About the Reviews
I never considered stopping with just one tarot deck. After my first deck - Tarot Classic by USGames
- was given to me as a Christmas present when I was a teenager,
I soon decided I wanted the Rider-Waite
decks as well. Tarot quickly became an important personal interest, and new tarot decks were special purchases and truly appreciated gifts. By the way, although I have not reviewed these three decks, I would highly recommend any of them, and still prefer the Thoth
to most others.
I almost always see something positive in a deck. I try to see a deck from different points of view, knowing that each deck will have its fans.
I do not review decks negatively simply for veering from the traditional - I see tarot as an art form, as well as a spiritual device, and I admire
and appreciate the creativity of the tarot artists/authors.
Also, my reviews can be quite personal. I feel that all reviews are subjective to some degree - every reviewer will see a tarot deck, book, or movie through their
own personal filter and background, bringing to their reviews their own likes and dislikes, what they feel is right or wrong, beautiful or trite. When I write reviews I tend to demonstrate how the subject of the review has affected me, personally.
I also have a better time if I can relate it to my life or some personal experience. Many people have told me they love this more
personal quality of my reviews, but there are a few who absolutely can't stand it... So, just a warning.
Here are a few decks I particularly like...
This is a tarot deck for dreamers and romantics, for lovers of beauty and fine, fine things. It would have been a special treasure when I was a young girl. The entire package is a treat - the gilded cards and their accompanying guidebook
I read with the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot all the time; it remains an all-time, personal favorite of mine. I use it for simple one card questions, as well as questions about complex issues. It helps remind me of a deeper spiritual path
There are two major streams of Western Pagan tradition that most of us are familiar with to some degree: Wicca and Druidry. Both earth-based, with origins in the British Isles, they share many commonalities
Illumination Tarot has been publishing articles, reviews, tarot spreads, and personal reflections for tarot enthusiasts and followers of alternative spirituality online since 1999.
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