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Review: The Anubis Oracle, by Nicki Scully and Linda Star Wolf

By Psyche | January 10, 2009 | 1 comment

The Anubis Oracle: A Journey into the Shamanic Mysteries of Egypt, by Nicki Scully and Linda Star Wolf, illustrated by Kris Waldherr
Bear & Company, 9781591430902, 165 pp., 2008

The Anubis Oracle contains a deck of thirty-five cards and a companion booklet bearing the same name as the kit.

Loosely inspired by Egyptian iconography, the illustrations in the deck are quite sweet with the same serene, soft imagery that helped make Kris Waldherr’s earlier Goddess Tarot Deck so popular. Continue reading


Tarot and Accuracy

By Psyche | December 8, 2008 | Leave a comment

A woman who reads playing cards recently acquired her first tarot deck, and made inquiries on a forum I participate in as to the difference in accuracy between the two, and the “difficulty”.

Frankly, such questions are frustrating as they are not terribly meaningful in and of themselves, but as someone who reads cards professionally myself (I’ve read tarot cards for more than ten years, and I read for various clients, at corporate events, private parties and fundraisers, as well as lecture on the subject), I can attest that they are common. It might help if we first separate fortune-telling from divination. Continue reading


Review: Tarot for the New Aeon, by P. C. Tarantino

By Psyche | May 6, 2008 | Leave a comment

Tarot For The New Aeon (A Practical Guide to the Power and Wisdom of the Thoth Tarot), by P.C. Tarantino
Alternative Insights Publishing, 9780976618409, 402 pp. (incl. endnotes, appendices, and bibliography), 2007

In the introduction Tarantino describes the aim of the present book, noting that “While this book respects the original spirit of Crowley’s work, it has been crafted to make his timeless illuminations readily accessible to the modern reader.” This sounds promising, but ultimately Tarantino cannot deliver.

Tarantino claims that tarot is “an Egyptian word meaning ‘Royal Road’” though this has repeatedly been demonstrated to be the strange invention of an eighteenth century Frenchman whose etymological fabrications were eccentric to say the least. Continue reading


Review: The Thoth Companion, by Michael Osiris Snuffin

By Psyche | February 10, 2008 | Leave a comment

The Thoth Companion: The Key to the True Symbolic Meaning of the Thoth Tarot, by Michael Osiris Snuffin
Llewellyn Worldwide, 9780738711928, 216 pp. (incl. appendix, glossary, bibliography and index), 2007

The Crowley-Harris Thoth Tarot is perhaps the second most popular tarot deck after the Rider-Waite-Smith. Conceived and executed towards the end of Crowley’s life, the Thoth Tarot distills some fifty years of magickal study and practice. Its densely packed occult symbolism is not easily obtained from his treatise on the subject, Book of Thoth, as it assumes a high familiarity with a variety of esoteric disciplines. Several books have been written endeavouring to illuminate its significance; The Thoth Companion represents the most recent attempt. Continue reading


Review: The Housewives Tarot, by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum

By Psyche | March 17, 2007 | 1 comment

The Housewives tarot: A Domestic Divination Kit with Deck and Instruction Book, by Paul Kepple & Jude Buffum
Cards: Quirk Books, Quirk Books, 78 cards, 96 pp. booklet, 2004

The Housewives Tarot consists of 78 cards, 22 trumps or major arcana and 56 minor arcana. The cards come in a mock recipe box, complete with actual recipes on the tabs that separate the minor and major arcana, and instruction booklet. The cards are styled as pure fifties kitsch; charming and often irreverent with clever interpretations of traditional modern esoteric tarot symbolism. Continue reading


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