Tarot In Review: An Unfolding Journey

There is no such thing as just a deck of cards. Each deck has a special energy or story to tell. They have a very distinct purpose and tend to be heavily imprinted with the essence of their creators. This blog will explore both tarot and oracle decks and delve into their story, their purpose and how best you as a reader can utilize the gifts and abilities each deck has to offer.

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Leeza Robertson

Leeza Robertson

Leeza Robertson is the most nonspiritual spiritual person you will ever meet. Her resistance to the New Age way of life set her on spiritual quest like no other. This began in 2006 when Leeza was first introduced to the concept of power animals. Then in 2008 she had her very first encounter with the fae world, which lead to her numerous radio interviews on shows like the very popular Tarot Talk. In 2009 Leeza lost her site due to a sinus infection. In this 3mth blindness she started seeing tarot spreads and cards along with images of the people the readings where for.
In 2011 Leeza made a conscious choice to take her relationship with tarot to a much deeper level and that is when she began writing about tarot, the cards and teaching others the many mysteries of the ever unfolding path that is tarot. Today she is a member of the American Tarot Association and runs a monthly study group called Tarot and Tea.
In 2013 Leeza was approached by Llewellyn World Wide to produce her very first Tarot deck, The Awakened Animal Tarot. Through the creation of this deck Leeza has forged an even stronger bond with the cards, their energy and the deeper aspects of their archetypal teachings.
The Alice Tarot Is Here - Off With Her Wrapper!

It seems fitting that for a review on an Alice in Wonderland deck it feels like I myself have just climbed out from the rabbits hole! I notice it has been a while since I posted, yet somehow in my mind it seemed only a few days ago. That is what happens to authors and creative content producers, we have a tendency to lose space and time. 

At this point I am a complete Alice sympathizer and this deck arrived at the perfect time.

If you are a Baba Studios fan then you have been watching this deck come to life via both  facebook and their website. If you are not familiar with the incredibly work from Baba Studios then it is my honor to introduce you to some tarot VIPs.

One thing Karen and her team are known for is an exquisite product. Think high end luxury for the tarot market and you think Baba Studios. The Alice Tarot is just breath taking from beginning to end. I am even impressed by the box the cards sit in. It sort of flips open and hinges on the side making removal of the cards effortless.

The cards themselves go above and beyond with the special metallic ink that makes the images appear almost 3D. But like everything Baba Studios this is done in such an intuitive way that it only adds to the beauty and depth of the images. The back of the cards are just as stunning as the front of the cards and when they are sitting in their special red box look down right regal.

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What makes this deck so special to me is not the exquisite attention to detail, though it sure doesn't hurt, is the fact that this deck has taken just one story and applied it to the depth of the tarot archetypes.

This deck embodies the art of story telling as each card has become an individual story inside the larger story of Alice's journey. This deck invites us to see what a deconstruction of a story looks like, piece by piece, card by card. This is emphasized in cards like the ace of swords and the four of wands. We really do feel in this deck that we are following Alice on her journey through the looking glass. 

There are two versions of the Lovers card in the Alice Tarot, one is of the Walrus and the Carpenter the other is of two flamingos. The Walrus and Carpenter is the one that I have kept in the deck, for me it is much stronger image then the flamingos and brings more depth to the lovers archetype.

Although there are so many special cards in this deck two of them are super special to me. The first is the page of cups. In this card we see a fish delivering a message to the duchesses door. I have close friend who I call little fish and she often brings me donuts and coffee. Hence why gifts from little fishes are special to me.

The second card I just love to pieces is the temperance card. To stretch or to shrink, what's a girl to do? Such is life, sometimes we need to stretch, expand and grow to make our goals and dreams come true. And sometimes it is in our best interest to be as small and insignificant as possible. Which piece of the mushroom do you need to eat?

This particular deck comes with a little white book, which to be honest is not that bad, as far as little white books go. I really enjoy the split meanings as you get a typical tarot meaning and then an Alice meaning. I have to say I personally prefer the Alice meanings. For whatever reason I totally missed out on the companion book for this deck, but I am able to order it right off the Baba Studios site. Thank the Goddess!!!

The Alice Tarot is truly a special deck. It is not only unique but sets a new standard in deck and product creation. This is a 5 star product from beginning to end. I congratulate the team at Baba Studios for knocking it out of the park with this one.

