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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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Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Portland Tarot News!

Portland Tarot Molount St Helen's

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!

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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Review – The Portland Tarot

The Portland Tarot

Author: Jamie Morris, Theresa Pridemore
Artist: Theresa Pridemore
Independently Published

There definitely is such a thing as serendipity! I had been hearing about the Portland Tarot, and kind of filed it in the back of my mind. Then I was contacted by Jamie Morris, co-author for the companion book for this deck. We chatted a bit on Facebook, and she asked me if I would like to see the cards. I told her I would love to see the cards, and I now have them in my hands! I am absolutely thrilled!

Portland Tarot The Weird

The Portland Tarot is an ongoing project … the 23 Major Arcana cards have been finished, with the completion of the Minor Arcana tentatively scheduled for the end of 2014. (Funding for the Minor Arcana, and publication of the full 78 card deck, is currently being sought.) And yes, I did say that the Major Arcana consists of 23 cards! As with the Touchstone and Sakki Sakki Tarot decks, there is an extra card. In this deck, the card is entitled The Weird. Morris talks about this card representing the “space between spaces”, the moments when all has dissolved and has yet to re-gel and possibilities whip in the wind around you. The card acts as a bridge between worlds, a time when your current reality feels all “wibbly” and anything seems possible. Not yet The Fool, in The Weird, the tides of connectedness, magic and trust tug at you. Stay alert! Shapeshifting is possible! This card will be kept in the full 78 card deck, but the imagery may undergo some transformation. It’s all good!

In the LWB (Little White Booklet) that accompanies the deck, it is noted that Portland (Oregon) and this deck have a lot in common – that eccentrics and independent thinkers will find inspiration and insight in both. Both are at the same time forward thinking and grounded in tradition, and through both one can take one’s first steps on the path to intuition.

Portland Tarot Molount St Helen's

Pridemore talks about the Portland Tarot as being dark, but funny (and it is!), modern, yet infused with symbols of the ages (and it is!). Probably 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.)

Portland Tarot The City

The deck is meant to act as a bridge between the old and the new, reimagining ancient themes with modern whimsy. This it does, and does well. The bridge theme is carried forward into the three unique Tarot spreads that are presented. Developed by Morris and Pridemore together,  each of the three spreads is based on three cards: (1) You Are Here, (2) View Across The Bridge., and (3)  The Bridge. Each spread is designed to answer a specific type of question. Spread 1, The Fremont Bridge, is used for practical advice on daily matters. Spread 2, The St. John’s Bridge, is used for inspiring insight into self-initiated transformation. Spread 3, The Vista Bridge, is used for guidance and encouragement during times of difficulty or loss. The three positions retain the same name in each spread, but are defined in a different matter. And yes, these bridges do exist in Portland!

The LWB covers background on the deck, how to use the cards, a short bio on Pridemore, what is coming up for the Portland Tarot, a lovely section on the Tarot Daily Commute (discussing using the Portland Tarot as your daily bridge to the Divine, with three suggested routes: (1) The Daily Draw, (2) Three-Card Stories, or (3) Dream A Little Dream. The three spreads are presented in depth, and there are keywords presented for each of the cards.

Portland Tarot back

The cards themselves are 4” by 6”, which are a bit large for smaller hands. However, the deck is so much fun to use, the reader will find a way to shuffle! The backs are a turquoise color, with a large white merkaba in the center, and a smaller nerkaba on each 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.

Portland Tarot The House of hte 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. The Lovers shows a male and a female figure, standing on a black and white checker-board, with a white dog with wings hovering above them  There is a white rope in  the shape of a heart, with each figure holding on to one end of it.

The Hermit is a very poignant figure – that of a woodsman, his foot on a tree stump, a staff held in both hands, and a lantern at this feet. The High Priestess is beautifully done, showing a Priestess, dressed all in white, standing in front of a bridge. Surrounding her, seated and standing, are a group of women. Strength shows a woman, seated, with the infinity symbol above her head. A lion stands behind her, and she appears to be petting or feeding a dog that is seated in front of her.

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!

This deck has character, and spunk, and is clearly well thought out. What a fun deck to work with! It has already been shown in some really neat places, like the World Domination Summit’s “Portlandia Village”, and at Sarah G.Creative. The Portland Tarot can be purchased from the deck’s site –

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