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    a reading the upright meaning and the reversed meaning For the Two s through Tens we also see the upright and reversed meaning for the I Ching symbol All four Aces literally sparkle with energy The Ace of Wands shows a Wand with its tip sending flames up into the sky Behind it stands a rock in the same phallic shape The Ace of Stones Pentacles is one of those surreal shamanic cards showing a large ball in the middle of what appears to be a desert Arched over the ball we see a rainbow while flying over it is a black Raven like bird In the background we see a bright blue sky The court cards are titled Father Mother Son and Daughter At the top of the card in black lettering we see the name of the person depicted on the card Along the bottom we see the card name suit and direction in black lettering Under this also in black lettering we see the traditional name for the card Haindl has chosen different cultures to represent each of the suits Cups represent the North and Europe Wands represent the East and India Stones represent the West and Native Americans Swords represent the South and Egypt Daughter of Stones Pentacles in the West is the traditional card of the Princess of Stones In the Haindl deck she is represented by White Buffalo Woman Son of Stones Pentacles in the West is the traditional card of the Prince of Stones In the Haindl deck he is represented by Chief Seattle Something that I always look for generally before I read the book is what spreads have been included Rachel has included several spreads in the book my favorite being a spread called the Hagal spread Someone else liked it because this is the spread included in the LWB also OK Rachel does say that the Hagal spread was created specifically for the Haindl deck There are three parts to this spread the first four cards from the minor arcana pips form the middle section and show current conditions and beliefs The next three cards all from the Major Arcana form a triangle over the first four cards and represent Spiritual History Spiritual Task and Metamorphisis The last three cards taken from the court cards form a line under the first four cards and a Helper Yourself and a Teacher Rachel also shows the following spreads with examples the Celtic Cross Dream Readings and Body Readings The spreads alone are worth the price of admission I would not recommend this deck to someone new to the Tarot Nor would I necessarily recommend it as a reading deck most clients won t want to do the work that this deck takes I highly recommend it to those with at least a minimal Tarot background those who want to use it for meditation spiritual growth ritual ceremony or personal readings And yes this would be a deck that a collector would want to have Illustrations from The Haindl Tarot reproduced by permission of U S Games Systems Inc Stamford CT 06902 USA Copyrights 1990 by U S Games Systems Inc Further reproduction prohibited Ancient Mysteries Tarot Deck reviewed by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Roger Calverley Lotus Press 2004 ISBN 0 940985 73X suits Fire Water Air Earth court cards King Queen Page Knight majors Traditional with the exception of Prisoner Hanged Man and Prophecy Judgment The Ancient Mysteries Tarot is quite an interesting deck I would advise purchasing the book and deck together as the deck alone while certainly usable does little to take the reader to the depth of the cards For the images on the Major Arcana Calverley has referenced the ancient mystery schools of Egypt Greece Mesopotamia and India The images for the Minor Arcana use a background of megaliths sacred fountains and stone temples The LWB Little White Book that accompanies the deck got a grumble from me to start with It is not presented as a booklet but is a single long sheet of paper nicely folded There is no information about the author or the background of the deck on this sheet There is the requisite publication information along with three paragraphs on how to use the cards These three short paragraphs are quite magickal in that they open up the Tarot from the very beginning In his first sentence Calverley notes that each card can be used as a question as well as an answer How he does this is to follow the nature of the elemental qualities of the cards Fire cards refer to will and creativity Air cards refer to the intellect Water cards refer to feelings and relationship issues Stone Earth cards refer to the practical side of life and material issues He goes on to state that the Major Arcana represent both destiny and spirit No note is given on the Pips or the Court Cards Using his process one card is drawn to determine the nature of the question Calverley attributes five possible levels of meaning to each card Spirit Fire will and energy Water emotional Air mind and Earth physical Drawing a second card lets the reader know which level of meaning is most in effect at the time of the reading The remainder of the LWB lists keywords for each card one keyword for each level of meaning in the following order Spirit Fire Air Water and Earth From the LWB The Fool Purity Adventure Innocence Openness Freedom Ace of Fire Opportunity A New Cycle Inspiration Initiative New Ideas Optimism Enthusiasm Initiative Five of Water A Correction A Challenge Regret Endings Emotions re Loss or Broken Relationship A Dislocation Queen of Earth Grounding and Stabilizing Enjoyment of Self and Nature Practicality Generous Creative Nourishing Sensual Pleasure Loving The deck itself is approximately 3 1 8 by 4 3 4 able to be used by those with smaller hands reasonably well The cards are good quality glossy card stock and will stand up well under use The backs have a slim black border surrounding a golden inset The inset shows a graphic that is reflected from side to side and end to end so that a card in the reverse position would not be evident The face of the card shows the same slim black border surrounding a wider border that is reflective of stone and the ancient origin of the graphics for this deck Centered in each card is a 2 by 3 insert with