Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dreams and Nightmares Oracle of the NIght by Lucia Review




This oracle deck comes in a box, which opens to reveal the cards snuggled in a styrofoam like cushion, which is really firm, they arrived safe and sound!  The cards themselves are very, very
different from anything I have ever seen before.

The cards are 3 and half inches square.  They are not real thick, but they don't need to be.  My intuitive reaction was these want to be pulled, not shuffled,  I dare say you could shuffle them easily.
The cards in the picture above - the first card says "Constant renewal of values guarantees their future".    The picture card is an owl and white feather with a white candle.

The back of the box says:
     This exclusive oracle set includes 54 picture cards as well as 54 text cards.  If you are looking for answers to your questions these 108 cards will give you all the information you need.  Just pick two cards, one showing a picture and the other one providing some text.
      Lucia, an Austrian shaman, is the creator of this oracle, which was inspired by her very own shamanic journeys and personal visions.

Lucia's site

Her website is in German.  If you are using Chrome, you can right click and choose translate.

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The picture above -  the two text cards say "The world is not a supermarket what you get cheaply you will pay for dearly."   and "Through thought and doubt a house was never built".
As a side note-  I didn't pull these, I just split the text pile and picture pile in half, and took a picture.
Oddly enough, both these texts relate to either myself or something someone I know is dealing with.  The pictures are (top) a white butterfly, white rose and lightening.  The bottom picture is a bright blood red chair sitting in the middle of what at first glance appeared to be a city, then rubble, then  I saw it was a graveyard.   So you see how this oracle works.  It really does interact with your subconscious through the pictures.

The images are really dreamy - they make you 'feel' the journey..  I believe they are going to be really great to mediate on and enter into a journey with.
The texts are small phrases that can mean a number of things, the point is to think about them, and match them with the picture you pull.

This is a really unique idea, and I truthfully do not know of any other deck out there that is anything like it.   I advise grabbing yours while you can!










Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fin De Siegle Kipper by Ciro Marchetti REVIEW



The cards come in a box that has a magnetic strip down the side.  When you open the box, the first thing you see is the book, then the cards under them.






Ciro has added 3 cards to the deck:
37 -  Poverty
38 - Toil and Labour
39 - Community

There are some other changes-
36 turns from Hope, Big Water into Distant Horizons
4 turns from Gathering to Courtship

These changes stemmed from Ciro's desire to make the cards more relevant to today's querents and readers.  To quote him "I felt the images needed to offer a wider and more realistic perspective, incorporating the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of human social interaction. I set out to provide a set of images that would collectively represent more realistic scenes of the characters depicted and how they actually lived."

The cards are absolutely beautiful.  They have gold on the edges, so you have to take some time to separate them when you first get them.  I love that the man and woman cards are very distinctive in the direction they are facing.   In Kipper directions are very important.  These cards feel very warm and inviting because of the colors used in the pictures.  I know a lot of you like to trim your cards, I do not see how that could be easily done here.  They are sturdy and easy to shuffle.  They are a good fit in the hand also.  They are 2.5 by 4 inches.  They are about two times larger than the standard Kipper deck. 



There is an app you can get to receive an animated and narrated video to help you become acquainted with the Kipper system, on Ciro's site -  

Ciro Marchetti


The Book is 83 pages, and fits inside the box the cards come in.
There are two spreads offered within the book, the first is the "Triple Pyramid Spread" which addresses Obstacles, Best Possible Course of Action and Outcome for a particular situation.
The other is "Susanne's SOS Spread".  It was created for emergency situations, where you need a fast answer,  

In the Introduction, we are treated to Ciro's musings regarding the reason, rhyme and purpose of the creation of this deck. Please do not pass by without reading all of the opening pages.  There is a lot of information about Kipper itself and he also explains his reasons for the choices he made within the deck.   This guy is very amusing and entertaining.  Did you know that at first, he was not going to make this deck?  Thank goodness he changed his mind about it, as it is truly an enjoyable deck. 

The book contains card descriptions and meanings from three different sources, all  experienced readers of the Kipper cards:
Susanne Zitzi
and of course Ciro Marchetti shares his interpretations.

You can purchase the deck, a bag, a cloth on Ciro's web site.
There is also a .pdf of the LWB available.














Monday, December 19, 2016

Vibrant Lenormand deck by Lynn Boyle Review




The deck comes with a nice pouch to keep it in.  Lynn Boyle is the creator of the deck, and she will also email a Card Meanings .doc to you.   The cards are very easy to shuffle, even if you bridge shuffle!  They are a really good size, 2.5 by 3/5 and they do have a small frame/border.  If you like to trim, you can, but they don't really need it, the border is very unobtrusive.  They are a bit shiny, but not slippery.  The colors are very nice, and well...  vibrant!!

