Modern Witch Tarot | New Deck Alert

You guys know how I look for diversity in decks. Trust and believe me that I am over the MOON for the Modern Witch Tarot. These are the same folks who brought us the beautiful Luna Sol tarot (also diverse). They are releasing 1,111 special edition decks (that are half sold out already) with the swag that you see below. If the cards are anything like the Luna Sol deck, the card stock will be fantastic and the rest of the artwork will be amazing. Reading these cards for 30 years, and I never knew that the Magician I was …

Wild Harmonic Oracle | Deck Review

The Wild Harmonic cards were sent to me by the creator, Gabriel Marihugh. As you know, I don’t like oracle cards generally. I only use them for readings for myself. This deck is going to be one that I use often. The art is very pretty and accurate to the card, but not distracting. The thing that I love the most is that instead of giving you answers, this deck gives you questions. If you ask, “What should I focus on right now?” The answer is a question that points you in the right direction. You might get one of the …

Skeleton Tarot

The Skeleton Tarot | Deck Review

First of all, I have the Skeleton Tarot because of my friend Potter, and their unyielding peer pressure. They had the nerve to say, “Do you want to see my new deck?” and “Isn’t it cute?” Clearly, i was strong armed into this purchase. I like black and white decks, as long as they have some depth. The Animalis os Fortuna is my favorite, and the Skeleton is now my second favorite. The artist left their sketch marks (I’m not an artist) on the cards, and the black lines overlay them. It makes the simple images pop, and gives them …

Marshmallow Marseille | Tarot Deck Review

I got a wonderfully sweet, travel-sized deck created by Jorge Cuaik of the Wandering Oracle. Let me tell you, I absolutely spent a really long time playing with the reflections on this deck. Not sorry. Now – to be completely honest, I don’t like Marseille decks. Mostly because I learned with the RWS deck, and also because it looks like a bunch of sticks for me. HOWEVER, my friend Ryan Edward is changing my mind with his beautiful work, and then I get THIS shiny gorgeous thing in the mail. I like small decks (and I cannot lie) because I …

“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.” ― Paulo Coelho

It’s review time! I got quite a haul at Reader’s Studio this year, and am also in the cool position to receive decks from publishers to review. I’m not mad about it. I haven’t had a lot o time lately (what with finishing my next book and all), but I wanted to knock these out and tell you what I think of them.  I think I should also share that if I get a deck from a publisher that I don’t like, I won’t review it. I think that’s fair considering they send them for free. So if I get …

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

I like to noodle around Instagram to find new tarot decks. I like decks with diversity, creative interpretations of the cards, and a sense of whimsy. I found the Hip Chick Tarot, by Maria Strom, checks all of those categories.  The suits are renamed, here, with Majors, Create (Wands), Feel (Cups), Think (Swords), and Earth (Pentacles). I just love this – they’re intuitively connected with the suits so I won’t have to have a sticky note to remind me that Swords/Think.  The artwork reminds me of the 70’s – kind of an Electric Company vibe. I have no idea why, …

What is the universe but a lot of waves And a craving desire is a wave…” ― Jack Kerouac

I first saw the Nomad Tarot in Beth Maiden’s shop. I try to buy from Beth as often as I can, because I know that she truly adores everything in her shop, and she supports creators and writers. HOWEVER, I have a problem with non-illustrative pips. I didn’t learn tarot with one, and they somehow seem less-than my trusty RWS.  I have found, though, in the last year, that my opinion is less ‘bunch of sticks’ and more ‘pared down beauty’. It really annoys me, though, because I can no longer harass my Marseilles friends and be a brat about …

D is for Dust II Onyx

I met Courtney Alexander for the first time at the Northwest Tarot Symposium in Portland. She looked regal. I’m not just saying that. Her hair was in twists on the top of her head and she was wearing a crown. There are few people who make me stare because of their beauty and Courtney is one of them. She’s also really nice and funny as hell. She was vending her prints of the Dust II Onyx tarot that was released in late 2017. It was a Kickstarter success, and is one of the few decks that I’ve seen that features …

The Crow’s Journey – IndieGoGo

So, I’m followed by crows, foxes and ducks (don’t ask) in my life. I’m ok with it, and leave them gifts and thank you’s. I’ve never been cyber stalked by them, though.  The Crow Tarot has shown up on every social media site that I go to. I don’t know how they knew about my proclivity for crows, (of course I did, Hi, FBI) but I finally checked it out. I’m so glad I did. These cards are beautiful and I can’t wait to get the deck in my hands. You can find the Indiegogo, and more about the creator, …

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. — Maya Angelou

So, I’ve spent this month – Black History Month – posting pictures of Black men and women that I’ve found in my tarot decks. It’s important to me to be an ally without sliding into appropriation-land, and I thought this was a good way to show some decks that have diversity. I have a lot of decks, you guys. Over 120 decks, actually. I would say that about half are from my collection that started about 30 years ago, and the other half were sent to me for review by various publishing companies and artists over the years. My friend, …