Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Spiritsong Tarot

Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and
published by US Games Inc.

This beauty arrived in the post this morning. 

When the Spiritsong Tarot was first released I had added it to my wishlist but then after some time I removed it because I wasn’t sure, even though I love Paulina Cassidy's illustrations. 

After reading a recent review on the Spiriting Tarot by Katalin Patnaik on the TABI blog I was persuaded. 

Can I just say that now i've looked through the cards that i'm absolutely smitten with it and even more delighted to see my favourite South African animal Pumba in the deck!

I'll be spending some time tonight before bed getting to know it a lot more. 








Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and
published by US Games Inc.
Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and
published by US Games Inc.
Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and
published by US Games Inc.
Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and published by US Games Inc.

Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy and
published by US Games Inc.
The Spiritsong Tarot by Paulina Cassidy.
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Published by U S Games Inc.
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Monday, 16 April 2018

The Victorian Romantic Tarot - Third Edition


Great excitement!  This long anticipated parcel arrived this morning and immediately any plans to get on with the housework came to a halt.  











The Victorian Romantic Tarot Third Edition by Baba Studios

Here is is, The Victorian Romantic Tarot Third Edition by Baba Studios, unwrapped and waiting for me to savour the moment of looking at the cards later today.

This is as far as i'll go in showing the images so as to preserve the surprise for everyone else.

Thank you so much for you hard work Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahoney, it's gorgeous.











Thursday, 5 April 2018

First Impressions: The Dragon Tarot

The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling has been on and off my list for a few months.  On because of the Dragons and the Major Arcana - off because of the pips.  I decided to take the chance when the deck presented itself to me at a price that wouldn't make me sad if I didn't like the entire deck.















So what are my first impressions?

The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The box is attractive, good and sturdy and opens from the side revealing the book and the deck. These are held in position by a contraption made of thin white cardstock.  Sadly the configuration within the box becomes problematic once the deck has the plastic strip holding it together removed.  On putting the deck back into the box with the book, some cards slip down between the side of the box and the contraption and could potentially cause damage to the cards themselves. Ideally this should be taken out and thrown away - which I did.  The book and cards sit rather comfortably and free from harm inside the box without it.









The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The guidebook is soft covered and measures 13.5cm x 16cm,  containing 63 glossy and ornate pages in full colour.  The book by Nigel Suckling is informative in terms of the description of the card, upright and reversed meaning but doesn't go on to provide information to help with learning to read with pip cards. Five spreads are included in the book.














The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The cards measure 8.2cm x 13cm and are quite thin however being quite glossy are provided with some support and protection.   The beautifully painted images are by Roger and Linda Garland.  The illustrations in the Major Arcana, Courts and Aces are really lovely, with gorgeous dragons and lots of little details.









The Dragon Tarot by Nigel Suckling.
The pips are pleasing in that a landscape scene runs though each card which, when placed alongside another from it's suit, joins together to form a broader landscape view.  Although the borders are rather wide, this expanding landscape effect isn't really affected.  Each suit has a different setting from the others.



I've not used the deck in a reading just yet so can't comment further from that point of view. However I can say at this stage of our relationship that it's a charming deck and is already providing lots of pleasure through the illustrations.


The Dragon Tarot published by Cico Books.  Text by Nigel Suckling, editing by Liz Dean and illustrations by Roger and Linda Garland.

Recolouring the borders of the Tarot of a Moon Garden.

As you may remember, in my post about Boomerang Decks, that I mentioned finding the white borders around the images on the cards distracting but didn't want to trim the deck.  Well I took the plunge and recoloured them and wow what a difference this has made for me.  So here they are.

Tarot of a Moon Garden with recoloured borders.



Initially I thought about using coloured pencils but they wouldn't take to the glossy coating.  Having too solid a border if i used markers wasn't the effect I wanted and painting would have a similar problem with the coating.  After a bit of experimenting I went with a Zig Marker in Pure Violet.

My technique was to draw a zig zag line around the card in the centre of the white border and then to immediately smudge the ink thereby filling the white space with the aid of some tissue over my finger tip.  The effect is like watercolour and is just what I visualised as wanting to achieve.

I'm happy to report that i'm not ever parting with this deck again.  It's boomeranging days are over.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

First Impressions: Game of Thrones Tarot

Game of Thrones Tarot.
©HBO Inc
It was with much excitement that my copy of the Game of Thrones Tarot arrived after months of eager anticipation.  I know I was definitely not alone in my feelings!

So what are my first impressions?

The box is great, nice and sturdy with a flip up lid revealing two recesses - one containing the cards and the other the book.  Both are easily removed using the ribbon within each recess.






Game of Thrones Tarot.
©HBO Inc
The guidebook is quite adorable, although i'd have preferred it about A5 in size because I absolutely need to wear my glasses when reading it.  It is hard covered and measures 12.2cm x 7cm,  containing 106 pages which are sepia in tone, with the text in black and the titles and numbers in brown ink.  The book by Liz Dean is informative and well written with explanations for each of the cards and how they relate to the story and character presented in the image.

The cards measure 12cm x 7cm and are good quality with a gorgeous smooth linen finish.  The hand-drawn images by Craig Coss are in a muted but rich palette and capture the characters beautifully.  This deck is such a pleasure to look at and to handle.




Game of Thrones Tarot.
©HBO Inc
I've not used the deck in a reading just yet so can't comment further from that point of view. However I can say, for me personally, that without a doubt it is definitely not one that's going to sit unused as a collector's item.  It's been quite chatty already while i've been looking through it.

A disappointment is that I wish some of the characters didn't repeat elsewhere in the deck and there are some characters who I would have loved to see included that aren't.  For example, Gilly who I would have loved to see as The Star.

I'm so pleased to have this set and look forward to getting to know it even more.




Game of Thrones Tarot.
©HBO Inc
Game of Thrones Tarot published by Chronicle Books for HBO.  Design by Michael Morris, text by Liz Dean and illustrations by Craig Coss.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Boomerang Decks

Have you ever had a deck that just keeps on coming back, time and again?

Well yes, I have one of those and it is the Tarot of a Moon Garden.


Tarot of a Moon Garden by Karen Marie Sweikhardt and
published by U S Games.
Just this week another copy of the deck arrived - my third purchase to be exact.   I was lucky enough to snap it up on eBay for £10 and the cards are in perfect condition despite the box being a bit worn.

I bought my first copy in the late 90's and sold it a few years after because I didn't use it and found some of the imagery confusing or busy.  In 2016 I felt the urge to have it in my collection again but on its arrival I felt the old familiar niggle about the imagery and, peculiarly, found that the colours seemed more washed out than I recalled.  I know i'm not alone in this recollection going by the comments i've seen on social media.

What is it about this deck?  Is it the unicorns, the dragonflies or the fairytale quality that it has?  I've no idea but i've decided that this one is staying put ............ although i'm feeling the urge to be a little creative with it.  I won't be giving it a borderectomy like some in the tarot community have given it but I will say i'm contemplating adding a bit of colour to cover those white borders so that it looks more like the cover of the box.  Watch this space.

In the meantime i'd love to hear your boomerang deck experiences.