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    theme decks tend to do opening up a new path for interpreting the cards The structure of the deck is the traditional Rider Waite Smith structure with the Major Arcana retaining their traditional titles but remaining unnumbered which may be of help with the Strength VIII Justice XI versus Justice VIII Strength XI controversy The suits are the traditional Wands Cups Swords and Pentacles with the Court Cards entitled King Queen Knight and Page The cards are 3 by 5 of good quality glossy cardstock The backs have a 1 4 reddish brown outer border and a smaller reddish brown inner border Between the borders and within the smaller border is a design in silver and white It would not be possible to tell if a card had been drawn int he reversed position or not The card faces carry a 1 4 white border with the card title in gold lettering across the bottom of the card The Minor Arcana carry the number in text and the suit across the bottom of the card while the Court Cards carry the title and suit The coloring in the cards is full range with a depth of intensity The imagery is where this deck departs from the Rider Waite Smith tradition The influence of majority of Victorian daily life shows clearly with other cards reflecting Ancient Egyptian Biblical Classical Greek Gothic and Medieval influences The Fool is an excellent example of Victorian times picturing what is termed a white face clown wearing neat make up similar to that of a mime artist but outrageous clothing An accomplished acrobat this Fool is posed on one leg ready to take a leap off of his red platform The ringmaster stands behind him and a small dog dressed in a red cap and blue shirt dances at his feet In the background we see an audience composed of all ages I was immediately drawn tot he Magician shown as a white bearded elder wearing a red cap and gown shown sitting in his laboratory reading his books by candlelight The card is patterned after the character of Dr Faust There is an incredible amount of energy as well as overtones of occult and magick in this card The Emperor shows an Egyptian theme worlds away from the Mother Nature theme of the Empress The Emperor is represented by an Egyptian Pharaoh remote looking and powerful with his gold crown and necklace with a gold staff in his right hand The Hierophant in this deck is portrayed as being much more human than he is in most decks Here we see an elderly white bearded Islamic scholar teaching two small boys who as the authors note do not seem afraid of anything The Chariot is quite an interesting card with four female figures As the authors note the driver and her deputy show intense expressions but the other two figures appear much more relaxed The Chariot is Baroque in style and is drawn by fierce

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    studies There is extensive use of card scans from her own Shining Tribe Tarot as well as the BOTA Tarot the Dante Tarot the Faery Wicca Tarot the Golden Dawn Magical Tarot the Haindl Tarot the Legend Tarot the Motherpeace Tarot the Nigel Jackson Tarot the Rider Waite Tarot Tarot of the Spirit the Oswald Wirth Tarot the Visconti Sforza Tarot the Robin Wood Tarot the Romani Tarot the Sacred Circle Tarot Tarot of the Orishas Tarots of Marseille Tarots of the Sphynx the Thoth Tarot the Wheel of Change Tarot the World Spirit Tarot and the Xultan Tarot There is also something in this book that I have never seen before a gallery of quotations that precedes the introduction and lists the sources for quotes contained within the book In her introduction Pollack describes two different worldviews of the Tarot one sees it as a device for fortune telling while the other sees it as containing the keys to a vast system of correspondences with things such as the laws of nature magic Jewish mysticism astrology Christian revelations etc She then proceeds to inform her audience that in this book she will be taking a completely different approach that of using readings to explore unknown territory through questions such as How do I open my heart What nourishes the soul and What plan did God follow to create the Universe This is not a book about set definitions In fact the reader is encouraged to let go of set definitions and explore the world outside of ourselves to explore sacred mysteries and the riddle of existence The first thing that we are asked to do is to set aside the linear nature of the Tarot the journey that is developed through the numbering of the cards Pollack posits that the Tarot can change and become new each time we pick it up At the end of her introduction she gifts the reader with the following statement I offer this book to all playful seekers all those who would travel through the tunnel to the garden of delight In addressing the myths of the origins of the Tarot Pollack suggests that we accept that the Tarot s secret origin as part of its myth She speaks of Antoine Court de Gebelin and his work Le Monde Primitif a nine volume study of esoteric ideas A core idea appeared in a short essay in volume eight positing that the Tarot forms the basis of knowledge the key of keys or clavicle as occultists sometimes call it The Tarot thus lies behind all other knowledge systems In letting go of the literal belief in the stories surrounding the formation and development of the Tarot we can then accept them as stories and learn from them We have before us a web of knowledge that takes us to many different places One of the first mythical stories presented in this book is about Thoth and gambling with the Moon Thoth wins a bet

