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Tarot Past & Future!

 

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This is going to be a short post – about Tarot past, and Tarot future. Let’s start with Tarot future! As a community we have 13 days left to help fund hte second printing of a phenomenal deck – the Portland Tarot! The indiegogo campaign is very well thought out, with an absolute ton of options for donating! There is only 13 days left, and the campaign has not reached 50%. Whether you simply want to donate what you can, or gift yourself (or someone else) with this wonderful deck, please act now! Theresa Pridemore and Jamie Morris have worked very hard on this deck and companion book … I for one would love to see them succeed! Here it the link – Portland Tarot.

 

A flash from the past – from the Thursday Night Tarot – Sun/Wheel of Fortune/Magician.

A foray back into the future – the October issue of Attune Magazine (founder/editor Mary Nale) isdue out this next week! You can find it here.

Do whatever you can to be active and contribute to the Tarot community!

 

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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Review – Tarot of the Holy Light App

Tarot of the Holy Light App

Version 1.2.2
Size: 25.9 MB
Language: English
The Fool’s Dog, LLC
© 2012-2013 The Fool’s Dog, LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or higher. Compatible with iPhone,  iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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I love the deck that this app is based on – inspired by the 17th century alchemical manuscripts, and evoking Sophia, the divine embodiment of the ancient wisdom of the Abrahamic tribes. My review of “The Holy Light Tarot” can be seen here – http://bonniecehovet.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/tarot-of-the-Clicking on New Reading holy-light/.

This is a Continental style Tarot, drawing upon astrology, Kabbalah, and alchemy. It is a joint effort from Christine Payne-Towler (founder of Tarot University), and artist Michal Dowers.

There are 13 built in spreads, and a free form option, as well the ability to journal your readings, and to share them via e-mail or Twitter. This app is easy to use for both beginners and experts. And added bonus that is of incomparable value is Christine Payne-Towler’s 251 page guidebook to the deck. There is the option to read with reversed cards, to read with Major Arcana only, and to zoom in and enlarge card details. There is an animated shuffle and cut, an optional voice prompts. The user can also customize their own card meanings and reading cloths.

The landing page shows the following links: New Readings, Draw A Card, Today’s Card, Explore, Journal, and Feedback. Clicking on New Reading brings the user to a page that presents a text box for the user to enter their question, followed by a choice of the following spreads: One Card, Past/Present/Future, The Spirit Spread, The Celtic Spread, Free Form Spread, The Zodiac Spread, Comparing Choices, New Love, Going Deeper, Relationship Problems, The Clue Faerie, Breaking Up, Achieving Prosperity, and Archetypes of Character. Below this are Settings, where the user may chose a Reading Cloth, Allow reversed cards, use a significator, use Majors only, draw cards from the top of the deck, draw cards face up, or go straight to the reading.

THL Chariot

The reading begins with options for shuffle and cut. Once the user is satisfied, they press on the blue star to continue. At the top right hand side of the page is the link to Draw, on the top left hand side of the page is the link to the menu. The next screen shows a deck – the user taps on the deck to place each card. In the upper right hand corner of the screen is a link with the options to turn announce cards off, edit the question, change the reading cloth, share the reading, and return to the reading. In the upper left hand corner of the screen is a link to leave the reading. In the lower left hand side of the screen is a link to read the spread. There is a link in the upper right hand with options, and a link in the upper left hand corner to go back to the previous screen. The bottom left hand corner brings up the reading, with upright and reversed meanings for each card. The lower right hand corner takes the user to the journal, where the user has the option to type in their own interpretation. The upper right hand corner of this screen gives the user the option to either share the reading, or to return to the overview.

THL Reading Cloths

Clicking on Draw A Card takes the user to a screen with an enlarged version of the card they drew. The card shows upright and reversed keywords, as well as a link to the full text from Christine’s book. There is absolutely no way that I can emphasize strongly enough how important this book is, and how in-depth it is.

Clicking on Today’s Card gives the user the same options as clicking on Draw A Card.

Clicking on Explore brings the user the following options: About This Deck, Cards, Spreads, Reading Cloths, The Book, Using This App, and Catalog of Decks (from The Fool’s Dog, LLC).Again, a whisper in your ear to refer to Christine’s book to your heart’s content! You will not find a better Tarot reference anywhere!

Clicking on Journal takes the user to a screen that shows the readings that they have saved. There is a link in the upper right hand corner to edit the entry, and a link in the upper left hand corner to go back to the menu. Clicking on the reading brings up the spread, the cards, and their upright and reversed meanings. In the upper right hand corner of the screen is a link to the following options: Share This Entry, Delete This Entry, Additional Comments, and Return to Journal Entry.

