I have dedicated this website to my love of Tarot, a tool that has captured my heart and inspired creativity. Each page touches on one of the aspects that I love about this beautiful expression of life and inner workings of our souls we call the Tarot.
Change is everywhere you look. You see it when someone gets married, buys a home, or begins a new job. It's the beginning of a new way of life for that person, whether the change was expected or not. Sometimes the changes are small, but that doesn't mean that they don't still affect that person in a meaningful way.
Just a couple of days ago I found out that my favorite tarot forum, Tarot for Life, will be closing on Sept. 30. I understand why the owner is doing it (been there before!), but it doesn't make it less difficult. Even though I didn't post a lot, I always knew it was there, just waiting for when I was ready and had time to post.
This change is significant for me, in my life of the same-ol', same-ol'. Many years ago tarot was a part of my daily life. I managed a discussion group, posted a card of the day every day, and basically lived and breathed tarot. It was wonderful. Then, as some of you know, I lost my best friend and tarot buddy to cancer, and my tarot practice (and my life) really hasn't been the same. I want to begin again and enjoy the cards as much as I used to, but it just hasn't happened for me yet.
Well, maybe this ending of an era, the closing of TFL, is the spur that will get me moving. My intentions are always good, but it's usually something outside of myself that will motivate me to do what I plan.
I have a new deck that I found mentioned at Aeclectic, Tod's Creatures Tarot, by Tod Wills, and I thought I would do a three-card spread about the situation. I don't usually do Past, Present, Future spreads, but it seemed appropriate. I asked, what has tarot been to me in the past, and where will it be for me in the near future?
I drew: Past - Ten of Wands / Present - Six of Cups / Future - Knight of Swords
Images from Tod's Creatures Tarot
This is interesting. The first card, The Past - Ten of Wands, shows where I was when I decided to not make tarot front-and-center in my life. The responsibilities of my discussion group had gotten to be too stressful, never leaving me time for anything else in my life, and I decided to take a big step back. It was much needed at the time.
The second card, The Present - Six of Cups, tells me that I'm at the stage where I'm looking back very fondly to what I used to have and would like to recreate that again. Or at least, I want to bring tarot back as a more active part of my life. I love this particular card, because I think it showcases how we can look back in time with rose-colored glasses, not really choosing to see what was NOT working. The little kitty is really enjoying that lollypop and is surrounded by all that candy. But after she's gone through a couple of pumpkins of candy, she's going to be feeling rather sick to her tummy!
The third card, The Future - Knight of Swords, shows us a dragon crouched on top of a cloud, holding a sword in his paw/claw. When I see this card, I see a goal that I want to meet, and I see myself moving toward it with clear purpose, but more from an intellectual point-of-view than an emotional one.
A very interesting draw with a great little deck. I'll be interested to see how this deck communicates as I use it more.
Well, it's been over a year since my last update. There have been a lot of decks released in that time, many of which are in my last post as upcoming decks. But what deserves special mention are a couple of decks that have just been released:
Legacy of the Divine Tarot, by Ciro Marchetti -- This is Ciro's third deck and his second published by Llewellyn. Each release of his deck has gotten more sophisticated and.... well, gorgeous! I'm really looking forward to sinking my teeth into this deck.
The Fairy Tale Tarot, by Lisa Hunt -- This is the latest of Lisa Hunt's decks, but the second of which she is the creator as well as the illustrator, and another Llewellyn publication as well. I haven't gone through this deck yet, so I don't want to make any statements that might be incorrect, but I can say that her art is as beautiful as ever. (And something that deserves mention is that these cards do not have borders. The images stretch to the very edge of the cards.) Each card is "assigned" a fairy tale that best illustrates the message of its card. Lisa spent years loving these fairy tales and immersing herself in the research that makes up this deck, and I am looking forward to spending lots of time with these cards.
But the deck I've been using since I got it a month before my Legacy of the Divine Tarot is Lo Scarabeo's Tarot of Sweet Twilight, illustrated by Cristina Benintende. What a deck! I've heard people call it Tim Burton-esque, compare it to US Games' Karma Tarot or Lo Scarabeo's Fey Tarot. And I see where they're coming from. But after using this deck for over a month, it definitely has its own personality. My readings have been straight forward yet deep. I'm really getting attached. :-)
One little note about the menus here... I'm restructuring the Images and Reviews page. I will still have the Images up, but as I complete reviews, I'll be linking them separately as a submenu. When you hover your mouse over the menu on the left, the submenu will pop up. If you want to see the images, please click on the main tab, "Tarot Images and Reviews" and that will take you to the main page. Hmm... I hope that made sense!
Let's see... what's new lately? Lots of new releases and publications; it's a great time to be a Tarot Enthusiast, for sure! There is much out there so I'm not going to list everything, but here's a little sample...
November 2007 - There's always new things cropping up in the Tarot World that's worthy of mention, and I'm sure I only know of a fraction of them. But here are a few things I've found recently.
Podcasts - Did I mention that I've just discovered these as well? (Yes, I know. Something *else* that's been around for a while.) A podcast that is a "must mention" is Tarot Connections. You can subscribe to the Podcast on its website or on iTunes (sorry, that's the only one I'm familiar with), and the website has notes from each podcast, with references and links to the music it uses.
tarotconnection.net - The Tarot Connection - Leisa ReFalo is the hostess of these podcasts. She has a wonderful lineup of themes with some of the biggest names out there, and her gentle voice makes each podcast a joy to listen to. Ciro Marchetti's art graces the home page and there are many useful links on the left side of the page. Be sure to visit the Tarot Connection Shop as well. Many great items to choose from, including teleclasses with Robert Place!
The image at the top of this page is The Fool from the Illuminated Tarot, illustrated by Pamela Colman-Smith, recolored by Carol Herzer. It's published through Soul Guidance. Images used with permission.
Last Updated: 07/Sep/2011
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