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The Cartomancer – The New Kid In Town

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There is a new kid on the block in the world of divination – one that promises to spark interest, inform, educate, and share the work that is being done in the fields of Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle reading. The Cartomancer is a quarterly magazine whose premier edition came out on May 1st, 2015. The magazine can be purchased in both print and e-zine format, and is being brought to us by Devera Publishing (Jay and Jadzia DeForest). I am very honored to have been asked to be on the editorial staff for this publication.

The premier issue included articles by Jay, Jadzia, and myself, along with Jaymi Innowen Elford, Camelia Elias, Pamela Steele, Heather Mendel, and Mellissae Lucia. Great articles on divinatory humor were presented by James Ricklef (“Today I Will Nurture My Inner Demons”), and Pamela Steele (“Good Trade!”). Reviews include Under the Roses Lenormand, Le Tarot Noir, The Burning Serpent Oracle, the Vintage Wisdom Oracle, thte Sacred Mandala Lenormand Oracle, and the Tarot de St. Croix. Featured deck imagery included the Wise Fool Tarot (along with an interview with its creator, Cade Burkhammer), the Magical Realism Tarot, the Portland Tarot, the Egyptian Lenormand, the Rainbow Travellers Tarot, The Syzygy Oracle and SacredMandala, and Jadzia’s Unpublished Majors Deck.

Next publication date is August 1st, 2015. We are looking for submissions for articles, artwork and photography,  reviews, classifieds, and forum.

Note that articles have to be unique and unpublished, and that the Cartomancer has exclusive publication rights for twelve months.

The Cartomancer is a full color, glossy magazine. In my opinion, this is a collectors item. We look forward to submissions from the cartomancy community, and the sharing of experiences as well as art. From the mission statement: “Our goal is to support an inclusive and mutually supportive community of Tarot, Lenormand, and Oracle readers worldwide through a quarterly journal that includes … ” (well written articles, high quality divination art, a marketplace for artists and authors, a public forum for letters and editorials).

We are looking forward to your submissions!

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Review – The Sherlock Holmes Tarot

The Sherlock Holmes Tarot
Wisdom From the First Consulting Detective

Author: John Matthews
Artist: Wil Kinghan
Eddison Sadd
ISBN #978-1-4549-1022-0

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“I never guess. It is a shocking habit –
destructive to the logical faculty.”

~ The Sign of Four

I have had my eye on this deck, and finally decided that I “had” to have it! I am very pleased with both the artistry and the presentation of the cards. The story of Holmes, Watson, and 221B Baker Street is as I hold it in my mind. If it wasn’t, the deck would have been gifted on. Why keep something that is very important in your life if it doesn’t fit the image that you have of it?

This is a 79 card deck, along traditional lines, with cards retitled to fit the theme of Sherlock Holmes. (Examples include Inspector Lestrade as the Fool (I had to think about that one), The Great Detective as the Magician, and Irene Adler as the High Priestess.) The extra card is listed as a Wild Card (represented by the Giant Rat of Sumatra). The suits are Observation (Swords), with an eye as an icon; Evidence (Wands), with a foot as an icon; Analysis (Cups), with a magnifying glass as an icon; and Deduction (Pentacles), with a question mark as an icon. The Court cards are Baker Street Irregular (Page), Peeler (Knight), Lady (Queen), and Inspector (King).

The deck and 160 page companion book come in a sturdy cardboard box with a lift-off top. The cover shows Holmes and Watson, while the back of the box gives information about the deck.

In their preface, Mathews and Kingham talk about this deck as reflecting the “inner landscape” of Sherlock Holmes. Indeed it does! I dearly love Sherlock Holmes (in my mind as portrayed by Basil Rathbone, with Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson). In Part One: The Wisdom of Holmes & Watson, we read about Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who imagined Sherlock Holmes and his deductive abilities.  The stories were popular from the very beginning, which is understandable. I have read them all over and over and over again! It was also interesting to read about real individuals that may have been used as prototypes in building the character of Holmes. The authors pose the question of whether Holmes himself would have approved of the Tarot, and come up with some interesting conclusions! In this deck we see the wisdom of Sherlock Holmes applied through the Tarot – IMHO to great advantage!