Clicking on Feedback brings the user a screen with the following options: I love it!, Comments, and Help me! Clicking on I love it! Allows the user to rate and review the app in the app store, e-mail it to their friends, or Tweet it.

Clicking on Comments allows the user to send comments to The Fool’s Dog, LLC.

Clicking on Help me! Brings the user a screen with the following options: Check the manual, check online FAQ, and Email tech support.

This app is very well done, and very easy to use. The deck is a moment in time all of its own! Continental style, with the best written LWB (Little White Book/Companion Book) that I have ever seen! You will not regret carrying this digital gem around with you!

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Posted by on September 25, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Review – The Victorian Fairy Tarot

Victorian Fairy Tarot

Author: Lunaea Weatherstone
Artist: Gary A. Lippincott
Llewellyn Publications
2013
ISBN #978-0-7387-3131-5

Victorian Fairy Tarot

Faerie Court and Elfin Throng,

Unto whom the groves belong,

And by laws of ancient date

Found in scrolls of Faerie Fate

Stream and fount are dedicate

Wheresoe’re your feet today

Far from haunts of men may stray,

We adjure you, stay no more

Exiles on an alien shore,

Bit with spells of magic birth,

One again make glad the earth.

A.E. Waite ~ Introduction

 

What an incredible deck! Gorgeous, borderless art, combined with a lovely sojourn into the world of fairies. And … the backdrop is one my favorite era’s … the Victorian era! We get the flower lore of the Victorian’s, with the magic that is the fairy realm.  Beautiful, tasteful art, combined with careful research and clear, concise writing. Very representative of its time.

The 78 cards are accompanied by a 253 page book entitled the “Victorian Fairy Companion”. The cards follow traditional lines, with the following Major Arcana cards being renamed: Magician/Conjuror, High Priestess/Seeress,  Hierophant/Vicar, Lovers/Fairy Bride, Strength/Fortitude, Wheel of Fortune/Wheel of Time, Justice/Magistrate, Hanged Man/Hanging Fairy, Devil/Goblin Market, Tower/Burning Oak, Star/Stars, Judgment/Awakening, World/Worlds. Fortitude is VIII, Magistrate is XI.

The four suits are: Wands/The Spring Court, Cups/The Summer Court, Pentacles/The Autumn Court, Swords/the Winter Court. The Court Cards are entitled Page/Herald, Knight, Queen, and King.

What impresses me about this deck is its sense of reality. Weatherstone notes that the Victorians believed that there were many doors into the Fairy world. One of them was into a world that was very much like our physical world, and this is the one that is represented in this deck.

The companion book gives some basic facts about fairies, as well as the structure of the Tarot. There is a table that lists the traditional titles for the Major Arcana, along with the titles used in this deck. Weatherstone discusses how to use the cards, including reversals (although this deck was intended to be read upright). Each Major Arcana card is presented with a black and white image, the card number and title, and a short quote. There is a discussion of the card, and how the card would fit into a reading. “In a nutshell” gives basic upright keywords for the card.

The Pips (numbered cards) and the Court Cards are presented with a black and white image, the card title and suit (or number and suit), a short description of the card, how the card would fit into a reading, and basic upright keywords. Each Ace carry’s the emblem of that Court (suit): the emblem for the Ace of Spring is the cherry plum tree, the emblem for the Ace of Summer is the water lily, the emblem for the Ace of Autumn is the apple, the emblem for the Ace of Winter is the icicle.

Note: throughout the cards Victorian flowers are mentioned. At the end of the companion book there is an appendix that lists flowers, and what they stood for in the Victorian world.

Spreads that are presented include: “A Fleeting Glimpse of Fairy” (One Card Reading), “The Herald’s Welcome” (A Seasonal Spread), “Titania’s Dream”  (a seven card spread), and “The Dance of Happiness” (an eight card spread).

Card Back

The cards are 2 3/4″ by 4 1/2″, of sturdy card stock. The backs show bluebells against a white background, and are not reversible. Bluebells are mentioned in both the Fool and the Worlds cards as being a sign that you are entering the fairy world!

The artwork in this deck is incredible – consistent throughout, highly detailed, and beautifully presented. It doesn’t hurt that there are no borders, which for me is a huge bonus! (So much easier to enter!)  The Seeress is seated at her crystal ball, opening herself to receiving visions. The King of Spring shows an individual with a sense of humor, rejoicing at the world around him. The Queen of Winter is gorgeous – dressed in white, seated on her throne. She understand silence, and when to keep her thoughts to herself!