the imagery for that card The card number appears at the top of the card with the suit for the Pips or the title for the Major Arcana along the bottom The Court Cards show the title along the top and the suit along the bottom The text for each suit is coded by color with Fire as red Water as blue Air as yellow and Earth as green The Major Arcana text is coded in black The imagery used for Fire is candles the imagery used for Water is waterfalls the imagery used for Air is open windows cut into stone reflecting the sky behind them the imagery used for Earth is stone Once I started working with this deck I found it to be quite vibrant This tells me that I need to get out of my own way sometimes and just accept what is there One of my favorite cards is the Devil who appears as a mask like face with mouth wide open and Medusa like hair This is a thought provoking rather than a fearsome image Another image that caught my attention was the Page of Earth which shows a face that appears to be cut into stone I loved all of the Fire cards the candles in each card are presented as a golden yellow with bright white flames in front of a darker background The Seven of Fire shows seven candles in front of a stone face The Three of Fire follows the same concept with three candles in front of a stone face that is in partial shadow the King of Fire is an extraordinary card showing what appears to be the head of a Pharaoh in shadow surrounded by Egyptian relics The Air suit images while certainly appropriate are repetitive windows cut into stone walls with the sky showing in back of them The feeling here at least for me was stronger on the stones which are an earth centered image than the air that is supposed to be represented The suit of Earth shows imagery that is also repetitive but strongly centered on the representative element of stone so it does work well The same goes for the suit of Water which shows images of waterfalls over stone There are other marvelous images the Wheel which shows a seated God with a pentacle superimposed over it Justice shows a golden warrior like image the Fool shows a joyous dancing figure There is a slight discrepancy involving Judgment In the LWB the card is referred to as Judgment On the card itself the title is Prophecy I enjoyed working with this deck which I feel can be used for any type of reading or for meditation or ritual ceremonial purposes I also feel that the deck is appropriate for any level of Tarot student practitioner As with all decks study the cards first to make sure that you are going to be able to work with the imagery to make sure that the deck resonates with you And I do recommend purchasing the deck and the book together New Century Tarot review by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Rolf Eichelmann illustrator Rolf Eichelmann U S Games Systems Inc 2003 ISBN 1 57281 411 X suits Wands Cups Swords Pentacles court cards King Queen Knight Page Trumps Traditional Titles New Century Tarot is one of the latest works to come from U S Games and certainly is a good representation of their quality and vision It also has the distinction of being birthed from the work Tarot Classic by U S Games head Stuart Kaplan Eichelmann received the book from his wife as a gift in 1989 From it he received the inspiration to bring a new deck into the world The Major Arcana was sketched while vacationing on the island of La Gomera one of the Canary Islands Eichelmann then went back to his native Germany where in the year 2002 he finished the deck While following the thought and structure behind the Rider Waite Tarot the artwork is quite different stunning and unique I have never seen another deck that has been done in this manner The colors are bold vibrant statements They jump out from the cards and grab your attention The manner of dress for me is reminiscent of Medieval style dress exaggerated in a fantastic manner with wide shoulders flowing sleeves and voluminous skirts The cards are 3 1 4 by 4 3 8 on good quality card stock They are easily handled by those with smaller hands The backs are a deep purple with a pattern in black orange and light blue superimposed over the background color Reversed cards would not be able to be determined from the back of the cards The card faces carry a 1 4 deep purple border with a smaller gold border edging the inner illustration Card numbers and titles are in white across the bottom The Major Arcana all carry the same landscape in the upper half of the card we see a line of trees across the horizon done in a reddish hue In the lower half of the card we see an open landscape with figures plants and animals in the foreground An interesting technique has been applied here in that each of the figures is portrayed in front of a different colored veil The cards become surrealistic but do not lose their intent and purpose archetypal quality There is another interesting anomaly here the Fool carries the number 0 Zero yet in the accompanying LWB Little White Book which was translated from the original German and in the organization of the cards straight from the package he is placed after the World The cards in the suit of Wands all show a green sky with reddish clouds with the ground in shades of gray and violet In the pips each scene is presented with a red patterned veil behind it In the court cards each figure is presented with the veil behind them The cards in the suit of Cups all show a red sky with crimson clouds The ground is in shades of gray and violet Each scene shows a light blue patterned veil appearing to drop from the sky on which the cups are presented The court cards are shown in front of the veil The cards in the suit of Swords all show a blue sky with clouds in a reddish hue The ground is in shades of gray and violet Each scene shows a yellow patterned veil on which the swords are presented The court cards are shown in front of the veil The cards in the suit of Pentacles all show a yellow sky with reddish clouds The ground is in shades of violet and gray Each card contains a blue patterned veil upon which the pentacles are presented The court