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Review – Tarot of the Holy Light App

25 Sep

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.

THL main menu

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!

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

Reproduction prohibited in all venues without the written permission of the author.

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