In Part Two: The Greater Mystery – The cards and their meanings, the game is literally afoot! This section starts out with a listing of renamed titles for the Major Arcana, the retitled suits and Court cards, and the icons that represent each suit. Each card is represented by a black and white image, The Game (a summary of the meaning of the card), The Fog (reversed meanings), Keys (shorter meanings), and Holmesian Wisdom (quotes from the Sherlock Holmes canon). Note: I love that the Holmesian Wisdom quotes are presented within the circle of a magnifying glass!

In Part Three: The Art of Investigation – working with the cards, the authors talk about what each of the suits does, and using the Wild Card. Spreads include the four card Lens Spread, the eight card Great Detective Spread, and the nine card Enquiry Spread. Several pages are left blank at the end of the book for notes and observations.

The Major Arcana depict figures and locations from the Sherlock Holmes stories, while the Minor Arcana depict scenes from specific stories. (It was a joy to go through this deck for the first time, and recognize so many people and scenes!)  I was also impressed with the representation of the Victorian era, of which I am a huge fan.

The artwork brought the theme together in a wonderful fashion – one could believe they were in the Victoria era, even if only for a short while. The high hats, candles, and gas lamps, along with foggy streets, tell the story. Tarot aficionados will be happy to note that Caitlin Matthews graciously agreed to pose for some of the cards in this deck!

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The cards are 2 7/8” by 4 7/8”. The backs are gold, with 221B back to back in the middle of the card. (We all know who lived at 221B Baker Street!) The card faces show a ¼” white border, surrounding the card image. The card number and title is across the top of the card, in black lettering against a gold background. The Minor Arcana show the card number or title, but not the suit. Suits are indicated by icons placed in the upper right and left hand corners of the card.

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I am still not used to Inspector Lestrade as the Fool … but I am getting there. Here we see Lestrade, in a brown overcoat  and hat, facing away from us. He looks to be on the docks, gun in his right hand, lantern in his left hand. Holmesian Wisdom is “I take a shortcut when I can get it.”

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The Great Detective shows Holmes sitting in a chair, facing the reader, his hands in a “V” in front of him, his legs crossed. On the table in front of him is a lit candle, books, and other items of detection. He appears pensive, as only Sherlock Holmes can appear. Holmesian Wisdom is “A conjurer gets no credit once he explains his trick.”

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Irene Adler shows a young woman seated, in what appears to be a restaurant or tea shop. She is dressed for public with a hat, and is seated next to a table with a teapot and teacup. In the background we see both men and women standing. The Holmesian Wisdom is “Woman are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting.”

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The Three of Observation (Swords) features Holmes in a fit of depression, standing at the window looking out at the London fog, newspapers in front of him. The Holmesian Wisdom is “The most difficult crime to track is the one that is purposeless.”

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The Baker Street Irregular of Observation (Page of Swords) shows an envelope coming in through the mail slot in a door. The slot is open, and we see a pair of eyes looking through it. The Holmesian Wisdom is “They can go everywhere, see everything, overhear everyone.”

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The Five of Evidence (Wands) shows a candlelit room, with Holmes standing in the background, in a dark overcoat and hat. Holmes is seen subduing a red headed man. The Holmesian Wisdom is “I know my dear Watson that you share my love of all that is bizarre.”

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The Ace of Analysis (Cups) shows Holmes sitting in the middle of a candlelit room, wearing an overcoat and hat, and smoking his pipe. Papers are strewn all around him. The Holmesian Wisdom is “I can only see two things for certain. It’s the chain between them we are going to have to trace.”

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The Lady of Deduction (Queen of Pentacles) shows Mrs. Hudson standing in front of a red door, holding a tea tray. The Holmsian Wisdom is “I do not encourage visitors.”

