The Mandala Astrological Tarot Misc. Supplies – 6 Oct 2009
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Mandala Astrological Tarot is a unique synthesis
The Mandala Astrological Tarot is a unique synthesis of tarot and astrology. Its original artwork brings mandala magic to its potent symbolism of the ages. Even beginner's knowledge of astrology will enable you to swim the depths of ancient wisdom. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Discover the meaning of past, present and future – an entirely new approach combining the art of astrology with the magic of Tarot.
Every tarot pack carries many layers of meaning, illustrated through the cards in a pictorial, symbolic language. 'The Mandala Astrological Tarot' is unusual in that it does not use human personifications, but instead portrays the tableaux of the Egyptian mystery temples with all their imagery and colour. Each of the 72 cards is presented as a circular mandala – an Eastern term for a consecrated place. Meditation upon any card enables the reader to discover the inner meaning of the mandala, to identify with the forces of the universe and contact their own psychic power.
These mandala are combined with the ancient psychological and archetypal language of astrology, which gives the tarot its structure. The two elements combine to form a tarot of unique vitality and power. The accompanying book explains the cards in a clear, accessible way, and the tarot as a whole offers an exceptionally attractive system that serves both as a method of divination, and as a stimulating meditation for anyone questing after a deeper understanding of life's processes.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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The pack includes a card deck on fairly solid card stock which stands up to shuffling well, the back of the cards depicts a nice sacred geometry pattern on a plain black background. The accompanying paper back book is 158 pages long and contains the card meanings, sample readings and a couple of layouts to try plus gives information about the deck. Now despite the size and length of the book the individual meanings of the minor arcana are described in just a few keywords which may not appeal to you if you require or prefer an indepth explanation.Read more ›
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Anyway...this deck is one that I really enjoyed right off the bat, even though I didn't use it exactly in the way it's intended (but that has more to do with my personality than anything.)
At the risk of rambling on and on I'd like to divide the deck's attributes into 'things I liked' and 'things that I didn't like or were confusing to me' to make this less complicated:
Things I Liked:
*I enjoyed the concept of an astrological deck. I have a few decks which utilize astrology and since I have an interest in astrology I find this a nice added layer of meaning.
*I love the ability read the cards as left, right, upright and reversed. I particularly liked the idea of cards representing either as originating from the self or outside of the self. This makes reading court cards SO much easier, which has been a struggle for me, despite reading for nearly twelve years with the tarot on a near-daily basis.
*Despite making it harder to shuffle in a traditional sense, I like the square shape and the clean, simple artwork.
*I like the fact that you can either delve deeply into the astrological symbolism or not, depending on how you're feeling that day.
*I like that this would be good for astrology novices or advanced astrology students, alike. I'm somewhere in the middle.
*I like the somewhat unexpected meanings of the cards, which add an interesting twist to the readings I've done with the cards.
Things I found somewhat challenging:
*The square shape, which was visually appealing, was hard to shuffle, but really it wasn't a big deal to me.
*The unusual astrological meanings are difficult to learn if you're accustomed to traditional tarot meanings (which I am) and I found myself constantly struggling not to apply the 'normal' tarot meanings...however...I did come up with a system of applying both, and it actually works really well! If you are not familiar with traditional tarot card meanings then you won't struggle with this at all.
*There's a bit more of a learning curve (again, see comment above about the meanings) but I do think it's worth it.
Overall I would say this deck is now in my top 5 favorite decks, and I own more than 30, and have owned more than that (I've given away quite a few.) Appreciating tarot decks is a very individual sport. Everyone has their own personal tastes in both artwork and descriptions. I think this is a very worthwhile deck that would be a great change of pace from the tried and true but sometimes boring Rider-Waite clone.
Upon final review, I've decided to give it a full five stars, even though this deck is not 'perfect' I think it fulfills its duties and even exceeds expectations. I don't demand perfection from my decks...just personality, knowledge and a good reading, which this deck provides in spades!
Whether you like a tarot deck is a matter of preference, but I like this one. The artwork is appropriate and uses relevant symbolism. I really like the way Mann used his extensive body of knowledge about esoteric subjects and manifested some of the ideas in this deck.
The cards are square, and difficult to shuffle out of the box. I can look past this, however, just make sure the cards are mixed sufficiently when doing a reading. Not only can the cards be read as upright or reversed, they can be read "left" (ascendant) or "right" (descendant). So you have a deeper level of answering a question or seeing a querent's situation, more possibilities. The cards also have a small book to aid in interpretation.
I don't know why Mann seemed to have switched the elements for Wands and Swords. Usually I think of Wands as Air and Swords as Fire, but he used Fire for Wands and Air for Swords. Well, I'll roll with it...this deck has enormous possibilities for creating your own type of readings. The major arcana cards list the associated planets and signs of the zodiac, and the minor arcana lists the elements. So it very much shows how astrology and tarot are intertwined and makes it much easier to use both in a tarot reading. I am very impressed with this deck, after using it. Price is decent too.