The Rider Waite-Smith Tarot Variations

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With so many variations of the Rider Waite-Smith Tarot in publication, how can you be certain which ones will truly be close to the ‘original’ 1909 tarot known as the Pamela A deck? Which ones are worth of your money, and which ones are not? Is it even possible to get close to the real original?

Deck Review: The Good Tarot

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Used as an intimate and private tool for personal consultation, this beautiful tarot oracle can help you connect to your higher power in a gentle but meaningful way.

A Journey Tarot Spread

A Journey is featured in the Shadowscapes Tarot Companion Book and was inspired by the 8 of Cups and the Hermit for their themes of journeying, moving on or looking for something that is missing.

This immediately had me thinking about the shamanic practice of soul retrieval, which I’d read about earlier this year. Sandra Ingerman describes soul retrieval the following way:

“It is believed that whenever we suffer an emotional or physical trauma a part of our soul flees the body in order to survive the experience.”

You can imagine how my mind went into overdrive piecing all this information together.

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Tarot Book Review: The Tarot Colouring Book

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The Tarot Colouring Book by Theresa Reed

tarot-colouring-book-theresa-reedWhile there has been an explosion in adult colouring books recently, the activity of colouring in a tarot deck is an already established one. The only problem was you had to be a member of a mystical, magical and altogether secret society to be instructed in this fine art.

For art, as we understand it, it was not. This was presented as art with a higher purpose: the art being the understanding and application of knowledge of colour, divination systems, religion, magic et al. These secrets are no more and whether you are aware of it or not, you work with a tarot deck that has been skillfully crafted in both types of art.

Thankfully, those of you who use tarot for divination, or your own purposes outside of secret society rules, colouring in a tarot deck is an excellent method to help you connect with your cards on a deeper level.

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When Death Means Death

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Don’t we talk in spiritual terms in this community? We talk of death as if it is a beautiful experience. Some also play down the Tower while it’s been nothing short of devastating in my life.

We tend to do this with the Death card too – “Death doesn’t mean death, it means transition, or the end of something.” And so it goes on. But sometimes Death does mean death and more importantly, it is a part of life we cannot escape from. Like the Tower, when it comes crashing down around your ears. If you’re not already on your Chariot ready to drive through the devastation like a phoenix rising from the ashes, you will find yourself in the rubble, scratching your head and wondering what on earth just happened and where do I go from here?

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