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The Peeler of Deduction (Knight of Pentacles) shows a constable, crouched over a body in a library. Next to the body we see a fallen notebook, and a small wooden box that has broken open. The Holmesian Wisdom is “Each fact is suggestive in itself. Together they have a cumulative force.”

This is not a learning deck – but it is a deck that would be thoroughly enjoyed by someone that likes themed decks, and/or someone that loves Sherlockian lore.

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Review – The Alice Tarot

The Alice Tarot

Author: Karen Mahony
Designed by: Alexandr Ukolov and Karen Mahony
Illustrated by: Alexandr Ukolov
Magic Realist Press


“The Alice Tarot” has been on my desk since it arrived … and it will stay there, along with Ciro Marchetti’s “Oracle of Visions”, and my reading deck, the “Morgan-Greer Tarot”. It is always nice to have a choice in the cards one wishes to work with!

This is a traditional, 78 card deck, following the structure of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. This gives it form, a form within which we are encouraged to play, and expand our wisdom. It is certainly not a Rider-Waite clone. Oh, no … it has wisdom and imagery of its own, based on the Alice books (written by Lewis Carroll), and the creator’s desire to merge the enchantment of Alice with the magic of Tarot. The intention of this deck is to allow the reader to “go down the rabbit hole”, and see what they will find. This can be a strange, surreal world, one in which imagination is allowed to run rampant, and understanding comes in leaps and bounds. The deck is accompanied by a 40 page LWB. (Note, there is a larger, more definitive book available for purchase separately.) The cards and LWB come in a beautifully decorated, heavy cardboard box.

The card titles follow the traditional structure, with the suites being Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins. Strength is VIII, Justice is XI. The court cards are Page, Knight, Queen, and King.

The LWB offer several spreads: a five card “Down The Rabbit Hole”, a four card “The Caucus Race”, a four card “The Tea Party”, and a five card “My Own Wonderland”.

For the Major Arcana, the creators matched the classic attributes of each Major Arcana card with scenes and characters from the Alice stories.

Each card is presented with what the energy is, keywords, and Alice meanings. For example:

The Hermit

The Mock Turtle

 A deep spiritual or philosophical thinker*Taking time out on your own to consider the deeper questions of life* Cutting yourself off from others because you need a space to think clearly* Stepping aside from the business of everyday life in order to develop your spiritual side*Loneliness

Alice Meanings

An injustice*someone who pretends to be fair, but isn’t*Watch out! Don’t trust someone who is telling you what to do*A “cat and mouse” game … being lured into something under false pretenses

The cards are 3” by 5”, with a reversible blue and white floral background featuring two rabbits. The card faces show a ¼” white border surrounding the central image, with the card title in black letters against a white background along the bottom of the deck. The Major Arcana show title only – no numbers. The coloring is intense, with beautiful cold stamping on each of the cards that gives areas within the cards an iridescent look as the light catches them.


The High Priestess portrays Alice going through the Looking Glass. Alice meanings include going into another world, or finding another way of thinking in this world.


The Hanged Man features the Cheshire Cat. Alice meanings include giving yourself up to a joyous madness, and advice from someone who is perceptive and also, perhaps, somewhat irresponsible.


The Queen of Wands is the chess Red Queen. Alice meanings include someone who is always in a rush, and warm sexuality.


The King of Coins is the chess White King. Alice meanings include someone who thinks he is more practical than he is, and a kindly but ineffective man.


The Six of Wands shows the characters turning into cards as Alice wakes up. Alice meanings include realizing that a threat has no real substance, and refusing to be intimidated.


The Four of Swords shows the Dormouse sleeping. Alice meanings include calm amidst chaos, and sleep and dreaming.


The Ten of Coins shows the Mad Hatter juggling cakes. Alice meanings include having it all, and having fun with it, and a playful exuberance.


The Two of Wands shows Alice finally getting into the Wonderland garden. Alice meanings include seeing clearly where you want to go next, and longing to get to a better place.

“The Alice Tarot” is a rabbit hole that you will not regret going down!

