You are destined to thrive! -Shaheen Miro

I received the Lunar Nomad Oracle from Weiser Books, and for a second, had a bit of a hissy. I don’t historically like oracle decks, and I can’t read Lenormand (yet) and this deck is a bit of both (Lenoracle?) What I didn’t expect, though, was the instant connection I felt with the deck. The artwork is beautiful and the size of the cards make it necessary to be deliberate while handling them. I had a reading one night and was at a friend’s house. I realized that I’d left without a tarot deck, and used this instead. The reading …

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read. – Groucho Marx

Tarot Court Cards For Beginners taught this reader some new tricks. I learned tarot mostly by intuition and inferring knowledge from the cards. So, I never really took time to look up the history of the cards. I LOVED this book and learned so much about those damned court cards. When I first learned, i was convinced that the card I chose had to align with a person. Just like the books said – there was a dark haired man in the future. Even if there really wasn’t. I had to give myself permission to stray away from these absolutes …

Rainbows in the dark – Mellissae Lucia

I met Mellissae Lucia at my first Northwest Tarot Symposium. This was the first tarot conference I’d ever attended, and I was nervous as hell. Not around her, though. She has this amazing smile and energy and laugh that makes you feel like you belong wherever you are and are welcome there. Mellissae has an amazing oracle deck that I received just when I needed it. The Oracle of Initiation is officially the second oracle deck that I like. The images are not cheery and bright, but dark, beautiful and intense. You can read here about Mellissae’s journey in making …

There was magic at work when this community got together and created something extraordinary – Shelley Carter

I met so many amazing people at my first Readers Studio in New York. One of those was Shelley Carter,  Shelley is an artist and a tarot reader who lives in probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen – Elora, Ontario, Canada.  Shelley and 65 of her fellow artists created a tarot deck comprised of 78 works of art. I’ve owned a couple of decks with contributions from various artists – the Amanda Palmer tarot, for example. One of the drawbacks to a multi-artist deck is that the different artistic styles can seem disjointed. I’m happy to say this …

My shop is my temple. And it runs on love & devotion. – Aidan Wachter

My Joe and I got married last year. He got me a beautiful engagement ring, which I promptly slammed in a door. Stone fell out. Second ring? Stone fell out. Third ring? Stone fell out. Fourth ring? Smashed against the wall, stone fell out. I was then grounded from engagement rings. We were looking at rings that represented who we were individually and as a couple. We’d both gotten necklaces from Aidan (pentacle and crossroads sigil, respectively) and asked if he’d design our wedding bands for us. NO STONES.  The result is pictured above- a Fox paw nestled safely in …

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.” – JM Barrie

I received an invitation to review the Hezicos Tarot by its creator, Mary Griffin. It’s really delightful. I love the little sprites and dragons and playful energy of the cards. I’ve been reading with it for about a week, and my only criticism is that the court cards are portrait/heads instead of full body pictures. I don’t know why this bothers me, I think because I like the full scene drawings so much, that the head-only pics (although beautiful and informative) are incongruous. It might also be difficult for new readers to read right out of the box. You need …

Tarot can help dress your spirit for the weather of your personal journey but unlike the nightly weather forecast, you can change your destiny. Tarot can show you how. – Courtney Weber

I got a copy of Tarot for One from Weiser publishing, and weirdly, had just found Courtney Weber on Twitter. It took me a while (some psychic) to put the two together, and then I did the, OH **YOU’RE** Courtney Weber! Ok! I have your book!” thing.  Good grief, but my mind is going. Anyway, I got to know Courtney a bit online and then got to know her book. This is well written, interesting and seriously smacks the hell out of that stupid “Don’t read tarot for yourself” bullshit that we all heard while we were coming up. It’s …

Capture the magic of the moment – Gillian Avart

I got an ARC copy of Create Tarot Naturally by Gillian Avart, and I have to say, this book is really fantastic. Gillian created her own tarot deck by taking photographs of things in her world that suited the cards. Her pictures range from a Carousel for the 8 of Wands to a Shredder for the 10 of Swords. Some are very poignant – a boarded up house for the 5 of Disks, for example. It’s a very personal project, and the best part of the book is that she teaches you how to make your own, as well. I love …

Today is about letting go. Enough with standing still and wading through obstacles. Break through and make it happen. -Zaheroux

I found a new deck!  On Etsy, of all places.  Who would have guessed that you can get knitted Jayne hats and tarot decks from the same place?  Nice.  Anyway, it’s a black and white deck, which I’ve never used before.  I was concerned about that, but the pictures were so engaging, I thought I’d give it a shot.  The cards are big.  They’re not *too* big, but almost.  The card stock is good and they feel good in my hands.  I gave one reading to a friend, and it was fantastic.  The komodo dragon came up to represent her …

We are our own dragons as well as our own heroes, and we have to rescue ourselves from ourselves. – Tom Robbins

 SO, I’m tooling around on kickstarter, like you do, and what should I find but an awesome new shiny tarot deck!  After some quick negotiation with my partner (Babe, pleeeeeease??? THANK YOU!) I got the cards.  This is the Hirajeta tarot – named after the brilliant artist, Danny Hirajeta from Iron Clown Studios.   Check this out:    I did four readings the night I got my deck – they were fantastic.  They were brave and hard and we so easy to read.  I didn’t like the pips at first – the minors.  They’re kind of repetitive.  BUT after using …