Lynn told me she has 3 different backgrounds available for this deck,  stone colored, pale blue and a black.  When ordering you can pick the color background you want.

This deck has multiples so you can chose the ones you like to work with, and Lynn says :
" I have provided free extra cards so the reader can customise the deck to suit them, the man & woman they like etc. Its common these days to make at least 2 men & 2 women so readings about these to people can be done more clearly, rather than using the Rider for the other man & the Snake as the other woman, its been found that if you use these cards as people cards for a specific reading, it removes the Rider & Snake & their meanings from other parts of the deck. I found when I was desiging this deck, so many lovely vibrant images, I couldn't choose which to leave out, so I added them as free cards. Use only one of each in a Grand Tableau or general reading unless you are specifically asking about 2 men or 2 women, then add the extra card"






I went through the deck as I always do the minute I get one LOL, and these turned out to be my favorite ones out of the deck, so I thought I would share with you.  It gives you an idea of how this deck 'feels' ---  it is very light hearted, and has a positive energy.  Also, that Man card looks kinda like either a young Gene Kelly or maybe Jean Claude Van Damme.... what say you?




You can purchase this deck here:

Aquarius Fortunes Etsy Shop Lynn Boyle

Lynn also has Kipper and Oracle decks for sale.  

I highly recommend these cards, they feel good in your hands, and they have a nice energy around them.















Kipper with Key Words Deck by Lynn Boyle



WOW!  I was super surprised when I opened the package. The deck comes with the cutest just right size bag to keep your new cards in.   The cards are 2.5 by 3.5.   They are MAGIC to shuffle,  I am not joking.  You can bridge shuffle them easily. They do have a very tiny border.

This particular deck came with extra cards.




Lynn Boyle is the creator of these cards ( and many others you can see and order here)-
Aquarius Fortunes on Etsy

I asked Lynn why she had these extra cards and here is her reply:

" In my Kipper deck, I have provided 2 Man cards, 2 Woman cards, for readings about 2 specific males or females as well as 3 Partnership cards, Male Female, Male Male & Female Female, to cover lots of different types of partnerships, (either personal or business). Kipper has a lot of "people cards" so there are plenty of options for allocating "the other person" in a reading to one card or another. .. so its not usual to provide extra free Man, Woman or Partnership cards in Kipper but if the reader doesn't want to use them, they can just select the cards they want & leave the rest aside"

Lynn also emails a purchaser a document with the card meanings.

I started out using just this Beginner Deck, then I stared a Kipper Course and I got another deck, BUT here is a really good use for these Beginner Cards to help you learn any other deck.




You see here the new deck I did the draw with on the bottom.  Then I went through the Beginner Deck and found those cards and laid them above.   It really does help with remember all the varients a card can mean. Another thing you can do is go through the Beginner Deck and highlight the main meaning you want for each card, or highlight an unusual meaning for each card.   For example the Get Together #4 card.  It's pretty easy to remember a party or meeting with that card, as the title is 'Get Together'   but it is not so easy as a beginner to remember that it can also mean Negotiating.
So by highlighting the word Negotiating on the card, when you lay it out your subconscious will notice and remember that.

I really like this deck.   I have my eyes on a few other decks she has available also- Steampunk Kipper, Days of Old Kipper and Roaring 20's Kipper.  Those are just the Kippers. She also has Lenormand,  rune cards, and oracle cards.

  I recommend this deck highly.  I need to make a star system or something......









Thursday, December 15, 2016

Tarot at a Crossroads Review

Tarot at a Crossroads
The Unexpected Meeting of Tarot and Psychology
by
Kooch N. Daniels, MA Kooch N. Daniels
Victor Daniels, PhDVictor Daniels




The contents of the book:
Part 1 Infinite Possibilities Beckon
Part 2: Representational Uses of the Cards
Part 3 : Further Travels on a Novel Path
Part 4: Unlocking The Mysteries
Epilogue
Appendices
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

First, remember that I am just a plain ol' person, I did attend some college and oddly enough, wanted to be a psychiatrist. The second thing to remember is this book review will be from my point of view (as they all are) as a Tarot Reader and practicing Psychic.
The first thing I did was check out who the authors are. Victor Daniels taught psychology for 41 years. He discovered Tarot years ago, and has done many Tarot readings, according to his biography and website. Kooch Daniels has been reading Tarot for years, and writing books too, such as “The Art and Magic of Palmistry”. These two also wrote  “Tarot d’Amour: Find Love, Sex, and Romance in the Cards “ which I have owned and LOVE! So that information let me know I was in good hands.

There are pictures of Tarot decks scattered through out the book, I just wish there was a little title under each picture to tell what deck it came from. There is a list of decks used on page 12.

