Japaridze Tarot Card Deck Review

Introduction The Japaridze Tarot Card Deck has been created by the contemporary, surrealist artist Nino Japaridze. Born in 1961, in Tbilisi, Georgia, Nino Japaridze is a talented artist. She has widely exhibited her works since her childhood. After completing her studies in the Fine Arts Academy, she moved to Paris and began exhibiting her work all across Europe. Today, she works and lives in Paris with her daughter, Anna. The Cards As soon as you open the beautiful box that the cards come in, you will realize the amount of care that was taken to create a beautiful home for these exquisite cards. The first thing you will probably do after you pull out the book (about which I shall talk in a bit), is look at the images of the cards. I simply couldn’t stop myself from gasping aloud at the beauty of these images. Perhaps it is my innate love of surrealistic art, but as I looked at each card, I felt that I could so easily get lost into the vast landscape of the world depicted within these images. As I looked and looked, I could sense the depth of thought and sincere efforts that went into the making of these cards. Nino Japaridze has used a beautiful blend of oil, acrylic, gouache, ink and collage to create some really wonderful imagery. And you can tell that she’s spent a considerable amount of time understanding the deeper aspects of the symbolism and system of Tarot. Technical Aspects The cards measure 3” X 5.25” and the box is a sturdy case measuring at 4.5” X 6.5”. The... read more

Ancient Egyptian Tarot Deck

The Ancient Egyptian Tarot Deck by Clive Barrett (or the AET, as it is often called in the Tarot world), has been one of my most favorite Tarot card decks. Ever since I bought it many years ago, I have been in love with it! So, it is with great pleasure that I am going to write a review of this amazing Tarot card deck today! A Tarot card deck themed on Egyptian Mythology, the Ancient Egyptian Tarot deck has been lovingly created by by author, illustrator and sculptor Clive Barrett, who has painted the images that we seen on these cards. The Cards The size of the cards of the Ancient Egyptian Tarot deck is approx. 7.25 inches X 4.8 inches. They are easy to handle and shuffle, and I am quite comfortable using them in readings. According to Clive Barrett’s interview on the Aeclectic Tarot, each card of the AET took about 40 hours to complete, right from the rough sketches to the final painting! The deck follows the Rider-Waite-Smith structure, where Trump 8 is Strength and Trump 11 is Justice, which I am quite happy with, since I am pretty used to this structure. The backs of the cards, however, are not reversible. However, since the design is a bit busy, you can ignore that and read with these cards in the reverse too! The Book Along with the Ancient Egyptian Tarot deck, you will receive a very well written book that explains each aspect of the card. This book is also written by Clive Barrett. A very informative book, it talks about the different aspects of reading the Tarot cards,... read more

The Mythic Tarot

The Mythic Tarot deck is themed around Greek Mythology. With all kinds of stories from Greek Mythology converging in both the Major and Minor cards, it makes sense that this is the deck to have if you are a big fan of Greek Myth. Conversely, it also makes sense that this deck is not for those who aren’t fond of Greek myths. But, if you are looking to get a great head start into the subject, and especially via the route of the Tarot, then it is an absolute must to have this deck with you! Greek Mythology has played a very important part in the development of the Western Psyche. Simple common words (psyche included) owe their origins to these Greek Myths. And the Mythic Tarot does an absolutely fantastic job of bringing all of the elements that are integral to these myths – the intriguing stories, the stellar star cast, and the interwoven plot lines – all together into these wonderful cards. The Mythic Tarot deck is a joint creation by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene, and the cards are illustrated by Tricia Newell. The Cards The cards of the Mythic Tarot deck are very easy to hold on to and shuffle, being 4.5 inches wide and 7.75 inches tall. The backs of the cards are reversible, which makes it simpler for when I use them in a reading. I love how they are easy to handle during readings. The Book If you buy the Mythic Tarot Kit, you get a deck and a very nice book along with it. The book is a lot more than your... read more

Pagan Tarot

I have had the Pagan Tarot Deck with me since a few years now, and every time I look at the cards, I find myself amazed and intrigued by their images. In this deck, we see the ups and downs of the everyday and spiritual life of a modern day witch, a young woman. The deck features art work by Luca Raimondo and coloring by Cristinao Spadoni. The book that accompanies the deck (if you buy the kit), is written by Gina M. Pace. This deck is published by Lo Scarabeo. The Cards The cards in the Pagan Tarot Deck are 7.25 inches in length and 4 inches in width. They handle pretty well while shuffling. However, the back of the cards is not reversible – in that, it shows the image of the ‘World’ card from the deck, and thus one can easily make out a reversed card while one pulls them out for a reading. The essential pattern of the Pagan Tarot Deck does match a lot with the Rider-Waite-Smith system, with the Strength card being Trump 8 and Justice being Trump 11. Also, in the tradition and style of Lo Scarabeo decks, the Pagan Tarot deck also has the translations of the names of the cards featured at the bottom of the image. The Book If you look for the Pagan Tarot Deck on Amazon.Com, you will likely end up with an option to buy the ‘kit’ or to buy the ‘mini’ version. I would genuinely recommend getting the ‘kit’ because with it, you’ll end up getting the very nice book written by Gina M. Pace. The... read more