 © 2014 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on October 9, 2014 in Uncategorized


Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon – Introducing Karen Campbell

Karen Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon

In November of this year the inaugural Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon will be held at the Breitenbush Conference Center, near Detroit, OR. (More information about the Salon can be found here – I would like to introduce you to Karen Campbell, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

As a teenager, Karen began using Tarot in 1961. She describes it as a “teen age rebellion” type of thing. She got serious in the early 80’s and took classes from Christine Payne Towler and then began reading for others. She was a reader at Womyn Spirit Continuum, has participated in the “Pathways to Transformation” in Yachats for the past 17 years and last year had a tent at the Shrewsbury Faire. Since retiring from her work as a prison guard at the Oregon State Penitentiary in 2010, she has increased her involvement in fairs and events.

Karen is a SoulCollage® facilitator, a Reiki and Alchemical Healing® practitioner, and offers workshops in Journal reading and writing. She is ordained with the Church of Universal Love and performs special ceremonies. She describes her work with Tarot cards as Spirit Guided Counseling.

Karen Campbell — Whispered Healings

The subject that Karen will be bringing for discussion is the use of Tarot and Journal writing to further your personal and professional goals. She will use her own goal of having peaceful personal relationships as a kick starter to the exploration. Journaling with the Tarot can take many creative and purposeful paths. It is hoped that you will bring innovative techniques to share and Karen will too.

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Northwest Astrology & Tarot – Introducing Cynthia Giles

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In November of this year the inaugural Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon will be held at the Breitenbush Conference Center, near Detroit, OR. (More information about the Salon can be found here – I would like to introduce you to Cynthia Giles, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

Cynthia Giles is the author of The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore, as well as The Tarot: Methods, Mastery, and More and The Russian Tarot of St. Petersburg.  Other life highlights include a Ph.D. in archetypal studies—and three memorable summers as the very first Tarot reader at Scarborough Renaissance Faire.  She supported herself and two sons for several years with a full-time Tarot practice, teaching dozens of classes and working with numerous private clients.

There followed a parenthesis of two decades (!) during which Cynthia became an improbable expert on data warehousing strategy, corporate communications, and marketing.  She applied these skills as a consultant to several large companies (among them, Southwest Airlines, La Quinta, Pepsico), and as a freelance resource, working with small businesses and independent professionals.  In 2007 she retired from corporate life and returned to writing.  Since then, Cynthia has written for several different academic publications, including Chadwyck-Healy’s Literature Online series (LION), Gale/Cengage’s Literature Criticism series, the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, the KnowledgeNotes and  LitFinders series, and the compendium volumes Literature of War and Literature of Protest.  She also pursues research into the relationship between Tarot, mathematics and contemporary science.

Cynthia is currently working on a new Tarot book that will present her reading methodology, Four-Dimensional Tarot.  4-D incorporates an extra space-time structure that significantly expands the information contained in a reading, and encourages new ways of interacting with the cards.  Cynthia will be discussing 4-D and its integration of astrological principles at the Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon in November.

Read an excerpt from The Tarot: Methods, Mastery, and More on Cynthia’s website, The Fool and the Moon.

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Posted by on April 30, 2014 in Uncategorized


Northwest Astrology & Tarot Salon

Mary Jo Wevers

In November of this year the inaugural Northwest Astrology and Tarot Salon will be held at the Breitenbush Conference Center, near Detroit, OR. (More information about the Salon can be found here – .) I would like to introduce you to Mary Jo Wevers, PhD, one of the Conversation Leaders for this event.

Mary Jo is a Licensed Spiritual Health Coach specializing in Soul-Personality Integration. She lives and practices in Corvallis, Oregon. A certified Karmic Astrologer, Mary Jo uses the symbolic language of astrology to help clients better understand themselves and their life experiences from a deeper, spiritual perspective. As an accredited Journey™ Practitioner she uses guided visualizations and meditations that allow clients to access cell memories and clear the emotional root cause of issues so they can heal. Mary Jo’s goal is to help people put the past behind and move forward in life in peace and wholeness. Her web site is

Mary Jo will most likely be focusing her Conversation Group on Lunar Nodes in the astrological chart, which represent our karmic soul pattern and spiritual soul mission in life.