cards are shown in front of the veil The LWB is the only book out that I know of for this deck It carries an explanation of the coloring for each of the suits and the Trumps with a small write up on each of the cards There is no explanation of how to use the cards nor of the thought process behind them I like the cards a great deal and would love to see a book that explained them a bit further From the book III High Priestess Wearing a transparent red dress the High Priestess stands with outstretched arms on a blue carpet She is serene she is a goddess and woman in one person The crown on her head is open like a cup symbolizing the receiving woman Yet at the same time she is closed by the moon inside the symbol of priestess as representative of the gods She holds a wand and a circle in her right hand The wand is a symbol of transience the circle infinity In her left hand she holds an opened book offering a glimpse of the knowledge she has to offer Card Meaning Intuition patience mysterious knowledge female power a visionary or someone skilled in medicine Also depicts the veiling of true intentions one who has bewitching and destructive powers Ten of Swords Five swords are arranged horizontally with five more resting perpendicular The largest perpendicular sword has a red stone embedded in the handle On either side of the sword arrangement there is a figure standing bound cocoon like in cloth amidst a cloudy vapor Card Meaning The Ten of Swords represents sorrow grief pain and divorce The end of a situation The red stone appears as a glimmer of hope Page of Cups The Page stands in the middle of a river wearing a red robe His expression is tender and he dreamily looks off into the distance In his left hand he holds an opened cup Card Meaning The Page of Cups stands for softness playful amusement and an agreeable impulse It can also indicate someone who is very emotional delusional and secretive There are several cards in this deck that I feel a strong pull towards On of them is the High Priestess From the description above you will realize that the High Priestess is shown nude wearing a red see through dress Sounds tacky but the effect is great on the card Lots of wonderful energy The Empress is another compelling card A young dark haired woman in a deep blue flowing gown with white sleeves is shown seated with her head bowed to a white bird seated on her left arm The book describes the bird as an eagle but it looks more the size and coloring of a dove to me On her right hand you see a reddish brown scepter The Hanged Man appears in front of a reddish orange veil so that the energy of fire of change seems to surround him He is hanging from a crossbar held between two decorated columns His face is turned towards the front of the card towards the viewer This card carries a great deal of energy but the columns themselves seem somehow inappropriate to me not serious enough The Moon being one of my birth cards always fascinates me In the center of the card we see a pale blue full moon with a yellow sickle shaped crescent moon on its right hand side Two wolf like figures with reddish coats and black faces are in the forefront of the picture one on either side of a flowing stream howling at the moon A green snake winds itself around the wolf on the left hand side of the picture In the background we see a stone tower with two faces appearing in the window to watch the scene The Page of Cups is an interesting figure He appears in bright orange garb with flowing yellow sleeves holding an upright yellow cup in his left hand From his cap we see a large feather emerging He is standing in the middle of a river appearing to walk on water There is much symbolism in this deck just not that which one normally sees This deck would be a good deck for meditation or spiritual work and could easily be used as a reading deck I would recommend that the reader have a solid background in Tarot before attempting to read with this deck Illustrations from The New Century Tarot reproduced by permission of U S Games Systems

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  • Gateway to Tarot
    House Midheaven MC Career bosses life path future direction conditions in the real world 11 Eleventh House Group associations desired results hopes for the future 12 Twelfth House Areas lacking access or control confinement illness blind spots family issues that may besiege or haunt the querant The cards that I drew from the Golden Tarot by Kat Black were 1 Eight of Cups 2 Four of Swords 3 Knight of Cups 4 Nine of Coins Pentacles 5 The Fool 6 Seven of Swords 7 Three of Swords 8 Eight of Swords 9 The Hierophant 10 Seven of Cups 11 Justice 12 King of Coins Pentacles Interpretation Please note that I am interpreting in my own manner with the use of dignities as I apply them with additional information from Tarot Decoded The interpretation will not be precisely what Ms Hazel presents in her book Numerological Dignities Note In the system that I use for the court cards I simply continue the numbering Pages are 11 which reduces to 2 1 1 2 Knights are 12 which reduces to 3 1 2 3 Queens are 13 which reduces to 4 1 3 4 Kings are 14 which reduces to 5 1 4 5 For the Major Arcana I reduce double digit numbers to a single digit Numerologically this spread reads 8 4 3 9 0 7 3 8 5 7 2 5 We end up with four even numbers and seven odd numbers Taken as a progression cards 1 and 10 are well dignified cards number 2 3 7 and 9 are neutral and cards number 8 and 11 are ill dignified There are four sets of numbers in this spread the 3 s 5 s 7 s and 8 s Because they are sets of two only I would really not place added emphases on them There are no sequences involved a series of numbers within a suit that are either of an increasing or decreasing nature Elemental Dignities Note Ms Hazel makes the observation that the elemental quality of a sign or card shows what it is made of Elementally this spread reads Water Air Water Earth Air Air Air Air Earth Water Air Earth The first thing that I would note here would be the preponderance of Air authority mental wisdom 6 out of 12 cards and the lack of Fire will passion determination The answer comes from what is lacking Fire Cards number 1 6 7 11 and 12 are well dignified cards number 2 3 4 5 9 are neutral there are no cards that are ill dignified Using the House and Card Elemental attributions we have Fire Water Earth Air Air Water Water Earth Fire Air Earth Air Air Air Water Air Fire Earth Earth Water Air Air Water Earth Houses number 4 5 7 10 11 and 12 are well dignified houses number 3 8 and 9 are neutral houses 1 2 and 6 are ill dignified Modal Dignities Note Ms Hazel makes the