The Druidcraft Tarot Deck

The pictures in Tarot card decks are centered on a particular theme, and often follow either the Rider-Waite-Smith system or the Thoth system. The Druidcraft Tarot Deck is based on the themes of Wicca and Druidry and follows the Rider-Waite-Smith system. Created by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm, and Will Worthington, these exquisite cards have been a favorite of mine ever since I got them many years ago. If you are curious, you can visit the deck’s website and even read an interview with the authors. There are some other interesting things on the site that you can also read about. Meanwhile, lets just dive into the review of these really brilliant cards. The Cards The cards of the Druidcraft Tarot Deck are larger than your usual Tarot card decks. As it is, the Tarot cards are a bit bigger in size compared to your regular playing cards (they measure about 8 ½ inches X 5 ½ inches), making them a bit difficult to handle for beginners. However, if you do read the cards regularly then you might be used to the larger size. But the cards of the Druidcraft deck are even larger in size, and make the shuffling process quite tough and makes for difficult handling. When I use this deck, I generally avoid shuffling them by hand. Rather, I just put all the cards face down in a pile and mix them up by hand, on my spread cloth. The LWB / The Book The Druidcraft Deck comes accompanied by a 192-page book that is really well written. For those among us who are not conversant with... read more

Ask The Queens Advice Card Deck

I haven’t really much experience with using Oracle and Advice Card Decks. So when I got the ‘Ask The Queens Advice Card Deck’, I was very enthusiastic for trying it out. For the past few months, I have been patiently trying this deck. I have consulted it when I have gone through the typical ups-and-downs and have received some interesting answers from this deck. Let me tell you more about my experience with this very intriguing deck. The ‘Ask The Queens Advice Card Deck’ is adapted from the ‘Doomed Queens: Royal Women Who Met Bad Ends, From Cleopatra to Princess Di’ deck. Both these decks have been created by Kris Waldherr. And if you are interested in a quick and interesting online reading from the Queens in the deck I am reviewing today, you can visit www.AskTheQueens.com and have some fun! The Cards The ‘Ask The Queens Advice Card Deck’ is definitely not your standard Tarot card deck by any means. This deck contains 40 different cards. Each of these cards has a picture of a Queen and a speech bubble with her advice. Right below it is a little excerpt about that Queen’s life (and eventual demise). The advice in the speech bubble is pretty much the advice that that particular Queen would give you – and if you read her history, you’ll get what I mean. The cards are about 6.5 inches wide and 8.5 inches long. So they are a bit larger than your standard Tarot cards. It takes some effort to shuffle ‘em, but it’s not that hard either. The card stock is also pretty... read more

Tarot of The New Vision

The Tarot of The New Vision is a very stunning, and different take on the imagery of the Rider-Waite-Smith deck. See, with the RWS images, you are seeing something – but the Tarot of the New Vision images show you what is on the other side of that image. Makes for a pretty interesting learning and reading experience, if you ask me. The deck features artwork by Raul and Gianluca Cestaro. If you buy the book and deck kit, then you will also get a fully illustrated book that was written by Giordano Berti, Tiberio Gonard, Raul and Gianluca Cestaro. So lets have a look at this wonderful deck created by Lo Scarabeo. The Cards As Tarot cards go, these cards are a decent size to hold and shuffle. And the back of the deck is reversible, which is good for those of us who also do readings with Reversed cards. As I mentioned before, these cards show us the RWS images from a totally different perspective. For example, we’ve all seen The Magician from the front in the RWS imagery. But, did you know what was behind him? Well, this deck shows you that, and much more. Naturally, the imagery is based on intuitive inspiration of the Deck’s creator, Pietro Alligo. The LWB and The Book The deck also comes packed with a LWB (Little White Book). As is the case with every Lo Scarabeo deck, the LWB looks bulky because it has the interpretations in English, Italian, Spanish, French and German. Honestly speaking, there isn’t much that one can gain from the LWB. If you really want to gain... read more
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