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Inner Realms Tarot

Let the Spirit move you,
the cards guide you and
your heart delivers the message.

~ Quote from the box

 

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Title: Inner Realms Tarot

Author: Saleire

Illustrator: Saleire

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

  • All the answers you are waiting for are waiting within your inner realms.
  • The Inner Realms Tarot features 78 computer art generated consisting of radical patterns which are illustrated in each card.  The majors  and courts are illustrated with odd shapes and patterns, while the pipes are illustrated with their assigned symbol, Coins, Wands, Swords, and Cups. Each card has a maximum of 4-6 key words printed in in each card, so each keyword and shaped or patterns will help ignite your intuition.
  • Out of the Major Arcana, a card which I found absolutely artistic in every possible way was the Hermit card. In this card, the Hermit shows his eyes to us, looking at us. He appears to be hiding or at least becoming entwined within a tree.  The leaves or branches that emerge out of his head are of different colors and blend together, producing a sweet and steady energy of colors. On the ground, there appears to be orange spots that become swirls. This image is explainable which is why it entices me to see and mediate on it more often. Keywords which are associated with this card are, Wisdom, Solitude, Humility, Seeking, and Detachment.
  • The 10 of Cups illustrates ten golden cups which stand close together, like a happy family who loves each other and are indeed emotionally content with one another.  Each cup has what appears to be a white or silver glowing star. The keywords assigned for this card are, Family, Delight, Serenity, and Fortune.
  • This cars strikes my fancy because of the way it was illustrated and the way the illustrations interprets it, is the Knight of Swords. In this card there is a pewter shield that stands behind a blue and silver stripped sword. A lightening bolt comes in between the shield and sword. At the bottom of the shield and sword, there are four silver stars that stand and glow. The sword is plunged into what appears to be a white lotus flower. It is known that the Knight of Swords is full of energy and it ready to take charge and fight when asked to. The keywords assigned for this card are, Logical, Outspoken, Direct, and Incisive.
  • The back designs are reversible and are illustrated with what appears to be a patter of swirling circles that if you look closely, they form an S (the name of the illustrator and author of this tarot deck is called Saleire). This circles form a border and another border inside that outer border. On the upper left hand side and downer left hand side, the circles form what seems to be a clover.
  • The size of the cards are approximately 3 by 5 inches. The card stock quality is fantastic and very durable. They have a slight matted touch to them. They are not ridged or flimsy.
  • The cards are sturdy enough and shuffle gently. They are flexible and if you have small hands, it should not be a problem for you to shuffle the cards.
  • The box in which the cards come in is sturdy and holds the cards and booklet absolutely well. The box has a magnetic lid which prevents the box from opening and two white ribbons hold the lid and bottom  together.
  • The companion booklet included with the cards is written by Saleire, contains 128 pages that features a one page introduction that briefly explains how to let your Spirit guide you. Then the companion book starts with the 1st cheaper titled “You’re the boss” which the author tells her experience in using the tarot deck, a few tips on how to focus on your readings, and how to care for your cards. Then the 2nd chapter provides three popular spreads which are the Past, Present, Future, then the Horseshoes Spread, and Celtic Cross Spread. Chapter 3 elaborates and breaks down the difference between the Major and Minor Arcanas. And after chapter 3, you jump right into the explanation and interpretation for each card which consists of a very short and well explained meaning, and below the interpretation, you will find a small box called Impressions where you will write any other alternative meanings you have of that certain card.
  • The artwork is done by Saleire. The medium for the art is CGI (computer generated imagery).
  • This is tarot deck is interesting and impressive. This tarot deck is also fantastic for someone who wants to learn to read tarot cards. As I explained, the keywords for each card are printed on the cards, making it easy to remember the meaning for each card. The book gives a simple, yet very well written small paragraph about what each card means. If you are looking to start off with a nice and simple way of learning to read the tarot, you may want to start with this tarot deck, so click here!

 

© 2010 – 2015 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

Tarot of the Night

 

Everything is not as it seems in the dark of
uncertainty,
but if you look close,
the details will come to life and the answers will be
revealed.