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  • The Business of Tarot: Bonnie Cehovet
    and will come to you quite easily There are times when a decision needs to be made more quickly In a case like this the process becomes more of a series of mental lists than written ones And there is no time to sleep on it The one thing that you need to remember to do before you make a decision is to ask yourself how you feel about it Listen to your body it won t lie to you After you have implemented a decision that you had little time to prepare for follow the results to see how well it is doing If it is not working well or as well as you would like it to try and determine why Then make another decision that will get the process back on track and implement that decision In the end with this process you will find yourself making better decisions feeling better about them and finding that they are accurate reflections of who you are and what you believe in We also need to look at are outside factors that are involved in the decision making process Such things as 1 Is this a good time for me to be making this decision Emotions can tend to get the better of us and many of our decisions can become emotional ones If we recognize this we can give ourselves a time out until we can address the issue with a clear mind 2 Who can I use as a resource in making this decision We need to get the input not only of others that will be affected by our decisions but input from a neutral party that we trust An impartial eye can give us a fresh view an expanded view of the issue we are deciding on 3 An addendum to obtaining input has to deal with too much input Your decision is your decision and you are responsible for the consequences of your thoughts and actions Be aware of the pressure from those around you business acquaintances family and friends for instance Be careful not to allow their personal agendas to intercede in your decision making process If there is no alternative to bowing to external pressure I would say that it is time past time to look at your life as a whole because it is definitely not reflecting who you are and your core values 4 Pay attention to and be open to all of the options available to us The first option that comes to our minds may not be the best all around option 5 I like to keep in mind the Native American concept of seven generations Look seven generations back look to the past to see how the issue came to be what it is today Look seven generations forward to see how your decision will affect future generations your sons and daughters your grandchildren etc Thinking in the short term is more than likely a stop gap effort

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  • Gateway to Tarot
    my clients When I began doing in person readings I followed the lead of readers that I had gone to who offered a choice of decks For me this was all part of bonding with my client and of creating the environment that would be a safe place for their reading I read only from my own home when I read in person largely because there are no metaphysical or bookstores in my area that offer space for readers This gives me the advantage of meeting the person then choosing two or three decks to go along with my Morgan Greer deck to act as my cadre of decks from which my client chooses the deck they want for their reading My readings include the use of birth cards using the method set forth by Ruth Ann and Wald Amberstone of the Tarot School in their birth card studies Using my clients birth information I take their birth cards from one of the decks that they did not choose and set them above the spread used for their reading There are other things that need to be taken into consideration when reading in venues outside of ones home or office If you are reading for a private party take into consideration what their background is Different decks might be appropriate for a woman s group an engagement or bridal shower a Halloween party or a New Year s bash If you are doing readings in a business setting bring decks that will be acceptable to middle America themed decks may not be appropriate here nor will decks that show any amount of nudity How do we choose which decks that we want to keep on hand for readings Think about the venues that you generally read in and the types of people that comprise your clientelle The interests of your clients as well as the type of client that you draw to you as a reader will largely determine which decks you want to keep on hand And yes as a reader you may have more than one type of client For each of your client groups pick a range of 2 3 decks or more this is up to you that represent a range of interest The Morgan Greer Tarot is my all purpose reading deck I started out reading with the Rider Waite deck and really did not relate well to it I like the Ancestral Path Tarot as well as Legend The Arthurian Tarot for themed decks For gentle decks I like Tarot Of A Moon Garden and the Golden Tarot While a gentle deck may not be your first choice as a reader it helps to have one handy as a choice for someone who is very nervous or even scared about getting a reading Categorizing decks is definitely an individual process what one reader would place in one category another reader would place in a different category The following is what comes to my mind

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  • The Business of Tarot: Bonnie Cehovet
