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Ancient Tarot of Lombardy
Ancient Tarot of Lombardy
by Di Ferdinando Gumppenberg
Edition: Cards

2.0 out of 5 stars Ice-Cream in the Shed, 6 May 2012
This review is from: Ancient Tarot of Lombardy (Cards)
The Ancient Tarots of Lombardy was created in 1810 in Milan, Italy. The Major Arcana cards have been designed in neo-classical style, with a slightly ornate border enclosing the image on a buff-coloured background. The names of the cards are in Italian and some of the images warrant a particular mention. 'The Magician' looks at first glance as though he is carrying the kind of ice-cream tray that the ushers in cinemas used to; The 'Death' card shows a skeleton standing on a scythe, with a red cloth draped over his head and down as far as his shins; 'The Devil' card shows a semi-naked horned man with red wings, leaning on what appears to be a horned staff, with a garden shed in the background.

The Minor Arcana cards are 'pip' formations, with the Court cards depicted in neo-classical style, and 'Pages' now being 'knaves'. The information and instruction booklet that accompanies most decks is printed on cards, (in English, Italian, French and German) and gives only the most basic overview. Having said that, the use of cards rather than a booklet does work well.

Although this isn't a deck I would want to work with, I do like the Major cards, especially as some of the Major cards are a bit quirky. If you've read the review of 'Ancient Minchiate Etruria' you will see that I have mentioned that it says on the box that these are 'the most famous cards unusual and rare'. To my surprise, I discovered that it says the very same words on the box for this deck. Both decks are published by Lo Scarabeo, so it may be something to do with that, but I don't know for sure. If anyone does know, I would love to hear from you.


Ancient Minchiate Etruria
Ancient Minchiate Etruria
by Lo Scarabeo
Edition: Cards

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware - Confusion Contained Within, 6 May 2012
This review is from: Ancient Minchiate Etruria (Cards)
This deck is, according to some sources, a reproduction of a deck dating from the seventeenth century, whilst others say the eighteenth century. It is a very unusual deck, for several reasons. It has a total of ninety-seven cards, with fifty-six being Minor Arcana, and forty-one Major Arcana. Several of the original Major cards have changed names and/or numbers, whilst one or two are shown in the instruction leaflet but don't actually appear in the deck. The additional Major cards are made up of the twelve zodiac signs, elemental signs and various others.

The Minor Arcana cards are in 'pip' formations, and 'Wands' have become 'Clubs', whilst 'Cups' have become 'Chalices'. The only change in the Court cards is that 'Page' has become 'Valet'. The leaflet that comes with the deck gives all the names and meanings of the cards, and one spread. The instructions for shuffling are as convoluted as those for the spread, and it states that this spread is 'to respond to a simple question regarding a specific area of life'.

If this were my first Tarot deck, I think I would have given up after the first five minutes, so confusing is the whole package. On the back of the box it says, "The most famous cards, unusual and rare", which ,for some reason, amused me. I bought this deck about two years ago from a discount book shop, for the princely sum of £2.99


Ancestral Path Tarot (Tarot cards deck)
Ancestral Path Tarot (Tarot cards deck)
by Us Games
Edition: Cards

4.0 out of 5 stars Let the Ancestors Speak, 6 May 2012
This fully illustrated deck is so-called because it draws on cultural myths, beliefs and traditions past and present from across the globe, reminding us that one day we will be the ancestors of those yet to come. In the Major Arcana the 'Hanged Man' becomes the 'Hanged One', showing a foetus within the uterus, head down. The imagery of most of the Major cards is quite similar to that of the Rider-Waite, although the style is very different. I have already mentioned the 'Hanged One', and another card that is quite different is the 'Fool', which shows a modern-looking woman wearing a roll-neck jumper. She is sitting at a table spread with cards from this deck. Behind her is a mirror decorated with Punch and Judy images.

The Minor cards are similar to the Tarot of the Ages, in that each suit is based on individual cultures. The suit of Swords tells the story of the Japanese and Ainu cultures. The suit of Staves (Wands) is all about Egyptian culture. The suit of Cups, the Arthurian legends; and the suit of Sacred Circles (Pentacles) , the American Indian legends. In the Court cards, 'Page' becomes 'Princess'. There are some stunningly beautiful illustrations.