“The Nodes always point us in the direction where we are revisiting and healing our past experiences and issues and where we need to stretch and grow to embrace the new.”  – Pat Liles

Mary Jo may also be discussing the topic of interceptions in the astrological chart, their karmic interpretation, and reclaiming the energy of intercepted signs and planets in ourselves and in our lives.

From Mary Jo: “I am excited to share the symbolic language of astrology with others, exploring how it helps us understand ourselves as spiritual beings having human experiences.  Your astrological chart provides information about your soul’s journey through many lives.  Energy you created in the past is carried into this life for further development, resolution, or healing. Understanding your personality and spiritual path allows you to live consciously, using your personality and gifts for your spiritual purpose.”

For those of us that are (relative) newbies to astrology, Mary Jo has shared the following:

What is Karmic Astrology?

 In karmic astrology, we view an astrological chart as a unique

map or mandala that provides information about a person’s

journey as a soul through many lives. Your astrological chart is

unique because no one else on earth, at least not for another

25,000 years, will have the same placement of planets and signs

in the houses that you have in your chart.

The astrological chart reveals personality traits and skills,

conscious and unconscious patterns of behavior, and life themes

that have been brought into this life for further development or

resolution. It provides clues about past life experiences that

produce subconscious guilt or shame, and old wounds that have

not yet healed. The chart tells us something about soul contracts

made with other people in this lifetime to assist you on your soul

journey. It specifies your life purpose or “soul mission”, the goal

or destination your soul wishes you to strive for in this lifetime to

expand your experience and assist in your personal evolution.

Karmic astrology is dynamic, not fatalistic. We have free will and

can exercise conscious choice. When we take responsibility for

our karmic past by actively working to free ourselves of “past-life

baggage” we can change unproductive patterns of behavior. We

can heal past-life wounds, transform and transmute past life

experiences into lessons, so that we can live our lives with insight

and gratitude. When we are conscious of the gifts and talents we

have brought into this life we can use them for the highest good.

This is how we integrate our personality with our soul’s purpose

in this life time. We are empowered and actively create the life we


 Mary Jo Wevers, Ph.D.

Each Conversation Leader brings their own wisdom and life experience with them. I very much look forward to learning a bit more about astrology, and how I can put it to use in my life! How about you?

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Review – The Portland Tarot (Second Edition)

The Portland Tarot

2nd Edition

Author: Theresa Pridemore, with Jamie Morris
Artist/Designer/Creator: Theresa Pridemore
Independently Published
Second Edition

“Our hero’s journey (and the artist is a hero) leads us to many

forks in the road. Each time the road splits, one path leads

back to the safety of home, and the other, through dense

brambles. We hope our destination is behind the thorns, but

we can’t guess how far off it is or what exactly will await us

when we arrive. That’s art for you. Staying the quest is an

ongoing process. Going home is an illusion.”  

~ Theresa Pridemore

The second edition of the Portland Tarot takes what was a totally awesome deck and ramps it up into the ozone! It includes refined artwork, three new bridge cards (the St Johns Bridge, the Vista Bridge, and the Fremont Bridge), an expanded 64 page instruction book, and eco-friendly packaging, including a beautiful blue drawstring bag to hold the cards. Those Bridge cards … they are tied to the Bridge Spreads below! Very special people, they are!

The Weird

It is a 23 card Major Arcana deck (the additional card is entitled the Weird, and has been redesigned from the version included in the original deck). Envisioned by Jamie Morris, co-writer of the LWB, the Weird represents the “space between spaces”, the moments when all has dissolved and has yet to re-gel and possibilities whip in the wind around you. In the version included in this second edition, we see deck creator Theresa Pridemore being led by an elephant, wearing a garland of roses (Portland is, after all, the City of Roses!), up the incline of the St. John’s Bridge. They are headed towards a mysterious door, through which exist all of the possibilities that Theresa can imagine … and more importantly, those that she cannot! (From the LWB.) The symbol of messages is represented by the two birds that we see flying through the sky.