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    Briefs Op Ed Pearls of Wisdom by Astro Aeon Astro Care Symbols Seals Amulets Talismans The What in the World Department Trivia Life s Other Novel Moments General Information Advertising Information Opportunities The Directory Advertising Rates Premium Pages Groups 1 2 Display Advertising Rates The BookNook Advertising Rates About The Meta Arts Magazine Editorial Submission Information Contact Us Legal Notices Reviews Tarot Decks Tarot Cartomancy Deck Book Reviews by Bonnie Cehovet TE Tarot Master Power Animals author Monte Farber Amy Zerner Artist Amy Zerner Music Luigi G Colarullo Zerner Farber Editions 2006 Monte Farber and Amy Zerner came to my attention as author illustrator of the The Enchanted Tarot This stunning deck is only a part of their body of personal empowerment work which also includes The Chakra Meditation Kit The Instant Tarot Reader The Psychic Circle Karma Cards The Pathfinder Psychic Talking Board True Love Tarot The Zerner Farber Tarot Deck The Oracle of the Goddess The Truth Fairy The Healing Deck The Breathe Easy Deck and Gifts of the Goddess Affirmation Cards Power Animals is a kit that includes an audio meditation CD with original music twelve animal meditation cards twelve animal amulets and a meditation guidebook The authors note in the introduction that animals have the power to help us feel more hopeful about ourselves and the world around us by simply being there The purpose of the Power Animals kit is to help the reader incorporate animal wisdom into their daily life The twelve animals chosen and the qualities that they represent are as follows Cat Confidence Bison Prosperity Rabbit Opportunity Turtle Protection Dolphin Creativity Horse Strength Dove Peace Snake Power Owl Wisdom Butterfly Freedom Dog Friendship Lizard Change The meditations offered in this kit are powerful exercises that act to take the Seeker into a state of relaxed meditation focusing on the specific energy of the individual animals You can draw a card blind and work with that energy or you can go through the cards and work with specific animals to bring their energy into your life The kit is designed to work through the use of visualization affirmations and specific breathing techniques that serve to 1 help you develop spiritual skills 2 clear your mind body and spirit 3 energize your life 4 open your heart 5 center and ground you 6 restore a sense of well being 7 guide you to your goals The meditation guide includes a discussion of the kit s purpose instructions for basic breathing techniques during meditation instructions on the use of the contemplation cards and the CD the wearing of your animal amulet and a section of text for each animal energy listing the purposes of each animal s energy a discussion of the energy and a synopsis of the changes that you can expect within yourself when aligning with this energy The Contemplation Cards are 6 1 2 by 6 1 2 on sturdy high quality card stock They are color coded with the name of

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    read for the most part over a 900 line Jette starts the book out by noting that she had to refer to business psychology and astrology books in referencing the information for her business She would not be the first person to note that since astrology is essentially an associated art that this is a resource that Tarot readers can turn to One of the suggestions that Jette makes in making best use of the material in this book is that you do not have to start with the first page and read straight through to the last page You have the option of going straight to the section that you need the most help with at any given time The book is organized as follows 1 Taking the Leap Here the reader gets to look at their own beliefs and attitudes about money For many people the challenge is to charge for their services in the first place For me it was not knowing whether I was going to actually be of any help to my callers 900 line or not Jette notes that we need to draw the energy of money to us to experience success We are also asked to look at why we want to become Tarot readers and to get professional readings of our own done at intervals so that we can see the techniques employed by other readers She also suggests other resources that help create ambiance an appropriate environment and tone as well as how to relate to the cards in a reading Jette also debunks the myths surrounding owning ones own business and presents an exercise entitled The Power of Three 1 Belief in Self Queen of Wands 2 Willingness to Work Queen of Pentacles and 3 Desire to Be of Service Queen of Cups Also discussed is the development of your own personal style and voice Styles presented include The Teacher The Interpreter The Healer The Mystic and The Alchemist which is an amalgam of each of the other styles 2 Building Your Practice The topics here are what to name your business what to charge for your services and how to talk to clients Getting the money up front before the reading is one thing that is essential to a well run practice Also in what manner you are going to accept money cash check money order or credit card There are some interesting pro s as well as con s to how we may decide to accept money whether we will work with a payment plan and whether we give discounts Guaranteeing readings and offering refunds also rears its head in this chapter Personal safety tips for those reading at home or in other people s homes and having a Tarot to go kit ready at all times are integral to this chapter as well as tips on advertising your business 3 Global Tarot Here we move to the world wide Internet phone readings and building a business in

