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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.

The Key To Relationship: Our Connection With Ourselves

The Key To Relationship: Our Connection With Ourselves

by Bonnie Cehovet

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With their usual audacity, most (if not all) stores around here have been featuring Valentine’s Day cards, candy etc. since the first of the year. The month of February definitely takes on the flavor of this one day. As Tarot readers, this puts the focus more than usual on romantic relationship, and on personal expectations. There can be great joy, on this day, but also great pain when expectations are not met.

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About.com Readers’ CHOICE Awards 2011 Finalist!

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We are delighted to be nominated in the About.com Readers' CHOICE Awards 2011.

http://healing.about.com/od/tarotcardsdecks/ss/best-tarot-cards-2011.htm is the page to vote on. Voting will take place from Feb. 11 through March 8. Winner will be announced on March 15th.

There's some stiff competition with some classic decks and one new one as well, but we think the RWS is the best. Do drop by and vote!

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777 CONTEST

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We have been having a lot of fun on Facebook with daily questions. If you are a regular there, you know we post all sorts of questions from the silly "deserted island" type to those that make you dig like "what cards would you take antique shopping."

Right now we have 679 folks who've "liked" our Facebook page. Of course we want to share the love with more. We are driving towards 777 as a magic number. Yes, there's a pun in there. Ask your friends to "like" our Facebook fan page. They can go here or they can like us by clicking on the Facebook link to the right on this blog. When we hit that magic number, everyone's name goes in a hat. We will pull a winner who will get their choice of the following decks:

We are 98 people away from that magic number as of 2/7/2011.

You are automatically in the contest just for liking the USGS Facebook page.

Help us get the word out. You can do that by going to the Facebook page and clicking on "Suggest To Friends." Tell them about the contest because they will be eligible as well once they like that page.

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Interview with Crystal Visions Tarot Creator

01/26/2011

Crystal Visions Tarot – Interview with Jennifer Galasso

JenJanet: Hello Jen! Thank you for taking time out to share the good news with the Tarot Gals readers and answer a few questions about your deck! 

Jennifer: Hello Janet! Thank you for taking the time to interview me about the deck!  

Janet: First, let's begin with your big announcement: you've signed a contract with U.S. Games Systems, Inc. to publish your Crystal Visions Tarot. How wonderful! So how do you feel?! Are you heading to Disneyworld? ;o) What is the timeline–any ideas when we'll be able to get our hands on your deck? 

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Answer For Tarot Impossible Wednesday

Whimsical-fool The answer to "Tarot Impossible: What Movie is This" is "Despicable Me". Congratulations to Lynn Merrit for her correct guess. Here is a brief synopsis of the plot and how those cards were chosen.

The movie begins with the Devil who would be the main character,Gru (Devil). He goes to the Bank of Evil but is denied (King of Coins Rx).

He decides to fake adopt three little girls (Three of Cups) who show him how to do foolish things and have fun (The Fool).

His mother (Empress Rx) shows up in flash backs and he realizes that he is being deceived by someone (Moon).

He has to fight off the other evil villain (Knight of Swords Rx). He learns from children how to live happily ever-after (6 of Cups).

Try this as a Tarot exercise. Pick a book or movie that you know very well — Wizard of Oz for instance. Now assign cards (no more than eight) to tell the story as you know it. If you have a Tarot study group, you might try this as a discussion.

I'm interested in what you come up with so please share.

Whimsical Tarot Fool

© January 2011 U.S. Games Systems Inc.