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Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth
Tarot for Life: Reading the Cards for Everyday Guidance and Growth
by Paul Quinn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.13

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, Easy To Understand and Straight Forward, 4 Jan. 2010
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Rather than having to memorise multiple keywords for each Tarot card, Paul Quinn give detailed meanings for each card and makes them easily understandable through the use of story telling and by relating them to situations and easy to understand phrases which makes it easier to get an immediate 'feel' for the Tarot's meanings.

As well as giving detailed meanings for each card, Paul Quinn approaches the major Arcana (the first 21 cards) through the story of the 'Fool's Journey', which tells a tale about a naive and innocent boy (The Fool 0) who goes on an adventure meeting the people and situations in each card.

He also gives gives excellent examples of how a card would be interpreted in a reading, drawn from his experiences as a Tarot reader, as well as in depth advice and tips on reading, Tarot spreads to try, exercises and much more.

It's a well written, easy to understand, friendly and straight forward guide to the Tarot and I highly recommend it for beginners and for more experienced readers. It's definitely one of the better beginner books out there.

For the record, I don't think you can pick up any book and immediately become acquainted with the Tarot. You have to become familiar with all the cards over time, and as you do, things become clearer and a bigger picture forms. Paul Quinn gives a great start to forming that 'bigger picture'.


Native American Tarot
Native American Tarot
by Lo Scarabeo
Edition: Cards
Price: £17.27

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Tarot Used As A Platform For Understanding The Native American Culture, 3 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Native American Tarot (Cards)
If you want to learn Native American spirituality and culture then this deck has much to offer. If you want an easily readable Rider-Waite based deck then you might consider something else.

The artwork is beautiful, evocative and detailed and appears to be a very well researched deck in terms of Native American way of life and culture. Through the system of the Tarot you will learn how it applies to the Indian ways and beliefs.

This deck is based on the Rider-Waite structure but the imagery and symbolism is completely different to the Rider-Waite portrayal. This sounds stupid on my part because it is a Native American based deck but when I bought it I expected to see the Rider-Waite symbolism designed/integrated in Native American style.

For example, the 'Three of Chalices' is named 'Crow' and features a slightly fierce Crow in fligh. The LWB says "The divine trickster, responsible for creation....." This is very different to the usual Rider-Waite depiction and meaning of the 'Three of Cups'.

Some major Arcana card are slightly familiar with the 'Wheel of Fortune' named Medicine Wheel but quotes "The twelve sectors of the wheel, the seven arrows, the seven stars, and the guardians of the four directions; The world is a sacred geometric figure and the number is its representation".

If you have knowledge of Native American beliefs or are interested in learning about them, then this deck will bring a wealth of knowledge and information in a very enjoyable format. If you are looking for an easily readable, traditional, Rider-Waite based deck then you will find this deck extremely difficult to understand and use without study.

I gave it 3 stars purely because it wasn't what I wanted in a Tarot.


TAROT OF THE MASTER (cards)
TAROT OF THE MASTER (cards)
Price: £17.94

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle, Marseilles Style Deck, 3 Jan. 2010
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This deck was created and published in Turin in 1983 by a painter called Giovanni Vacchetta with the title "I Naibi di Giovanni Vacchetta" It has been coloured and published by Lo Scarabeo in Turin in 2002.

I love this deck. Vacchetta has incorporated his own symbolism into this a Marseilles style deck with beautiful, soft and gentle major Arcana and Court cards and partially illustrated minor Arcana cards.

The minor arcana cards display the suit symbols according to the number of the card and are decorated in accordance with the keyword that is given to the card. For example, the 'Eight of Bastoni' (Wands) has the keyword 'Gathering' and features eight intertwined sticks decorated with purple and blue ribbons, a basket filled with fruit and corn with a shovel and fork propped against it.

The LWB gives the historical background of the deck and Major arcana meanings according to the Marseilles tradition and Vacchetta's interpretation of the card. For example. The Moon (Dream) "Vacchetta proposes the neoclassical icon of Artemis/Diana the hunter, preserving the crab used in Marseilles iconography while the dog is transformed into a hunting hound". The card sees a beautiful women, with revealed bosom and a soft purple dress set in front of a crescent moon and a crab set next to it. A lithe dog, ready for action strains at the leash held effortlessly by Diana.

The LWB discusses the meaning of the suits in some length but does not list the minor Arcana is its meanings. Its also offers some exercises and a spread called 'The Bridge'.

It is adaptable for those who like to stick to the Rider-Waite system and have a fairly good knowledge of it. It would be most suitable for those who are familiar with both the Marseilles and Rider-Waite symbolism. It also lends itself to a new system based on it own keyword meaning for each card.

This deck is one of my favourites, its a nice, simple deck which allows for examination into Vacchetta's symbolism and allows for uncluttered and intuitive reading.


The Archeon Tarot Premier Edition
The Archeon Tarot Premier Edition
by Timothy Lantz
Edition: Cards

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Deck, 1 Jan. 2010
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This deck is interesting, intriguing and enjoyable but I cannot quite work out whether its full of symbolism and hidden meaning or whether it primarily artistic flair.

It is based on the Rider-Waite but where I suspect it attempts to expand on the symbolism, it instead comes across in a sometimes vague manner. But! I might be missing the point, because there does appear to be symbolism going on the cards, it's just a bit hard to make it out and understand it, perhaps because the details aren't all that clear, or because it's very subtle in its communication.

