Tag: oracles

Runes, by Laura Tuan

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

Wooden Rune Kit, by Laura Tuan and Lo Scarabeo
Kit: Wooden runes, accompanied by a book, Runes: The Gods’ Magical Alphabet, by Laura Tuan, Lo Scarabeo, distributed by Llewellyn Worldwide, 9780738713939, 64 pp, 2008

This set consists of 25 runes, a black bag, and a 64 page book. I have minor quibbles with some of the information contained in this book, as well as the inclusion of the 25th (blank) rune. However, before I explain what I object to I have to say that the runic set itself is well made, for the most part. The runes are burned into the surface of the wooden tiles rather lightly. In fact, the rune “Rado” is almost indistinguishable from “Wunjo” in the set I received. A slightly deeper burn would make them more durable in the long run, but perhaps the purchaser could make this modification themselves, as a way of putting their own energy into the runes.

In the traditional 24 runes of the futhark set there are Continue reading

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.

Carding explores the cards Continue reading

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

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

Review: Tattooed Tarot, by Pietro Alligo and Cristiano Spadoni

By Psyche | March 15, 2007 | Leave a comment

Tattooed Tarot, designed by Pietro Alligo and illustrated by Cristiano Spadoni
Cards: Lo Scarabeo, available from Llewellyn Worldwide, 0738710571, 78 (+2), 78 (+2)

The Tattooed Tarot consists of seventy-eight cards, with an additional cover card and advertisement for additional decks published by Lo Scarabeo. The cards are bordered in black, with the card name printed in six languages on the top and bottom edges. The reverse side depicts a mirror image of the two tigers found on the Five of Wands on a green and black design.

The tattoos of the trumps or major arcana of the deck take direct inspiration from the Tarot of Marseilles, with an additional emblem added to the illustration, usually in the upper right or left hand side of the card. For example, for the Fool the symbol is a feather, a broken pillar for Strength, and a globe for the World. Many also carry additional symbols in their hands, such as a rose for the Lovers, the Hermit depicts a man with a staff, and the Moon holds a lobster. The backgrounds for the trumps add a further dimension to the cards, such as the fairground shown in the Wheel of Fortune.

The suits of the minor arcana in the Tattooed Tarot are Chalices, Pentacles, Wands and Swords. Only the Aces depict the symbols of their suits, however, the backgrounds are colour-coded to make this distinction easier. For Chalices the backgrounds are turquoise, yellow for Pentacles, red for Wands and blue for Swords.

The tattoos for the Chalices are illustrated with water imagery such as dolphins, sharks and other fish; Pentacles depict more mythological and folklore with scarabs, dragons, and centaurs; Wands tend to be more primal with spiders, wolves and lions; and the Swords show more aggressive imagery, such as pirates, owls, and skulls. In general the elemental imagery in the minor arcana is strong; the tattoo for the Knight of Chalices depicts a man riding or wrestling a salamander in the ocean – a perfect image for a card which is elementally Fire of Water.

The cards of the minor arcana follow a pattern with the placement of tattoos on the body, for example, all Kings have Chinese ideograms on the back of their heads, Queens’ tattoos are on the nape of the deck, Knights on the right shoulder blade, and Knaves on the left. The images for the numbered cards appear lower on the body, for example, Fives depict their tattoos on the stomach.

The accompanying little white book contains brief notes on the symbols which appear in the cards, and one sample spread, called the Judge’s Diamond – it’s refreshing to see a layout other than the standard Celtic Cross presented.

With its modern yet lovely illustrations, the Tattooed Tarot would make an attractive addition to any collection.

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