The Moon shows a fairy lady dreaming under the full moon. Here we see moonflowers and mystery!  The Seven of Autumn shows s fairy winemaker, checking his product from the previous year. The Two of Spring shows a fairy lady, sitting in a tree sketching the first birch tree catkins of the spring. The Ace of Spring shows a beautiful cherry plum branch, with what appears to be a kite caught up in it.

The Hermit (one of my birth cards) shows a fairy Hermit in studious retreat in his library. His owl companion keeps watch on a branch outside, The  fairy Vicar, seated amongst the roots of an oak tree, offers spiritual teachings to his congregation. The fairy  Emperor is standing, posing for a formal portrait in his throne room. With him are two of his many children.

The fairy world is a lovely world, where we can gain insight into the challenges of life, while receiving gifts of spiritual wisdom. I would not hesitate to offer this as a choice of decks for a reading to a client of any age or background. It speaks to all, and offends none.

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Posted by on September 24, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Happenings In The Tarot World

James Wells

There is a lot going on in the Tarot world right now! Canadian Tarotist James Wells has developed an incredible e-course on reading the Tarot – “Tarot Counseling For Self & Others”. I just attended a tele-conference where James took us through a bit of what his course is all about. It was awesome! This is not a course that you just read, work on a bit, and try to put into your practice. There is a well-defined course structure, with weekly calls, and students, if they wish, will be paired off for study purposes. You can find more information here: James Wells – Tarot Counseling.

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I am very pleased to connect you with Theresa Pridemore, creatrix of the “Portland Tarot”. Her first run sold out, and she is now funding for a second, ramped up printing of her 23 card Major Arcana deck.There are 21 days left (from 9/19/13) … let’s help Theresa make this an awesome event! The funding is through Indiegogo, and has a tremendous variety of options to choose from. Check out the “Portland Tarot”! You can se my review of the “Portland Tarot” here

Tarot eCards cover

For all of you interested in digital Tarot apps, here is a site for you! Tarot eCards presents a universal app that works with any Tarot eCards deck. Decks currently available are the “Tarot of Ceremonial Magick”, the “RWS2.0 Tarot”, the “CBD Tarot de Marseille”, the “Whispering Tarot”, the “New Star Tarot”, the “Hezikos Tarot, Tarot”, the “Navigator’s Tarot of the Mystic Sea”, and the “Stone Tarot”. More decks will be added over time. My review of this app can be seen here.

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Pay attention to this one! Attune Magazine is holding a contest, with the prise being a “Halloween” Tarot Bag! The winner will be announced this Saturday, September 21st, by Bailey-Wick Creations. All you need to do to enter is to send in a Halloween based Tarot Spread! Get your creativity on! More information can be found here.

James Wamless cover

This last entry is not Tarot related, but it is from a Tarot luminary – James Wanless, PhD. He is currently working on a project called the Greening Man. Information can be found here, and here. He has a new deck out (“Sustain Yourself Cards”), and a new book (“Sustainable Life – The New Success”). This is an incredible new direction for James, one that is well worth checking out!

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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Review – Tarot eCards App

Tarot eCards App

Version: 1.0.2
Size: 246 MB
Language: English
WizardToo, LLC
© 2013 WizardToo, LLC

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Tarot eCards cover

The Tarot eCards app is an easy to use Tarot app that can be used with any of the decks that they carry in their store. Current decks include RWS2.0, New Star Tarot, Hezikos Tarot, Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, the Whispering Tarot, Tarot of the Masters, the Stone Tarot, Navigators of the Mystic Sea, and the CBD Tarot de Marseille. (Note: The RWS2.0 is included with the purchase of the app.) The thought with this app is to be able to build a digital library of popular Tarot decks.

The user has the option to choose from 30 spreads created by Tarot professionals, the option to use any combination of Major, Minor, or Reversed cads, the use of a significator, the ability to write and save notes, and to save and share readings, a five card Quick Read, as well as a Single Card option, as well as the ability to change backgrounds.

The opening screen shows a bookcase, with a link in the upper left hand corner to the deck store, and a link to Instructions in the upper right hand corner. Clicking on the link to the deck store shows the decks available placed in a bookshelf. Clicking on each deck brings up a screen that shows an enlargement of the deck box, and a short paragraph on the deck. In the bottom left hand corner is a link to purchase the deck, in the lower right hand corner is a link to in-depth info on the deck.

Clicking on Instructions bring the user to a screen that explains how to use the Tarot eCards app. There is an overview, the steps the user takes to select a deck, how to use the Quick Read and Single Card reading feature, selecting a spread, customizing the reading, choosing a significator, choosing and sharing readings, studying the decks, and building your own library. Information is also given on how to contact Tarot eCards (through Facebook and their Internet site, where to sign up for their newsletter, and an FAQ that addresses the need to use the Basic Tarot eCard app that is appropriate for each device (iPhone, ),

Clicking on Library brings up the decks that come free with app. Clicking on a deck brings up a screen with the deck box and a short paragraph about the deck. Across the bottom of the screen are links for Reading, Quick Read, Single Card, and Study Deck In the upper right hand side of the screen is a link for Deck Detail.