    career finances relationship happiness these are all areas that you might expect to come up here You may also want to think about getting together with two or three other people that offer metaphysical readings you doing Tarot another person doing astrology another person doing numerology and set up a weekend day for giving readings This can be done indoors or outdoors and you would need someone who is not doing readings to be there to manage the traffic flow and take the money or the money can be paid directly to each reader What you do is offer mini readings from each reader in turn and this is best offered as a package deal The length of the readers to be agreed upon by the readers beforehand As an alternative to this you can hold a psychic fair on one or more weekends giving slightly longer readings and allowing customers to purchase one or more readings at their discretion This next area is not seasonal in nature but is something that a professional reader can work on at any time and that is reading in a business setting By this I mean literally going out to brick and mortar businesses and showing them how Tarot can help boost their productivity I will say up front that I have never done this but I firmly believe that as a reader I do have something to offer It takes courage to walk this path but that courage might just bring you in a whole new clientele The first thing that I would do is read Mark McElroy s book Putting The Tarot To Work Llewellyn Publications 2004 Mark is an insider he is a business trainer who is also a Tarot Professional and in his book he discusses strategies for using Tarot in a business sense for creative problem solving making effective decisions and personal career planning In his book Mark offers specific strategies and spreads for use within the business environment I am not going to go into them here but I do think that they are very good and could be used as is or tweaked to reflect the readers own thoughts Now you have some sense of what to offer the business world Decide what you want to focus on and how you want to do the work A good start would be to offer your services through seminars given at the business location Take your focus points and decide in what order you want to present them Work out what you are going to say and how you are going to say it Decide whether you want the seminar to be slightly formal with a presentation followed by a question and answer period or whether you want to be informal with a structured talk that allows for questions as you go along Work out a couple of different time formats say one for a two hour presentation and one for a three or four hour presentation Take

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  • Tarot Reviews
    the intellectual level and mercy on the right contain drash the allegorical We can be more specific and place remez in Gevurah and drash in Chesed for these two sephiroth power and mercy epitomize the two pillars In this way the four levels of interpreting a story or image become a means of traveling up the tree to spiritual awareness from Malkuth to Gevurah to Chesed to Kether Through the eyes of Jewish Kabbalah Christian Kabbalah and the Kabbalah of Western Hermeticism Golden Dawn we see differing views and understandings of the Tree of Life The paths may differ but the journey is the same to understand the four worlds the ten sephiroth and the twenty two pathways as energies that are alive and working in our own lives on a daily basis To know that these are archetypal energies common to us all and for those of us who live in the world of the Tarot to see how the Tarot archetypes can be attributed in more than an intellectual manner to the Tree of Life You will find things here that you have never seen before at least things that I have never seen or thought of before Those who study Kabbalah know the image of the ten sephiroth the twenty two pathways the four worlds and the three pillars Step back for a moment and close your eyes Now open them Before you the sephiroth have been reconnected one through six in a circle A straight line goes from the sixth sephiroth through the ninth and tenth sephiroth Another straight line crosses from the seventh to the eighth sephiroth The symbol taken together is that of the feminine energy of life Taken separately we have the circle which represents the divine and the cross beneath it which signifies earth and the four directions There is also a short discussion of work done by Judith Laura on the sexual attributions for each sephiroth on the Tree of Life The question posed here was whether the symbolism from the Tree of Life may have originated in the ancient goddesses of nature Before you go off huffing read this section The cross polarity shown here give another form of balance to the Tree and is certainly one to at least consider In the chapter on the four worlds Rachel manages to sneak in a wonderfully revealing and intense Tarot spread For each of the four worlds Atzilut Beriah Yetsirah and Assiyah two cards are drawn One card answers the question Who am I in this world while the second card answers the question What is my task in this world There are many times in my life that I could have used the understanding about myself that this spread brings It certainly will be one that I use in the future for myself and for my clients At the end of the book Rachel talks about ways in which readings can be done using the Tree of Life One thing that she suggests is placing the Tarot cards on Haindl s poster I have done this with the result of feeling as if I were being taken into another world I have done this before setting the cards out in the form of the Tree of Life but without benefit of the poster There is learning both ways intense wisdom coming through An interesting thing to work with is a concept that I came across when working with the Tarot School Kabalah tapes Aces through tens are ordered by number and suit i e all four Aces all four Two s in the same suit order and placed on the Tree Study what is there with each suit in turn It is absolutely amazing at the change in energy that you get as you work through the suits The Kabbalah Tree is a work of art in word form presenting the