I think it would be better suited to someone who is familiar with the Rider-Waite and would be OK for serious reading.

The standard sized, glossy cards come in their own box with LWB and are presented in a 'sleeve' box with a layout sheet for readings.


UNIVERSAL GODDESS TAROT (cards)
UNIVERSAL GODDESS TAROT (cards)
Offered by Book Depository
Price: £14.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Enjoyment For Goddess Followers and Tarot Readers., 31 Dec. 2009
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If you follow Goddess orientated religions and spiritualities than you will find twice the enjoyment with this deck.

Although this type of cartoonish artwork is quite common, this deck makes up for it by being integrated fairly well with Rider-Waite symbolism, although not all cards will be obvious when compared to it and will need some degree of Goddess knowledge to appreciate it straight away. The imagery is full, bright and evocative with each Goddeses familiar to their typical (universal) portrayals. The LWB names each Goddess with a short description of her symbolism.

Its a good little deck which does what it say on the box, but, in my opinion, doesn't make the grade for serious reading or for beginners. But would be good for Goddess study, meditation, personal readings etc.


Tarot of the Magical Forest
Tarot of the Magical Forest
by Hsu Chin Chun
Edition: Cards
Price: £19.02

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Just A Cute Deck, 30 Dec. 2009
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This deck adheres to Rider-Waite symbolism closely and yet offers new insight and perspective through its symbolic use of animals. The animals are cute and communicative with a touch of seriousness, and perhaps something darker (I think its in the eyes). Its easy to understand, friendly yet oddly to point. Would be suitable for a beginner.

Comes in usual Lo Scarabeo format of standard sized, strong laminated cards in their own box.


The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot
The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot
by Karen Mahony
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Enjoyable and Easy To Understand Tarot, 30 Dec. 2009
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Magic Realist press have a unique and wonderful way of making pictures that fascinate, intrigue and which give a good feeling inside.

The pictures were made using the drawings of famous artist J Granville and feature humanized animals in bright and colourful costumes and scenery. It's full of life, amusement and wisdom. Based on the Rider-Waite deck, the 'Fantastic Menagerie' is very easy to understand for the beginner, and offers new insight and perspective for the experienced reader. It's a very enjoyable deck.

As usual, the cards are accompanied by a beautifully bound, in-depth book which explains the picture and meaning of each card in detail. The cards are a good size with a matt finish, although not very robust. The book and deck come in an easily accessible box and one extra, special card.

I highly recommend this kit.


Tarot of the Secret Forest
Tarot of the Secret Forest
by Pietro Alligo
Edition: Cards
Price: £20.98

5.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting and Engaging Deck, 29 Dec. 2009
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From afar the imagery looks kind of bleak and subdued but look closely and you indeed enter a deep and magical world. These cards create a silent yet talkative place and lets you journey in a new imaginative realm. The card are unique because they contain artwork on both sides, one side in full colour and a near reflection in black and white. I say near reflection because the black and white side has slight differences which will engage you even more. The cards do not always reflect Rider-Waite symbolism in an obvious way because we are looking through the eyes of a secret forest but the cards do communicate the RW system in a more insightful way, if perhaps a more subtler way.

A very interesting and engaging deck and one that needs time to be studied and thought about. Its not immediately readable and might not be good for a newbie but is definitely one worth buying.


The Housewives Tarot
The Housewives Tarot
by Paul Kepple
Edition: Cards
Price: £15.49

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Ingenious And So True?, 29 Dec. 2009
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I got this deck despite my (feminist?) disgust at the stereotypical housewife portrayal but on close scrutiny this deck is very witty and clever. The 'Housewives' take on the Rider-Waite deck is very cleverly done and so true. We don't like to view ourselves as the housewives this deck portrays but if you think about it we still are! (we're just not *expected* to do it anymore) and this is what makes this deck so easy to understand and bond with, the housework part anyway!

Despite the 1950's art the 'Housewives Tarot' brings tarot to the 20th century with it's imagery and symbolism still as relevant in today's home as it was back then. In an odd kind of way the Housewives Tarot is quite refreshing and has made the standard tarot look a bit stereotypical and dull! This deck is a novelty, very easy to understand and a deck for serious reader. It has hidden depths despite its perhaps controversial design.

The cards are fairly cardboardy with a un-laminated matt finish and would need to be looked after to keep them from spoiling. I think if they were heavily laminated it would ruin their appeal. The cards come in a robust, recipe index style box with a removable lid and a well written LWB which is also stylized in true housewife fashion.


The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot kit (Boxed Set)
The Baroque Bohemian Cats' Tarot kit (Boxed Set)
by Karen Mahony
Edition: Cards

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound, Fun and Easy to Understand, 29 Dec. 2009
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Magic Realist press have a wonderful way of making images that fascinate, intrigue and make you feel good!

Although this deck is based on cats wearing fancy costumes and who are placed in human poses and situations, this deck is very easy to understand and yet deep in meaning. It would offer additional insights for those who keep to the Rider-Waite tradition. The cats, costumes, backgrounds and props are so stunning and vibrant, I want to step into the card to experience it!

This deck is accompanied by a beautifully bound in-depth book, which explains, in detail, the imagery and the meaning of the card. The cards are a good size, with a matt finish but not very robust. The deck and book comes in an easily accessible box. It comers with one extra, special card too.

Given that I'm not keen on cats but love this deck, I imagine that someone who does love cats would indeed fall madly in love with it! Recommended for all, for beginners and experienced readers.


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