Archive for April, 2008

Choose your card for the week of 4/27/08

April 27, 2008

Choose your card for the week from Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot. When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. Let us know which card you chose. Post a comment!

If you want to buy the Thoth deck, I recommend finding an out-of-print “White Box” edition by Lewellyn, or an in-print Swiss “Blue Box” edition by AGMuller. Tarot Garden is a good source. My understanding is that the U.S. Games editions have a green cast to them that wasn’t originally intended. Note that the early “White Box” edition does not have a decorative border.

For a good book on the Thoth deck, check out Lon Milo DuQuette’s, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot.

The Tarot-to-Go podcast, now hosted at the Tarot Pathways blog has a great interview with DuQuette about how the Thoth artist, Lady Frieda Harris ended up collaborating with Crowley.

XVII: The Star, Two of Swords: Peace, Four of Wands, Completion

Four of Disks: Power, XIV: Art, XVI: The Tower

Choose your card for the week of 4/13/08

April 13, 2008

Choose your card for the week from the Gypsy Lore Fortune Telling Cards—they’re not tarot cards, but I can’t resist.

When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. Let us know what card you chose. Post a comment!

I have a great interest in the 1920s and was quite excited when I first saw this deck online. I was fortunate to be able to get it on eBay. I wish I had more information about it. It doesn’t have a copyright date, and I haven’t found many references to it. If anyone knows anything about this deck, please let write in. In any case, it’s certainly reflects the conventional culture of its time.

Text around the edges of the cards:

Bachelor: Trust, but not blindly. A new acquaintance is trustworthy. An engagement will be broken because of you.

End: There is sunshine behind the clouds. Live your own life. Your troubles will soon disappear.

Worry: Worrying will not help. Do your best. A turn for the better. Inconsequential worries through relatives or friends.

Gossip: You have people near you who are not true to you. Do not talk too much—listen. Unpleasant event but temporary.

Argument: Beware the sorrow you will cause someone by what you are planning to do. Someone is tempting the one you have. A family counsel with you or about you.

Publicity: Resist coming temptations. Notoriety through jealousy. Slander or scandal—be careful.

Deviant Moon Tarot

April 12, 2008

I was just over at The Tarot Channel blog where I was introduced to the Deviant Moon Tarot, a new deck scheduled to be released next month by U.S. Games. The artwork for this deck is stunning, surreal, dark, and wonderfully frightening. It guarantees to seep into the subconscious. I thought you all might want to read the interview with Patrick Valenza, the deck creator and visit his website. You can pre-order this deck at Amazon and at The Tarot Garden. I’m going to go pre-order mine right now!

Choose your card for the week of 4/6/08

April 5, 2008

Baseball season is here! The San Francisco Giants Opening Day is April 7, and in honor of their biggest fans—my mom and my brother—I thought I would invite you to choose your card of the week from the Tarot of Baseball by Robert Kasher and Beverly Ransom.

When making your selection, don’t worry about what the cards mean. Base your choice on the pictures—the stories they tell and how they make you feel. Let us know what card you chose. Post a comment!

Featured below are cards from the major arcana. The fully illustrated suit cards correspond with more traditional decks as follows: Bats = Wands, Gloves = Cups, Balls = Swords, and Caps = Pentacles. The court cards also follow the baseball theme: The Umpire, The Pitcher, The Coach, and The Manager.

Sadly, this deck is no longer in print, though there is currently one up for bid on eBay. A few used decks are also available on Amazon.
Tarot of Baseball, The Fool Tarot of Baseball, The Hanged Man Tarot of Baseball, The High Priestess

Tarot of Baseball, Judgement Tarot of Baseball, The Lovers Tarot of Baseball, Strength

Images from Tarot of Baseball is reproduced with permission from U.S. Games, Inc.