I am a person that marks their books up. You can see in the pictures I am sharing that I am very much enjoying this book. The book starts out getting you familiar with a brief history of psychology and Tarot. They compare using Tarot cards to the practice of psychodrama using a sand tray, or the hot seat, or puppets. And to find out about that you need to read the book! Tarot is becoming more recognized as a tool for healing in many ways. The book really does a good job on touching on methods that can be used without getting boring.

There is information on how to create your own Taro card, various ways in which to learn the card meanings, the role of numbers in Tarot and also the use of colors. There is information on how to keep a Tarot journal, and a free journal template in the back of the book. They show how you can let the client choose cards that represent people in their life, and do a kind of 'role-play' with that. Something I really did like was how they talked about TRANSFERENCE. How when a person carries thoughts and feelings over from an old relationship it can color how they see and interact with their new partner.

One of my favorite spreads in the book is one called 'Inner Dialogue' it is a way to help you (or someone else) make a choice between two different paths using the cards and freeform writing. There are a few spreads in the book that would be helpful for personal inner work, also when working with a client. For example, the “Family Constellation Spread” to illuminate family dynamics. Whew! That got my interest REAL fast. They also address group problem solving, reading for couples, meditation and the Tarot

Then we come to Chapter 12, the Major Arcana. You get the regular meanings of the cards PLUS a psychological perspective, and then Reflections which is meant to connect the traditional meaning of the card with the psychological perspective that was given. I headed right for the Hermit, number 9, as that is 'MY' card.
To quote the book from the Psychological link which for the Hermit is Existential Philosophy:
“Existentialism includes freedom of the self, thinking for your self about traditions, taking personal responsibility and making decisions based on inner, authentic being.”
The Reflections:
“The Hermit may refer to habits of asceticism, renunciation and detachment from everyday desires and cravings. He or she follows a quest for spirit rather than for material riches. Seeing the God-self in others and in the glistening cosmic web that connects the souls of all, eh or she has found, or is searching for, eternal values that transcent cultures and societies.”

Then we have an explanation and exploration of the Minors of the Tarot deck – the aces through tens, the pages, the knights, the queens and the kings of each suit and the meanings of the suits themselves. The authors take you through each number and how it connects with each suit.
For example:
The Twos: Share numeric energy with the High Priestess, Justice and Judgment.
The number of reflection, and the mirroring of inspiration and truth.
Keywords: the two sides of a coin (or story)
The Two of Swords: Linked with the element air and reflecting the power of ideas
Now that is just the bare minimum of what is in the book.
All in all, this book has opened my eyes to a lot of new ways of thinking and doing, and it should be helpful to everyone wanting to increase the depth of their Tarot reads whether for themselves or for others. I have had no formal training in Tarot, I taught myself, and I could easily understand this book and I have begun to incorporate some of the ideas within it into my readings.

This is not a book to casually glance through, it is one to be taken in, meditated upon, worked with, the re-read. It is a LOT of information, and I have already experienced it unfolding deeper thoughts to follow through on. Wonderful book!

You can see an excerpt of the book at:
I was given a copy of the book to review.



Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fenestra Tarot Review



This is a beautiful deck.  I love the back! (very bottom card).  The deck was created by Chatriya Hemharnvibul.  She was born in Bangkok, Thailand.  She has also lived in Ethiopia and New Zealand.  She uses all the cultural elements in her travels to pull together this wonderful deck.
It is done in acrylic on paper with watercolor tones.

There is a small LWB that comes with, it does give reversal meanings.

The cards themselves are sturdy.  They are flexible enough to shuffle easily, but not thin and flimsy.
They are standard size for tarot.  If you like to trim your cards, these would stand up to that, and be easy to do.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Review of The Avalonian Oracle by Jhenah Telyndru


Very, very nice sturdy box holds the cards and the 128 page booklet that comes with.   The cards are smooth and slick, and thin,  I found them pretty easy to shuffle, considering they are a bit large. I do not think they would stand up to being used continuously over time. They are 5 inches tall and 3.5 inches wide.

The book contents:
Intro - The structure of the deck
      The Sight and synchronicity
Chapter One -
The Five Seeds of Wisdom
Chapter Two-
The Avalonian Cycle of Healing
Chapter Three-
The Goddesses of Avalon
Chapter Four-
The thirteen moons of Avalon
Chapter Five-
The Nine Morgans
Chapter Six-
The Three Realms
Chapter Seven-
The Cyclic Journey
Chapter Eight-
Divination and Transformation

Bibliography



Three of the cards randomly selected so you can see their beauty-
On the left is Rhiannon, the middle is Arianrhod, and the right card is Healer.

There are eight different spreads in Chapter Eight - Divination and Transformation.
I chose to do the Three Cauldrons Spread.  This is a three card spread, with the
cauldron of wisdom, cauldron of vocation and cauldron of warming.
The descriptions below are shortened versions of what is in the book.