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    Chaldean astrology biblical references and images from the far east and Europe There is a short section on reading the cards with a sample three card spread and the traditional Celtic Cross spread The Major Arcana retain their traditional titling with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI the Minor Arcana suits have been renamed Pumpkins Pentacles Ghosts Cups Bats Swords and Imps Fire The Court Cards are Page Knight Queen and King The suit of Pumpkins is defined as the suit of the element Earth describing all things that are physical and tangible The suit of Ghosts is defined as being haunted by the ancient element of Water symbol of the unconscious of dreams instincts and emotions The suit of Bats is defined as the suit of the element of Air reflecting the intellect and the ability to cut through confusion and deception The suit of Imps is defined as the suit of the element Fire representing creativity passion and vision The LWB presents the cards without scans using a short description of the card along with keywords for the Major Arcana and keywords alone for the Minor Arcana and Court Cards From the LWB 0 Fool Clown A clown juggles happily oblivious to the precipice before him Playful childlike innocence Pure potential Freedom from preconceptions Gaining wisdom through experience Ace of Pumpkins A fresh start Good news Abundance wealth accomplishment Knight of Bats A capable bold righteous person A fearless defender of justice The cards themselves are 2 3 4 by 4 3 4 on good quality sturdy coated card stock The backs show a white border with an orange and black inset of a black cat against an orange background with a black spider dangling above him Upright and reversed versions of this image are back to back with a glyph of an eye between them It would not be possible to tell if a card was drawn in the reversed position or not The major Arcana show a white border with an orange block across the bottom of the card The title of the card along with the card number in Roman numerals inset into a quadrangle run across the orange inset in black letters For me every one of the Major Arcana cards are worth mentioning However I will limit the text to a few of them to leave something to the imagination The Fool is an outstanding card showing a clown juggling balls against a night sky with a full moon behind him He has a black cat at his feet and his costume is white with orange pumpkin faces on one side and orange with black cat faces on the other And yes he is about to walk off of a cliff The Magician shows a stage magician pulling the proverbial rabbit out of his hat while in the background we see glyphs of the four suits The Empress the Bride of Frankenstein is seated in her garden with a black cat on

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    imagery from Chaldean astrology biblical references and images from the far east and Europe There is a short section on reading the cards with a sample three card spread and the traditional Celtic Cross spread The Major Arcana retain their traditional titling with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI the Minor Arcana suits have been renamed Pumpkins Pentacles Ghosts Cups Bats Swords and Imps Fire The Court Cards are Page Knight Queen and King The suit of Pumpkins is defined as the suit of the element Earth describing all things that are physical and tangible The suit of Ghosts is defined as being haunted by the ancient element of Water symbol of the unconscious of dreams instincts and emotions The suit of Bats is defined as the suit of the element of Air reflecting the intellect and the ability to cut through confusion and deception The suit of Imps is defined as the suit of the element Fire representing creativity passion and vision The LWB presents the cards without scans using a short description of the card along with keywords for the Major Arcana and keywords alone for the Minor Arcana and Court Cards From the LWB 0 Fool Clown A clown juggles happily oblivious to the precipice before him Playful childlike innocence Pure potential Freedom from preconceptions Gaining wisdom through experience Ace of Pumpkins A fresh start Good news Abundance wealth accomplishment Knight of Bats A capable bold righteous person A fearless defender of justice The cards themselves are 2 3 4 by 4 3 4 on good quality sturdy coated card stock The backs show a white border with an orange and black inset of a black cat against an orange background with a black spider dangling above him Upright and reversed versions of this image are back to back with a glyph of an eye between them It would not be possible to tell if a card was drawn in the reversed position or not The major Arcana show a white border with an orange block across the bottom of the card The title of the card along with the card number in Roman numerals inset into a quadrangle run across the orange inset in black letters For me every one of the Major Arcana cards are worth mentioning However I will limit the text to a few of them to leave something to the imagination The Fool is an outstanding card showing a clown juggling balls against a night sky with a full moon behind him He has a black cat at his feet and his costume is white with orange pumpkin faces on one side and orange with black cat faces on the other And yes he is about to walk off of a cliff The Magician shows a stage magician pulling the proverbial rabbit out of his hat while in the background we see glyphs of the four suits The Empress the Bride of Frankenstein is seated in her garden with a black