~Quote from the box

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Title: Tarot of the Night

Author: Richard ShadowFox

Illustrator: Richard ShadowFox

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

  • Walk into the night where you will find new and interesting things.
  • The Tarot of the Night contains 78 shadow-like, but yet captivating illustrated cards. These cards features creatures of the night like ghosts, vampires, skeletons, and many others.
  • A card which I was captivated by was the Death card. In this card, death is riding a brown horse and holding a scythe while looking to his left direction. The sand is red and there is a red sand blowing up into the air. But one minor detail which I found confusing is that in the distance of death and his horse, there is a gold cup? I don’t quit see the connection.
  • Next, there’s the 10 of Swords that illustrates a skeleton that is impaled by a sword. This sword has gone through his rib cage and the skeleton has his head bowed down and his body appears to loose its posture and is supporting itself with the sword that is impaled in his rib cage (lol). The skeleton is hold down a sword that’s stuck to the ground and there are five swords laying on the ground and three that are stuck into the ground.
  • The other card that caught my attention was the 10 of Pentacles which illustrates what appears to be a “ghostly” family. In this card we have a man who is sitting in a cement throne and standing on his right hand side is what appears to be his wife (or mistress) and in front of her, a child. On his left hand side, the same as his right hand side. A woman and child standing. There are four pentacles adorned in a pillar on his right and left hand sides and two pentacles adorned in his throne above his head.
  • The back designs are reversible and are illustrated with what appears to be a skeleton wrapped in yellow/orange blaze. There is what appears to be a coin or medallion that has a cup, sword, and wand stuck to it. In a distance, there is a crescent moon.
  • The size of the cards are approximately 3 by 5 inches. The card stock quality is fantastic and very durable. They have a slight matted touch to them. They are not ridged or flimsy.
  • The cards are sturdy enough and shuffle gently. They are flexible and if you have small hands, it should not be a problem for you to shuffle the cards.
  • The box in which the cards come in is sturdy and holds the cards and booklet absolutely well. The box is a magnetic box with ribbons that hold the flap and the box together.
  • The companion book included with the cards is written by Richard ShadowFox and contains 256 pages that features a four page introduction that briefly talks about the tarot deck and what you will find within the cards. Then there are the pages dedicated for each card which include an image of the card, a lengthy but very informative upright and reversed interpretation of the cards. At the end of the book, there are 3 tarot spreads called Three Card Reading, Celtic Cross, and a lengthy but accurate one called Vincit Omnai Veritas (Truth Conquers All) which consist of 13 cards.
  • The artwork is done by Richard ShadowFox. The medium for the art is CGI (computer generated imagery).
  • This is a tarot deck that is interesting and the images provide a bit of symbolism and stays true to the Rider Waite system. The characters illustrated in the cards are lively and inviting. One minor issue that I had with this tarot deck is that the companion book does not explain what it is that the characters are doing in the cards. It does not give a background story about where this characters came from or why/how they were incorporated in the cards. This tarot deck is mysterious in a unique way. But none the less, this tarot deck is not gruesome or dark (don’t worry, it will not scare anyone off). IF you are put off by CGI art, at least acquire this tarot deck for the sake of the book. The book is very well informative without a doubt. If you wish to acquire yourself with this tarot deck, click here!

 

© 2010 – 2015 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

 

 

The Stone Circle Oracle

Travel to a personal realm where the
creator’s interpretation of an image
is secondary to what you, the user, sees.

~Quote from the box

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Title: The Stone Circle Oracle

Author: Sophia Kelly Shultz

Illustrator: Sophia Kelly Shultz

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

  • Come and get in the circle and let the magic and guidance begin.
  • The Stone Circle Oracle contains 45 warm, gentle, and earthly beautifully illustrated cards. That features sacred stone, as well as Egyptian, Afro-Caribbean, Greek, and other deities, and other figures who give guidance and advice.
  • The back designs are non-reversible and absolutely vibrant and inviting. The back of the cards consist of the Celtic God, The Green Man who is surrounded with leaves and plants of all colors.
  • The size of the cards are approximately 7.4 x 3.6 x inches. The card stock quality is fantastic and very durable. They have a slight matted touch to them. They are not ridged or flimsy.
  • The cards are sturdy enough and shuffle gently. They are flexible and if you have small hands, it should not be a problem for you to shuffle the cards.
  • The box in which the cards come in is sturdy and holds the cards and booklet absolutely well. The box is a magnetic box with ribbons that hold the flap and the box together.
  • The companion booklet included with the cards is written by Sophia Kelly Shultz, contains 112 pages that includes the number and title of the card, an image of the card, keywords, a small description of the characters in the cards, at least 4 to 6 paragraphs explaining what the card means, and an area in the corner of the book for journaling!
  • The artwork is done by Sophia Kelly Shultz. The medium for the art appears to have been done with water colors with a touch of chalk painted on a canvas. The art is very friendly, yet very warm. The images along with the medium of art are inviting.
  • This is truly a remarkable and well done oracle deck which the art is just warm and inviting. I just love how there is a bit of variety in this oracle deck. As what can be seen and know is that the creator of this oracle deck got her inspiration from her hometown Pennsylvania. This oracle deck has an air of Druid and lots of Celtic mythology. Over all, it’s very spiritual and reasons a lot with mother earth and what she has to offer. To get antiquated with this oracle deck, which I know you will love, click here!

 

© 2010 – 2015 J. R. Rivera
Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.

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