history of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life the thoughts of various authors along the way and the myths and stories that make up its reality In the end you will come to an understanding of how the energy of the Tree of Life works in your life It will move from a concept to a living reality as it is reflected in both our internal and external lives I highly recommend this book as a resource for Kabbalists and Tarotists and for students of all levels Ancient Mysteries Tarot Deck review by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Roger Calverley Lotus Press 2004 ISBN 0 940985 73X suits Fire Water Air Earth court cards King Queen Page Knight majors Traditional with the exception of Prisoner Hanged Man and Prophecy Judgment The Ancient Mysteries Tarot is quite an interesting deck I would advise purchasing the book and deck together as the deck alone while certainly usable does little to take the reader to the depth of the cards For the images on the Major Arcana Calverley has referenced the ancient mystery schools of Egypt Greece Mesopotamia and India The images for the Minor Arcana use a background of megaliths sacred fountains and stone temples The LWB Little White Book that accompanies the deck got a grumble from me to start with It is not presented as a booklet but is a single long sheet of paper nicely folded There is no information about the author or the background of the deck on this sheet There is the requisite publication information along with three paragraphs on how to use the cards These three short paragraphs are quite magickal in that they open up the Tarot from the very beginning In his first sentence Calverley notes that each card can be used as a question as well as an answer How he does this is to follow the nature of the elemental qualities of the cards Fire cards refer to will and creativity Air cards refer to the intellect Water cards refer to feelings and relationship issues Stone Earth cards refer to the practical side of life and material issues He goes on to state that the Major Arcana represent both destiny and spirit No note is given on the Pips or the Court Cards Using his process one card is drawn to determine the nature of the question Calverley attributes five possible levels of meaning to each card Spirit Fire will and energy Water emotional Air mind and Earth physical Drawing a second card lets the reader know which level of meaning is most in effect at the time of the reading The remainder of the LWB lists keywords for each card one keyword for each level of meaning in the following order Spirit Fire Air Water and Earth From the LWB The Fool Purity Adventure Innocence Openness Freedom Ace of Fire Opportunity A New Cycle Inspiration Initiative New Ideas Optimism Enthusiasm Initiative Five of Water A Correction A Challenge Regret Endings Emotions re Loss or Broken Relationship A Dislocation Queen of Earth Grounding and Stabilizing Enjoyment of Self and Nature Practicality Generous Creative Nourishing Sensual Pleasure Loving The deck itself is approximately 3 1 8 by 4 3 4 able to be used by those with smaller hands reasonably well The cards are good quality glossy card stock and will stand up well under use The backs have a slim black border surrounding a golden inset The inset shows a graphic that is reflected from side to side and end to end so that a card in the reverse position would not be evident The face of the card shows the same slim black border surrounding a wider border that is reflective of stone and the ancient origin of the graphics for this deck Centered in each card is a 2 by 3 insert with the imagery for that card The card number appears at the top of the card with the suit for the Pips or the title for the Major Arcana along the bottom The Court Cards show the title along the top and the suit along the bottom The text for each suit is coded by color with Fire as red Water as blue Air as yellow and Earth as green The Major Arcana text is coded in black The imagery used for Fire is candles the imagery used for Water is waterfalls the imagery used for Air is open windows cut into stone reflecting the sky behind them the imagery used for Earth is stone Once I started working with this deck I found it to be quite vibrant This tells me that I need to get out of my own way sometimes and just accept what is there One of my favorite cards is the Devil who appears as a mask like face with mouth wide open and Medusa like hair This is a thought provoking rather than a fearsome image Another image that caught my attention was the Page of Earth which shows a face that appears to be cut into stone I loved all of the Fire cards the candles in each card are presented as a golden yellow with bright white flames in front of a darker background The Seven of Fire shows seven candles in front of a stone face The Three of Fire follows the same concept with three candles in front of a stone face that is in partial shadow the King of Fire is an extraordinary card showing what appears to be the head of a Pharaoh in shadow surrounded by Egyptian relics The Air suit images while certainly appropriate are repetitive windows cut into stone walls with the sky showing in back of them The feeling here at least for me was stronger on the stones which are an earth centered image than the air that is supposed to be represented The suit of Earth shows imagery that is also repetitive but strongly centered on the representative element of stone so it does work well The same goes for the suit of Water which shows images of waterfalls over stone There are other marvelous images the Wheel which shows a seated God with a pentacle superimposed over it Justice shows a golden warrior like image the Fool shows a joyous dancing figure There is a slight discrepancy involving Judgment In the LWB the card is referred to as Judgment On the card itself the title is Prophecy I enjoyed working with this deck which I feel can be used for any type of reading or for meditation or ritual ceremonial purposes I also feel that the deck is appropriate for any level of Tarot student practitioner As with