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    from the far east and Europe There is a short section on reading the cards with a sample three card spread and the traditional Celtic Cross spread The Major Arcana retain their traditional titling with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI the Minor Arcana suits have been renamed Pumpkins Pentacles Ghosts Cups Bats Swords and Imps Fire The Court Cards are Page Knight Queen and King The suit of Pumpkins is defined as the suit of the element Earth describing all things that are physical and tangible The suit of Ghosts is defined as being haunted by the ancient element of Water symbol of the unconscious of dreams instincts and emotions The suit of Bats is defined as the suit of the element of Air reflecting the intellect and the ability to cut through confusion and deception The suit of Imps is defined as the suit of the element Fire representing creativity passion and vision The LWB presents the cards without scans using a short description of the card along with keywords for the Major Arcana and keywords alone for the Minor Arcana and Court Cards From the LWB 0 Fool Clown A clown juggles happily oblivious to the precipice before him Playful childlike innocence Pure potential Freedom from preconceptions Gaining wisdom through experience Ace of Pumpkins A fresh start Good news Abundance wealth accomplishment Knight of Bats A capable bold righteous person A fearless defender of justice The cards themselves are 2 3 4 by 4 3 4 on good quality sturdy coated card stock The backs show a white border with an orange and black inset of a black cat against an orange background with a black spider dangling above him Upright and reversed versions of this image are back to back with a glyph of an eye between them It would not be possible to tell if a card was drawn in the reversed position or not The major Arcana show a white border with an orange block across the bottom of the card The title of the card along with the card number in Roman numerals inset into a quadrangle run across the orange inset in black letters For me every one of the Major Arcana cards are worth mentioning However I will limit the text to a few of them to leave something to the imagination The Fool is an outstanding card showing a clown juggling balls against a night sky with a full moon behind him He has a black cat at his feet and his costume is white with orange pumpkin faces on one side and orange with black cat faces on the other And yes he is about to walk off of a cliff The Magician shows a stage magician pulling the proverbial rabbit out of his hat while in the background we see glyphs of the four suits The Empress the Bride of Frankenstein is seated in her garden with a black cat on her lap while the Emperor Frankenstein

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    is a short section on reading the cards with a sample three card spread and the traditional Celtic Cross spread The Major Arcana retain their traditional titling with Strength as VIII and Justice as XI the Minor Arcana suits have been renamed Pumpkins Pentacles Ghosts Cups Bats Swords and Imps Fire The Court Cards are Page Knight Queen and King The suit of Pumpkins is defined as the suit of the element Earth describing all things that are physical and tangible The suit of Ghosts is defined as being haunted by the ancient element of Water symbol of the unconscious of dreams instincts and emotions The suit of Bats is defined as the suit of the element of Air reflecting the intellect and the ability to cut through confusion and deception The suit of Imps is defined as the suit of the element Fire representing creativity passion and vision The LWB presents the cards without scans using a short description of the card along with keywords for the Major Arcana and keywords alone for the Minor Arcana and Court Cards From the LWB 0 Fool Clown A clown juggles happily oblivious to the precipice before him Playful childlike innocence Pure potential Freedom from preconceptions Gaining wisdom through experience Ace of Pumpkins A fresh start Good news Abundance wealth accomplishment Knight of Bats A capable bold righteous person A fearless defender of justice The cards themselves are 2 3 4 by 4 3 4 on good quality sturdy coated card stock The backs show a white border with an orange and black inset of a black cat against an orange background with a black spider dangling above him Upright and reversed versions of this image are back to back with a glyph of an eye between them It would not be possible to tell if a card was drawn in the reversed position or not The major Arcana show a white border with an orange block across the bottom of the card The title of the card along with the card number in Roman numerals inset into a quadrangle run across the orange inset in black letters For me every one of the Major Arcana cards are worth mentioning However I will limit the text to a few of them to leave something to the imagination The Fool is an outstanding card showing a clown juggling balls against a night sky with a full moon behind him He has a black cat at his feet and his costume is white with orange pumpkin faces on one side and orange with black cat faces on the other And yes he is about to walk off of a cliff The Magician shows a stage magician pulling the proverbial rabbit out of his hat while in the background we see glyphs of the four suits The Empress the Bride of Frankenstein is seated in her garden with a black cat on her lap while the Emperor Frankenstein himself sits chained to his chair with

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