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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

…and we looked toward the sky – peony coin archer

I’ve started getting books and decks that people want me to review, and Kickstarters and IndieGoGo campaign links sent to me for consideration. It’s weird, in that I don’t feel like even marginally well-known. I have been doing readings for a long time, and I’ve had this site up for four years (and my book is coming out soon!), but honestly, I feel like I’m on the sidewalk of famous street. It’s so flattering when folks ask me to look at their stuff. And so I review and I consider and I look at links because I like to share …

A is for Animal Totem Tarot #atozchallenge

I attended the 2016 Northwest Tarot Symposium as a presenter this year (which was awesome), and got to meet some amazing people. One of those amazing people was Leeza Robertson. She was also presenting at the conference, and had also just released her new tarot deck, The Animal Totem Tarot. This deck is so beautiful, and the book is so clever. Jaymi Elford made the mistake of bringing her copy of the deck to dinner, and barely escaped having it pilfered by myself and Megan Potter. If we’d had our way, Jaymi would have walked out of dinner with an …