all decks study the cards first to make sure that you are going to be able to work with the imagery to make sure that the deck resonates with you And I do recommend purchasing the deck and the book together Ancient Mysteries Tarot Keys To Divination And Initiation review by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Roger Calverley Lotus Press 2004 ISBN 0 940985 72 1 Opening the cover of Ancient Mysteries Tarot is best done with an open mind and an open heart Roger Calverley comes from a background of over thirty years spent on the spiritual path including doing daily meditations and working with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother For six of those years he traveled throughout India Southeast Asia and parts of the Middle East painting and teaching As with another noted Tarot author artist Robert M Place The Buddha Tarot Mr Calverley s journey began with an extraordinary dream The dream took place in early morning in a state that Mr Calverley terms asleep but not asleep He was walking in the woods and came upon a rocky granite hill In the side of the hill is an opening or grotto In front of this opening sits a lady wearing a veil and grey robes As he stands silently in front of her he hears the words Sybilla sum in his mind She is telling him that she is the Sybil She speaks again Intro ibo ad altari Dei I go into the alter of God They descend into darkness into a small circular alcove that is dimly lit There is an alter with stone pillars on each of its four sides On the alter sits a crystal orb that radiates light The silence in the room deepens and the realization comes that the room is lit by moonlight not by sunlight Upon waking Mr Calverley went to look at his Tarot deck which heretofore had not held a place of prominence in his studies There she was the woman in his dream was the High Priestess His closest affinity with any of the cards in the Tarot was with that of the Fool He understood that if he were to progress in understanding the Tarot that it was as the Fool that he must approach the High Priestess Before going into the meat of the book I want to share how Mr Calverley defines the Tarot in this book He defines Tarot as three things 1 Waite s Tarot and others like it 2 elements that were part of the ancient Mystery School tradition and 3 the material that he himself developed while writing the Ancient Mysteries Tarot Book and developing the Ancient Mysteries Tarot deck Ancient Mysteries Tarot is literally based on the ancient Mystery School traditions Mr Calverley does a fair job of painting a picture of the early history of Tarot of the times and the people involved and of how the Tarot came to be what it is today The images that are portrayed in this deck are taken from the Mystery Schools of pre Christian Egypt India Greece Mesopotamia and Meso America Aside from his background in art Mr Calverley is also a historian and amateur archeologist with first hand experience of North American sites This gives him the benefit of the feel of particular cultures as well as the intellectual cultural knowledge One of the first things that Mr Calverley addresses is the people that inhabit the Tarot world His feeling is that for the most part they do not understand the ancient roots of Tarot nor its esoteric symbology For this reason the suits in this deck have been renamed to reflect their elemental attribution Fire traditionally titled Wands Water traditionally titled Cups Air traditionally titled Swords and Earth traditionally titled Pentacles or Disks In this manner the element is being addressed directly rather than through symbolism One of the things that bothers me about Mr Calverley s way of thinking is that he places great import on stone calling it the backbone of mother earth In a sense it is but this also lead to the imagery in the deck being heavily concentrated on the material stone which to me did not allow the elements with the possible exception of Fire to come through as they should have An interesting note here is that Mr Calverley was given an inner push to start the artwork for this deck while he was still finishing the writing for the book yes the book came first In researching the Ancient Mysteries Tarot book he had begun to collect Tarot decks that he felt to be in keeping with the earliest traditions of divination and initiation He drew upon the resources he had gathered during his travels to illustrate the deck that would accompany his book One of his decisions in mapping out the Ancient Mysteries Tarot was to go back to the older tradition of not illustrating the pips to include only the symbols for each suit His feeling here was that Waite did the world a disservice by illustrating the pips While it opened up Tarot for acceptance by the public he felt that the illustrations gave only one of the meanings that each card held In essence this presented grave problems in interpreting the cards Mr Calverley feels that reading with symbols only is more demanding of the reader that it requires them to access their full knowledge of the element represented and the esoteric quality of the card number While there is some truth in this logic we have to remember that when reading for others the Seeker the person being read for is the focus of the reading If they do not connect with the card if it means nothing to them then they will have a difficult time interacting during the reading As to the degree of positive or negative qualities present in a card i e how well or poorly dignified it is Mr Calverley looks at this as a function of the degree of ego involvement of the Seeker I would say that this is a rather general statement as our level of ego generally determines our thoughts and actions and therefore determines t he circumstances that we find ourselves in which is in the end what Tarot is all about For reference Mr Calverley has included a set of color scans of the Tarot Trumps in a separate section The first thing that he does is take us on what he terms the long journey where the work of each of the Tarot archetypes is defined by the voice of the Sibyl From the book Magus This is the work this is the duty before you The earth of your physical and practical life the air of intellect the water of creative and emotional power and the fire of spiritual mastery they are there before you on the table to work with You must make yourself their master I will be there behind you as the seeing eye of the High Priestess as the power of the Divine Mother My insight my intuitive guidance will be with you at every step Never hesitate to enter the temple of stillness and see through my eyes and feel through my heart of tender care Take care that you see beneath appearances to the hidden forces that

