Review Roundup: March 2011

It's a review round up. Here are the reviews we know about from the month of March. Please email your review link when you do a review of a U.S. Games Systems Inc. deck. We want to share it on our Facebook (URL) and Twitter. Come join us there as well.

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© March 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Sun And Moon Tarot Review

Sun And Moon Tarot review by Janet Boyer (reposted with permission)

“Tarot is a powerful tool for gaining access to deeper layers of the subconscious, and to learn from the immense knowledge of the collective conscience [sic]. The Sun and the Moon Tarot considers universal archetypes and cultural symbols, and also incorporates the artist’s own personal symbols.” – Vanessa Decort, creator of the Sun and Moon Tarot.

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Like the Universe itself, much of the card imagery from the Sun and Moon Tarot depicts “empty space”. But “empty” doesn’t mean without beauty, especially within this deck.

In fact, in those cards where 75% of the image is softly hued blankness, this artistic choice serves as a focal point—a visual rest stop before the eyes drop down to the “meat” of the Tarot image.

That “meat”, while not bulky, consists of minimalist depictions of animals, insects, suit symbols and motifs that often illustrate the bottom quarter of the card. Along with the faceless people dotting this Tarot landscape, the spare details are nevertheless telling.

Measuring approximately 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches, the cards of the Sun and Moon Tarot feature white borders on the front, with a reversible black-and-white lotus symbol on back. Various alchemical symbols and Hebrew letters are painted within the imagery (Minors and Majors respectively), with the Courts following the Princess, Prince, Queen and King designation.

The playful illustrations are almost childlike, with the canvas showing through in many of the card images. Some people may not like that aspect, but I think it adds an underlying softness to the depictions. Another detail that some may find off-putting is the inclusion of keywords on the Twos through the Tens. (I’ve always found them limiting, no matter what the deck.)

Replete with astrological, mythological, Kabbalistic, alchemical and archetypal considerations, the Little White Book provides more depth than the typical LWB, but it’s not geared to those new to Tarot, so actual interpretations and practical applications of the cards are pretty much nonexistent.

Intermittently, I’ve used the Sun and Moon Tarot for months now, and while I don’t find it a chatty deck, it does deliver a clean, concise and accurate message. However, if you want an actual “conversation”, you may need to draw three or more cards!

Unusual and refreshing, the Sun and Moon Tarot will appeal to enthusiasts who appreciate uncluttered, low-key, straightforward decks. Its non-scary illustrations would also serve children well, not to mention the client or Tarot newbie who gets spooked by some of the traditional Tarot imagery. (Note: it has one of the best Death cards EVER!)  

Below are 18 images from the Sun and Moon Tarot:

SunMoonEmpress SunMoonEmperor SunMoonHierophant

SunMoonLovers SunMoonChariot SunMoonJustice

SunMoonWheel SunMoonDeath SunMoonDevil

SunMoonStar SunMoonUniverseSunMoon8Swords

SunMoon6Pentacles SunMoon7Cups SunMoon4Wands

SunMoonQSwords SunMoonBack SunMoon1Pentacles

 

BIO: Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot and the forthcoming Tarot in Reverse (Schiffer Books, 2012). A prolific reviewer, her web home is http://JanetBoyer.com

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Mystery Deck: What deck am I?

Time for a round of "guess that deck" .

Here are the images. Let's hear your guesses!

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If you use an image locater (you know who you are! lol), please don't post your answer for at least 8 hours to give others a chance to guess. 🙂

© March 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.

Portrait of the Inner Child

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays – even if I am only a little bit Irish! While it is actually a religious holiday, recognizing St. Patrick as one of the patron saints of Ireland, in modern times it is more a celebration of Irish culture. The wearing of the shamrock (and the color green in general), drinking green beer and serving corned beef and cabbage are all ways in which this holiday is now celebrated.

It is said that St. Patrick used the shamrock, with its three leaves, to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people. It was here in the United States that the first parades were held in honor of St. Patrick – largely to make a political statement. Today the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is one of joy and merriment – eating, drinking and dancing to honor the Irish, but to also honor the "spirit of the Irish" within each of us. That spirit is our ability to gather in community and allow our inner child to come out and play. I thought that it might be interesting to work with a couple of "inner child" spreads that are more for play than for wisdom (although true play brings with it its own form of wisdom), in honor of the joyous nature of St. Patrick’s Day.

I decided to sketch a portrait of the inner child in each of us. For this purpose, I placed the Major Arcana and each of the four suits in separate piles. I defined them as follows:

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Video Review: Archeon Tarot

Sometimes I happen across great reviews. I wanted to share this one with you. Please, if you do review one of our decks, let us know! You can email Stella with the link.

So what do you think? Do you like the video format? Do you prefer the written type? What's your preference? Also, what do you personally look for in a review?

Check out Timothy Lantz's new site as well.