Catching up on some reading during my staycation! 36 Secrets, A Decanic Journey through the Minor Arcana of the Tarot by Susie Chang is an incredible work, which she says was inspired by astrologer Austin Coppock’s 36 Faces, but here she focuses on the astrological decans that were assigned to the tarot’s Minor Arcana by the Golden Dawn.
In the book, Susie explores her one year “decan walk” of the Minor Arcana tarot cards. I haven’t seen this subject tackled like this before and I am inspired to do my own decan walk.
I highly recommend this to intermediate tarot students and beyond if you're interested in learning astrology connected to the Minors.
The Lua Tarot has been featured in PARQ Magazine, a Portuguese trends magazine dealing with art, photography, fashion and urban lifestyle.
“Portuguese American deck creator Maree Bento’s Lua Tarot is unusual in the way it manipulates obscure 19th Century engravings and is an attempt to create deck which appears at first glance historical yet is contemporary in its diversity and inclusiveness...”
Read the full article in English by tarotist Roger Winstanley.
Incorporating multiple decks in a spread brings unique dimensions to readings! I love and use the Sovereign Oracle, by my dear friend Theresa Pridemore, in this way. In this reading I combine it with the Lua Tarot.
I don’t do as many personal readings for myself as I used to. I much prefer to receive a reading from a friend, but I received an incredibly potent reading with this combo I wanted to share!
UPDATE (Oct. 11, 2021): Jim Maynard didn't release a 2021 PDF version of the Celestial Influences calendar, as we had hoped, but I'm glad he is enjoying his retirement. I had thought someone would have purchased the rights to reprint, but alas. I'm updating this post with alternatives that have worked for me as a replacement to his calendar.
I’ve enjoyed Jim Maynard's Celestial Influences calendars for years and he’s retiring after 46 years of making this wonderful calendar. Quicksilver Productions (what he publishes under) says that they are trying to find a publisher to take over the calendar for 2021! I really hope they can find someone who can do as good a job as they have.
When I first found out that there wasn't going to be a 2020 release, I went in search of another astro calendar. I thought this would be easy, but as it turns out, it wasn't because Maynard's calendar was an extraordinary and reliable resource.
**Update: SOLD OUT.** I am thrilled to be hosting the Nosotras Tarot! I have never hosted another deck on DivineMuses.net. I felt compelled to invite Elisa Riemer and Paula Mariá's gorgeous deck, Nosotras Tarot, to be a deck guest here. One reason is because I am really struck by the collage artwork and overall energy of the deck. There are so many interesting and magical details throughout. Plus, I love that the titles are in Portuguese! (I'm Luso-American.) And, it felt like a good fit to support a fellow collage artist and tarotist from abroad.
Lo Scarabeo is celebrating 30 years with this limited numbered edition of 1,987 copies to honor the year they were founded in Italy. The gorgeous, colorful artwork is by Fabio Listrani, artist of the Night Sun Tarot.
LS says this limited edition is printed on the highest quality paper. It is, indeed, a thicker card stock, but it's also glossier than their standard decks.
At first glance, I like how the suit colors are similar to the Albano-Waite Tarot's coloration system.
Happy Samhain! Here's something a little different—a leisurely browse through some
When all the Witches
are to be seen!
Some in black
and some in green
Hey Ho for Halloween!
I recently received the Smith-Waite Tarot Deck Centennial Edition in a tin and compared it to the Pamela Coleman Smith (PCS) Commemorative Set (2009) in a video. In the video I go through the whole commemorative set. There is a size and card stock difference. Other than that, the artwork & color is identical.
I love the deck that comes with the commemorative edition, but I avoid using it since I view it as a collector's edition & want to keep it in the best condition possible. So I'm really enjoying the size & portability of this deck in a tin. It is smaller, but it loses no detail. And, it feels good in my hands! (See video and picture of size comparisons below.)
A "show and tell" of the recent Lauren Forestell & Le Fanu Lenormand collaboration.
Here's Le Fanu's wonderful blogpost about the cards: http://mycuriouscabinet.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/the-destroyed-dondorf/
The original Llewellyn edition has been OOP for a while, however, Galde Press has been printing the 2nd edition of the cards since 2008 and there are still a few left, as of this posting.
The Buckland Romani Tarot's suit names have replaced the standard RWS. Koshes (Wands), Koros (Cups), Chives (Swords) & Bolers (Pentacles).
The 2nd edition's print quality is superb and the colors are beautifully saturated with very clear images.
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Maree Bento is a collage artist and practitioner of the mystical & healing arts.
She’s a tarot reader and deck creator who enjoys studying the stars and using astrology in her readings. She was born under a Sagittarius Sun with Libra Rising and Capricorn Moon conjunct Pallas Athena.
Maree has been a licensed massage therapist for 18 years practicing various holistic modalities for body, mind, and spiritual well-being & connection.
Her background in the healing arts deepened her intuitive abilities and inspires her approach to tarot, creativity, and divination. Music, dancing, poetry, and lemon balm tea are her current well-being aids.
She's a Portuguese-American who loves to travel and connect with family, friends, & animals. She lives in Pacific NW with her beloved, David, and their huggable hound, Dante, who perpetually reminds them to laugh and play and take walks in nature, whether rain or shine.
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