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The Unfolding of the Chrysalis Tarot

Earlier this year the Chrysalis Tarot by Toney Brooks and Holly Sierra made its way to #1 on my must have list. I had been following the creation of this deck on facebook and checking in regularly with Toney's blog. Not long after I wrote my must have post I finally got a copy of this gorgeous deck in my hands.

Holly Serria the artist for this deck went above and beyond with the packaging. Everything about the packaging was done with the consumer in mind. The littlest details made a huge impact as I unwrapped each layer. It did not surprise me at all to find out how quickly the first release of this deck through U.S Games sold out.

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  • Arwen Lynch
    Arwen Lynch says #
    I have the inside scoop on this. There IS a book coming. Toney posted about it...or Holly. I can't remember. But yay!
Magic and Spells with the Witches Tarot

Ellen Dugan's Witches Tarot has become my go to deck and that is a special privilege in my deck collection. I wasn't sure anything could top the connection I made with my Steampunk deck but then the Witches Tarot called to me in a dream (I kid you not) and now it is the deck at the top of my pile. This is a deck I flirted with for awhile before it showed up in my dream. I made googly eyes at it on Amazon and even drooled over the images on facebook but I had not committed to buying it.

Then it happened, it came to me in my dream time. Yes this deck is that powerful, it will communicate to you while you sleep. I dreamed of the cards and each one spoke to me, literally, it was a dream what can I say! The images imprinted themselves on my mind so when I work up I had no choice but to ring my local Pagan Store, Well of the Moon and ask them if they had the Witches Tarot in stock. Of course they did, right!

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    i love this deck too...until i had this tarot had always eluded me...but this deck just talks to me..wonderful BB

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Hot Summer Must Haves!

Last week I was blessed to ring in another year. As a lead up to my birthday week I put together a wish list of decks I would have been more then happy to receive from my inner circle. There are some new and noteworthy decks on my wish list so i thought I would share the love and let you see what is next on my new, noteworthy and must have list for the remainder of the summer. 

Kicking things off at #1 is the Isidore Tarot - Bethalynne Bajema

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The Other Half - Fairy Lights Tarot

It is said that each of us have someone in the world that is just for us, even if we don't want them. Some call them soul mates, some call them twin flames others call them a pain in the ass. Like it or not there is an energy out there that is your matching pair. Lucia Mattioli takes this idea to a whole new level with her deck Fairy Lights Tarot. In this deck each of the cards have a matching pair or another half floating around somewhere in the vortex of the deck. Not only does this fascinate me from a deck creator stand point, but it also totally switches things up from a reading stand point.

Before I bought this deck I knew about this fascinating plot twist within the story of the Fairy Lights Tarot. In essence it was the reason I bought the deck. I had to see it for myself. I wanted to put the pieces together and put them together I did. Although this was harder then I thought it would be, finding all the pairs didn't take me as long as I thought it would. And you can bet your bottom dollar once I did reunite the couples in the deck I took a photo of them. I did this for one reason and one reason only, I wanted a quick reference guide to the matching energy for reading purposes.

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The Burning Serpent Oracle - An Interview With Rachel Pollack

This week I got to do something that I never in a million years thought I would ever get to do. I sat down and interviewed the Author who wrote the book that literally changed the course of my life. She is the reason I am here on this blog, I am talking about the great Rachel Pollack. 

Rachel Pollack is the author of 36 books of fiction and non-fiction, including two a1sx2_Thumbnail1_Rachel-from-Rubi-Rose-1.jpgaward-winning novels, and over fifteen books on Tarot.  Her 78 Degrees of Wisdom: A
Book of Tarot
 was published in 1980 and has been in print ever since, described around the world as "the Bible of Tarot readers."  A visual artist, she created The Shining Tribe Tarot.  Rachel's work has been translated into 14 languages.

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Exploring The Sacred Masculine Through The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot

I am going to start this review with a little blunt honesty. I am not a big fan of Golden Dawn derived decks. In fact I own only 3 of them and only bought one of them. Two where gifts including the deck I am reviewing today. Now i am not saying there is anything wrong with this school of tarot, it is just that they all seem to have a very strong, hard masculine energy to them. This is a turn off for me personally as a reader, which is why my collection is very much Rider-Waite.

So I expected to have the same relationship with the Golden Dawn Temple deck as I had with the many others like it that have crossed my path in the past.

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