“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 …

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 …

Madam Pamita’s Magical Tarot – Book Review

I have to admit, I was a little put off by the cover of this book. We readers get a lot of shit because of the whole “gypsy” fortunteller trope, and I was under the impression that Madame Pamita was a conjured name with some theater attached. I was bolstered by the fact that Rachel Pollack and Mary Greer both wrote a blurb on it, and checked it out. I’m glad that I did. Turns out, Madame Pamita is the actual name under which the author works and practices (and plays ukulele to boot). She is the owner of a …

“I’m not telling anyone what to believe. I simply present the evidence so people can draw their own conclusions.” Jenniffer Weigel

About a year ago, I got to interview a trio of siblings who are all psychic. Terry Iacuzzo, Rosemary Wise, and Frank Andrews. I’ve always been fascinated with stories about folks who grew up having the “Shinnin”, as the Simpsons call it, and even more with families who do. I suspect most people in my family have very strong, honed intuition, because there are family stories about “remember when Uncle Richard passed and we all woke up at 3am and started calling each other?”  In reading “Psychics, Healers & Mediums by Jenniffer Weigel, I found an entire group of people …

If you give up, that’s the end of the game – Coach Anza

I am not a fan of manga, but I have kiddos who are, so I knew this was a thing. I didn’t expect it to be so loyal to the RWS cards. It’s a colorful, fantastical version of the RWS and it’s just lovely. The artwork is eye catching and truly beautiful. I was surprised to see only one person of color in the whole deck, and (I might be mistaken) the rest of the characters were white.  The cardstock is thin, which is good for quick shuffling, but you have to be careful not to tear them. The book …

“When I seek another word for ‘music’, I never find any other word than ‘Venice’.” Friedrich Nietzsche

I received the Venetian Tarot from Eugene Vinitski, the artist behind this beautiful deck. It isn’t often that I’m surprised by tarot. I’ve seen hundreds of decks, and it’s been a while since i’ve been completely delighted by every facet of a new deck.  The cardstock is an absolute dream. Its gold embossed on the sides and the paper FEELS good in your hands. It’s thicker, so it makes shuffling more deliberate, which I like. The artwork is astoundingly beautiful. It’s based on 16th-18th century Venetian dress and the characters are wearing Carnival masks. Based on the RWS deck, the …

Book Reviews! Arwen and Rumi!

Arwen Lynch is an author, the editor of the Cartomancer, and an amazing tarot reader. She’s also my buddy, which makes me just light up. Arwen wrote a book called Mapping the Hero’s Journey with Tarot: 33 Days to finish your book. It’s a wonderful resource based on the Hero’s Journey as laid out by big daddy Joseph Campbell. With this book, Arwen teaches us how to use tarot cards to develop characters, plot points and storylines. I used it while writing my new book, and it’s such a lovely new way to use my cards!  Rumi’s Little Book of …

Unicorn + Psychic = Unicorn Psychic? -Pamela Chen

My friend, Leeza asked me to check out a deck from HER friend, Pamela Chen. She said it was called the “Crystal Unicorn Tarot”, and I believe my answer was something like “Oh, holy shit yes!” I’m always cautious, however, that cute decks are insubstantial when it comes to reading. I mean, they look pretty, but they don’t really resonate with the tarot meanings, and they turn out to be just cute pieces of art. Luckily, the Crystal Unicorn tarot is both an adorable deck (the Ace of Cups is held up by a Unicorn Hoof, for Christ’s sake), AND …

I hope this deck finds you well ❤ – Taylor Haigh

I got the Fox Tarot as a gift from my love, Jaymi Elford. I seem to draw Foxen things to myself (I’m not mad about it) and this is the first Fox themed deck that I’ve found. It’s just lovely. It’s astrology based, which is not my jam, but you can read the deck without the astrology aspect coming into play AND if you are an astrology nerd, you are all set.  Card Stock – It’s thick! It’s stiff and doesn’t shuffle easily at first. The thing I like about this is that it’s not going to tear and get …