Clicking on Reading brings up a screen with the following options: Decisions, Life Path, Insights, Relationship, and Common. There is a link in the upper left hand corner of the screen that takes the user back to the Library. Clicking on one of the options brings up a screen with the template for the reading laid out. In the upper left hand corner of the screen is a link back to the Library. Across the bottom of the screen are the following links: Last, Next, Use, and Detail.

Clicking on Last takes the user to a previous spread within that template. Clicking on Next takes the user to the next spread within that template. Clicking on Use brings up a screen with the following options: Major Arcana, Minor Arcana, Reverse, and Significator. At the bottom of the options is a link entitled Do Reading. Clicking on Do Reading brings up a screen where the cards are shuffled and laid out, face up (with appropriate sound effects). In the upper right hand corner of the screen is a link to Options. In the upper left hand corner of the screen is a link to Library. In the lower left hand side of the screen is a link to Share.

Clicking on Share brings the user to a screen that allows the user to e-mail the reading to one or more people. The card template is given, along with each of the cars I the reading, and a short take on the card. A keyboard come up to add comments. A screenshot of the reading appears at the end of the reading. Quite nicely presented!

Clicking on Options gives the user the following options: Vibrate On/off, Sound On/Off, Next Backdrop, and Close.

Clicking on each card in the reading brings up a screen that shows the card, along with a brief description. In the bottom right hand corner of the screen is a link to Detail. Clicking on Detail rings up a screen that expands on the energy of the card, and how it can be interpreted.

Clicking on Quick Read brings up a screen with five cards, dealt face up. There is a link in the upper right hand corner to Options, a link in the upper left hand corner to Library, and a link in the lower left hand corner to Share. Clicking on a card brings up the image of the card, along with a short description.

Clicking on Single Card brings the user to a screen that shows the image of a single card, along with a short description of the card. In the upper right hand corner is a link to Options, in the upper left hand corner is a link to Library, in the lower left hand corner is a link to Share, and in the lower right hand corner is a link to Detail.

Clicking on Study brings the user to a screen that shows all 22 cards – The Fool and the Magician on the top row, with two rows of ten cards following. There are links across the bottom of the screen entitled: Major, Cups, Pentacles, Swords, and Wands. In the Upper left hand corner is a link to Library.

Clicking on one of the Minor Arcana suits brings up a screen that shows the first two cards on the top row, the following ten cards on the second row, and the last two cards on the third row. I would have liked to have seen one row of ten cards (the pips), followed by a second row of four cards (the Court Cards).

I found this application easy to use … and a lot of fun! I would have liked to have seen larger images used, and a journal included. The only way to save a reading is to e-mail it to yourself, which works, but a journal function with the ability to reference previous readings would be ideal!

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Posted by on September 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Portland Tarot News!

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My apologies – I left this site out of last weeks blog on Tarot apps! It is based on a universal app that any deck can be used with. Please check it out!  http://www.tarotecards.com/

I absolutely love the Portland Tarot, from artist/author Theresa Pridemore an co-author Jamie Morris. The first edition is already sold out – the next step is an indiegogo campaign to raise the funds to print a second edition of this 23 card Major Arcana deck (the extra card is entitled Weird). The image above is one of my favorites from this deck, featuring Theresa’s fiance Jefferson Lee.

The deck was inspired, literally, by Portland, Oregon – the City of Bridges, reflecting its culture, spirit, and creative (renegade!) nature. The second edition will feature 4″ by 6″ versions of hte 23 cards, three “Bridge Cards” with reading themes (named for three major bridges in Portland), with an instruction booklet.

There are an incredible numbe rof options with this campaign … it is well thought out, and incredible exciting! One of the perks is to star in your own card! How good does it get!

You can follow the project here on Facebook, and become personally involved on the indiegogo page.

Let’s all help Theresa rock this one!

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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Tarot On The Go

Tarot App

This week it is all about Tarot apps – who has them, and where to find them. There is a whole new world out there – a mobile world – and here is your entry!

Baroque Bohemian Cats Tarot

Fool’s Dog.com

Galaxy Tarot Pro

KrisWaldherr.net

Legacy of the Divine

LittleWhiteBook.net

Paranormality.com

TaroteCards.com

TarotMediaCompany.com

TarotRoyale.com

WishingMooncom

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Posted by on September 8, 2013 in Tarot

 

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