Tag: Art

Transparent Tarot, by Emily Carding

By Gesigewigu's | May 22, 2009 | Leave a comment

The Transparent Tarot, by Emily Carding
Schiffer Books, 9780764330032, 280 pp., 72 cards, 2008

Emily Carding provides a rather extensive book with her tarot deck, I felt I would cover them together. It’s nice to see a deck that’s published without the dreaded “little white book”. The Transparent Tarot comes with a book that’s nearly three hundred pages long, a book that’s appreciated even as a seasoned tarot reader, and would be invaluable if this deck happened to be someone’s first.

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Review: Mithras Reader, Volume 1, edited by Payam Nabarz

By Mike Gleason | February 1, 2009 | Leave a comment

Mithras Reader: An academic and religious journal of Greek, Roman, and Persian Studies, Volume 1, edited by Payam Nabarz
Twin Serpents Ltd., 9781905524099, 2006

This book, the first in an ongoing series, is divided into three sections. The first section in composed of academic papers. The second is filled with Mithraic-based art work and the final section is devoted to articles by modern practitioners. As such, there is a unifying theme, even while there are divergent views.

The series is dedicated to all the religions of the classical world in their varying aspects. Obviously, however, there is a bias towards Continue reading

Welcome to SN 2.0

By | October 31, 2008 | Leave a comment

Spiral Nature's New Logo

Spiral Nature's New Logo

SpiralNature.com is an occult resource dedicated to occult philosophy and metaphysics, alternative spiritualities, and practical magick.

Since its inception in 2000, SpiralNature.com has retained the same look and feel.  (To see past versions of the site, check out SpiralNature.com on the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.) It was quite dated in terms of its look and its functionality.

This is the first time in SpiralNature.com’s eight year history it’s received a  make-over – indeed, a complete restructuring.

Along with the new design and new logo comes better navigation and new ways explore to SN’s archives.  Clicking on the items in the menu on the left shows you everything Continue reading

Review: Our Gods Wear Spandex, by Christopher Knowles

By Psyche | December 23, 2007 | 1 comment

Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes, by Christopher Knowles, illustrated by Joseph Michael Lisner
Weiser Books, 1578634067, 233 pp. (incl. bibliography and index), 2007

Much of the early praise makes reference to Joseph Campbell and this influence is indeed clear. Our Gods Wear Spandex takes a look at classical mythology (ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman in particular) and draws comparisons between comic characters and themes, starting with the earliest comics and moving right through to contemporary comics.

Observing the genealogy of myths, Knowles writes: Continue reading

The Book of Kaos, by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule

By Psyche | February 3, 2007 | Leave a comment

The Book of Kaos, by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
The Book of Kaos, by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Cards: Inspirational Ink Multimedia Press, 80 cards & 38 page booklet, 2004

First released in a limited edition of 111 decks in 1991 as the Bohemian Tarot, this 2004 edition has seen a number of revisions. Many of the major arcana were redrawn, and the deck received a new title: The Book of Kaos. The deck consists of 80 cards; the usual 78, with two versions of The Lover/s (VI) and two versions of Pan/Baphomet (XV, traditionally, The Devil).

The images in The Book of Kaos are gorgeous, drawn in pen and ink, but are not consistent in size; boarders differ, and some cards are lacking boarders entirely. Strength (XI) is printed in landscape, while the remaining cards are presented in traditional portrait format.

The major arcana uses Roman numerals, except for cards 8 and 0 which use Arabic numerals depicting a snake eating its own tail. The suit symbols for the minor arcana are Staves, Cups, Swords and Pentacles, and each depicts a line drawing of the symbol at the bottom of the card, with the card number in Roman numerals in the centre.

The rear image depicts the fiddle-playing Fool (0), dancing on the wheel of chaos portrayed in the Wheel of Fortune (X). Shuffling the deck the Fool rides the wheel – a lovely touch, though the cards are large for my hands, making shuffling awkward.

This tarot is well named; the illustrations are raw, primal, and occasionally violent. Some are disturbing, others delightful, but all are powerfully evocative. Many images are clearly inspired by the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot, but modernized with figures depicting punks, drugs and fringe culture. While some are stark, many of the cards are quite dense, rich in symbolism with allusions to Egyptian, Norse, tribal and sabbatic traditions.

The 38 page booklet that accompanies the deck is packed with information and keywords, and while I don’t always agree with the interpretations given, this peek into the mind of the deck’s creator is interesting.

Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule has created a wonderful and evocative tarot, and I highly recommended it as both a divinatory and magical tool.

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