Card 1 - The Cauldron of Warming - matters of health, abundance - our life force energy
I pulled Moon 7, moon of revelation - We can not sacrifice the whole of who we are for the sake of others. Once we discover the seed of what we must become, we must find a way to nurture it and allow it to grow.  Listen to the voice within you.

Card 2 - The Cauldron of Vocation - All our potential gifts, life's work.
I pulled Artisan -  It is our greatest service in the world to shine our light, to be who we are, so as the illuminate the paths of others.Trust in your abilities, use your tooks, and know that each step you take obn the path of rigt action brings you closer to the full manifestation of your Sovereign Self.

Card 3 - The Cauldron of Wisdom - This card brings insight into the essence of the actualized Self, our highest potential realized.
I pulled Realm of Land - Pay attention to the present moment and all that has been made manifest in your life.


I am very impressed with the cards.   They spoke directly to what is going on right now in my life. The information in the book is very good.

In the Introduction, the 46 cards are divided into 7 categories, this is GREAT because it saves a lot of time searching for the particular card you drew.   There is no index in the back of the book.
Each card has a description, key words, divinatory meaning and an affirmation.  They all have further information based on what category they are in.

They are a little spooky LOL.  Considering I pulled the Artisan in the Cauldron of Vocation.  I do weaving and crochet and crazy quilting, I also make my living as a psychic/tarot reader online.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review of The Celtic Oracle John Matthews

The Celtic Oracle
John Matthews







The Celtic Oracle comes in a very sturdy thick box.   When opened, the first thing you see is the 224 page book, then the 40 cards.   The cards are not thick, but they are firm enough to handle a good shuffle.  They are a bit large for me, they measure - almost 5 and 1/2 inch tall and 3 and 1/4 inch wide.

The book Contents:
The Card Pack
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter One        Between the Worlds (the celtic shaman's craft)
Chapter Two       The Shaman's Pack (carrying the world on your back)
Chapter Three     Reading the Cards (telling yourself stories)
Chapter Four       Roots and Branches (ways into dreaming)

Appendix:
Resources
Further Reading
Index
About the Author

This is one of the better books I have seen that came with a deck.  It has beautiful full color pictures of all the cards, also of some spreads that are included in the back of the book.
The cards are divided into 6 subsets.
The Card of Vision (the world tree)
The Movers
The Empowerers
The Worlds
The Elements
The Totem Beasts
The Shapers

The Celtic Oracle is not a exactly a divination tool, but it can be used as such. It is very shamanic in nature, helping you to access the Otherworld through the cards and their guidance as to the paths to take.
The Movers represents you as the Shaman, The Empowerers represent beings who will support you in your journey, The Worlds are the 3 levels you will move in, The Elements represent the elements and also the kingdoms of Earth, The Totem Beasts are your helpers in animal shape, The Shapers represent the Celtic Deities.

There is a very good explanation of the Shaman's world and how to make a journey, all from a Celtic point of view, and all very easy to understand and incorporate which makes for a great time with this Oracle System.

There are some spreads in the back of the book:
The Triad Spread - for an answer to a specif problem   3 cards
The Shaman's Path Spread -  helps you see 'where you are'  7 cards
The Element Spread - to help deepen your awareness of the Elements  13 cards
The Inspirer Spread - To help you have a more creative and connected life  13 cards
Fionn's Window Spread - A powerful spread that can give an overview of a specific problem or of a whole-life pattern.

There is information on how to use the pack to train yourself for shamanic journeys, and for inner developement.   For these purposes you are given a 7 day program, a 7 week program, and a 12 month cycle.
There is also a very advanced spread named The Cosmic Spiral Spread.  It is designed for those who have been working shamanically for some time.

There are guidelines for using the Pack in a Healing Ceremony, and working in groups.
AND
There are pages of Power Songs and Chants you can use!!!!!
A chapter on Meditation is followed by 'Divining with the Cards'.



Above is a snapshot of the first spread I did with these cards. I have done shamanic journeying for 30 some years now.   The cards you see above are:
30 Horse,  15 Second Circle,  37 Lord of the Sea.
I was thrilled to see these particular cards as My totem is a particular horse!
I took the journey suggested, and found it very helpful, as sometimes I go into a journey and I get so caught up that I go off on a rabbit trail.  Having these cards in front of me, and reading the definitions of them, it 'pre-programmed' my mind, and I didn't get distracted.  I used a half hour drumming track and it worked out great.

I also did the divining spread, and the past cards fit exactly what I had done the day before because of the Triad Spread (above).

I have tried out a few different 'Shamanic' tools out there, but I honestly have to say this is the easiest to understand and it also resonates with me.
Highly recommended!

John Matthew's site Hallowquest

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