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This week may have been the week of the “Snowpocalypse That Never Was” in the media, and people complaining about how the press and the people making the decisions overreacted. Me? I’m firmly in the “better safe than sorry” camp in that regard. Even my card of the day for the start of the storm was the 5 of Pentacles… I was tending to agree with the weathermen that the storm would be as bad as they said it would be.
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Recently, my friend SnowStar bestowed a major blessing on me, gifting me 67 divination decks from her personal collection.
Her amazing generosity was only matched by the gift's synchronicity: I've collected decks over my 30 years as a professional card reader, then lost a substantial portion of my collection due to a bug infestation two years ago.
SnowStar asked me which decks she sent particularly struck me, so I pulled together some personal notes I'd made, and thought I'd share them here with you, too. And please tell me about a deck or decks you particularly love. I love to hear about experiences with tarot or Lenormand decks.
The 6 of Wands from The Tarot of Delphi deck is depicted in the1885 artwork entitled The Triumph of Titus: The Flavians by Sir Lawrence Alma-Taderma. Here, the heir to the Roman Empire, Titus, receives high honors and praise. This image perfectly depicts the victory that is the 6 of Wands....
What is the role of friendship in a coven? What is a coven’s purpose? Must you be friends with the members of your coven for it to function properly?
A few months ago, we released a member of our coven and resolidified/unified our coven in preparation for the coming year, and to reassert our group mind without gaps or division in it. Things were brought up (things always are) when a member chooses to leave a magickal group, and this was no different. In it, it was said that this person was looking for friendship instead of a coven... that they didn’t want a coven in the first place. Which begs the question: is friendship/fellowship a requirement for coven life? MUST you be friends with your covenmates? Is this the role that the coven is supposed to take on?
So last month I acquired a set of Karen Mahony's Alice Tarot. Having done about 20 readings with it, I have to say that I'm very impressed with it.
The cards are of high quality, and have a bit of a metallic sheen to them to add interest and depth. I like slightly large cards, and these accommodate that. The backs are the same dignified or inverted. What I like most about them, though, is that this is MY Alice.
When I was a child I adored Alice in Wonderland. It was my story: Alice in Virgoland. I always had to eat that, drink this, do too much, be too curious, and I was never backwards about telling adults exactly what I thought. I won't say it did me any favors, but I certainly resonated with Alice! I had my images of what the characters in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were like (and I was terribly disappointed in Disney's version). So when I saw another reader post a layout with the Alice cards, and Alice looked like my Alice, I had to take a closer look....
If you have been following my posts you will know that back in July I posted my birthday wish list of new and upcoming decks. This weeks review deck was on that list.
Ghost Tarot by Davide Corsi is published by Lo Scarabeo, which means there is only a little white book with this deck. Normally I am not a fan of the little white books but, to be honest, this time I am grateful that there is little to know comment from the deck creator on how to interpret the stunning images on these cards.
There is an ambiguity about this deck that a back story commentary would ruin. Well in my opinion anyway. You see it is hard to tell which role the ghosts in this deck play. Are they merely residual imprints of someones long forgotten past, as indicated by the court cards. Or are these ghosts engaging in and with their environments as seen in the 3 of swords. Or, are these ghosts merely memories, trapped in a cycle of repetition doomed to play out the same story for as long as there attachments tell it, as illustrated in the 6 of pentacles.
This ambiguity really opens up the question, are we of the earth, part and parcel of its construct or merely in it like actors on a stage?
"Truly the universe is full of ghosts, not sheeted churchyard spectres, but the inextinguishable elements of individual life, which having once been, can never die, though they blend and change, and change again for ever.”
―H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines
The multiple interpretations of the ghosts themselves adds such a rich layer to all readings done with this deck. Even if you are only a 'pull a card for the day' type reader. For with each card certain new questions can be asked, such as, is this situation a repeat of past energy? Is this all just an imprint and not a factual experience? Are you truly engaged in this energy or merely a spectator? It really all depends on how you interpret the "showing up" aspect of the ghost on the cards you draw.
Being a deck about ghosts and the possible past lives they have lived you could keep this deck as part of your mediumship toolkit. Or maybe even explore pressing past life energy with yourself or reading clients. This would also make a fabulous deck for halloween parties. Personally i like it for sheer self exploration, its ambiguous depths entice me and elude to more. I like that in a deck of tarot cards.
Although I am sure a beginner could pick up this deck if they were strongly called to it, but i recommend this deck for intermediate to advanced readers. There are just more places you can go with these cards if you already have knowledge and expertise in tarot itself.
All in all this is a stunning deck, it card stock is good, it fits well in ones hands and spreads like butter! This deck deserves its 4.5 star rating.
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