The three bridge cards that are included show the bridges on one side of the card, with focus words on the reverse side. The Fremont Bridge focuses on “Your Daily Commute”, the Vista Bridge on “Difficult Journeys”, and the St. John’s Bridge on “An  Inspiring View”.

There is an extra card with this deck that is basically informational … talking about the intent of the deck (to act as a bridge between the old and the new), to reimagine ancient themes with modern whimsy, and that the Seeker will find the deck especially suited to three card readings. Card 1 is defined as “You Are Here”, Card 2 is defined as “View Across the River”, and Card 3 is defined as “The Bridge”.

I was very blessed to be asked to write the introduction to the LWB for this deck. I hope that I have shared what is unique and special to me about this deck.

The LWB for the first edition is a fold out that puts a great deal of information on the deck, how to use it, and basic card meanings in a short space. It covers the basis, and does that well! The expanded LWB for the second edition is a 64 page effort that goes more deeply into how to use the cards, how to apply the three card bridge readings, and doing one card draws. I loved the “Tarot Glove Box”, where we find “It Takes Two To Tango: Relationship Spreads”, “A Dash Of Inspiration” (as a writer, I adore this one!), and “Look Both Ways Before You Cross”.

In “Archetypes In Tarot” we see a short discussion on what arhcetypes are, and how the Seeker can explore them through the MajorArcana.

Each card is presented with a black and white scan, the card number and title, a few words on the energy of the card, Keys (upright meanings), Locks (reversed meanings), an affirmation, a short write-up in the basic energy of the card, and a few words on the individual(s) that posed as the subject for the card. There is also a paragraph on how the card functions in a reading.

Mount St Helen's

My favorite card in the entire deck is Mount St. Helen’s (The Tower). Here we see a very calm looking gentleman, dressed in a white shirt, black vest, and black bow tie, wearing a black bowler (hat) that has been blown off his head. All kinds of symbols come exploding out of his head! Profound, insightful … and incredibly funny! (To me, anyway.)

The following words are used for Mount St. Helen’s: “Eureka!” A blast erupted inside; alas, I had no place to hide. The affirmation for this card is: “Seeking the opportunity in chaos, I remain open to inspiration.”

IN A READING, when Mount St. Helen’s rumbles, you or someone near you may be repressing impulses that, smothered, could erupt. There’s a monumental shift on the horizon. Note where you place your (blind) trust.  Are the foundations you’ve built upon based on egoic strategies? Do you suspect destabilization occurring behind a solid-seeming front? In any event, take your cue from Jefferson: Prepare yourself.  (Note: Jefferson Lee is the individual that posed for this card.)

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The cards are the same size as the first edition (4” by 6”), but are sturdier, and the coloring more intense. Some of the cards have been refined, or totally redone (The Weird). The backs are a turquoise color, with a large white merkaba in the center, and a smaller merkaba on either side. Over and under the merkaba is a bridge, with  a small merkaba under it. The backs are reversible.

The card faces show a ¼” turquoise border, with a thin black border on the inside. Centered on the top of each card is a white half-moon. Across the bottom of the card, in black lettering against a white background, is the card number and title. The cards carry traditional titles, with the following exceptions: House of the Seeker (Hierophant), the Hanged Woman (The Hanged Man), Mount St. Helens (The Tower), and the City (The World). The extra card is The Weird.

The Magician

The Magician shows a male figure standing at the bottom of an imposing stairway, an upright wand in his left hand, a sword pointed down in his right hand. On the table we see a golden cup and a large pentacle, with a unique touch in the center – Tarot cards laid out that show themselves to be from the Portland Tarot!

House of the Seeker

The House of the Seeker shows a male, dressed in a white turtleneck and a suit, against a sci-fi looking background. Centered where his heart is we see what appears to be a globe of the world. He is standing in front of a lectern with crossed keys on the front of it. Seated in front of him are a male and a female figure. The background was edited from the first edition, and the lectern and figures added.