My favourite suit is the Sacred Circles, simply because there are many snow-scenes, and I like to see anything that has a 'snowy' setting, be it film, picture or postcard.


The Alchemical Tarot - Deck and Book set
The Alchemical Tarot - Deck and Book set
by Robert Michael Place
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!, 6 May 2012
This deck is fully-illustrated in the style of original Renaissance alchemical art, making it quite distinctive and immediately recognisable for what it is. There is an excellent book as part of this set in which Guiley and Place each write about their journeys that eventually led them to create this deck together. The book gives lots of interesting information, e.g. basic concepts of Alchemy; how Tarot and Alchemy come together; meditation and contemplation exercises; and more! But in spite of the esoteric nature of the Alchemical Tarot, the book is easy to follow and uses really down-to-earth interpretations of the cards, so don't be put off.

The cards of the Major Arcana are easily recognisable, although some of the depictions are worthy of particular note - e.g. 'the Devil' shows a two-headed person, half of which is female and the other half male, standing on top of a fiery dragon, which in turn is standing on top of a what appears to be a black winged eye-like symbol called the 'nigredo'; 'the Chariot' shows a back view, so that it is moving away rather than towards.

The suits of the Minor Arcana are Swords, Staffs, Vessels and Coins, whilst the Court Cards are Lady, Knight, King and Queen, along with many interesting and powerful illustrations.

Renaissance art isn't something that excites me, but I have to say that this deck is something special, and it is a great deck for anyone from beginner to adept. It's not necessary to use all the information in the book right from the start, but the possibilities to go deeper and further are there for anyone who is interested.


Pilot Supercolour Paint Marker Pen Pack of 2 - Gold and Silver
Pilot Supercolour Paint Marker Pen Pack of 2 - Gold and Silver
Offered by FiveBoys Stationery Ltd
Price: £4.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Standard, 22 April 2012
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These silver and gold pens are beautiful. I have written on polished black stone with them and the effect is stunning. Even using quite a bit of pressure, they are not showing any signs of wear. Although the ink doesn't dry instantly, like some of the other permanent markers, it takes only a short time and I highly recommend these value-for-money permanent markers.


The Devil's Dictionary
The Devil's Dictionary
Price: £0.00

4.0 out of 5 stars You Little Devil, You!, 22 April 2012
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I bought this 'dictionary' because it appealed to my sense of humour. It is the funniest book I have read in a long time, with it's interesting, often hilarious, twists on official definitions of many words and phrases in the English Language. My only criticism is that the font changes quite often, which is why I gave it four stars rather than five. However, that's a small price to pay for so many laughs. I never knew the devil could be so witty!


Compatible Black Laser Toner Cartridge for Brother HL2030
Compatible Black Laser Toner Cartridge for Brother HL2030
Offered by More Inks
Price: £8.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Brother!, 22 April 2012
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This is an excellent product, much cheaper than many other cartridges and definitely great value for money. When this one runs out, I will be buying another one. It was very well-packaged, which is, of course, really important with something like this. Highly recommended.


Song Bird
Song Bird
Price: £4.47

3.0 out of 5 stars Neither Best Nor Worst, 22 April 2012
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This review is from: Song Bird (Audio CD)
This is not one of Joan's best but nevertheless I do like it and consider it to be value for money. It has grown on me.


The Eagle and the Raven
The Eagle and the Raven
by Pauline Gedge
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I Will Never Know, 22 April 2012
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I was slightly disappointed when this book arrived as it was not in very good condition. I haven't read it as the print is really small, and I have consigned it to the 'Charity Shop' pile.


3M Portable Two in One Flip Chart and Dry Erase White Board Table Top Meeting Chart, 20 Sheets - 50 x 58cm
3M Portable Two in One Flip Chart and Dry Erase White Board Table Top Meeting Chart, 20 Sheets - 50 x 58cm
Price: £24.77

4.0 out of 5 stars Two Sides Of The Same Story, 22 April 2012
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This item is a really great size for table-top use. It folds out and stands alone really well, whilst folding completely flat for storage and transportation. It is quite robust but should, I think, be handled with care in order for it to last. The packaging it came in is excellent for protecting it between uses. Being double-sided for double uses is defintely good value for money.


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