the story behind the cards (still need to read this.) Good print, well written, excellent.

Cards are clearly labeled: There are no guessing games about what card that you are looking at, which is very helpful for someone who follows book stuff at this point (I cannot read this deck by myself -- thats part of my problem with it and I will get into that.)

The way that the images blur into the background, so that its like you are looking into a scrying mirror or something is a cool effect that makes looking at this deck feel like it has more depths.

Beautiful rich colors: The deck is technically gorgeous and is filled with eye popping colours. I love digital imagery and this deck *does* deliver there.

What I don't connect with:

I need cards that have something going on. When I got the ten of penacles I was totally lost as to what was going on with it. I could tell that I had gotten something here and now because the key was present and the box was open. But from there I seriously drew a blank about other symbology. I found out that the two tulips represent wealth and also a sense of fragility in what has been obtained.

Three of the four pages in the deck -- wands, cups and swords -- have the same haircut and look like they are the same character. They could be triplets. Also, pages in modern tarot are suppose to represent the youthful feminine (in Troth traditions they are called princesses instead). The three pages look like boys to me. That or repressed femininity, as though the artist (who clearly states that the pages are female) did not want to make them that way but rather found his hands tied due to political correctness. The fact that he could have done *much* better here can be seen in the page of coins, which is lovely.

Cards without characters. I'm sorry, but something like a box and a key does not really leave me much to work with. I much prefer cards that have people (human or otherwise) on them. A lot of the cards in this deck did have that, but the lacks will keep this from being my absolute favorite deck of all time, I would wager. (The Fairy Tale is not 100% perfect either -- although the card I am thinking of does depict an animal who is the center of the story associated with the card, so we shall see...)

At any rate, I may grow to really love this deck personally or I may stay neutral on it. I'm certainly not saying that I hate it. I am just noting things, mostly for my convienence, that I can keep in mind as I get decks in the future. A card that I think is very well done is the three of swords, which came up in a different reading that I did. As opposed to the standard three swords stabbing a heart, the card instead has a face wth a single tear that is deviding a heart shaped tattoo. "The water is wide, I can't cross o'er..." Whether that is a grieving widow, lovers separated by time and space, or the "lovers in a dangerous time" type deal where seeing one another could spell certain doom, it certainly broadens the field.

Anyway, bed time! I will give The Fairy Tale Tarot a go when I get a chance.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

I Can't Decide!!! -_-

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So very very cute! Made by the same company and it would compliment my Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot perflectly. It, too, is available from the site I can get the BBC deck from, for approximately $20. Okay, I confess... I realize that spending $20 on a satin tarot bag is grounds for being sent to a nut house. But still... Its CUTE!!! O_o

They are so cute!! There are only two copies available from the website I have been watching. On the plus side? They are cute! Its only $26 to bring them here (including shipping)! They will be a huge collectors item! (The Bohemian Gothic Tarot by these artists goes for $900! -- although the more I research the more I think the cats are beating out the vampires, lol) I love the art style! On the minus side? Ordering from England will take forever! How much will I have to pay in duty? What if it gets lost in the mail?

I am so totally 100% confused. This is likely my own and only legitimate shot at owning this totally adorable tarot deck. But I already have The Fairy Tale Tarot and Legacy of the Divine Tarot in the mail. I am torn! I do not know what is better -- to spend some extra money or to possibly go without this deck? The money will be replaced at the end of the month. The deck is NOT being reprinted! Gah!


Deviant Moon Tarot -- Cool!

This is not the typical tarot deck that I would normally buy. It has a very strong presence and could actually scare some people. But I think it would be a deck that would cut to the chase and for my tarot as a tool for writing intentions, I think it would help me draw out depths in my characters. I am torn as to whether to get a regular set or one of the sets that have an OOAK (one of a kind) art wrapper -- a hand drawn design by the artist that is wrapped over the deck when it is delivered. The OOAK sets also have a signed moon spread mat (the deck's special reading spread) and a signed deck card (a card that is included on top of the 78 normal cards.) The normal set is $18 on Amazon. The specialty set can be ordered from the deviant moon website for $30 + $8 shipping and handling. The artist is doing his LAST batch of collector sets right now. <-- visit the artist's website for more images.

Anyway, here is some art from the Deviant Moon Tarot. Enjoy!

Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot -- So Cute!

Here are some images of the Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot. It is currently going for $26 canadian on a website (I'm not saying which!) and there are three copies left. YOU can know once I decide if I want one. ;) :P Anyway, here are some images:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Top 5 Tarot Decks

And here we are, the top 5 tarot decks that I might use with Tarot for Writers. Well, top *4*. Number 5 if the Fairy Ring Oracle, which I am seriously tempted to get because I love the art so much. Anyway, without further ado: The Gilded Tarot, $16 on Amazon The Fairy Tale Tarot, $21 on Amazon Legacy of the Divine tarot deck $20 on Amazon The Fey Tarot, $28 on Amazon The Fairy Ring Oracle, $25 on Amazon. (NOTE: This is not a tarot deck; it is an oracle set that I am totally obsessed with that also comes with what is supposidly an awesome book on fairy myths from England and Ireland)

Anyway, tell me your favorite! Which should I get? Thanks for looking! Also, feel free to view my post below for more info on taro, and the one below that for a video of The Fairy Ring Oracle's cards, which is stunning in my opinion.