The Chariot

The Chariot will bring a smile to everyone’s face! We see a female figure seated in a blue convertible, with both doors open. Behind her appear to be curtains, with the word “Hollywood” appearing on one side, and “Portland” on the other side. Seated in front of the car on the left hand side is a white dog, on the right hand side a black dog. By the way – the car wheels are not touching the ground, and she is holding a phone in her right hand!


I love the card of Justice – it is definitely not what one might expect! We see a female figure seated, knitting, with a cat on her lap. At the end of either knitting needle we see one side of a scale. Justice is knitting dark and light together, promoting resolution through integration (where possible).  We knit the lives that we experience … and call it karma. (From the LWB.) Note that the smaller ball of wool weight more than the larger ball. The jay on the knitters shoulder represents a messenger. I like the change in coloring in the second edition, showing more of a rose tone.

Theresa and Jamie have come together to create a tapestry that is spellbinding, unique, and a true joy to work with! I am keeping a close eye on this duo, as a full 78 card deck is slated for the future!

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Posted by on December 14, 2013 in Uncategorized


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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.

Portland Tarot Molount St Helen's

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.


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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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!

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

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Review – “Tarot Lovers’ Diary 2013”

Tarot Lovers’ Diary 2013

 Author: Karyn Easton
Artist: Karyn Easton
Independently Published

Tarot Lovers Diary 2013

I got Dragon software as a Christmas gift, and my Tarot Lovers’ Diary arrived the very next day! Okay 2013 … bring it on! I am ready! This is a lovely, A6 wirebound diary that has been out since 2006. I have used it myself for several years – I am old fashioned, so it sits right by my computer, with a written “to do” list for each day of the week (I do try to leave Sunday’s completely clear!). I check things off as I go, and can look to the days ahead to see what I will need to accomplish. Things can still sneak up on me, but I do have a good visual sight line on my projects. Yes, I could use an electronic calendar, but for me, this works better.

The diary includes:

  • Tarot card meanings and associations (with a black and white scan of each card), with room for personal notes.
  • Black and white illustrations of the entire 78 card Tarot Lovers’ Tarot at the end of the book that can be cut out and used as a mini-deck.
  • Examples of Tarot spreads, including two different Questions and Answers Spreads, the Yes/No Answer Spread, a Three Card Spread, the Seven Card Horseshoe Spread, the Seven Card Infinity Spread, and a Six Card Spread.

The diary itself is set up in the “week at a glance” format, with a small area for notes for the week, as well as a complete calendar for the month. Holidays are noted (please remember that this diary is produced in the UK, meaning that the holidays reflected are for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland), along with interesting little factoids presented for each day. The cycles of the moon are also noted.

There is an inclusive table of contents in the front of the diary that lists the pages where you will find astrological information, chronological cycles and eras, a religious and civil calendar, holidays in the United Kingdom, phases of the moon, where the upright and reversed meaning for each of the Tarot cards can be found, as well as where sample Tarot spreads are located. (I really like the fact that the spreads are not corralled in one section – they are interspersed throughout the diary, so that they can be specifically looked up and used, or they can be experienced in an “Oh, cool … look what I found!” manner as the diary is used.)

Throughout this diary are mini “infomercials” for products from the site, such as the “Tarot Lovers’ Trilogy” Tarot card app, a link to the Birth Card Calculator, links to the Tarot Lovers’ Tarot and the Paranormality sites, the Tarot Lovers’ Notebook, the Paranormality Haunted Directory and more.

Note: In honor of transparency, I need to point out that reference to my book “Tarot, Birth Cards, and You” is made in the diary. I thank Karyn profusely – had she not allowed me to use her “Tarot Lovers’ Tarot” imagery in my book, the book would never have made it to print!

The Tarot Lovers’ Diary can be ordered here: ,

 © December 2012 Bonnie Cehovet


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