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A King’s Journey Tarot (Borderless Edition)

The deck reveals the story of a young
boy and his journey towards
being king of his own kingdom.
~Quote from the back of the box


Title: A King’s Journey Tarot (Bordered Edition)

Author: Chanel Bayless

Illustrator: James Battersby

Publisher: Self-Published

  • A young boy is off on a journey to be a great king, follow him!
  • This edition of the A King’s Journey Tarot features 78 beautifully illustrated tarot cards. The colors on the cards are bold, and yet soft. Each card tells a story about a King’s Journey. For those of your who are unfamiliar, this tarot deck is the second and re-mastered edition from the previous version that contained 94 cards and was designed by Chanel Bayless.
  • From the major arcana, I found the Death card to be just about down to earth as anything. In this card, there are four people who are mourning the death of a loved one. Two men, what appears to be a knight and a priest, are carrying the body that is wrapped in a purple cloth, ready to place it in the ground. Two women stand by each other mourning their loss. If you look closely at the card, you can see its boney arms popping out!
  • Another card that I found very interesting and that takes a new approach to its interpretation, is the 8 of Cups. Traditionally in this card we see a man walking away from something/someone, leaving behind 8 Cups. Well, in this card and in a pond, we see 5 cups lined up and 3 floating in on the side. A man has hopped and skipped the 5 cups that are lined up and has made his way to a small piece of land. Very interesting card.
  • The last card, 10 of Swords, is probably my favorite card from the whole deck. Here we see a man who has been stabbed by 10 swords on his back. The swords have pierced through and have left him pinned to a wooden cross. If you look closely, from each wound that the man has a sword stabbed into him, he bleeds the color of his chakra! I’m love this concept.
  • The backs of the cards are reversible and the illustration is what appear to be grey stones and a stone cross that are plastered onto a grey cement wall.
  • The texture of the cards soft and flexible. The sizes of the cards are approximately 5” by 3”. The texture of the cards allows for the deck to withstand several shuffles. The textures of the cards are not ridged.
  • This tarot deck does not come in a tarot box. It comes wrapped in paper that protects the cards and included there is a beautiful purple organza bag where the deck can be placed.
  • There is no companion book(let) for this tarot deck. Instead, there is a pamphlet with the meanings of the cards that’s written by James Battersby.
  • James Battersby does the Illustrations for this tarot deck. The illustrations are done by hand and colored in by a blend of color pencils and markers.
  • I recall seeing a previous edition of this tarot deck and wanted to own a copy, but I was too late since it was long gone been out of print. When I heard that James was working on a reboot of the Kings Journey Tarot, I was interested in seeing what it was all about. As I started to see progress illustrations that he’d post on Facebook, I had got to have it! Yes, there are borders for this tarot deck, but the borders are hardly visible (at least to me). Looking closely at the borders, they are done with taste and style. They do no interrupt the illustration whatsoever, and the borders are decorated. When you order your copy of this tarot deck, you will get several goodies. For example, you will get the deck, the pamphlet where the meanings are included, an organza bag to place your deck in, and a key chain. Though this tarot deck does not include a companion book, the illustrations are close to the Rider Waite system, so for those who read with the Rider Waite, reading with this deck will not be a hassle. If you are interested in buying your own copy, click here!

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



The Parallel Worlds Tarot

The charm of this deck lies in the detailed images
and bright colors. The cards will inspire
the reader and encourage him or her to interpret intuitively.

~Quote from the back of the book.


Title: The Parallel Worlds Tarot

Author: Astrid Amadori

Illustrator: Astrid Amadori

Publisher: Self-Published

  • Travel through into the parallel worlds and discover what awaits you.
  • The Parallel Worlds Tarot features 78 cards that call to the reader to understand their messages. The illustrations for these cards are easy to connect with, and allows readers of all ages to engage in learning to read this tarot deck.
  • Out of the major arcana cards, the Devil card stuck out to me the most. I look at this card and it becomes funny to me because the clown in this card reminds me of the killer doll Chucky, Bozo the Clown, Pennywise (from the movie It), and Ronald McDonald. In this card, there is a creepy clown who has the legs and feet of a goat and is dressed in a colorful button shirt and has clown make-up and red hair. He holds a torch and looks down at a male and female couple that is locked in a cellar. The devil card speaks about addictions and temptations.
  • In the minor arcana, the card that I grew to like a lot is the 5 of Cups because it reminds of the concept of Ophelia (the young maiden who commits suicide by drowning herself in the water). In this card there is a woman who appears to be dead. She is laying in a lake face-flat. In front of her are three water lilies and in back of her are 5 cups. The 5 of Cups talks about loss of pleasure. It means that the person has loss interest in all things.
  • From the court cards, the King of Coins is one of the cards that I like. This card reminds me of one of my Junior high school teachers who was a man of his word and a man that loved what he did. In this card, there sits a regal and stern man who holds a golden coin in his left hand. He sits in a beautiful red velvet one-seat sofa and is wearing what appears to be an expensive tuxedo. Obviously, this King appears to be a very wealthy and financial secure man.
  • The back of the cards are reversible and they have the illustration of two humming birds that stand opposite sides and above their heads, there is a crescent moon with stars. The cards are approximately 3″ x 5″.
  • The texture of the cards soft and flexible. The texture of the cards allows for the deck to withstand several shuffles. And judging by the texture and flexibility of the cards, they do no crease.
  • The box where the cards and companion book are stored is a two-piece box that fits intact with the size of the booklet and cards. So yes, the deck and booklet are stored neatly.
  • The booklet for this tarot deck is well written by the creator Astrid Amadori and contains 66 pages. In the first page, you have the Contents, then in the second page there is a short foreword, followed by an Introduction. After the Introduction, there is a page that tells you How This Deck Is Of The Best Use For You. After that, you have three spreads called The Healing Spread, The Junction, and the Celtic cross. Then, there are the meanings of the cards that go in the following order, Minors first, Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins. After the minors are explained, the meanings for the majors are next to be explained.
  • The Illustrations for the cards are done Astrid Amadori, who used paper and computer art for these illustrations. The illustrations have soft and bright colors that blend very well together. The art in the cards is not overly busy where there is just too much detail that will distract the reader. Though the art is colorful and simple, it illustrates the meanings of the cards very well.
  • I remember when Astrid was working on this tarot deck and when she would post progress pictures. She was always so kind to have readers involved and ask for our opinion on how she could improve the cards or what would WE, the readers, would like to see in the illustrations. After a few years it really paid off. What I like about this tarot deck is that it is easy to read and the companion book explains what the cards mean without difficulties. There are also keywords included in the cards that tell you what each card means. Also, the characters in the cards look attractive and have a sense of tranquility on their facial expressions. I’m pleased that the cards are border-less, that’s a BIG plus! This tarot deck has a bit of the Rider Waite Smith and Golden Dawn system incorporated into the meanings. If you are interested in buying a copy of this deck, click here!

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

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