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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
2013
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.)

PT back

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!

Justice

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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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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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.

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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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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!  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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Review – The Portland Tarot

The Portland Tarot

Author: Jamie Morris, Theresa Pridemore
Artist: Theresa Pridemore
Independently Published
2013

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 – http://theportlandtarot.com/.

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Posted by on July 15, 2013 in Tarot

 

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Tarot Tid Bits

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This is a trial run … writing a Tarot blog. I write all the time, but my Tarot offerings tend to be in the form of reviews. I have a few things that I would like to share, so I am going to see if doing a weekly Tarot blog works out.

The first item that I want to share is information about upcoming BATS (Bay Area Tarot Symposium). There are not that many Tarot related conferences or symposiums here in the U.S. BATS has been ongoing for 22 years, under the auspices of the Daughters of Divination and Thalassa. This year it is being held at the Double Tree Hotel in San Jose, CA on Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th. Presenters include Pamela Steele (The Steele Wizard Tarot), Lon Milo DuQuette, Major Tom Schick (Major Tom’s Marseille Tarot), Valentina Burton (The Fortuneteller’s Guide To Success), Arisa Victor (Thursday Night Tarot), and Pamela Eakins (Tarot of the Spirit). More information, and how to register, can be found here. Thalassa has gone to a great deal of effort to keep this symposium going over the years. With the downturn in the economy, this has not always been easy. This event offers unique Tarot information, a change to meet and greet with other Tarot professionals, and my personal favorite … vendors booths! Penciling this into your calendar will certainly help support this event, and our Tarot tribe in general.

There is a very interesting Tarot deck that has come to my attention – the Portland Tarot. Conceived by artist Theresa Pridemore, with a LWB written by Jamie Morris, this deck looks to make a strong statement on Portland, and on living life large!

From my friend Mary Nale we have Attune Magazine – an on-line e-zine featuring Tarot,and other metaphysical subjects, articles, artwork, reviews, videos, articles and stories. The theme for October is the Wheel of Fortune. Check out the site for submission guidelines. Mary is also host to Attune Magazine Radio, where a wide range of metaphysical subjects is discussed. Her newest venture is a radio show entitled “Sessions”, co-hosted by Mary, my friend Brad Tesh, and myself. This is going to be offered twice monthly, on Tuesday nights. The first show will be Tuesday, July 16th, where we will be introducing ourselves, the show’s concept, and discussing visualization. Also hosted on Attune Radio is a Thursday mid-day show entitled Personal Empowerment For Your Soul with Maggie Lukowski and Jean Maurie Puhlman.

I also want to head you over to one of themost outstanding Tarot blogs that I have ever seen – Jordan Hoggard’s blog – The Land Of Mystereum – Tarot, voice, and Story. Incredible connections with the cards, complimented by amazing videos!

Enjoy!

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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Tarot

 

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