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  • Gateway to Tarot
    and that is those cards that support reinforce each other What that means in a reading is that even when the reinforcing cards are tipping the scales in one direction or another that this action is going on in the Seeker s life and needs to be understood This is also a clue to the Seeker as to the importance of this energy in their lives There is something that they need to acknowledge indeed it is often as simple as an energy that they need to quit fighting and accept Before we go on to looking at an example in a reading I want to take a time out and have you do a short exercise that will bring out the energy of supporting opposing cards in a more active manner I want you to take out a sheet of paper and randomly write down six cards from the Tarot any six cards Next to these cards make two columns one column for supporting cards one column for opposing cards Use your own understanding of the Tarot to write down what these pairs might be There are certainly can be more than one opposing card and more than one supporting card for each of the cards that you are working with There are no rights here and no wrongs Here is what I came up with remember this is only my view of the Tarot Yours will differ Magician Supporting Card King of Swords Opposing Card High Priestess Hermit Supporting Card High Priestess Opposing Card The World Death Supporting Card Moon Opposing Card All Aces King of Cups Supporting Card Temperance Opposing Card Queen of Swords Ten of Swords Supporting Card Hanged Man Opposing Card Two of Wands Four of Pentacles Supporting Card Emperor Opposing Card Fool Let s take a look at an actual reading and see how we apply the supporting and opposing energy theory to the cards drawn I am going to do a four card Elemental Spread using the Robin Wood deck 1 East Fire Spirit Four of Pentacles 2 South Earth Physical Page of Pentacles 3 West Water Emotional Ten of Swords 4 North Air Mental Seven of Pentacles note I actually did not ask a question here I just laid out cards to work with Three out of four cards being Pentacles certainly suggests that the energy at work in the Seeker s life is on day to day issues with a focus on their personal environment Lots of supporting energy here 4 3 1 2 I would look at the natural pairings here as being cards 1 3 spiritual and emotional selves and cards 2 4 physical and mental selves The Four of Pentacles is all about control about holding what you have so close to your chest that no one can possible take it from you You are so very busy doing this that your focus is limited to the moment to building walls around yourself and to resisting any form

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  • The Business of Tarot: Bonnie Cehovet
    this date We add 1 8 9 which corresponds to the Hermit The Hermit would then be the second birth card for this birth date These archetypes form a gateway into each lifetime It is through the combined archetypal energy of both cards that each person forms their values and takes the actions that manifest their path Once the cards have been determined I draw them from a separate deck and place them at the top of the area that will contain the spread that I will be working with At the end of the reading I gift the client with a sheet that talks about how each of their two archetypes function in their lives Working with affirmations is another venue for added value Working within the theme of the reading the reader works together with their client to determine what the client wants to take away from the reading My next step would be to have my client pick a card from the entire deck that represents where they want to be in their lives From that card we work out an affirmation using the strengths of that archetype Because I always use tapes my clients have this information on their tape If taping is not used then I would either have the client write out the affirmation that we worked out together or I would write it out for them In my case I would always have the client write out the affirmation as my handwriting is illegible often even to me Be sure to keep the affirmation in present tense using a positive tone and the clients given name To see how affirmations work check out James Rickleff s affirmations in the World Tarot Network newsletter www worldtarotnetwork com Using the body posture of the cards within the reading is also an added value venue Have your client pick one or more cards from the reading that were difficult for them either in understanding or in accepting Ask them if they can find another card in the reading that balances this card out that shows them the way out If there is not have them go over the remaining cards in the deck and pick one that they feel gives them that balance and way out If there is more than one figure on the first card ask your client to pick the one that gives them the most trouble Ask them to place themselves in the same exact position as this figure and then have them talk about how they feel Then take the second card out and have them determine which figure if there is more than one gives them the best balance for the first card Ask them to move to a second chair and take the position of the second figure Take the time to discuss with them how they feel that this second position empowers them This gives a high note for the end of the reading to both you and

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